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How to Make Homemade European Dry Shampoo, DIY

Updated on September 29, 2014
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European Dry Shampoo

What to do when the kids are crying and you don't have time for a shower before you get to the doctor's appointment? Go European and use a homemade dry shampoo recipe! It absorbs all the oil in the hair and when you brush your hair, the powder containing the oil is whisked away. Have you ever wondered why in the seventeenth and eighteenth century why people powdered their hair so much? One reason was for hygiene since they did not bathe frequently

Using the cornstarch can also be used to freshen up in a pinch. In Iraq, water was obviously a scarce resource, and not every base had permanent showers. When we were all tired at end of the day, we would use cornstarch or baby powder and dryoff. The same concept of the powder absorbing the oil still applies. Using this type of bathing is okay for a day, two max, but after three days, a real shower with water and soap is an absolute must.


  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of baby-powder
  • 5 Drops of essential oil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, for those who have dark hair (optional)


Get a mixing bowl and all the ingredients required for your hair color, and if you want to make it scented. I personally like vanilla and lavender. Mix ingredients thoroughly. Using a small amount, place the mixture on your hair by applying it with a blush brush, ensuring that you get entire strands of hair. Using a soft combed brush, brush the cornstarch out of hair. The cornstarch clings to the dirt, and will be removed once brushed out. Once the dry shampoo is brushed out, your hair will be clean. I

Just be careful not to put the powder in Ziplocs bags if you're travelling. I learned the hard way, when I was flying out of state to go camping and had that in my checked luggage. I spent about 2 hours trying to convince TSA I wasn't doing anything shady.

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo -- 7 oz


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    • Alli Rose profile image

      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yeah, I used to make this in Iraq because showers were far and few between. Thanks for commenting Goatfury, I always enjoy your comments. Thanks!

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      Andrew Smith 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Huh. I didn't even know this was a thing.

    • Alli Rose profile image

      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      It's a great way to save time, money, and you don't have to wash your hair everyday, thanks for reading my hub!

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      rhettaa 3 years ago

      Thanks! I have been wanting dry shampoo but can never remember to buy it!