How to Make Your Own Dry Shampoo: For Light Hair & Dark Hair

By Aniela M / May 19, 2015

Dry shampoo is a girl's best friend! Great in between washes, dry shampoo is an absolute must-have in your beauty arsenal. Unfortunately, dry shampoos can sometimes cost a pretty penny and on top of that, they're not always that healthy for your hair (depending on the brand you get). So why not make your own dry shampoo?

make your own dry shampoo

Below, I'll show you how to make your own dry shampoo for light hair and dark hair alike. It'll only cost you about $2 jar which should last you for months. Also, you only need a few ingredients that you probably already have in your house!

How to Make Your Own Dry Shampoo: Light Hair

light hair

You'll need:

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 baking soda
  • 5-10 drops essential oil of your choice (lavender,lemon,mint, etc)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in a glass jar in your bathroom. You can place it in a regular jar and use an old makeup brush to apply, or in a shaker jar if you have one.

How to Make Your Own Dry Shampoo: Dark Hair

dark hair

You'll need:

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 5-10 drops essential oil of your choice (lavender, lemon, mint, etc)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in a glass jar in your bathroom. Another great idea would be to store it in a little spice jar. That way, you can apply it directly to your roots.

How to Use Dry Shampoo

If you've never used dry shampoo before (at least not in a powder form), it's easy! There are a few different ways you can apply dry shampoo to your roots:

  1. Using an old makeup brush. Dip a clean makeup brush into your jar of powder, or, if you're using a shaker, shake it onto your brush. Apply directly to your roots and wait a couple of minutes. The powder will be visible and it might look like you have wait hair, but don't worry – that'll go away! Brush your hair all throughout. Your hair will be a lot less oily, it'll look freshly washed, and bonus: you'll notice a bit of volume too!
  2. Directly out of the shaker. If you're using a spice jar or a shaker jar, you can just sprinkle some on top of your roots right out of the jar. Proceed with the same steps as above.
  3. Using your hands. Alternatively, you can also just dump some out into your hands and work through your roots. Whichever way works best for you as it really doesn't matter much – you'll still get the same results!

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