DIY Dry Shampoo

Last week I wrote an extensive post about how to wash your hair using the “no-poo” method, and one method I mentioned was using homemade dry shampoo.

This is a method of freshening up your hair that can go in conjunction with regular washing, or the no-poo method. You probably won’t want to use it as your only mode of washing, but just as a way to absorb oil and grease in between washing, and adding texture to hair to help with styling.

Dry shampoo is essentially what it sounds like; a dry rub you can use to clean your hair. There are many popular brands on the market, both that you can spray and dry powders that you can sprinkle in your hair. But, you can also easily make it at home! Here are two very simple recipes, one for light hair, one for dark hair.

Dry Shampoo for Light Hair

1/4 Cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder

5 drops essential oil of choice


Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

2 tbs cocoa powder

2 tbs cornstarch or arrowroot powder

5 drops essential oil of choice (bear in mind it will already smell like chocolate


Blend all your dry ingredients together in a bowl. If you’re using essential oil, drop in your desired amount, and make sure to blend throughly throughout the starch and cocoa powder. It might take a bit of pressing the droplets with a fork and gently whisking around. Make sure to wash that for well!

Once well-blended, store in an airtight jar and keep in your medicine cabinet or wherever else you store your hair products.

To use, take a makeup brush and lightly dip in your jar. Brush the dry shampoo throughout your hair, on your scalp, then “scrunch” your fingers all around to try to disperse it throughout your hair. Wait about five minutes, or leave in overnight for more oil absorption. Finish by combing or brushing it out, and style as usual.

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