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How To Make Your Own Dry Shampoo (powder and spray)

DIY dry shampoo

Dry shampoos are hugely popular in particular because dry shampoo give the hair structure so it’s easier to style. In my case it means that my hair will have much more volume. Actually, freshly washed hair can be a bit too sleek, which makes it impossible to create volume or to style it. Dry shampoos are a great solution if you don’t want to wash your hair that often or if you are too busy. But how can you make your own dry shampoo?

What is a dry shampoo?

The basic idea of ​​a dry shampoo is an oil-absorbing substance that you will need to apply to the roots of your hair (scalp) or wherever your hair is greasy. There are great brands on the market, but unfortunately they contain chemical ingredients.

The oil-absorbing substances in normal dry shampoos absorb oil quickly and are usually evaporating liquids such as vodka or alcohol. Commercial dry shampoos can be pricey and contain substances such as isobutane, butane and propane. That are quite a few explosive chemicals on your hair. I was also told (by a hairdresser) that dry shampoos stick to your scalp and are therefore very difficult to wash out. Yak!

DIY dry shampoo

How To Make Your Own Dry Shampoo (powder and spray)

Luckily Mother Nature offers us very good alternatives. There are some natural products which absorb oil, such as corn starch and arrowroot. These are very convenient to clean the hair and to get a grip on your hair which will make it easier to style. On my hair, I use a not too bright powder (arrowroot) because I’m not blonde so therfore I will mix arrowroot with cocoa powder.

How to make dry shampoo powder?

You need the following:

  • for blondes: ¼ cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • for brunettes: 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 5 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • use an old makeup brush to apply the powder (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon. Store the mixture in a small container or old make up box. With  an old makeup brush you can now apply the powder to the oily parts of your hair. You can also use a comb.

For brunettes
If you rather not use cocoa  poweder you can leave it out, just make sure to let the white powder ( cornstarch or arrowroot)  absorb the oil for at least two hours (or overnight), so you will not walk around with a white haze on your head.

How to make a dry shampoo spray?

If you prefer a (wet) spray instead of a powder, you will need to follow the same steps as above. You will only need to add a little bit of water and alcohol. Of course you will need a spray bottle as well.

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup vodka or other alcohol
  • essential oils or a little puff of your favorite fragrance
  • spray bottle

Mix all ingredients in a small spray bottle and shake the mixture well. Shake before each use and spray on the roots of your hair or the greasy parts. Then let it dry for a while.


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