How to Make DIY Dry Shampoo

Listen, we’ve all gone a few too many days between shampoos. Some of us frequently rely on a good dry shampoo to stem the tide. And as you may have noticed, not all dry shampoos are created equal. Some feel sticky, which can weigh hair down. Others leave weird, white-ish chunks clinging to the hair resembling a bad case of dandruff instead of the look of freshly washed hair. Worse? Quality dry shampoos containing hard-to-pronounce, weird ingredients can be super pricey. 

Making your own dry shampoo solves all the problems:  You’ll know with certainty what’s in it, it works really well, and costs only pennies!

How to Make Dry Shampoo That Really Works

You’ll need:

✅  5 minutes

✅  a shaker container

✅  small mixing bowl

✅  baking soda

✅  cornstarch

✅  essential oil, optional

(Printable recipe below)

To make

It takes only five minutes or less to make a batch of super absorbent, easily removed dry shampoo. Mix the baking soda, cornstarch, and optional essential oil in a small mixing bowl. Transfer to a shaker like a large salt shaker. Or an empty clean Parmesan cheese container is an ideal container for your dry shampoo. It makes it super easy to sprinkle into your hair, but also allows you to close the lid to keep it dry between uses.

To use

It is super easy to use dry shampoo. Apply a small amount sprinkling it through your hair and then working it into the roots with your fingers or a hairbrush. Or you can use a makeup brush by dipping it into the dry shampoo, then dabbing it into the roots. Allow to sit for a few minutes to absorb the greasy oil, then brush it all away with a good hairbrush.

For dark hair

If you have dark hair, you may notice that this dry shampoo leaves a white-ish haze around the roots. This will dissipate, so don’t worry. However, to avoid this from happening, you can add natural color to your dry shampoo. For brunette hair add a small amount of dry cocoa powder. Cinnamon works for reddish-brown hair. Remember you’re going to brush most if not all of this out, however, any residue that remains will take on the color of cocoa or cinnamon.

Homemade Dry Shampoo

Making your own dry shampoo solves all the problems: You'll know with certainty what's in it, it works really well, and costs only pennies. It takes only five minutes or less to make a batch of super absorbent, easily-brushed-out dry shampoo.  
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Course: DIY Hair Care
Cuisine: Health and Beauty
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Mary Hunt
Cost: $.50

Equipment

  • small mixing bowl
  • shaker with a lid

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch can substitute with arrowroot
  • 1-2 drops essential oil (optional but leaves a nice subtle scent)

Instructions

To make:

  • Mix the baking soda, cornstarch, and optional essential oil in a small mixing bowl.
  • Transfer to a shaker like a large salt shaker. Or an empty clean Parmesan cheese container is an ideal container for your dry shampoo.

To use:

  • Apply a small amount at the roots by sprinkly it through your hair and then working it into the roots with your fingers or a hairbrush. Or you can use a makeup brush by dipping it into the dry shampoo, then dabbing it into the roots.
  • Allow to sit for a few minutes to absorb the greasy oil, then brush it out and away with a good hairbrush.

Notes

  1. A Parmesan cheese container, or similar, makes it super easy to sprinkle into your hair, but also allows you to close the lid to keep it dry between uses. 
  2. If you have dark hair, you may notice that this dry shampoo leaves a white-ish haze around the roots. This will dissipate, so don't worry. However, to avoid this from happening, you can add natural color to your dry shampoo. For brunette hair add a small amount of dry cocoa powder. Cinnamon works for reddish-brown hair or if you have heavy highlights. Remember you're going to brush most if not all of this out, however, any residue that remains will take on the color (and slight scent) of cocoa or cinnamon.
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