Here's another way to cut back on hot water (from the shower), energy (from a hair dryer) and money (on expensive products) this winter: a quick, easy, at-home dry shampoo.

Most dry shampoos on the market come in aerosol cans; this one is simple, all-natural, non-polluting, and definitely free of nasty ingredients that sometimes sneak their way into conventional shampoos, like industrial solvent.

Dry shampoo is best for short hair (cornmeal and long locks just don't mesh), making it perfect for short haired guys, girls with pixie cuts, or anyone who's recently donated their hair to charity.

Dry Shampoo

Adapted from Natural Beauty by Aldo Facetti

5 ounces (150 grams) coarse-ground cornmeal,

semolina or couscous

30 drops essential oil of lemon

20 drops castor oil

Mix the ingredients in a blender for a few seconds. Working over the sink, a large towel, or spread-out newspapers, bend your head forward and distribute pinches of the mixture over the hair and scalp. Gently massage the entire head, slowly and methodically, working in sections.

Keeping the head bent forward, comb and then brush out the meal. Continue combing and brushing until the hair is shiny and free of all traces of the shampoo.