DIY DRY SHAMPOO – Your Hair will Look Like it has Been Freshly Washed

DIY DRY SHAMPOO – Your Hair will Look Like it has Been Freshly Washed
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You have no idea how awesome dry shampoos really can be until you try them.  I was completely shocked to find that my hair turned out totally oil free and looked great. Not only that, it smelled absolutely fantastic. I was most impressed by how clean my hair looked afterwards.

I’ve included several DIY dry & wet shampoo recipes for both light and dark hair. The following recipes gives thin, straight hair great texture – it ends up feeling thicker! Commercial Dry Shampoo can be $$$ and contain ingredients that you will twice about putting on your skin. So why not make your own!

DIY light powder Dry Shampoo for Blonde’s
¼ cup Cornstarch and/or Orris Root Powder or Arrowroot Powder – Arrowroot Powder Is the perfect base for any dry shampoo and does wonders at soaking up excess oils from the roots.
1 tablespoon Baking soda
1 tablespoon Kaolin Clay – White Kaolin Clay is rich in silica and can also detoxify hair along with restoring moisture to dry and brittle hair. The clay will also help to get rid of excess oils.
5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender Essential Oil – Not only is the scent of Lavender instantly relaxing and intoxicating but it’s actually great for the hair and helps to promote a healthy scalp. You can use any essential oil of your choice. Lavender is my favorite because it’s calming and smells fantastic. Other great EO’s for this mixture would be: Sage, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Neroli, Peppermint.
Small funnel
a container to store it in or invest in one of those brushes that have the powder in the handle and just continue to reload it.  That should contain the mess that way.
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Combine the cornstarch or arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, baking soda into a container using the small funnel and then add the lavender eo. Mix with a spoon. Store the mix in a small jar or old powder container and shake shake shake.

How To Apply The Powder:

To apply this powder I like to use a foundation brush. It helps to evenly distribute the powder to the roots. I dip the brush in the mixture and apply to sections of my hair (focusing on the roots). I then leave the mixture on my head for a few minutes. I start to massage the mixture into my hair as you would with any regular liquid shampoo. Last but not least; stand over the bathtub or go outside and flip your head down, comb through your hair with your fingers and gently shake off any remaining powder. Flip your hair back up, brush through and you’ll see that your hair is thicker and your roots should no longer be oily (if they were before). Your hair will smell like Lavender!

This will make enough dry shampoo for many uses. As long as you keep it sealed up, you can store it in the bathroom .
I think you will really enjoy this recipe. Dry Shampoos are really a wonderful way to skip washes for a few days if not more. This particular blend is great for oily hair because it has Arrowroot powder and Kaolin Clay which both help with excess oils and when used together work even better. I think you will notice you won’t have to wash your hair as much if you use this powder regularly!

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DIY Wet/Dry Spray Shampoo for Light or Blonde Hair
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch and/or Orris Root Powder
1/4 cup vodka, rubbing alcohol or witch hazel
Essential oils or a spritz of your favorite perfume to scent

What to do: Mix all ingredients in a small spray bottle and shake well. Shake before each use and spray on roots or oily parts of hair. Let dry and style as usual.

If you want to use the Wet/Dry on Dark Hair – use the above recipe and then after hair is dry sprinkle the Dry Shampoo (below) into hair.

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DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair
¼ cup Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder
2 tablespoons Raw cocoa powder (Cocoa powder – just make sure it’s unsweetened! Sweetened cocoa powder will turn hair into a sticky mess. The smell isn’t too potent) Raw Cacao is awesome. it actually can add slight highlights to your hair over time and it helps to not make the powder ever look white like many dry shampoos. Raw Cacao Powder – Not only does cacao smell absolutely wonderful, it works well for brunettes because it doesn’t leave any streaks. It also is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are great for the scalp and hair. Or 2 tablespoons Sandalwood Powder * Instead of Raw Cacao you can use Cocoa Powder. If you don’t have light to medium brown hair skip the cacao powder altogether and use yellow cornstarch or extra Arrowroot Powder.
Use cinnamon or paprika if you are a redhead.  (cinnamon can lighten hair with use)
1 tablespoon Baking soda
1 tablespoon Kaolin Clay
5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
small funnel
a container to store it in or invest in one of those brushes that have the powder in the handle and just continue to reload it.  That should contain the mess that way.


Combine the cornstarch or arrowroot powder, cocoa powder or sandalwood powder, kaolin clay, baking soda into a container using the small funnel and then add the lavender eo. shake shake shake.

*Sandalwood powder is a pleasantly fragrant powder from India is often used as a base for lotions, powders, and much more, and it works wonders for oily hair. It can be found online or stores that sell products from India. After rubbing into thoroughly into the scalp, the hair smells clean, lightly fragrant, and not the least bit oily. Best of all since it’s brown, it doesn’t leave white residue that other homemade remedies leave behind if it isn’t fully rubbed into the scalp. You can use this instead of cocoa powder if you don’t like the chocolate smell.

To apply this powder;
Just apply the same as the dry shampoo for blonde’s above.

Tips- Parting your hair in different directions or places helps to hide your roots, also try a zig-zag part.

If you have dark hair but don’t want to use cocoa powder in your hair, just use plain arrowroot and apply before going to bed the night before or at least 2 hours in advance so that it has time to absorb  and you won’t get the fake-gray-looks-like-a-wig look. Or use sandalwood powder in place of cocoa powder.

For extra volume- If you add some of the dry shampoo into your roots and blast your strands upwards with the help of a blow-dryer, you will get fine volume

Bonus Tips

Arrowroot or cornstarch can also be used as a mineral veil or finishing powder for homemade makeup or as an oil absorbing powder on the skin. I keep a mason jar filled with arrowroot on my counter and use it to set my makeup.

Dry shampoo helps get rid of some of the oils without stripping you scalp and triggering your body to produce even more.

You will love this powder if you have really oily hair – it absorbs up the oil immediately.
Do you wash your hair with Sulfate-free shampoo? It might be oily because you are over-washing it. It’s is best not to wash your hair too often so that your scalp can restore its natural balance and produce the perfect amount of sebum for healthy hair. Twice a week is a good goal. Between washes I like to use the above recipes to keep oily roots at bay and also to give my hair some added lift and volume!

Tips for growing longer hair (aside from diet) would be: Coconut Oil hair masks (once or twice a week) SEE Readers Digest Coconut Deep Hair Conditioner, eggs SEE Eggs can make your hair Shine like a diamond, Jojoba Oil (use it as a leave-in or wash-out conditioner) and Neem Oil. Also: take Fish Oil supplements. Make sure they are the purest possible, eat lots of greens and make sure you are drinking pure water and herbal teas!

You can purchase most of these ingredients at your local health food store Mix together all ingredients in a bowl until completely blended.

See: Homemade Hints for Hair Care

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