Homemade Dry Shampoo

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Introduction: Homemade Dry Shampoo

I love dry shampoo, but I feel like I run out of the aerosol stuff so quickly! I've been using cornstarch as a homemade dry shampoo for years. I remember reading about it in a teen magazine when I was young - I also tried baby powder, but that went badly and I smelled funny. In the past 4-5 years, I've been adding cocoa to my homemade dry shampoo so that it blends in better with my darker hair. Baking soda is another newer addition - I like it because it can help cut down on the "greasy" smell hair can get after a couple days.

This homemade dry shampoo recipe is a great substitute for the aerosol versions if the strong smells bother you, too. I'm not a big fan of walking around smelling like alcoholic fruit or candy, and I'm sure you're not either. ;)

I've included a homemade dry shampoo recipe for both light and dark hair - it will make enough for tons of uses and you can fit it in a spice jar. And it gives thin, straight hair great texture - it ends up feeling thicker!

Step 1: What You'll Need:

  • cornstarch
  • baking soda
  • cocoa powder - just make sure it's unsweetened! Sweetened cocoa powder will turn your hair into a sticky mess.
  • a paper funnel
  • a container to store it in
  • measuring spoons
I've also heard of people adding essential oils to the mix, but I've never done it so I can't tell you how that will end up. :D

Step 2: The Basic Recipe

This is the recipe you'll use if you have light hair or if you don't have any cocoa powder on hand:
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
Combine the cornstarch and baking soda in a container and shake shake shake.

Ta-daaaa! Enough dry shampoo for tons of uses. As long as you keep it sealed up, you can store it in the bathroom with no issues.

Step 3: The "dry Shampoo for Dark Hair" Recipe

I have really dark hair, so this is my go-to recipe. You can add more or less cocoa powder as needed - I use two tablespoons every time:
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Mix everything together in a small jar and you're ready to go. Special bonus with this one: smelling like chocolate. :D

Just be careful that you you don't add so much cocoa powder that it gets really dark - you need to keep the amount of cocoa powder less than the amount of cornstarch and baking soda, otherwise the heat from your hands and head can warm the cocoa powder and create a melty mess.

Step 4: Bonus: How to Use It!

This part is easy, but you need to have a light hand when using this version of dry shampoo. Here's how I normally do it:

  1. Shake a small amount of dry shampoo out into your hand - no more than 1/2 teaspoon. I do more of a 1/4 teaspoon.
  2. Rub your hands together to disperse the dry shampoo
  3. Pat the areas of your hair that you'd like to shampoo - I tend to focus on my bangs and the very top
  4. Tousle your hair with your fingers and rub in the dry shampoo as best you can - you'll want to get pretty rough to get it all in!
  5. Brush if you still see any spots of dry shampoo
  6. And you're done!
Enjoy! :D

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Cool! Any ideas on something cheap you could add to give it SPF? I've sometimes tried dusting on a little mineral makeup powder (like bare minerals mineral veil), but I'm not sure how effective it is, and it shows in my dark hair. Might try mixing the mineral makeup with cocoa! But a less expensive option would be nice.

You can replace some of the corn starch with zinc oxide powder to make a dry shampoo with SPF

How about the large (maybe 8 oz?) shaker jars I've seen add the dollar store? My mom used to have a ceramic or porcelain jar she filled with cinnamon sugar. The holes were just the right size - neither too large nor too small. My second choice would be the spice containers sold by Pioneer. They have such large holes that I've learned to sprinkle the herbs into my hand, instead of into whatever I'm cooking. I think they would work well for dry shampoo, since you don't shake it onto your head directly. Just thoughts off the top of my non-sprinkled head...

Hair is dead protein, why would you need to have sun protection in a hair product?

Scalp is very much alive.

i know this is a year old, but i have to reply, lol...the spf isn't for the hair, it's for the scalp! :D i'm one of those fair/blonde/curly girls, with hair too curly/fine to wear any way but short/very short, and scalp sunburn is seriously unpleasant, lol!! and yeah, i did see that others have said the same, but i just felt compelled to reply...lol!! ;D

Gotcha thanks for the explanation. I have very thick black hair so that would not have occurred to me. The only time I've bothered about hair products with SPF is when I colour it to prevent the colour from fading.

I honestly can't think of anything else that would work for adding to the dry shampoo though unless you can find a way to make titanium dioxide or zinc oxide powder stick to your hair and it might make an ugly white coating on your hair. I believe other SPF chemicals are in a liquid form which wouldn't work with the dry shampoo concept.

Dead things can't renew like live things do, so sometimes they need even more protection than live things do.

There are two good reasons.....one is that it would land on your scalp, which, being skin, is subject to sunburn.....and if your hair is coloured, it will help protect it against fading.