Baby powder is a quick-fix solution for greasy hair. It absorbs grease from the scalp and hair, and works as a dry shampoo.
Finely powdered rice can be used as a replacement for baby powder, in order to degrease hair.
Of course, baby powder is meant for babies, but I know many adults who use it regularly. While baby powder can be used on the skin like regular talcum powder, it has various other household uses too. When it comes to skin and hair care, baby powder can prove handy at times. Apply lipstick and dust the lips with a small amount of baby powder before applying the next layer. This will ensure that the color lasts longer. In the same way, you may use baby powder to make your eyelashes look thicker and longer.
Some people tend to have naturally oily hair that requires frequent washing. Otherwise too, hair may turn oily within a few days of washing. If you are in a hurry and do not have enough time for a shower, degrease your hair with baby powder. This method is best for those with oily hair, as they can avoid frequent hair washing to remove excess oil. You may also replace your dry shampoo with baby powder. Though different types of dry shampoos are available in the market, they are expensive and may contain chemicals which are not good for frequent use. Why to use such products, when you can fix the problem with baby powder.
For degreasing hair, you need some baby powder and a hair brush.
Tips to Apply Baby Powder on Hair
- Usually, the hair roots are found to be more oily. So, part your hair into small sections, and sprinkle some baby powder on the scalp and hair roots.
- Otherwise, take some powder in your palms and rub them together, till the powder coats your palms and fingers evenly.
- Run your hands in between the hair roots. Leave the powder on the hair for a few minutes.
- Use only a small amount of baby powder for each parting. Avoid shaking the powder directly on the hair, as it may leave clumps of white stuff that is hard to remove.
- If used in large amounts, you may find it difficult to remove the powder. In that case, you need to wash the hair to remove the powder.
- Alternatively, use a blush brush to apply the powder. Part your hair in small sections. Put some baby powder in a small bowl. Dip the brush in the bowl and tap it twice to remove excess powder. Run the brush through the parting so as to coat it lightly. Try to cover an inch on both sides of the parting. Once all the sections are done, comb the hair and remove the powder.
How to Remove Baby Powder from Hair
Comb your hair, so that the powder spreads evenly, from the roots to the tips. The powder will absorb grease from the scalp as well as the hair. Continue combing, till the powder is removed completely. It is better to use a boar bristle brush to comb the hair, as it will help to spread and remove the powder easily. You may apply baby powder on hair before bedtime, as excess powder will get removed on its own, by the morning. Blow-drying may also prove beneficial for removing excess powder from hair.
While baby powder works well for blondes, dark-haired people must use it in small amounts. If the powder is not removed completely, it will look awkward. Traces of baby powder on hair may not be that noticeable in blondes and those with gray hair. Otherwise, blend baby powder with cocoa powder to reduce the white color. Those with red hair may go for cinnamon powder with baby powder. Baby powder can be replaced with cornstarch or arrowroot powder. Those who dislike the smell of baby powder may use unscented versions. In that case, you may use a few drops of essential oil for a different fragrance.
Keep in mind that baby powder is only a temporary solution for greasy hair. Though it is not harmful for the scalp or hair, avoid frequent use that may lead to accumulation of small particles on the scalp. So wash your hair in between to remove the powder buildup. You may also use a small amount of baking soda while washing the hair.