DIY Dry Shampoo

DIY Dry Shampoo

Let me start with this – I love dry shampoo! I have fine hair that tends to get greasy very easily. It has been a goal of mine to take better care of my hair. My switch to all natural bar shampoo has helped immensely. Washing my hair less frequently is also helping it look and feel better. However, after one day of not washing my hair it is one giant grease ball…enter dry shampoo! I use this recipe 2-4 days a weeks as a part of my morning routine. This DIY dry shampoo is very easy to make and it uses ingredients you can find in your pantry.

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Below are the supplies needed to make DIY dry shampoo. This is going to be a fairly short list because it is that simple!

  • Corn Starch (This one is vegan, gluten free and Non GMO) Some people use arrowroot powder instead of corn starch. I have never tried it but if you have some, give it a try and let me know how it goes!
  • Cocoa Powder Note this is for dark hair only. If you have blonde hair you can skip this ingredient.
  • Essential Oil You can choose any scent of essential oil you want (lavender is popular). If you don’t like having a scent you can go without essential oil.
  • Glass container. I personally use a candle jar that had been used up from Ikea that has a nice silver lid. You can use any glass container as long as it has a lid of some kind.
  • Make Up Brush The make up brush is used to apply the dry shampoo. I highly suggest having one dedicated to only the dry shampoo and not to mix it with your foundation brush.


For dark hair, mix one part corn starch (1/8 or 1/4 cup) and 1 part cocoa powder (1/8 or 1/4 cup). Next, add a couple of drops of essential oil and mix. Put the dry shampoo mix into a glass container and it’s ready to use. Simple, right?

For light hair, take 1/4 cup of corn starch and add a couple drops of essential oil. Set it into a glass container.

How to use dry shampoo

To use DIY dry shampoo, take your blush brush (remember, only used for the dry shampoo) and gather a small amount on it. Shake off any excess because you don’t want to have it clumpy in your hair. Next, working in small sections use the brush to rub the dry shampoo onto your roots. Repeat as needed for all the greasy sections of your hair. Give your hair a brush and shake off any remaining dry shampoo.

That’s it for DIY dry shampoo! This is such an easy DIY that has a great result for your hair and a better impact on the environment than the aerosol cans. What do you think of this dry shampoo? Let me know in the comments below.

Next, check out my other zero waste switches at Little Family on the Big Lake.

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Lindsey | GreenMamaLife

I love this natural easy recipe! Definitely going to try. We are doing our best to be zero waste so avoiding all the store bought stuff!

Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

I love dry shampoo too but never thought to make it at home. This is a brilliant idea! Thank you for this!

Jess |

awesome idea! I’ll have to try this šŸ™‚

2 years ago

Thanks for sharing! I want to try this out, it sounds amazing!

2 years ago

I love love this idea! It is so simple and only a couple ingredients. I have brown hair too so the cocoa will work and may help the in between grey cover up too. Iā€™m going to pin it!

2 years ago

I Love using dry shampoo, saves me washing my hair everyday. Never thought to make my own, this is a great ideas. Thanks

2 years ago

What a great idea!!! I didn’t know you can make dry shampoo at home. Definitely have to try it

2 years ago

Quite impressive to make dry shampoo at home. Would never have thought of that. Great simple recipe with natural products. Love that šŸ™‚

Eileen M Loya
Eileen M Loya
2 years ago

Oh wow. That is so easy to make! I will stop buying the ones in spray canisters. They are too expensive anyway. I will share this post with my sister too.

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