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Remedies for Unwashed Hair


Maybe there’s no hot water or you hit the snooze button too often or you’re trying to maintain a healthy scalp by not washing away your hair’s natural oils every day. Dirty hair happens. But how can you possibly make it through a day (or more) of heavy hair? Here’s some help…

Homemade dry shampoo: There are plenty of commercial dry shampoos out there. But first try a homemade version using cornmeal, baby powder or corn­starch. Simply sprinkle a little on your fingertips and distribute throughout your hair roots. For thick locks: Sprinkle the powder of your choice on your hair. Then put a piece of cheesecloth or pantyhose on the bristles of a hairbrush and brush your hair with it. The cornmeal/cornstarch will pull out the dust from your hair, and the cloth or hose will absorb the excess hair oils.

Scarf remedy: Shine your hair with a silk scarf, using it as you would a buffing cloth on shoes. After a few minutes of this, if your hair doesn’t look clean and shiny, tie the scarf around your head and no one will know the difference.

Stack it high: Put your greasy locks in bun on top of your head. It’s an easy (obvious) way to make your hair look less flat. Dirty-hair days can be when you try out new hairdos (some hold together better). We like these styles. Yes, it helps if you’re a model with beautiful thick hair, but hacked styles are still fun to try.

Apple cider rinse: If your hair tends to dull out when you don’t wash it, try a vinegar rinse. Mix one-half cup apple cider vinegar with one-half cup water and dump over your head with a vigorous massage. Rinse well (the smell will disappear). This will help with the unwashed-hair blues.

Dry-hair shower: If your hair feels flat without a shampoo, don’t wet it at all on your unwashed-hair days. Your hair will feel (somewhat) less heavy.

Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are folk-remedy experts and home tipsters based in New York City.  They have spent decades collecting “cures from the cupboard” and are authors of several books including Bottom Line’s Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural CuresSecret Food Cures and Bottom Line’s Household Magic. Date: March 11, 2019 Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic
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