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Wash and dry your hair every morning? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Enter dry shampoo, a follicle cleanser that soaks up oil and refreshes your tresses without a single drop of agua. But dry shampoo, like its wetter counterpart, can harbor a raft of toxic chemicals, such as propane or isobutane. Mercedes Parrilli, international artist for George the Salon in Chicago, has a better solution: your kitchen. “Your cupboards hold everything you need to make your own dry shampoo,” she says. “Grab cornstarch, which is more natural compared to baby powder and baking soda, and it is oil-absorbing.”

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For brunettes, or those with darker hair, Parrilli suggests combining cornstarch with unsweetened cocoa powder. If you’re a redhead, mix equal parts cornstarch with cinnamon powder. Blondes don’t need fancy add-ins. Just add a few drops of essential oil to your cornstarch for fragrance.

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To use, apply your concoction to your roots using a large cosmetics brush or salt shaker. After application, Parrilli recommends rubbing it in thoroughly so it can work its magic.

“Dry shampoo made at home is fast-acting and your hair will feel, look, and smell amazing,” she says. Parrilli has just one caveat. Although dry shampoo can be a lifesaver for second- or third-day unwashed hair, it’s equally important to wash your scalp the old-fashioned way.

“Cleansing the scalp keeps hair follicles stimulated for healthy hair growth,” she adds.