Are you someone with an oily scalp, who ends up with greasy hair after just two days of hair wash, and to get non-greasy hair look, you have to wash your hair more frequently, which is not good for your hair? Then the solution to this regular problem of yours is dry shampoo. This shampoo absorbs excess oils from your hair and provides you with a non-greasy hair look.
Dry shampoos can be used to avoid frequent hair washes, which is the major cause of hair breakage, but it is important to understand that you cannot shift towards dry shampoos because they build up residues, and if not cleaned in regular time intervals, then it can lead to an itchy scalp, clogged hair follicles, and other problems.
These shampoo’s are easily available in the markets, but people try to avoid them because of several reasons. Some of them are the high cost and usage of loads of chemicals in manufacturing the product.
So to tackle those issues, you can make dry shampoo by yourself. You can use natural ingredients to prepare your homemade dry shampoo to avoid chemical-based shampoos that too on a low budget.
The dry shampoo powder recipes that we will discuss today will be very useful to people who believe in using eco-friendly products or who have allergic issues to chemicals because these recipes will only use natural ingredients and will not have any side effects on your skin.
Also, all the ingredients we will use can be easily found in the local market, or you can place an online order from your favorite e-shops.
Let’s discuss some DIY dry shampoo recipes which can be used to get fresh hair without washing them.
1. DIY Dry Shampoo From Cocoa Powder and Corn Starch
In this recipe, we will use unsweetened cocoa powder and cornstarch for making dry shampoo. For preparing the dry shampoo powder, mix both of them in equal parts, and the resulting mixture is good to be used as a dry shampoo.
Apply the mixture on your scalp and brush it so that it can be spread properly. Cornstarch has the properties of soaking excess oil, which provides a non-greasy hair look, and cocoa powder will work as a natural hair color for dark brown hair, black hair, or red hair. Also, if you have grey hair, it will provide a tint to your hair that will look good, or you can skip cocoa powder if you don’t want the color.
2. DIY Dry Shampoo From Cocoa, Arrowroot, And Essential Oils
For making this dry shampoo, we will use unsweetened cocoa powder, arrowroot powder, and essential oil. To prepare the mixture, take a bowl and put 4 tbsp of arrowroot powder and 1 to 2 tbsp of cocoa powder, and a few drops of essential oils (such as lavender, rosemary, etc.) Then mix the mixture well to avoid lump formation, and your shampoo is ready.
After that, store it in an airtight container. Arrowroot powder works on absorbing excess oils, essential oils provide required nourishment and help in reducing frizz, and cocoa powder provides a natural hair color to your hair.
3. DIY Dry Shampoo From Alcohol
For this recipe, we will use rubbing alcohol, water, cornstarch, and essential oils. To prepare the shampoo, take four tbsp of water in a bowl, then mix one tbsp of rubbing alcohol and one tbsp of cornstarch. Then at the end, add a few drops of essential oil such as lavender, rosemary, etc., then transfer this mixture into a spray bottle. And your shampoo is ready.
Shake the bottle well every time before using the mixture, and then comb your hair with the help of a hairbrush so that the shampoo can be spread evenly. Now you can let your hair dry naturally, or if you are getting late, then you can use the hair dryer, and you are good to go.
Rubbing alcohol works as a cleansing agent which soaks the excess oils and grease from your hair and provides a clean and fresh look. On the other hand, essential oils provide the required nourishment to your hair and avoid hair breakage.
4. DIY Dry Shampoo Using Baking Powder
You must be wondering, can I use baking soda as a dry shampoo? And the answer to this is, Yes! You can use it as a hair care product apart from baking cakes. Take one cup of cornstarch in a bowl and add one tbsp of baking soda and one tbsp of cocoa powder (it is optional, you can use it if you have dark hair) then, add a few drops of peppermint oil, which will provide freshness and a good smell.
Mix the mixture well so that there won’t be any lump, then transfer the mixture into an airtight container, and it is ready to use. The baking powder absorbs excess oils and also helps in getting rid of the odor.
5. DIY Dry Shampoo From Arrowroot Powder And Vodka
Apart from drinking for fun, you can use vodka for other purposes, and one of them is to clean your hair. For making that, take a spray bottle and add four tbsp of arrowroot powder, four tbsp of vodka, and a few drops of essential oil such as lemon grass, cedarwood, rosemary, etc. (which will help in increasing hair strength, and will provide a good fragrance) and add two-thirds cup of water. Now shake the bottle well, and your shampoo is ready.
Vodka helps in balancing the production of sebum, as well as in reducing frizzy hair. Rosemary oil helps in preventing premature hair greying, treats the itchy scalp, and also promotes hair growth. It also provides a good fragrance to your hair.
6. DIY Dry Shampoo From Kaolin Clay
For preparing this homemade dry shampoo recipe, we will use Kaolin clay, Arrowroot powder, whole wood essential oil, and cocoa powder. In a bowl, take two tbsp kaolin clay, four tbsp arrowroot powder, two tbsp cocoa powder, and a few drops of whole wood essential oil. Mix the mixture well and make sure that there is no lump in the mixture.
After that, store the mixture in an airtight container and put it in a cool and dry place to extend its shelf life. Kaolin clay helps in preventing hair breakage and reduces dandruff. Cocoa powder can be avoided if you have grey hair or blonde hair colors.
7. DIY Dry Shampoo From Cinnamon Powder, Arrowroot Powder, And Cocoa Powder
To make this dry shampoo mixture take a bowl and add two tbsp of cinnamon powder, two tbsp of arrowroot powder, and two tbsp of cocoa powder. Mix the mixture properly and store it in a container or you can use the salt shaker to store it: It will help in applying the shampoo on your scalp.
The cinnamon powder will help in increasing blood circulation which will lead to hair growth and also provide a good fragrance.
8. DIY Dry Shampoo From Bentonite Clay
For making this homemade dry shampoo powder, we will use bentonite clay, arrowroot powder, cocoa powder (optional), and tea tree essential oil. Take a bowl, and add two tbsp of bentonite clay, four tbsp of arrowroot powder, one tbsp of cocoa powder, and a few drops of essential oils. Mix the mixture thoroughly and store it in an airtight container.
You can use a makeup brush for applying the shampoo without creating a mess. Tea tree oil will help in treating dandruff and promotes hair growth. Bentonite clay contains moisturizing properties, which decrease the chances of hair breakages.
9. DIY Dry Shampoo From Activated Charcoal Powder
For this natural dry shampoo recipe, we will use only two ingredients, i.e., cornstarch and activated charcoal powder. In a bowl, take two tbsp of cornstarch and 2 tbsp of charcoal powder. Mix the powder, and you can use it.
Charcoal helps in getting rid of excess oil and also fights dandruff. It provides you with fresh and healthy hair. This shampoo is a good option for black hair color.
10. DIY Dry Shampoo From Oatmeal And Cornstarch
For preparing this natural dry shampoo recipe, we will use just two ingredients that you can easily find on your kitchen shelf, i.e., oatmeal and cornstarch. In a bowl, take half a cup of finely blended oatmeal and two tbsp of cornstarch. After that, mix the mixture thoroughly and transfer the powder to an airtight container.
11. DIY Dry Shampoo From Almonds
A natural hair care recipe of dry shampoo mixture that you can try is almond, cornstarch, and natural oil. To prepare this dry shampoo recipe, take a bowl and put two tbsp of finely ground almonds into it. Add some drops of natural oils and four tbsp of cornstarch after that. Lastly, mix it well and make sure that there are no lumps left in the mixture.
Tips For Applying Dry Shampoo
Always use a hairbrush in your hair after applying the shampoo. So that it can spread evenly, and always make sure that you remove the excess powder from your scalp. Otherwise, it will leave powder patches on your head.
You can use a makeup brush to apply the powder easily and to avoid mess. You can also use a salt shaker for storing the shampoo for easy access.
It will be better to apply the shampoo at night to get the best results in the morning because it will be able to absorb the excess oil completely in that long time.
It is advisable to keep it in a cool and dry place for increasing its shelf life and avoid any moisture contact.
Since the dry shampoos available in markets are full of chemicals and too much costly. It is preferable to DIY dry shampoo to avoid exposure to chemicals and keep it budget-friendly.
The DIY dry shampoo recipes that we read above can be easily prepared. These shampoos can also be customized as per your hair color and hair texture. The usage of cocoa powder can be increased and decreased as per your natural hair color. For example, if you have dark hair color, then you can increase the amount of cocoa, or if you have blonde hair color, then you can reduce or avoid it. Similarly, you can use other natural hair colors as per your preference in your shampoo.
Also, adding a few drops of essential oil to your dry shampoo will do wonders. Because it will provide the required nourishment, reduce frizz hair, help in hair strengthening, and gives an amazing fragrance. You can use the one that suits you.
These days almost everything is available in the market but Sonali found most of them not up to her taste or full of chemicals, leading to so many DIYs. Here, she is sharing her DIY ideas so that others can also get benefitted from them.