Beauty Product Freedom: DIY Dry Shampoo

Beauty Product Freedom: DIY Dry Shampoo

This post is part of a series I’m doing on freedom from beauty products. As a long-standing product-junky, I’m very excited to share with you everyday ways you can save money, get healthier, and green your consumer footprint all at once. Upcoming posts include easy diy shampoo and skincare alternatives. I don’t want to just talk about clean eating – I want to talk about a whole clean lifestyle.

When I first discovered dry shampoo several years ago, I was in love.  I have naturally oily hair, and I’m not a big fan of showering.  Dry shampoo allowed me to avoid showering but still not look like a dirty hippy or a bum off the street!

I’ve done it off and on, and I still have the $11 Oscar Blandi one ounce bottle I purchased all those years ago.  When I look at the ingredients in that commercial bottle now, I’m shocked.  It has aluminum, fragrance (read: undisclosed chemical cocktail), and a bunch of other chemicals, a total of 15 ingredients.  It also says to keep out of reach of children.

Well, I can make dry shampoo with 2 ingredients – ones I would bake with and feed my kids (when I have them).

Here is a dirt cheap way to make your own basic dry shampoo that’s faster even than ordering a pre-made product on Amazon!  If you do want to just purchase one on Amazon, try skinnyskinny Rose and Black Pepper Dry Shampoo.  I haven’t used it myself, but Eco Salon gave a thumbs up, and I approve of the ingredients list.

People sometimes use baby powder (which I wouldn’t use as it contains talc) as dry shampoo – all you need is something you can apply to your roots to soak up the oil.  I got the following mix idea from an article pinned on pinterest I came across.  Ah, the joys of pinterest.

My dry shampoo is basically a 1:1 ratio of cornstarch to cocoa powder.

This makes it light brown as shown in the feature photo, good for brunettes. If you have blond hair, simply omit the cocoa powder or adjust it to a color closer to your hair color. If I was going to do it again, I would probably up the cocoa ratio to make it darker, but I don’t know if that would cut the absorption power.

The article suggested adding a pinch of cinnamon for scent, but it smells so deliciously like cocoa that I wouldn’t even bother.  I mixed 2 Tbsp each and had a lot of extra that I’m saving for later.

Basically, you mix the two together and apply a little at a time to the roots of your hair and scalp, working it in as you go, letting it absorb the oil.  The trick is to avoid over-working because massaging your scalp releases more oil.  Get it over your entire head, but start with small amounts so you don’t look like you are graying.

Here is “before” photo of me when I woke up in the morning.  I knew, judging by my hair, that I needed to take a shower.  But, I didn’t have enough time, so I tried this out.

Dry shampoo before
Before – greasy bedhead in need of a shower!
Dry shampoo after
After – more body, less visible grease along the part. Not perfect, but acceptable for being in public.

The effects were definitely acceptable.  When I ran my hands along my scalp, it was still a little greasy, but people couldn’t tell by looking at me.

After dry-shampooing, I went for a run with it pulled back then shook it out.  Even after that, my hair actually looked pretty good all day.  My day was filled with events with lots of mingling with people, and I even had my photo taken a few times without worrying about yucky hair.

Now your turn.  Ever done dry shampoo?  Made your own products?  Tell me in the comments.

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9 Responses to Beauty Product Freedom: DIY Dry Shampoo

  1. Great idea, but you should just get a close cut like me. My hair is getting close to a half inch, No Bad Hair Days.

  2. Great idea, but you should just get a close cut like me. My hair is getting close to a half inch, No Bad Hair Days.

  3. I have never dry shampoo. Did it feel clean? I think I might do it if I did not work out. I sweat like a pig and my hair looks and feels pretty nasty. Maybe there is an alternative for those of us who work out each day and get sweaty/stinky.

    • Hey Paula, I have oily hair and dry shampoo never feels completely clean and non-greasy on me. But it does make it look better by giving it more body and making it less limp. I am notoriously lazy with washing my hair yet work out every day. Afterwards, I just pull my hair out of my ponytail, tip my head over, and rough up my hair so that it’s got some body again. Most of the time I don’t even use the dry shampoo but I think that would be a good time to do it.

  4. I have never dry shampoo. Did it feel clean? I think I might do it if I did not work out. I sweat like a pig and my hair looks and feels pretty nasty. Maybe there is an alternative for those of us who work out each day and get sweaty/stinky.

    • Hey Paula, I have oily hair and dry shampoo never feels completely clean and non-greasy on me. But it does make it look better by giving it more body and making it less limp. I am notoriously lazy with washing my hair yet work out every day. Afterwards, I just pull my hair out of my ponytail, tip my head over, and rough up my hair so that it’s got some body again. Most of the time I don’t even use the dry shampoo but I think that would be a good time to do it.

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