How to Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

How to Make Dry Shampoo

How to Make Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo is a great option for those days where you are running late, don’t want to shower or need a quick fix.  I like to make my own recipes using natural ingredients found in my kitchen cabinet.

A Dry shampoo is a water-free product that is designed to absorb excess oil in the hair. Once absorbed, all you have to do is brush or blot out the mixture, and you are ready to go.  Here’s the deal, you can go to the store spend a good amount of money on dry shampoo, but these usually contain unnecessary chemicals. I recommend making your own of normal house hold items. These natural ingredients, located right in your kitchen pantry, provide the same results and are better for your hair and scalp.

Dry Shampoo Recipes:



Flour, by it’s self is very absorbent, and can be sprinkled at the roots for blonds. If you have darker hair, try a darker powder instead, such as cocoa powder. Once applied, comb the flour through to evenly distribute. Allow to sit for 3 minutes and then shake the flour out while tousling your hair with your fingers. Your can also softly blow dry, to get the excess flour out!


Flour + Baking Soda

The addition of baking soda to the flour makes a more powerful mixture. Use this if you have excessive oil build up, because flour may not be strong enough on it’s own.

Baby Powder

Baby Powder absorbs excess oils great and also provides a nice fragrance.


Baking Powder

Baking Powder absorbs excess oil very effectively but has been known to cause dry hair! Use sparingly and only if necessary.

Corn Starch

Apply cornstarch to your roots, blend through and leave in for 2 minutes. Then brush the remaining out.


Cornmeal & Salt

Combine 1 tbsp. salt and 1/2 cup of cornmeal in a shaker (such as a salt and pepper shaker), shake over root area, once oil and dirt are absorbed (approx 2 min.), brush mixture out.

Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

Mix 3 parts cocoa powder to 1 part cornstarch or baby powder. Depending on how dark your hair is, you may need to adjust the recipe to make it lighter or darker. To darken the mixture a little bit add more cocoa powder. To lighten add more cornstarch or baby powder. You can also add a little cinnamon to the mix for a nice scent.


How To Use Dry Shampoo

You can store your desired recipe in a empty spice shaker or left over Parmesan cheese container so it is ready to use when you need it.



  1. Sprinkle 1 – 2 tbsp. of the substance or mixture of your choice directly on to your roots
  2. Use you fingers to scrunch and massage the powder into your hair and roots
  3. Let the mixture sit for a couple minutes
  4. Remove the excess powder with a fine-toothed comb, brush or your fingers
  5. Style your hair as usual
Dry Shampoo Directions

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