Ever wonder how to make your own diy dry shampoo? I personally can’t stand the smell of most of the aerosol type dry shampoos on the market. The smell is much too strong but the one I do love is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo and at $5 a pop I do buy it. When I run out, well that’s a different story. With two teenage daughters in the house, this happens way to often and it’s good to know that I can make my own homemade dry shampoo.

Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe for 3 Hair Colors:

In addition to the ingredients below, you will need a container with a top for storing your dry shampoo. See below for more suggestions on what you can use.

Light Blonde Hair

2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
3 teaspoons of cornstarch

Light Brown or Dark Blonde

2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of cornstarch

Dark Brown Hair

2 teaspoons of special dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of cornstarch

* You can test this recipe to find your perfect hair color by adding or reducing cornstarch or cocoa powder.

Directions for Using Dry Shampoo:

We used a large fluffy makeup brush to apply lightly to the roots and on the top 2-3 layers of our hair and then used the blow dryer with our hair upside down for just a few seconds to blow it out. The cornstarch absorbs the oil and dirt and the cocoa powder gives color to the cornstarch to blend with your hair. When you brush and blow out the product that has absorbed the oil in your hair, your hair looks and feels cleaner. Bending over to blow dry the product out of my hair adds volume for me but is optional after applying and is not necessary for the application. Our hair looked like it had just been washed, not as shiny but fabulous.

Storing the Dry Shampoo

You can use a shaker that is used for confectioner sugar to store your dry shampoo and sprinkle on instead of brushing on. It works just as well and may be preferred over the brush. I found one at Amazon but I remember Pampered Chef having one too. Come to think of it, you may have an old mineral foundation container that has a shaker top. It would be perfect for your DIY dry shampoo.

Compare to Other Dry Shampoos

Usually our hair gets oily the day after we wash it and this gives us an extra day of clean hair. It worked as good, if not better than the dry shampoos I had previously purchased at Ulta or Sephora for $20-$30 before finding the brand I like now. And our hair smells nicer too. The other thing to consider is the cost. You can make a ton of this homemade dry shampoo for the price of a can of commercial dry shampoo.

My teen daughter used it tonight before going to play practice and I told her if someone said they were craving an Almond Joy, she will know they were smelling her hair. She uses a shampoo that smells like coconut. Add that too the cocoa and you have the smell of a candy bar!


Don’t try to add tumeric to your color to make it more blonde!  My pups somehow pulled the empty capsules (I used tumeric supplements I had on hand) out of the kitchen trash can and now my floors are all yellow.  Turmeric stains and the yellow color is very difficult to remove.  I will update this post as I try to find a way to reverse the damage.  Love my pups!

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