Homemade Dry Shampoo (powder and spray)

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. Let’s make homemade dry shampoo.

What is dry shampoo?

The basic idea of ​​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 regular dry shampoos absorb oil quickly and usually evaporate liquids such as vodka or alcohol. Commercial dry shampoos can be pricey and contain substances such as isobutane, butane, and propane. Those are quite a few 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. Yikes.

DIY dry shampoo

Homamde Dry Shampoo (powder and spray)

There are some natural products that absorb oil, such as corn starch and arrowroot. These are very convenient for cleaning and getting a grip on your hair, making it easier to style. I use a not-too-bright powder (arrowroot) because I’m not blonde, so therefore I will mix arrowroot with cocoa powder.

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 makeup box. With an old makeup brush, you can apply the powder to the oily parts of your hair. You can also use a comb.

For brunettes
If you prefer not to use cocoa powder, you can leave it out. Ensure letting 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.

Dry shampoo spray

If you prefer a (wet) spray instead of a powder, follow the same steps 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.

If you are going to make dry shampoo, I would love to see your creations! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @thegreencreator or by leaving a comment below.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Dry Shampoo (powder and spray)”

    • Hi Ellie,

      To make it a spray you need a form of liquid. Alcohol is the first choice because it evaporates quickly. For an alcohol-free dry shampoo, consider using alternatives like aloe vera gel, light carrier oils such as jojoba or grapeseed, or even water. I have no experience with that as I found it hard to find the right alternative for effective oil absorption.


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