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Last Updated on December 18, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
This DIY dry shampoo recipe is perfect hair remedy for those days when you just don't have time to shower. My daughter is 14 and has very thick, wavy hair that she absolutely hates. We have made homemade hair masks and tried to dip dye hair using Kool aid but still, she complains. Well, she washes her hair, lets it air dry and then spends hours straightening it. That means it takes her HOURS to do her hair and she just doesn't have that kind of time on a daily basis. Her solution is to only wash her hair twice a week. That would normally be fine but of course, teenage hormones means that her hair gets a little oily in between washings. This DIY dry shampoo will help cut back on the 'shine' of the oil in between washings.
DIY Dry Shampoo
This diy dry shampoo is incredibly easy to make and you can vary the color a bit based on your own hair color. Her hair is a light brown and I went with ¾ cup of cornstarch and ¼ cup of cocoa powder. A few drops of essential oils were added but you could probably skip those if you don't have them. I have also seen recipes that use arrow root instead of cornstarch but I didn't have any in the house. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk gently and you are done. If you have reddish tones to your hair you can substitute cinnamon for the cocoa powder.
In terms of storage and usage, I made about 1 cup of this diy dry shampoo and stored most of it in a mason jar. You can apply it to your roots with a makeup brush. You can also put it in a salt shaker or spice jar with a small holed 'shaker' style cap and sprinkle it on your hair as needed. Brush the diy dry shampoo through your hair with a bristled brush to evenly distribute it throughout your hair.
DIY Dry Shampoo
- ¾ cup cornstarch (use ½ cup for darker hair)
- ¼ cocoa powder (use ½ cup for darker hair)
- 2 drops tea tree oil
- 6 drops rosemary oil
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- Place all ingredients in a large glass bowl and whisk gently with a fork or whisk to evenly mix everything
- Store in a mason jar with lid
- Apply to hair either with a large makeup brush or sprinkle on scalp from a spice jar or salt shaker.
If you enjoy DIY beauty projects, try this Easy DIY Rosemary Hair Mask for Dry Hair
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.