Oh Baby! Is Baby Powder A Good Idea For Banishing Greasy Hair?
When it’s only day two after washing your hair and it’s already getting greasy you probably sigh with frustration and wish there was something you could do to prolong your hairstyle. After all, it takes so much time to wash and style your hair, it’s tiresome having to re-wash it to get it to look good again.
So what can you do? You probably know that a lot of people swear by good old Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder (or other variations) which they apply to the roots and comb through their hair. It’s supposedly great for absorbing excess grease and removing oil but does it do the job and is it suitable for use on hair?
Baby Powder – An Oily Hair Girl’s Best Friend?
Baby powder is obviously not designed for hair but it is still a popular tool to get rid of grease. If you do have oily hair, it’s a good idea to keep it in your bathroom and it’s inexpensive so it won’t break the bank. Your scalp produces oil from the sebaceous glands and this oil comes from a variety of different reasons.
It’s often genetic but it’s also down to personal hygiene, diet, lifestyle and general health. If you wash your hair every day you encourage the scalp to produce more sebum which is why it’s best not to wash it too regularly. If you do suffer from very oily hair, try and wash it every other day, once you get into this routine your hair will follow and your scalp will produce less sebum.
In the meantime, a product like Baby Powder or similar could become your best friend when used sparingly.
Beware Some Baby Powder Ingredients
Baby Powder contains talc which is composed of relatively natural mineral ingredients – silicon, oxygen, hydrogen, and magnesium. You might find some brands also contain corn-starch. However, research shows that some talc contains asbestos which is also carcinogenic (that means it could cause cancer).
So be aware of what you’re using and check the ingredients. While we think occasional use is ok it might not be a good idea to continuously use this type of product on your scalp. This is because your hair follicles absorb it so it enters your body.
Doesn’t It Look Powdery?
If you do want to use Baby Powder, be aware that its color is white so it might leave a powdery residue on your hair. With some clever tips you can alter the color, for example, if you’re a brunette you could add a tiny amount of cocoa powder or if you’re a redhead, try cinnamon to change the shade to match your hair.
Using Baby Powder On Your Hair
Apply the powder to the root area sparingly. Take a natural bristle brush and comb the powder through your hair from the root. Or use a make-up brush to apply it and massage it into the root using your fingers.
You must remember to really wash it out your hair well so it doesn’t build up in your scalp as this can also encourage excessive sebum production.
Alternatives To Baby Powder
So while it’s always a good idea to keep Baby Powder in your bathroom cabinet, there are other products specially designed for greasy hair and prolonging hairstyles in between washes. Look out for good quality dry shampoos. Some come in powder form, others come in a makeup palette form and some come in dry sprays. It’s a good idea to try a few to see what works for you.
For very oily hair, you need something exceptionally lightweight and easy to wash out. Try these ideas below and stay oil-free for longer, none of them contain any dangers:
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo For Light Tones
Ideal for blondes, honey-colored hair, and highlighted hair, this is lightweight and non-greasy. It absorbs oil very quickly and gives hair a just-washed shine. If your hair tends to smell after a couple of days post-washing this product has a wonderful fragrance.
It also spreads around hair evenly and you don’t need to use too much. Just run your fingers through your hair, distributing the product with your fingertips and transform your hair to that just-washed look in moments.
Moroccan Dry Shampoo For Dark Tones
This dry shampoo is aimed at those of you with dark hair, whether it’s mid-brown, dark brown or almost black. It works the same way as a dry shampoo except it is lighter in texture and has a pigment so it doesn’t leave a powdery residue when you apply it.
It also has a great fragrance so not only does it give your hair that just-washed look, it also smells like it’s just been shampooed. Apply with fingertips and distribute evenly through your hair.
BATISTE Dry Shampoo VIBRANT & RED
You redheads will love this shampoo which is ideal for in-between washes as it refreshes hair, removing any oil and giving it that just-washed look. It also adds plenty of texture, volume, and bounce plus the hint of color revitalizes any dullness so hair looks salon-perfect and if you’re in-between coloring, a little of this on the roots will help to blend in any re-growth.
Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo By Lush Clothing
This excellent dry shampoo is suitable for any hair type (oily, dry or normal) and is designed to absorb any grease and oil. Without building up in the scalp, hair looks freshly washed and smells delicious with a distinctive citrusy and fruity scent!
It’s ideal to use in-between hair washes and leaves hair smooth, silky and soft with no evidence of powdery residue. It also adds plenty of volume and shine without the grease and frankly, we wouldn’t be without it in our handbag especially when we’ve got no time to wash our hair!