Making your own homemade dry shampoo is a wonderful way to save money on beauty products while also saving your scalp from harsh chemicals.
You may be surprised by the quality and effectiveness of this fantastic homemade dry shampoo—this DIY dry shampoo recipe is great for medium and darker hair, but you can easily reduce the amount of cocoa to better suite your hair color. It’s so easy to make that you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner!
Homemade dry shampoo
Shhhh… mom confession: I may not get a chance to shower every morning these days. I do, however, still try my best to make it to all of our story time, playdate and playground meet ups throughout the week. Unfortunately, my off days are easier to spot than they were when I was in my early twenties.
I’ve always had hair and skin that is a bit oily. If this is true for you as well, fear not, some estheticians and dermatologists have told me the long term pay off might be aging more gracefully than those with drier skin. Fingers crossed.
Over the years I’ve tried everything from baby powder to sprays to help my hair look fresh in a pinch. Typical baby powder left my darker hair looking suddenly aged decades and sprays had mixed results. In this past year I did find a new spray that worked quite well, but even when applied outside and walking in a line while spraying, it still left my gagging and I could literally feel tightness in my lungs from having those chemicals in my hair all day. Now, it seems my lungs are bit more sensitive to chemicals than maybe some others, but those handy cans are loaded with stuff no one should be breathing. So I finally swore them off and set out to find a way that was still fast, but better.
That led me to this homemade dry shampoo option. Natural dry shampoos aren’t a new thing, and you’ll find endless combinations of ingredients online, this custom DIY dry shampoo one works quite well for me. A little tweaking and hopefully you’ll find similar results!
I used a mix of arrowroot powder, which is light and absorbent, and bentonite clay powder, which has endless uses from eczema soothing properties to acne clearing benefits, and unsweetened cocoa powder.
With our son’s life-threatening food allergies, I was leery of using a cocoa powder, as ingesting any amount or form of dairy is a serious concern (FYI, most chocolates have at least some dairy so we avoid all in our house. His allergies also include egg, cashews and walnuts). It was easier than expected to find a cocoa powder that not only contained zero dairy but was also manufactured in a facility that doesn’t process dairy. Note: the specific one we used does list soy as a shared plant product.
I find the best results when applying the homemade dry shampoo mix at least 30 minutes before running out the door. I typically try to do this first thing in the morning to make sure I won’t forget.
Simply use a soft powder brush to apply. Lightly dip the end of the brush into the powder and tap off any extra then dab it all the way around the hairline that you know will show that day—think about your part line and hairline all the way around your head-don’t forget the back!
You can then brush it into your hair or just let it be. Try both ways and see which is best for you. I use this brush, anything similar would be great.
I hope you find as much usefulness for this great homemade dry shampoo recipe as I have. Be sure to check out more DIY beauty posts on Dear Crissy, below!
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Homemade dry shampoo
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay powder
- ¼ teaspoon all natural, unsweetened cocoa powder (only ingredient should be natural cocoa powder. Use less for lighter hair) In the end it was probably about 3 tablespoons worth of cocoa to get to the right coloring for my hair. Clearly started a bit timid, but wanted to be safe and not go overboard from the start.
- Add the arrowroot powder, bentonite clay and first scoop of cooca powder to a medium dish and carefully stir until you have a consistent color. Follow with more cocoa powder as needed. Do make sure to fully stir in all of the dark powder before adding more so you won’t over darken. If you add a little too much, not to worry, you can simply add in more arrowroot powder and or bentonite clay.
This should keep well for a couple of months as these are shelf stable ingredients. Also, washing your application tool or brush with mild soap every now and then will help keep oils off the brush and out of the powdered shampoo, which will help it last longer.