So, I’m just going to be perfectly honesty with you. I don’t wash my hair every day. (Right now you’re either completely disgusted and bowing your head in embarrassment or nodding your
oily head in mutual understanding.) Between mothering, church responsibilities, housekeeping, etc.., I feel like any extra time is akin to the number of 5 year old little girls who have never heard “Let it Go.” In other words, RARE.
I really don’t have the time to do the whole wash, blow-dry and style routine every. single. day. But I also really don’t like the idea of looking like that kid from your 7th grade science class that went through puberty without a single shower.
Enter DIY dry shampoo.
Dry shampoo is used to absorb excess dirt and oil in the hair without the use of water. It allows me to go a day or 2 between washings while still looking fresh.
Grocery store products can be a little pricy, so I’ve come up with my own special concoction – one for dark hair and one for lighter hair.
Note: This recipe is fairly forgiving. Your measurements don’t need to be exact, but be careful not to have more cocoa powder than cornstarch/arrowroot powder in the dark recipe. If there is too much cocoa, it may start to melt or get a little clumpy.
Dark Hair DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe
1/2 Cup cocoa powder (click here to buy)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon powder –if you have red in your hair – optional (click here to buy)
1/2 Cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (click here to buy)
5-6 drops essential oils, optional (order essential oils here)
Light Hair DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe:
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. I chose to use Orange essential oil because I though it would pair well with the smell of the cocoa. (Which it did, but I also was a little nervous that my 4 year old was going to try and take a bite of my head. “Mommy, you smell like chocolate!! Yum!!!) Pour into container of your choice. I pretty much use mason jars for everything because I have about a million hanging around. This should last indefinitely as long as you regularly sanitize your applicator (makeup brush in my case).
With a large dry makeup brush apply a dusting of powder to roots of hair. I lift up a few large sections of hair and apply it to the roots on the upper half of my head. You don’t want to go too crazy though, otherwise you may look like you have some gray roots going on.
Then take a hairbrush of choice and comb the powder through until you can’t see it anymore. I brush it all the way out to my ends. Note: It may take a little practice to get a hang of what amount is right for you. I think everyone will probably be a little different depending on natural oiliness levels. You can see how much I use in the picture below. And I promise I don’t have dandruff. Just some dry shampoo dust!
The price for this recipe varies depending on whether you’re making the light or dark version, if you use the optional ingredients, and if you use the cornstarch or arrowroot powder. I’ll do a price compare for the exact recipe I used.
Baking Powder $0.55
Essential Oil: $0.40
The cheapest dry shampoo I was able to find at the grocery store was for Suave Professionals and it came in at $3.99 (not including tax). That means our recipe has an at least 53% savings!! And that’s with the cheap stuff. The saving only compounds from there when you compare it to professional grade dry shampoos.
So, after using this for a little while it’s safe to say I’ve found a keeper. What about you? Are you a user of dry shampoo? Have you tried any homemade versions? I’d love to hear what works for you!