DIY Dry Shampoo: Easy Recipes for Quick Clean Hair

DIY Dry Shampoo: Easy Recipes for Quick Clean Hair
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Introduction to DIY Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has gained popularity as a hair care product because of its convenience and time-saving advantages. It is perfect for those days when you don’t have the time or energy to wash your hair but still want it to look clean and fresh.

However, store-bought products can be expensive and often contain harsh chemicals and other questionable ingredients that may not suit all hair types. 

Here’s where DIY dry shampoo shines – as a natural and cost-effective option that can be effortlessly crafted at home using basic ingredients. As stay-at-home moms, we’re always looking for ways to simplify our daily routines and live frugally, and DIY dry shampoo ticks both these boxes.

In this guide, I’ll discuss the benefits of using do-it-yourself dry shampoo and provide some easy recipes.

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A Brief Explanation of What Dry Shampoo Is 

Dry shampoo is a powder or spray designed to absorb excess oils, creating the illusion of freshly washed hair without the need for washing.

Frequent hair washing is commonly understood to deplete natural oils and potentially cause damage to the hair. However, not everyone has the time or desire to go without washing their hair multiple days. 

homemade dry shampoo in a glass jar with a make up brush on top of the jar - homemade dry shampoo

This is where dry shampoo proves useful – it enables you to prolong the period between washes, granting your hair a reprieve from daily shampooing while still maintaining a clean and refreshed appearance.

The Benefits of Making Dry Shampoo at Home

One of the great things about natural dry shampoo is that it can easily be made at home using simple and natural ingredients. This saves you money and allows you to customize the product to fit your specific hair needs.

Many dry shampoos sold in stores contain synthetic compounds and strong chemicals that may irritate your skin and cause lasting harm to your hair.

Crafting your own natural dry shampoo allows you to manage the ingredients and guarantee they are safe and advantageous for your hair.

a container with dry shampoo for brown hair and a make up brush applicator - homemade dry shampoo

Main Ingredients 

Natural products are the main ingredients in DIY dry shampoo. Obtain these items from your local grocery store to create your homemade dry shampoo.

Purpose of the DIY Dry Shampoo Ingredients

  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch is the main ingredient in most recipes. It absorbs excess oils, leaving your hair less greasy and refreshed.
  • Arrowroot powder: Like cornstarch, arrowroot helps absorb excess oils and add volume to hair. t’s a great option for those with sensitive skin, being gentler and less prone to causing irritation.
  • Baking soda: This ingredient helps remove build-up and excess oil from the hair. Nonetheless, using it sparingly is crucial as an excess of baking soda can dehydrate the scalp and strip away the hair’s natural oils.
  • Essential oils: These oils add fragrance and nourish the hair. 
  • Raw cacao powder or cocoa powder: This ingredient can be added to the mixture for those with dark hair to avoid any white residue.
Baking Soda, Cornstarch, and Arrowroot powder, essential oils, and cocoa powder are common dry shampoo ingredients - DIY natural dry shampoo.

Common Essential Oils Used

Lavender is known for its calming properties and can help soothe itchy scalps.

Peppermint has a refreshing scent and may help stimulate hair growth. 

Tea tree is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, making it a great choice for those with dandruff or scalp irritations. 

Lemon serves as a natural astringent and aids in balancing oily scalps.

Rosemary has a long history of being utilized for centuries to stimulate hair growth and enhance scalp health.

Sandalwood is known for its moisturizing properties and can help nourish dry hair. 

NOTE: Always dilute the oils properly before use, as they are highly concentrated!

lavender oil - homemade dry shampoo.
Lavender Essential Oil

DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes:

Here are a few simple dry shampoo recipes that you can try at home. Adjust the ingredients according to your hair color and preferences.

Basic DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe 

Use this recipe for light hair, brown hair, and gray hair:

  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Scented DIY Recipe 

Use this recipe if you wish to have scented dry shampoo:

  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 10 drops of essential oil 

 Dark Hair DIY Recipe 

Use this recipe for dark brown hair:

  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and store in an airtight small container. Use an old makeup brush to apply the shampoo to your roots and massage it onto your head. Leave it on for a few minutes before brushing it out.

a bowl of DIY dry shampoo - do it yourself dry shampoo

Step-by-Step Instructions

Below are step-by-step instructions for making your own natural dry shampoo. Follow these simple steps to create a natural and affordable alternative to store-bought dry shampoo:

Detailed Guide on How to Mix and Prepare Dry Shampoo

  1. Gather all the necessary ingredients and materials. You will need cornstarch, arrowroot powder, baking soda, essential oil of your choice (optional), a mixing bowl, and an airtight container for storage.
  2. Combine ¼ cup of cornstarch in a mixing bowl with ¼ cup of the arrowroot.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda and mix well.
  4. If you prefer a scent, add 10 drops of essential oil and mix well. This is an optional step but adds a nice aroma to your dry shampoo.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder for dark hair and mix well. The cocoa powder helps blend with dark hair colors and prevents white residue.
  6. Once you thoroughly mix all of the ingredients then transfer the shampoo to an airtight container for storage.
  7. Apply a small amount to your roots using a large makeup brush or your fingers. Gently massage it into your head to absorb excess oils.
  8. Brush out any remaining residue and style your hair as desired.
  9. This recipe can be personalized by incorporating various essential oils for different fragrances or by modifying the quantity of cocoa powder for varying hair colors, lighter or darker.
Rosemary Oil with a sprig of rosemary - DIY natural dry shampoo
Rosemary Essential Oil

Storage Tips

  • Store your homemade shampoo in an airtight jar to prevent moisture from affecting your product.
  • Keep in a cool, dry place to avoid clumping or molding.
  • For future reference, remember to label the container with the date and list of ingredients used.
dry shampoo in a glass air tight container - diy dry shampoo

Customization Options

Here are some ways you can personalize your dry shampoo:

Ideas for Customizing 

  • Incorporate a couple of drops of essential oil for fragrance. Some suggestions are lavender for calming and soothing, peppermint for stimulating and refreshing, or rosemary for promoting hair growth.
  • If you have red hair or strawberry-blonde hair, you can add a small amount of cinnamon powder to the recipe for a warm tint.
  • If you have black hair, you can add a small amount of activated charcoal powder or unsweetened cocoa powder for a darker tint.
activated charcoal - diy dry shampoo
Activated Charcoal

The Benefits

Do-it-yourself dry shampoo offers a cost-effective and customizable alternative to store-bought options. It allows individuals to tailor the ingredients to their specific hair type and needs.

The Environmental Benefits of DIY products Vs. Commercial Ones

Making a home version of dry shampoo has several environmental benefits:

  • Avoids harmful chemicals: Numerous commercial dry shampoos contain synthetic ingredients that can negatively impact both the environment and your health. Making your own allows you to use natural and non-toxic ingredients.
  • Saves money: DIY dry shampoo is more cost-effective than buying commercial ones. Cut costs by purchasing ingredients in bulk and adapting the recipe to fit your specific requirements.
  • Reduces packaging waste: Creating your own dry shampoo can help avoid the use of plastic containers and contribute to reducing the amount of packaging waste that accumulates in landfills.
someone with gloves and, eye googles and skin protection is mixing something in a beaker - diy natural dry shampoo

Additional Benefits 

In addition to the environmental advantages, crafting a home version of dry shampoo enables you to sidestep harmful toxins and allergens often found in commercial products. 

Many store-bought dry shampoos contain alcohol, artificial fragrances, and preservatives, which can irritate the scalp, lead to dryness, or even trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. 

By creating your own, you control what goes onto your head, allowing for a gentler, more natural approach to hair care.

This personalized touch nurtures your hair and ensures a safer, more allergen-friendly alternative for maintaining your hair’s freshness and volume between washes. 

Creating your own product can also allow you to experiment with various ingredients and scents, customizing it for your hair type and preferences for a truly unique and personalized experience. 

So, not only does DIY dry shampoo have positive environmental impacts, but it also provides numerous benefits for your health and well-being.  

someone is holding a piece of their beautiful hair - diy dry shampoo

Troubleshooting Tips

Some common issues that may arise when making a home version of dry shampoo include clumping, color discoloration, and difficulty in application. Here are a few troubleshooting tips:

Common Issues and Solutions

Although homemade dry shampoo is a simple and effective way to prolong the time between washes, users may face certain typical challenges when utilizing it.

someone itching their scalp - DIY dry shampoo

Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you overcome these problems and make your homemade shampoo experience a success:

  • White residue: Sometimes, when applying dry shampoo, you may notice a white residue on your hair, especially if you have dark hair. This can be caused by using too much powder or not blending it in properly. To avoid this, use a small amount of dry shampoo and make sure to massage it onto your head thoroughly.
  • Scalp irritation: Some ingredients in DIY dry shampoo may lead to scalp irritation, especially for those with sensitive skin. Alternative ingredients, such as kaolin clay, can be used to prevent this. To elevate the blend, consider adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to provide a soothing effect on your skin.
  • Greasy hair: If your hair is still greasy after using dry shampoo, it could be because you did not leave it in long enough before brushing it out. Make sure to let the dry shampoo sit for at least 5 minutes before brushing it out, and if needed, apply more powder to absorb excess oil.
  • Clumping: Clumping can happen when dry shampoo is not blended in properly, resulting in patches of powder. To avoid this, make sure to evenly distribute the powder and use a brush or your fingers to massage it into the roots.
  • Excess powder:  If you notice excess powder on your hair or head, simply use a brush or a hair dryer on low heat to remove it.

Common Questions

Below are common  questions that people often have about homemade dry shampoo:

What side effects can arise from using dry shampoo? 

Since dry shampoo is applied directly to the scalp, some users may experience irritation or discomfort. Patch testing a small amount of the product before using it on your entire head is always recommended.

Can I use Homemade dry shampoo on colored or treated hair?  

Yes, most DIY dry shampoo recipes use natural ingredients that are safe for colored or treated hair

a girl with blue and purple hair - diy dry shampoo

How often should I use dry shampoo? 

Dry shampoo should be used sparingly and not as a substitute for regular washing. Experts recommend using it only 1-2 times weekly to avoid buildup.

How long does Do-It-Yourself dry shampoo last? 

The shelf life of DIY dry shampoo will depend on the specific ingredients used and how they are stored. 

Using your homemade dry shampoo within 3 months is generally recommended for best results.

Can DIY dry shampoo damage hair?

When used in moderation, DIY dry shampoo is generally safe for most hair types. However, overuse or improper application may lead to product buildup, so it is essential to use it as directed.

Is DIY dry shampoo suitable for all hair types?

Yes, there are various DIY dry shampoo recipes that cater to different hair types. For example, using arrowroot powder may be better for people with finer hair, while those with darker hair may prefer using cocoa powder to avoid any white residue.

someone is brushing their long hair - diy dry shampoo.

Natural DIY Product Companions

If you want to incorporate more natural and homemade products into your beauty routine, there are many other options besides dry shampoo:

DIY Lip Balm

You can create a moisturizing homemade lip balm without harsh chemicals or additives using natural ingredients like beeswax and coconut oil.

DIY Skin Care Routine

From homemade face masks to natural toners and serums, there are endless possibilities for creating your own frugal and natural skincare routine using all-natural ingredients.

Conclusion to DIY Dry Shampoo

Homemade dry shampoo is a convenient and frugal product when you don’t have time to wash your hair on a daily basis or want to extend the lifespan of your hairstyle.

By making your own DIY dry shampoo, you can save money and have control over the ingredients. 

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Recap of the Benefits 

Using DIY dry shampoo can save you time and money and reduce the amount of chemicals used on your hair.

It’s a convenient alternative when you’re short on time or don’t have access to traditional shampoo. 

Tailor the formula to suit your individual hair type and specific requirements. Plus, it’s a great way to incorporate more natural and homemade products into your beauty routine. 

Encouragement to Try Making Homemade Dry Shampoo

Give natural, do-it-yourself dry shampoo a try, and share your experience with me! It’s a fun and super easy project that can make a big difference in your hair care routine. Explore a variety of ingredients and fragrances to discover the ideal blend for your hair.

You may be surprised at how effective and convenient DIY dry shampoo can be!


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      1. I had no idea you can make your own dry shampoo… also, unaware that you can have build up when using it frequently. As a mommy to two under three years, I definitely substitute washing my hair with dry shampoo, oops! Great post!

      2. I haven’t tried DIY dry shampoo yet, but I think it’s a fantastic idea! Learning about its benefits and how simple it is to make at home has been eye-opening. As someone always on the lookout for practical solutions to simplify my daily routine, this seems like a game-changer.

        1. I’m so glad you’re considering the DIY dry shampoo, Ann! Yes, it’s definitely a game-changer!

      3. This is so great, besides the arrowroot I literally have all the ingredients at home. Thank you for sharing 🙂 This will save a lot of money for sure

      4. I HAVE to try this! I stopped using storebought dry shampoo because I read it was full of all kinds of nasty stuff. This is great!

      5. I’m definitely using this to make my own dry shampoo. I love the idea of being able to tailor it to my specific taste.

      6. I had no clue you could make your own DIY dry shampoo. I’m all about saving money but also reducing the amount of chemicals in my hair. Great guide!

      7. I have to say that this is the first time that I have heard about dry shampoos. It’s very handy when you know you can make something on your own instead of buying something with unnatural ingredients.

        1. It’s also handy when you’re in a rush and don’t have time to wash (and dry) your hair.

      8. I use dry shampoo from time to time, but I never thought I could make my own. This Recipe seems easy. Thank you for sharing.

      9. I use dry shampoo regularly, and it would be nice to try my own homemade version. Dry shampoo is so expensive, and it usually has a lot of chemicals in it.

      10. Thanks so much for this post! I’ve been looking to cut down on chemical products for a while now, and your DIY dry shampoo is a game-changer for me.

      11. I’ve never used dry shampoo, but the concept is interesting. Maybe I’ll make some as per your instructions and try it out.

      12. I’ve never tried the dry shampoo but my friend did the other day. It’s interesting how it looks after using it.

      13. I had no idea that it is possible to DIY but I would love to try making my own dry shampoo. Thank you for sharing how. I just need to find arrowroot powder so, I can get started.

        1. Arrowroot powder is usually in the same place as the cornstarch. They are usually down the baking aisle in the grocery store.

      14. Wow!!!!!! I had no idea you could make your own dry shampoo… I travel a lot and rthsi would be so handy. I have to try it soon for sure. Great post!

      15. I can’t wait to try this one, dry shampoo is such a lifesaver sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

      16. I think DIY is the way to go! Brands like Batiste don’t work too well for me.. Thanks for this article!

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