Ever wanted to make homemade dry shampoo? This simple recipe for DIY Dry Shampoo can be made with a few ingredients you already have in your pantry and works well for any hair color.
Homemade Dry Shampoo
I have kids so some days, even though I have the best intentions, shampooing my hair just doesn’t happen. Some days I’m lucky to even get a 2-minute shower in before someone decides they need something. Such is life, am I right?
So I decided to learn to make my own dry shampoo. Just a few years ago, you could only find dry shampoo for $20+ in a specialty store. 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. Like most homemade things, I was guessing that it’s much less expensive if you learn to make your own! Plus, who wants the chemicals that come in the commercially produced dry shampoos?
As it turns out, making your own homemade Dry Shampoo couldn’t be easier, and you probably have everything you need to make it in your pantry right now! This simple recipe is perfect for any hair color and be sure and check out the additions and alternatives at the bottom of this post for even more homemade dry shampoo tips!
Dry Shampoo Recipe
- 1/2 cup Cornstarch
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 3-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (Where to Buy) optional
How to Make Dry Shampoo
Mix the ingredients together thoroughly. If there are any clumps, break them up with the back of a spoon. The mixture should be completely powdered when you’re done. Adding in the essential oil is optional but it does add a nice, fresh scent to your hair. You can add any essential oil that you wish, just stay away from the citrus varieties as they can cause phototoxicity when used on your scalp and exposed to the sun.
How to Use Dry Shampoo
To use, you can easily just sprinkle it along the part in your hair with your fingers. For a better, mess-free option try putting the dry shampoo mixture in a glass salt shaker. (Which you can pick up for a dollar at the local dollar store) 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 teaspoon over your whole head. Let it sit in your hair for a minute or two (you can do this while you finish getting ready) and then brush out. Make sure to brush really vigorously to shake out all the excess powder. You can use any hairbrush to brush it out but a Boar’s Bristle Brush works particularly well.
Homemade Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair
While you can use the recipe above for just about any hair color, for dark hair, you may want to add in some cocoa powder. Skip the cornstarch and add in 1/2 cup of plain, unsweetened cocoa powder with the baking soda and any essential oils if desired. Use the same way as described above.
Alternatives and Additions to Dry Shampoo
Liquid Shampoo – Not ready to make your own dry shampoo? Check out our other recipe on how to Make Your Own Shampoo (Liquid).
Easy Conditioner – If you want a conditioner to follow this homemade dry shampoo with, try this Homemade Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner. You don’t need wet hair to use it!
Scented Hair Rinse – To make a scented “rinse” for your hair (so you don’t have to add the essential oils into your dry shampoo if you are having trouble with clumping), simply place a few drops of your favorite essential oil into a clean spray bottle filled with water. After using dry shampoo, spritz a little of the scented water (shake before spraying) onto your hair for a lovely scent.
Lice Preventing Shampoo – Another tip…if your child is in school or daycare and you are concerned about lice, create a dry shampoo for them (or even just the scented rinse as mentioned above!) and add in tea tree essential oil. Tea Tree Essential Oil repels lice so your little one is a little more protected. You might want to consider doing this for yourself as well if you work in a place where you might easily contract lice, such as a classroom.
If you are looking for a wonderful source for oils, I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. After careful consideration of all the companies selling essential oils, I’m happy to share that Rocky Mountain Oils has become my main source of oils for many different reasons.
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Have you ever tried to make your own dry shampoo? Do you make the regular or dark version?
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This post on Homemade Dry Shampoo was originally published on Little House Living in May 2013. It has been updated as of September 2019.