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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 bit 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!
 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • 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

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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.
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Abigail021 month ago
How often do you use it?
jessyratfink (author)  Abigail021 month ago

Really only when I need it - probably a 1-2 times a week. :)

If I know I won't have time to wash my hair the next morning, I'll put it in at night. Or if I wake up and just don't feel like washing, I'll use it in the morning.

Does it really clean ur hair
jessyratfink (author)  Newell_Jalynn1 month ago

Doesn't really clean it - just soaks up the excess oil so you can skip a wash!

ayer1 month ago

Would it work with cinnamon powder?

jessyratfink (author)  ayer1 month ago

I've heard of folks doing this, but I've never tried it myself! I'm not sure it'd be entirely comfortable to do because the cinnamon smells so strongly, but it couldn't hurt to try a bit. :)

Not the OP, but I think cinnamon would irritate your scalp.

How much would you put on your hair?
jessyratfink (author)  charlieanderin1 month ago

I'd say I normally do a 1/2 teaspoon, maybe? It's hard to tell since I always eyeball it. :)

jtmcdole1 month ago

I think I'm going to give this a try, but with a small addition: finly ground oatmeal.

I love dry shampoo but I run out of it fast to- I'm hoping this lasts longer
boudiceaT6 months ago

Would adding cinnamon work instead of the cocoa?
Thanks!

Chryz_z boudiceaT5 months ago

I used cinnamon, it works very well

Eleventy1 year ago
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.
jessyratfink (author)  Eleventy1 year ago
http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Sunscreen/

Try looking there! Scoochmaroo made her own sunscreen - you might be able to mix in some of her ingredients. She used micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide - they're powders so it should be easy to add. :)
Cool, thanks!

ew go away.

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

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.
The scalp underneath can still burn. For those of us with thin hair, a dry option for sunscreen would be awesome.
It would be for the scalp. Have you ever gotten a sunburn along your part? It is not pleasant. (And neither is putting greasy sunscreen in your hair! :-) )
racham66 months ago

Great idea and very creative!

tstevens116 months ago

Thank you for this, i know the post is like a year old but i happened upon it while looking at a DIY website...I have super long hair, I have been growing it for 5 years now...The amount of money I spend on shampoo and conditioner each month is redic! My hair is to my butt in a high pony tail and is super thick so I have to use a ton of conditioner in order to be able to brush it after taking a shower, a shower for me is 5 mins of washing my body and shaving and 15-20 mins of washing my hair..it is much easier for me to use dry shampoo in between washes to keep it from looking super oily...I dont always have time for a half hour shower as I work 2 jobs, go to college and take care of my house, pets & family...I have noticed that since I have only been using shampoo less often my scalp doesnt itch as much, my hair is healthier and im seeing as much hair in my brush or as many split ends. I was told by my dermatologist when I was 15 that I should only shower 3 times a week because i have eczema and this would allow for my skin to rebuild the esstenial oils it needs...I do not smell and I am not dirty just to clarify that for people who like to assume things...I cant wait to try this..i hate using the areosol because they always get clogged and I feel like im going to pass out from the fumes

mrsthursday6 months ago

i've used tapioca starch in the past as a dry shampoo, needs must, etc. And the texture difference of my fine hair is amazing. However, it seems to take the shine out of my hair, do you have any suggestions to add shine? My hair tends to be oily.

Kris T.1 year ago
I'd use it myself, but I have super short hair that has to at least be "watered down" because it likes to stick up in weird places after sleeping on it (even if it's dry); I usually just end up wet-washing.

But I did make this for my mom, and she really likes it, especially the chocolate part, lol.
Suuz1 year ago
This is so cool I want to want to smell like chocolate
young_sien1 year ago
My wife has black hair, do i need to add other ingredients?
jbailey71 year ago
Seriously! Many people have been brainwashed by the makers of shampoo! I was stuck in that routine at one time. I had to wash my hair every day or it was limp and greasy looking. Then I got stuck waiting for a plane with no access to a shower for 3+ days (long story). Of course as soon as I could I showered and washed my hair, but I noticed that the next day it didn't look as awful as usual so I skipped a day. After a while I skipped 2 days. Now I go 2 or more weeks. The more you wash your hair the more your body compensates for the loss of protective oils by making more. If you take the time to retrain your scalp and stop stripping it of the oils it produces to protect you then you can go longer between washes. One key factor is to brush your hair often. That will spread the oils and protect the hair.
Trust me, I once thought that I could not go more than 24 hours with out shampooing my hair and sometimes washed it twice in one day (at the gym and before bed). Never again. Dry shampoo helps get rid of some of the oils without stripping you scalp and triggering you body to produce even more.
Great idea to add the cocoa powder! I bet it smells great (being the chocoholic that I am!)
jessyratfink (author)  jbailey71 year ago
Ha! That's how it happened for me too - no water in my apartment for days, and next thing you know, my hair looks really fancy all of a sudden. :D I had to keep it up!

It does smell really good - but the smell wears off after the first couple hours. Which might be a good thing. Otherwise I get chocolate on the brain. :P
I always have chocolate on the brain. ;D

While I can't give definite proof that you are right on the money , I can give two anecdotal instances. Ironically, both are ad based.

The first is an ad disguised as an "article" called "Why Shampoos Are a Waste of Money".

"It’s the dirty little secret many shampoo companies don’t want you to know. When you wash your hair with certain traditional shampoos, you may actually be stripping your hair and scalp of their natural oils. Many shampoos usually rely on sodium laurel sulfate or other damaging detergents for cleansing. While these generate a thick lather to clean hair, they can also create dryness, frizziness, dullness, and color fade. We then spend a fortune of time and money on products that are effectively undoing the damage caused by shampoo."

Then they go on with a pitch trying to sell you an even MORE expensive shampoo.

The second is a movie from way back called "Crazy People". It's about an ad man who has a nervous breakdown and winds up in an institution, where he and a bunch of the residents decide to write some ads that tell the plain truth about products. Those ads accidentally get released and turn out to be a big hit. So the execs decide to try their hand at truth telling.

The first product they try it with is shampoo. At a brainstorming session, one of the execs says, "It doesn't do anything for anybody's hair. It robs hair of body, all shampoos do."

I know it's just a movie but this particular movie did contain an abundance of truth.

I have oily hair and itchy scalp if I don't wash it every day. I already have the ingredients and I will be trying this out over the next few days. Thanks for posting.
Mama Roche1 year ago
I cant wait to try this one...I just spent a ton on a dry shampoo for brown hair. Great for when you cant shower, camping etc.
akkhima1 year ago
Just don't use cocoa is you're using it for camping! You don't want yourself or your toiletries bag to smell like food with animals around.
Actually, cocoa or chocolate is toxic to animals.
Well, then here's some more new info for you: there's also no-rinse shampoo for those who are sick or bedridden. It gets used a lot in hospitals. There are many reasons a person might use something like this that others have covered pretty well already so I'll just leave it at that. BTW, how would you like it if someone said, "Gee, sounds like you have an oily hair problem. Yuck."?
I have used that no-rinse shampoo and it works very well. It is very expensive though.
Dry shampoo will aid people who suffer from Aquagenic urticaria (Allergic to water).
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