A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #48: Make Your Own Dry Shampoo for Light, Dark, or Red Hair

Dry shampoo is a weekly hair savior: it de-greases, adds volume and texture, and can help maintain a blowout for up to a week. If you have processed, curly, or dry hair — or if you’re a “no ‘poo” type and avoid shampooing entirely — you might still get greasy, limp roots and wonder whether you should subject your locks to a full wash or leave it be. Dry shampoo to the rescue! Also, if you exercise in the middle of the day and don’t have time for a complete re-do, dry shampoo saves the day!

As with most of the DIY options listed on this blog, you can find store-bought versions that work well. But they often contain ingredients you don’t need, and they can put an unnecessary dent in your wallet. We’re all about easy, frugal, and natural here, so keep reading if you share this mindset.

It’s very easy to make your own dry shampoo! In the past, I’ve used baby powder, but I didn’t like the white residue that sometimes got left on my dark parts. You can tailor this DIY ‘poo to light, dark, or red locks in a jiffy, and leave the white residue behind! You can also experiment with various additives to match your precise hair color, but be careful: I’ve heard cinnamon will bleach your hair!

You can either make a batch of this beforehand and store it in a sealed container, or make it as you go. I’ve seen some cute versions stored in shaker jars (like for herbs or parmesan cheese), which seems like a very clever solution: just sprinkle, brush, and go! I haven’t tried that yet because I don’t have an empty spice jar right now, so I just make it on the go, apply it with my fingertips, and brush through. Works just fine that way, natch 🙂 The steps listed below are for a make-ahead batch.

Stuff to Know:

  • Buy organic cornstarch if you can! Organic is free of GMOs and you will avoid soaking them into your system via your scalp.
  • Spot test any products or ingredients before using any homemade products on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies.
  • You can store this in a sealed container in a cool, dark place for up to a month or longer. Check the expiration date on your ingredients!

DIY Dry Shampoo for Light, Dark, or Red Hair

Ingredients for light hair:

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4-5 drops of your favorite essential oil

Ingredients for dark hair:

  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. pure cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 4-5 drops of your favorite essential oil

Ingredients for red hair:

  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika
  • 4-5 drops of your favorite essential oil

Steps

  1. Mix together your ingredients.
  2. Apply to your roots and hairline using your fingertips or an old makeup brush, or sprinkle on using a shaker jar.
  3. Brush through and style your hair as usual.

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Questions for readers:

Do you use dry shampoo?

How often do you shampoo your hair? Are you on the “no ‘poo” train?

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14 thoughts on “A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #48: Make Your Own Dry Shampoo for Light, Dark, or Red Hair

  1. Tomorrow will be my third day shampoo-free! I mixed up a batch of the dark hair version tonight because I think I will need it tomorrow, as my greasy scalp is just beginning the adjustment to no poo…I think this dry shampoo will be helpful in maintaining my resolve 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. I seriously suggest not using paprika or cinnamon in any dry shampoo that you won’t rinse. Even if you mean sweet paprika powder we Hungarians use so often, both are really strong spices and can irritate the scalp in a long term use. But the idea is great, I’ll surely try it out with cocoa or just the cornstrach, but I thought it would be great to note this little warning, as some people can get really red and itchy scalp from these ingredients!

    1. Thanks for your comment. Yes, that’s why I definitely recommend spot testing any products or ingredients before using any homemade products on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies! 🙂

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