Saturday, May 21, 2011

Shampoo Substitutes For Busy New Moms

With 2 a.m. feedings and endless diaper changes, you may find you just don't have the time to shampoo as often as you'd like. Don't despair - try some of these shampoo substitutes until you can find your way to the shower again!

Dry Shampoo: This type of product removes dirt, dust and sebum from your hair without water. Simply spray through hair and scalp, then brush out for lighter, cleaner hair. Brands to try: Klorane Oat Extract Dry Shampoo and Sebastian Dry Clean Only.

Powder: Take one-half cup of talc-free powder or cornstarch, add a few drops of lavender essential oil for a fresh scent, and carefully work into your roots. (You may want to stand in the bathtub while using this method, since it can be messy.) Let the powder absorb dirt and oil for about five minutes, then gently brush out.

Astringent: Facial astringent or rubbing alcohol can help eliminate the greasies around your hairline. Saturate a cotton ball, then dab the hair around your face and part to absorb oil. Brands to try: Neutrogena Deep Clean Astringent and Bonne Bell's Ten-O-Six Lotion.

Brushing: If your hair is shoulder-length or longer, you can help distribute hair oils evenly by simply brushing. Bend at the waist so your hair falls forward, then brush your hair from roots to tips for about 20 strokes. For more oil absorption, first wrap your brush with gauze or cheesecloth, then gently push so the bristles poke through. Replace with a fresh wrap each time you brush.

Hair Gel: Slick your hair back with a generous amount of hair gel and fasten in a low ponytail or chignon for a simple, sleek look.