Don’t you just hate waking up to bed head?! This always seems to happen on the days when you don’t hear the alarm go off or have an early morning appointment. With no time (or desire) to re-wash your hair, sometimes all you need is a little pick-me-up to get your hair back on track. That’s why I love dry shampoo! When I sleep solely on one side all night long, it makes my hair look flat. By putting a little dry shampoo in your hair, it helps to restore the volume. Awesomeness! The only problem… buying dry shampoo can get expensive! There doesn’t seem to be much to them, and you can spend over $20 on a good name brand. That’s why I decided to make my own! It’s so easy and inexpensive that once I created my homemade dry shampoo, I knew I had to share! Without further ado, here's our DIY dry shampoo recipe for light or dark hair.
Here is what you will need:
½ cup Corn Starch
If you have red/auburn hair: Add 1 tbsp Cinnamon *
If you have brown/black hair: Add 1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa *
*Add an additional tbsp of cinnamon or unsweetened cocoa for a darker shade.
(Helpful hint: If you actively use dry shampoo, save the bottle you are currently using and after it is empty use it for this tutorial. If you don’t have a bottle and are starting from scratch, a good alternative is a recycled Parmesan cheese bottle.)
I like to mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl to make sure everything is evenly distributed. Once it is mixed, pour it into your bottle and screw on the cap.
When you go to use dry shampoo less is more. You can always shake out more if you need to, but sometimes a little goes a long way. First, separate your hair into sections, specifically where you normally part your hair and sprinkle some dry shampoo. Rub it in with your fingertips and brush it through till you no longer see the powder. Make sure to not get it right on your scalp at the part line. If you do, use a wet washcloth to remove the powder, otherwise your hairline will look like you used dry shampoo. This kind of defeats the point as your hair always looks like it has a ton of volume without any help, right!?! I thought so. 🙂
That’s all there is to it! Making your own dry shampoo is so simple and easy. Saving a trip to the store, some green, and knowing exactly what you are putting on your hair (no harsh chemicals) is a great feeling!
Mary Hill says
Hi, looks interesting. What is you have really light blond hair?
Hi Mary, Thanks for the question! If you have light blond hair I would suggest just using the corn starch. No need to add any coloring. 🙂
Amber Ludwig says
Wow!! Whoulda thought?!?! I don't normally use dry shampoo but my hairstylist friend told me I should because "old, dirty" hair holds style more! would this be affected using a heated styling tool at all??
I would double check with your hairstylist as she is more familiar with your hair. But, I have used dry shampoo on my hair before using a curling iron and other heated devices. I haven't had any issues. Thanks for the question!
Sarah Griffin says
What if I have dirty blonde hair? Do I just use corn starch alone? Great tips! I love my dry shampoo and yes, it gets very spendy!
Yes, I would just use the corn starch. That's all you need. 🙂 Enjoy saving all that $$$!
Linda Mannst says
This sounds like a great idea. I love saving money any way I can. I will give this a try soon. Thank you so much for sharing
This is awesome! Seconds as a snack too - lol!
This is wonderful! I started using dry shampoo a year ago and got curious as to the ingredients, I was expecting it be a condensed, aerosol version of baby powder or something of that nature, BUT to my dismay it was made of various chemical compounds of BUTANE! No wonder it said to keep away from a flame!!