Make Your Own Dry Shampoo

by Merissa on May 2, 2013

in Make Your Own

Make Your Own Dry Shampoo

Make Your Own Dry Shampoo

I have a confession: I haven't washed my hair in 4 days.

Does that sound disgusting? It's not. My hair is currently neither oily or limp.

My secret weapon?

I learned how to make my own dry shampoo. Just a few years ago I could only find dry shampoo for $20+ in a specialty store, like Sephora. Now, it has become so popular you can go to any drugstore and find a $4 can of dry shampoo. But, since I rely on dry shampoo for keeping my hair looking fresh between washes, I really wanted to try to make my own dry shampoo so it's one more thing I don't have to buy. Also, who wants the chemicals that come in the commercially produced dry shampoos?

Turns out, it couldn't be easier, and you probably have everything you need to make your own dry shampoo in your pantry right now.

Here's what you do to make your own dry shampoo:

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 3-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (Where to Buy)

Mix together thoroughly. If there are clumps, break them up with the back of a spoon. Mixture should be completely powdered when you're done.

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To use, you can easily just sprinkle it on your part with your fingers. What works great though is putting the dry shampoo mixture in a glass salt shaker. Then you can just shake it on.

When sprinkling the dry shampoo on, make sure to focus on the part. Use no more than 1 tsp over your whole head. Let sit on for a minute or two (while you finish getting ready) and then brush out. Make sure to brush really vigorously to shake out all the excess powder.

I love this homemade dry shampoo for going 2, 3, and even 4 days between washes! For dark hair you may want to add in some cocoa powder.

Not ready to make your own dry shampoo? Check out our other recipe on how toย Make Your Own Shampooย (Liquid)!

Here are some other great DIY tips to try!

Have you ever tried to make your own dry shampoo? Would you ever?


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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mandi May 2, 2013 at 9:36 am

I’ve been using cornstarch as a dry shampoo since high school, but I never thought to try adding baking soda. Thanks for the tip!


2 Char W May 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

How does this work on people with dark hair? Does all the powder come out with enough brushing?


3 Char W May 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

Hmm, the pictures just finally loaded and it looks like your hair is pretty dark…


4 Sarah May 2, 2013 at 11:54 am

Yeah, Char, I have dark hair and it comes out. The key is starting with a small amount, and then brushing it out very well. It is all brushed out in the picture, those are gray strands you see. ๐Ÿ™


5 Shannon January 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Add cocoa powder.


6 Linda May 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Is it itchy?


7 Beth May 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Is there something that could be used instead of corn starch? I’m sensitive to corn.


8 Merissa May 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Hopefully Sarah will answer too but I’m pretty sure you could use Potato Starch…I’m allergic to corn and I use potato starch in place of corn for everything.


9 MARSHA May 3, 2013 at 7:09 am

Arrowroot Powder?


10 kathy December 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I have used cornstarch baby powder for years and plain baby powder! Works great …sprinkle on my brush and brush through and instant body!


11 ROSA May 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm



12 Amy June 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I love doTERRA brand essential oils!


13 Sara T July 1, 2013 at 12:21 am

I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I have heard of using a cocoa powder/arrowroot blend if you have dark hair and applying it with a makeup brush.


14 kathy August 16, 2013 at 7:21 am

Do you think this could be used for pets, minus the essential oil?


15 Angelica August 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Can you use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch? I have a TON of arrowroot powder but no cornstarch ๐Ÿ˜‰


16 Merissa August 27, 2013 at 8:07 am

You could use any kind of starch in this recipe for similar results.


17 Angelica August 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Could I use almond or vanilla extract?


18 Kassia September 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I have deep cherry-red hair. If I use corn starch, will there be white stuff in my hair? If so, what else can I use?


19 Izzy B November 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I followed this recipe, but it did not work for me, not sure if I did something wrong. The mix stuck to my hair and it was very visible, it looked like dandruff all the way through. Any advice?


20 Georgia December 29, 2013 at 1:13 am

Sounds like you’re using way too much! Did you only use 1 tsp. – as recommended in the recipe? Also, you need to be sure and brush it all out. You must follow the directions, to the letter. Hope you have better luck, when you do it properly. ;’)


21 steph December 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I have used baby powder in this manner, but never thought of using corn starch and baking soda. and essential oils (which I love) I will have to experiment. My hair gets super greasy if I don’t wash it… so sometimes the baby powder doesn’t work very well. I will have to try this!


22 vicky December 29, 2013 at 12:49 am

I have been using baby powder. I buy the generic brand and its cheap and has that baby powder smell which I love. I only need to use a little of it and it does the trick so a large bottle of it would last me well over a year. I shower everyday and my hair is naturally on the oily side so I love not having to wash it everyday now and ending up with extreme dry hair. your recipe sounds great too and if I ever run out of baby powder I will def try out your recipe. Thank you for the tips ๐Ÿ™‚


23 Danielle B December 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

I’ve done this. I have dark hair. I put in a little bit of cocoa powder. It works!


24 Amanda February 21, 2014 at 5:34 am

I would like to try this on my dogs to keep them smelling better without giving them so many baths as I have heard that this is not good for their skin. Has anybody tried this and given you feedback?


25 Rachel January 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Could I skip the lavender essential oil? Or even use vanilla extract like someone else asked?


26 Merissa January 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Yes you can skip the essential oils. I’m not sure about the vanilla extract since extract generally contains alcohol and that might not work on all hair but it’s worth a try.


27 momof5 March 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

THE BEST “shampoo” I have used so far is egg yolks. i have tried borax, baking soda, all sorts of other weird “shampoo” recipes and this is the ONLY one that made my hair fell like it did when I was using store bought shampoo. I mix up two egg yolks, applied it to my roots with a hair dye type of brush and added a little water just enough to work it through. rinsed it with coolish warm water to make sure it didn’t cook into my hair and then when I felt I had gotten it all out I rinsed my hair with the juice of half a lemon. left that on while I did the rest of my cleaning and then rinsed it out. Fantastic! Soft! Shiney!


28 Terri August 7, 2015 at 10:03 am

I never heard of adding cornstarch to the baking soda, but that makes so much sense. I’m definitely going to try it. By the way, since baking soda (& cornstarch) is white & I have brown hair, I add cocoa powder, which allows the powder to blend better and what’s not to like about the smell of chocolate?


29 Deborah December 1, 2015 at 10:08 am

I’ve used baby powder as a dry shampoo, and some of the store-bought spray dry shampoos. Neither worked too well for me, they left my hair still looking dirty/greasy and feeling very heavy/yucky. I have been using this cornstarch/baking soda recipe for a couple of weeks now, alternating regular shampoo days with dry shampoo. This actually absorbs the oils better and gives me some body as well. I added a couple of drops of spearmint instead/or along with lavendar (I can’t even remember now). Instead of sprinkling it directly into my hair, I rub some between my hands and then run my hands thru my hair, concentrating on my scalp and roots.


30 Jessica March 29, 2016 at 4:43 am

I just tried this, this morning and it worked great! I mixed 1/2 cup cornstarch with 1/2 cup baking soda and maybe a teaspoon. Of cocoa (that’s all I had), and it worked wonderfully! I don’t think I even used a whole teaspoon. I have dark hair and I had no problem rubbing it in and brushing it out. Will definitely be using this from now on! Thank you for the tips!!!


31 Jen July 31, 2016 at 12:42 pm

I have curly hair…I don’t use a brush, haven’t in years. Any tips on how to use dry shampoo with curly hair??


32 Bri September 8, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Hi. Do you think I could use ground cinnamon to make my hair smell like cinnamon? With that hurt my hair in any way??


33 Katie April 25, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Could you use olive oil or vanilla extract instead of lavender oil?

Thanks, Katie x


34 Merissa April 25, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Olive Oil and Vanilla wouldn’t be quite the same as an essential oil like lavender. It would be best to either leave it out or replace with a different kind of essential oil.


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