Ever wonder how to make homemade dry shampoo? This mom can’t stand the smell of most of the aerosol type dry shampoos on the market. The one I do love is Beyond the Zone “Rock On” Dry Shampoo but at $7 a pop and only a few uses in the can (I have thick hair!), I just can not afford the indulgence.
Last week my gas water heater bit the dust and my family had to go longer between showers until we could arrange to have a new tankless one put in. We also had a power outage after a foot of snow fell which made it even harder to find a place to wash our hair. I felt like I had been camping! We could wash up but hair washing was more difficult. So we decided to give a homemade dry shampoo a try. We tested with cocoa and cornstarch and here are the results.
Dry Shampoo Recipe:
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. I’m wondering after going through this process if applying a glossy product would help. Hmmm, will have to test that one.
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. Who knows, you might find a cheaper at the Dollar store. It’s worth a shot. 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 “Rock On”. 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! Maybe not good for someone on a diet says the one on a diet!
I am delighted with my find and had to share!
If you don’t want to mess with recipes, you can always buy a dry shampoo, here’s a good recent article, Dry Shampoo Hair Care Companies Roll Out More Products