One of my ultimate essentials is dry shampoo. Because of how oily my hair gets, whether it’s straight out of the shower or it has been a week since my last wash, my hair always looks terribly greasy. It’s not like I’m using a lot of product or anything either. So, having my hair looking fresh, voluminous, and not completely stuck to my head is going to require a lot of dry shampoo.
I was using the Blowpro Faux Dry Shampoo for the longest time and I have to admit that I did love the product itself, but the price, not so much. This dry shampoo was different than the ones I was use to, it was a powder-based product without aerosol which made me feel better when I was breathing it in each night.
I had the idea to refill the puffer bottle but by the time I got around to it, someone had thrown my last bit of product and the bottle away. Then, out of pure necessity I started using an old face powder and a kabuki brush to rid the greasy look out of my hair.
This gave me a great idea for a blogpost, to make my own dry shampoo!
I developed this recipe by thinking about some popular beauty trends from over the years (cocoa powder makeup, baking soda for washing greasy hair, etc), and then with a little bit of research it developed into my own DIY dry shampoo. It’s super easy to make and these ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry right now! Yay!
I decided to use my friend as a test bunny for this recipe because I wanted to know how it would work on all different types of hair. On the left is the before photo where her hair was super oily and weighted down. After using the product, her hair looked much better, although it may be hard to tell in these pictures, and had a lot more volume!
This recipe is super customizable and all depends on your hair type and what your trying to achieve. I’ll tell what each product is for and you can decide what your hair needs:
- Cornstarch/arroroot powder – This is going to be the base of the product and what will mainly be soaking up all the oil
- Baking soda – This is for extremely oil-prone hair only! It is known to be super helpful for that kind of hair but, for other types of hair, it can be drying so watch out!
- Cocoa powder and beet powder – This is for dark colored hair, or to your match hair color, add it in for your desired color
- Flour – If you are looking for volume in your hair, this should do the trick! And results will be even bigger if you use a whole wheat or oat flour
- Essential oils – Lastly, you’ll want to add a few drops to have your hair smelling good. If you don’t have any essential oils, don’t fret, add a drop of a favorite perfume or go sent free
How To Make Dry Shampoo
All you really need to do is throw it all in a bowl and mix! You’ll want to start with the cornstarch and slowly add in the items you want, I would recommend testing it in your hair throughout the process of making it so you don’t add too much of something or something you thought your hair needed but it actually doesn’t. Bellow is a sample recipe but don’t just follow it, make sure you are only putting in the products you need!
- 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 tablespoon of flour
- Cocoa powder, amount as needed (optional)
- Essential oils (optional)
I love using this homemade dry shampoo! It works so well for my hair and I use it all the time since I’ve made it! My favorite technique is to use it at night when I’m getting ready for bed, even if my hair doesn’t look greasy at the moment (which would be very rare!) and by the time I wake up, I have the perfect hair that is grease-free! I hope you’ll try making this product for yourself and see the wonders it can do in your life!