Dry shampoos have been on the market for some time now, and it’s easy to see why. Going a few days without having to shampoo your hair, but still looking fresh and clean? Is it really possible? I definitely needed to try something while my hair adjusted to my homemade natural shampoo.

I decided to give in to the dry shampoo craze, and bought myself a bottle of this magic in a can. Sadly, while it did seem to suck up some of the oil on my roots, it left me with a powdery white wig look, which I can tell you is not very appealing on my brunette hair. I can totally see this being used on someone with lighter hair, even blonde, but I just couldn’t seem to find any good all natural products that were designed for darker hair.

So I did a little research and found a much more natural approach to making your own dry shampoo at home, and it’s surprisingly easy! Most of the ingredients I already had in my cabinet, so it was just a matter of finding some containers to put them in. The best part was that now I can make a dry shampoo for dark hair, and not look like I was a member of Parliament.

Why Use A Dry Shampoo?

There are many reasons to use a dry shampoo, but the most common one is to extend the time in between washes for your hair. Washing your hair every day isn’t good for it, as it strips the natural oils from your scalp and can leave your hair brittle and dry. Plus, it just saves a lot of time since you don’t have to worry about shampooing every day.

A Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoos are designed to absorb some of the excess oils on your scalp, which help keep your hair looking fresh in between washes. It can also add some volume to your hair as it absorbs some oil from your roots. While I don’t use a dry shampoo all the time, it’s perfect for a quick fix if you need to head out of the house, or just to help fluff up your hair if you’re lacking some volume.

With the prices that those fancy dry shampoo brands have, it makes sense to make your own at home for pennies on the dollar. Not only that, but you know exactly what ingredients are in your dry shampoo, rather than some of the “flammable” materials that come with those convenient aerosol cans.

Here are the recipes for homemade dry shampoo:

Dry Shampoo Recipe Light Hair – What You’ll Need Dark Hair – What You’ll Need 2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder or Organic Cornstarch2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder4-6 drops of Essential Oil – (optional)Empty salt shaker, spice shaker, jar, or old makeup brush.

Red/Auburn Hair – What You’ll Need2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder or Organic Cornstarch 2 tablespoons Ground Cinnamon4-6 drops of Essential Oil – (optional)Empty salt shaker, spice shaker, jar, or old makeup brush.

What To Do

Mix together the arrowroot or cornstarch with the essential oils and put into a container for storage. I find it’s easier to use a container with small holes on the lid (like a spice or salt shaker), for easy application.

Apply mixture to roots, or any oily areas of the hair. Use only a little at a time and buildup as needed. If using a shaker container, simply sprinkle lightly onto roots. If using an old makeup brush, tap onto roots with the bristles.

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Make sure to comb through your hair after applying the dry shampoo mixture to help blend it in. You can also skip the cocoa powder for dark hair, if you choose not to use it, and just let it sit on your roots overnight so it has time to absorb without giving you a lovely gray wig look. Arrowroot can also be used as a finishing powder for your makeup!

Do you use a dry shampoo for your hair? What are your favorite tricks to keeping your hair look clean between washes? Share below!