Recipe To Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

DIY dry shampoo is one of the best behind-the-scenes beauty secrets of all time.  It’s so easy to make and does such a good job, you’ll never spend money on store bought dry shampoo again.

Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

Have you ever used dry shampoo?  I’ll admit, until a decade ago I’d never even heard of dry shampoo, let alone people making their own DIY dry shampoo, but it has opened my eyes to the wonders of beauty shortcuts.

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And as far as beauty shortcuts go, this is one of the really good ones.

Recipe To Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

People didn’t used to use shampoo on their hair as often as we do now, and the theory is that people’s hair was in much better shape before washing it all the time.  I’m a believer in not washing very often, especially since I’ve had a mohawk over the last few years.  My hair looks better, behaves better, needs less product and hair drying, and feels so much smoother and hydrated when I only wash it once or twice a week.

homemade dry shampoo

The trick though, is that hair gets greasy and smelly without regular washing.  So dry shampoo fills in the gaps of shampooing by absorbing the oil from your scalp so you can go longer between washes.

make your own dry shampoo

It’s also a dream on crazy rushed mornings when you hit the snooze button too many times.  By the way, do any of you have not-crazy mornings?

I’d like to meet you and learn all your secrets, please.

do it yourself dry shampoo

There are a ton of dry shampoos on the market, but I’ve only tried a few because I mostly make my own.  My daughter is also a huge fan of dry shampoo, she makes her own and uses it all the time.  It’s pretty much the best.

The recipe to make your own DIY dry shampoo couldn’t be easier if it tried.  There are a couple of versions: one for people with light hair, and one for people with dark hair.  This recipe is for dark hair, but you just need to omit one ingredient if you have blonde or grey hair!  Easy, peasy.

DIY Dry Shampoo
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Make your own DIY dry shampoo at home with only a few ingredients you definitely already have in your pantry. Save yourself money and look great doing it!
Serves: 1 batch
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (if you have dark hair - if you have grey or blonde hair just omit this ingredient)
  • OPTIONAL: a few drops of your favorite scent of essential oil. I like lavender!
  1. Mix together cornstarch and cinnamon (and cocoa powder, if using).
  2. Mix together thoroughly with a small fork.
  3. Once all ingredients are completely mixed together add essential oils (if using).
  4. Using your fingers or an old makeup brush dab a little bit of dry shampoo onto the crown of your scalp.
  5. Use a comb or brush to incorporate completely into hair.
  6. Let sit for 5-10 minutes while dry shampoo absorbs the oil in your scalp.
  7. Style as usual!

Have fun and let me know if you make your own or have your own favorite DIY dry shampoo recipe!


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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