How to Make Dry Shampoo

By LeafTV Editor

Your busy lifestyle doesn't leave much time for washing your hair every single day, and stylists generally recommend skipping a few washes a week to let scalp oils flow. However, no one wants to walk around with a limp head of hair. Natural, homemade dry shampoos soak up oil, leave behind a refreshing scent and make it easier to skip washing your hair on a busy day.

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How To Make Dry Shampoo

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Step 1: Dry Mix

Starches form the base of dry shampoos. Cornstarch, arrowroot powder and rice flour all make robust, scentless, oil-soaking bases. Choose one of these bases, ideally organic, and measure out 1/4 cup of the dry ingredient.

You can also mix together two of these bases, such as arrowroot powder and cornstarch, for a slightly lighter formula.

Step 2: Darker or Lighter

Those bases in dry shampoos tend to be white powders, so brunettes and redheads need to modify the color slightly to blend into their strands.

Darker haired ladies can add up to 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mixture. Add a little bit of cocoa powder at a time, and stir it into your base until it produces the color you desire.

Redheads can opt to add a teaspoon of turmeric into the mix for a natural red boost.

Step 3: Essential Scents

Dry shampoos are also designed to add a fresh scent to your hair -- like you just stepped out of the shower. Add about 10 drops of your favorite essential oil -- such as lavender, vanilla, lemon, eucalyptus or orange -- to the powder base.

Stir together the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined and the essential oil drops have been evenly distributed.


Alternatively, spritz your favorite perfume or body spray into the dry mixture for a personalized freshness boost.

Step 4: Magic in a Bottle

Pour the mixture into a dark glass bottle or resealable container with an airtight lid. Keep it stored in a dark, dry location. Dip a large foundation brush into the dry shampoo and gently sweep it along your roots, your part or any areas that have noticeable oil buildup. This simple formula can also be used to build volume at the crown of the head. Keep the application light and even to avoid a powdery effect.