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How to make your own natural dry shampoo

Updated on June 17, 2014

Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo

I am used to washing my hair every day. If I don't it gets oily fast and this just looks gross. Then I found out that it takes three days for your roots too dry after you wash your hair. It is healthier for your hair to only wash it every few days. I thought there was no way because my hair gets so greasy. Then I found out about dry shampoos. These shampoos clean your hair and soak up the oils the same way but without having to get it wet. I went to the store to find some dry shampoos and found that many of them are really expensive. I thought making my own might be easier and after a little bit of searching I found that I was right. It is really easy to make your own dry shampoo and it costs next to nothing. I used ingredients from my kitchen that I already had. These all work really well and I am still using them all the time.

Baking soda and powder

The basic ingredients

The main idea is to to use ingredients that will soak up the oils from your hair. This keeps your hair looking nice and clean while adding volume. There are many different kinds of powders you can use and they are all pretty inexpensive. They all work pretty well it is up to you which kind you like the best a list of powders is listed below.

  • Corn starch
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Baby powder
  • Vanilla powder
  • Arrow root powder

I like using baking powder since it is already in my kitchen.

Essential oils

Adding fragrance

This part is not necessary but it adds fragrance to the powder making it more shampoo like. You can use just about any essential oil you like. The great thing about using the essential oils is that it only takes a drop or two for a large batch. The oils when you out them in don't clump up the powder sine you only use a small amount. Some suggestions for different scents are listed bellow but feel free to check out whatever they carry at you local health food or vitamin store they may have something you really like.

  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit seed
  • Coconut
  • Rose
  • Citrus


For dark hair

If you have dark hair trying to use dry powdered shampoos can be a pain. You have to really work the powder into you scalp and make sure it is all rubbed in or you will end up with a bunch of white powdery spots. There is a really cool trick though. You can always use cocoa powder! This works just as well as the other stuff but is darker so it won't stand out if you miss rubbing in a spot. Another plus is that cocoa powder smells so good you don't have to add any fragrance.

Massaging scalp

How to use it

Using it is just as simple as making it. After you pick a powder and add a fragrance you can use it. Rub a small amount onto your hands. Just enough to cover them you don't need much at all. Now take your fingers and rub the powder into your scalp. Keep rubbing the powder in until it is no longer visible. Next you just rub in a little to any oily strands of hair. You're done it is that easy!


When the dry shampoo is really useful

Some suggestions as to when using dry shampoo could be helpful is listed bellow.

  • Camping
  • Before a work out
  • If you wake up late and don't have time to shower
  • Slumber parties and sleep overs
  • When there is limited water available
  • In a power outage
  • In any natural disaster

I would love to hear what you think leave a comment

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    • Brittanie2216 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittanie Anne 

      7 years ago from Seattle WA

      Yes this gives your roots time to dry.

    • Hannah Ercolini profile image

      Hannah Ercolini 

      7 years ago

      This is a great idea! Thanks. When you said it takes 3 days for the roots to dry, is that why its important not to wash it too much?

    • lisasuniquevoice profile image

      Lisa Brown 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      This is a great idea for running out to the tanning booth. I don't want to wash my hair before I go, but I don't want it to look like a mess either. Thanks a lot.


    • bodylevive profile image


      7 years ago from Alabama, USA

      I've never tried dry shampoo but I'll think about it. I've enjoyed reading your hub. voted up useful

    • Shiley profile image

      Karen Shiley 

      7 years ago from Washington

      What a great idea for camping!


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