How to Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

By Mary Hunt

April 7, 2021 4 min read

Do you ever notice how your hair hurts when you haven't washed it in a few days? Hey, washing and styling can be so time-consuming! It's not just you; greasy hair pain is a thing.

There's a legit reason for this, having to do with oils that your scalp produces naturally accumulating around the hair shaft. A great dry shampoo can stem the tide. It does wonders to prevent the problem because it absorbs that excess oil so you can just brush it out.

More than that, dry shampoo can extend a blowout for days, bring life to limp hair or make it look as if you've actually showered when you're too lazy to wash your hair (not judging).

Listen, we've all gone a few too many days between shampoos. Some of us frequently rely on a good dry shampoo to stem the tide. And as you may have noticed, not all dry shampoos are created equal. Some feel sticky, which can weigh hair down. Others leave weird, whiteish chunks clinging to the hair, resembling a bad case of dandruff instead of the look of freshly washed hair. Worse? Quality dry shampoos containing hard-to-pronounce, weird ingredients can be super pricey.

Making your own dry shampoo solves all the problems: You'll know with certainty what's in it; it works really well; and it costs only pennies!

It's so easy and quick to make a batch of super absorbent, easily removed dry shampoo.

You'll need:

5 minutes

A shaker container

Small mixing bowl

Baking soda


Essential oil, optional

Mix the baking soda, cornstarch and optional essential oil in a small mixing bowl. Transfer to a shaker (such as a large salt shaker or an empty clean Parmesan cheese container). This makes it super easy to sprinkle into your hair but also allows you to close the lid to keep it dry between uses.

It is super easy to use dry shampoo. Apply a small amount, sprinkling it through your hair and then working it into the roots with your fingers or a hairbrush. Or you can use a makeup brush by dipping it into the dry shampoo and then dabbing it into the roots. Allow to sit for a few minutes to absorb the greasy oil, and then brush it all away with a good hairbrush.

If you have dark hair, you may notice that this dry shampoo leaves a whiteish haze around the roots. This will dissipate, so don't worry. However, to avoid this from happening, you can add natural color to your dry shampoo. For brunette hair, add a small amount of dry cocoa powder. Cinnamon works for reddish-brown hair. Remember you're going to brush most if not all of this out, but any residue that remains will take on the color of cocoa or cinnamon.

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