Dry Shampoo Recipes: For Dark or Light Hair

how-to-make-natural-dry-shampoo-for-light-or-dark-hairWhat is dry shampoo? It’s a kind of shampoo you apply to dry hair and brush or blow out, taking grime and excess oil with it. Although you can purchase a dry shampoo, making your own dry shampoo is super cheap and easy, plus you can customize the formula. Read on to find out several recipes which are easy and cheap for homemade dry shampoo.

Ingredients for Dry Shampoo

Depending on what you have available, you can mix several ingredients together as a dry shampoo, or just use a single of them.
  • Corn starch
  • Baking soda
  • Corn meal
  • Baby powder or talcum powder
  • Ground oatmeal (use a coffee grinder or spice mill to powder oatmeal)
  • Cocoa powder (great for dark hair, particularly if you do not want any white residue)
  • Arrowroot powder (great for light or blonde hair)
  • 2-4 drops of essential oil (for fragrance, optional)
Good choices for essential oil include peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil or grapefruit oil. If you like, you can completely omit the oil, or to scent your hair, you can rub a small amount of oil on your hands, and then run your hands through your hair. Example Recipe:
  • A quarter cup of cornstarch
  • Two tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Two drops of peppermint
Want more examples? Read our latest dry shampoo recipes…

How to Use Dry Shampoo?Apply to scalp with a makeup brush

  1. Be sure that your hair is totally dry. The powder will form clumps if it’s damp. It is called “dry” shampoo for a reason, right? 🙂
  2. Apply the powder onto your hair using an old makeup brush, or sprinkle it from a height of several inches.
  3. To distribute the dry shampoo, either utilize a blow dryer on the cool setting or comb the powder through your hair.
  4. You can bend down and shake the dry shampoo out with your fingers, or just brush it out.
Read more about how to use dry shampoo

Making a “Wet” Dry Shampoo

Making a “wet” dry shampoo (containing the same ingredients, together with a quick-evaporating liquid) is another option. When your hair is dry, you can spritz this type of dry shampoo into your hair and then brush it out. This type of homemade dry shampoo could be made by adding a bit of vodka or rubbing alcohol to the dry ingredients. Note that, although the alcohol will have a cooling and refreshing effect if you overuse this type of dry shampoo, it may cause your scalp to feel tight and dry.

Cheesecloth Method

If you don’t want to put anything in your hair, or simply don’t have any of these ingredients, wrapping a brush with 1 or 2 layers of cheesecloth is another option. Then brush your hair, which will deposit excess oil onto the cloth.