Say Goodbye to Greasy Hair With These DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes

Do you wish you had a quick and easy solution to freshen up your locks between washes? Look no further! DIY dry shampoo is the answer to your hair care woes.

January 16, 2023 8 minutes read

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If you're tired of dealing with greasy hair that seems to need washing every day, the discovery of dry shampoo may be a true godsend. Not only is it a quick and convenient way to absorb excess oil and give your hair a clean, refreshed look, but it's also easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients.

In this article, we'll share some of our favorite DIY dry shampoo recipes you can whip up in no time. So whether you have dark or light hair, oily or dry, there's a dry shampoo recipe here for you.

What Exactly Is Dry Shampoo and How Does It Work?

Dry shampoo is a hair care product used to absorb excess oil from the hair and scalp without the need for water. It typically comes in the form of a spray, powder, or aerosol and can be applied directly to the roots of the hair, where oil tends to accumulate.

The product works by using ingredients such as cornstarch, arrowroot powder, or rice starch to absorb excess oil, which can help reduce greasiness and give the hair a fresh, clean appearance. Some dry shampoos also contain fragrances and other conditioning agents to help improve the overall health of the hair. To use dry shampoo, you simply apply it to your roots, let it sit for a few minutes to absorb the oil, and then brush or comb it through your hair to distribute the product evenly.

There are many commercial dry shampoos available on the market, but they can be expensive and may contain some ingredients that can irritate your scalp. That's why more and more people are turning to homemade dry shampoos as a natural and budget-friendly alternative.

How to Make DIY Dry Shampoo

Making your own dry shampoo at home is actually quite simple and requires only a few ingredients. The most basic recipe is just cornstarch or arrowroot powder and cocoa powder (for dark hair) or baby powder (for light hair). Here's a recipe for a simple DIY dry shampoo you can quickly make at home:

DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe

In this recipe, you can use either cornstarch or arrowroot powder as a base for your homemade dry shampoo. They are both great at collecting oils from your scalp and hair roots. Still, arrowroot powder is a bit gentler on the scalp, a preferred option for those with sensitive scalp prone to irritation.

You'll need:

  • ¼ cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (for dark hair) or baby powder (for light hair)
  • 3-5 drops of essential oils (*optional)

Preparation and application:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch or arrowroot powder and cocoa powder or baby powder.
  2. If using essential oils, add 3-5 drops of your desired essential oil to the powder mixture and stir to combine.
  3. To use the dry shampoo, simply apply a small amount of the mixture onto your roots, using a makeup brush or cotton pad.
  4. Massage the powder into the roots of your hair, and then brush or comb your hair to distribute the powder evenly.
  5. If you have any visible residue, you can use a hair dryer on a cool setting to help set the dry shampoo and blend it into your hair.

Note: This recipe makes enough dry shampoo for several applications, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. You can store the extra dry shampoo in an airtight container for later use. If you have any leftover dry shampoo that's been sitting for a while, you can give it a quick stir to remix the ingredients before using it again.

If you're adding a few drops of essential oils to your dry shampoo to give it a pleasant scent, just make sure to use a light hand (no more than 5 drops), as too much can make the dry shampoo too greasy.

Another variation of making DIY dry shampoo is the no-poo method, which uses baking soda and apple cider vinegar as the main ingredients. The phrase no-poo comes from no-shampoo, and this DIY dry shampoo recipe is excellent for those who want to minimize the use of regular shampoos or give them up completely.

No-Poo Dry Shampoo Recipe

In this recipe, we're using baking soda and apple cider vinegar as the main ingredients. Baking soda is supposed to absorb the build-up of oils and dirt, while apple cider vinegar is used as the final cleanse and to restore the pH balance of the scalp.

You'll need:

  • 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

Preparation and application:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the baking soda with water to get a smooth paste.
  2. Then apply the paste to your roots using a cotton pad or your fingertips. Massage the paste into your scalp, and then let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out.
  3. The baking soda can dry out your hair, so you can apply a bit of coconut oil to your strands beforehand.
  4. Next, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a separate bowl, and then use it to rinse your hair.
  5. Or, if you have long hair, mix 1 part of apple cider vinegar to 5 parts water in a spray bottle. Spritz your roots and hair strands with the mixture and leave it on for about 5 minutes.
  6. Finally, rinse your hair with water thoroughly.

Use lukewarm water for rinsing, as it will close the hair cuticles, making your hair less frizzy. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil (or any other essential oil of your choice) into the apple cider vinegar and water mix for some extra scent.

How to Customize Your DIY Dry Shampoo Formula

You can always experiment with different ingredients and scents you can add to the basic DIY dry shampoo recipe and customize the formula according to your preferences. Here are a few ideas:

#1: Use Different Essential Oils

Experiment with different essential oils to customize the scent of your dry shampoo. When it comes to choosing the best scents for a DIY dry shampoo, it's really a matter of personal preference. Some people like floral scents, while others prefer more refreshing or invigorating aromas. Here are a few essential oils that are popular choices for DIY dry shampoos:

You can also mix and match different oils to create your own unique scent. Just be sure to use it sparingly, as too much essential oil can make your dry shampoo greasy.

#2: Use Spices

Add a pinch of ground spices to your dry shampoo mixture to give it a warm, spicy scent. Some good options include cinnamon, nutmeg, matcha powder, and ginger, which can add a cozy and comforting aroma to your dry shampoo. Cinnamon also has a unique color, and adding it to your dry shampoo can help give it just the right shade.

#3: Add Clay

Try adding a teaspoon or two of bentonite clay or kaolin clay to your dry shampoo mixture to help absorb excess oil and impurities from the scalp. These clays can also give your hair a thicker, fuller appearance. However, don't add to much of it as clays usually have cool, gray tones and can disrupt the color of your DIY dry shampoo.

#4: Experiment With Different Types of Powders

Cornstarch and arrowroot powder aren't the only options for base powders you can use in your DIY dry shampoo. You can try using different absorbent powders in your dry shampoo recipe to find the one that works best for your hair type and color. Some options to try include colloidal oats, potato starch, tapioca starch, rice flour, and even activated charcoal.

#5: Customize the Color

If you have light hair and find that the cocoa powder makes it too dark, try using a smaller amount in your dry shampoo recipe or omitting it entirely. Alternatively, if you have dark hair and find that the baby powder is making it too light, try using a bit more cocoa powder to give it a more natural color. The subtle tint that the cocoa powder provides is excellent for covering up gray roots as well.

#6: Adjust the Ratio of Ingredients

If you find that your dry shampoo is too thick or too thin, try adjusting the ratio of ingredients to find the right balance for your hair type. For example, if you have oily hair, you might want to use more cornstarch or arrowroot powder and less cocoa powder or baby powder. If you have dry hair, you might want to use more cocoa powder or baby powder and less cornstarch or arrowroot powder.

Keep in mind that finding the perfect dry shampoo recipe for your hair type will need some experimenting. So, be prepared for a bit of trial-and-error, but don't be afraid to tweak the recipe and try different ingredients until you find a formula you love.

How to Use Your DIY Dry Shampoo

First off, it's important to note that it would be best not to use your DIY dry shampoo as a shampoo replacement (unless, of course, you're the no-poo method advocate). But rather as a way to extend the life of your blowout or freshen up your hair between washes.

To use your DIY dry shampoo, you will need an empty container with a shaker top, an empty baby powder bottle, or a small bowl and a makeup brush. Then follow these steps to apply the dry shampoo:

Step #1: Sprinkle a small amount of the mixture onto your roots using the powder bottle or a fluffy kabuki makeup brush. Try not to apply too much of the product to your scalp.

Step #2: Use a brush or your fingers to work the mixture into your hair, making sure to coat all of your roots and distribute the shampoo evenly. If you have very oily hair, you may need to use more of the mixture.

Step #3: Once you've applied the dry shampoo, let it sit for a few minutes to absorb any excess oil.

Step #4: Use a comb or brush to distribute the dry shampoo through your hair and style as desired. If you have any visible residue, use a dry cloth or a clean makeup brush to rub it out gently.

Step #5: You should notice that your hair looks and feels cleaner and refreshed. If you need to, you can repeat the process.

Step #6: Regarding the frequency of use, it will depend on your hair type and how quickly it becomes greasy. Some people may find that they only need to use the dry shampoo once or twice a week, while others may need to use it more often.

That's it! With this DIY dry shampoo, you should be able to refresh your hair and prolong the time between washes. Just be sure to shake, or mix, the blend well before each use to ensure that the ingredients are evenly distributed.


All in all, homemade dry shampoo is a quick and easy way to refresh your hair and make it look clean until the next wash. Whether you prefer a more traditional powder-based formula or the no-poo method, there's a recipe here for you. So give these DIY dry shampoo recipes a try and say goodbye to greasy hair for good, and hello to beautiful, healthy locks!


What can I use instead of dry shampoo?

You can use any other powder product instead of dry shampoo. But, as most people have it at hand, the most popular choice is baby powder. Sprinkle it on your roots, let it sit for a minute or two, comb your hair and use a brush to remove any excess powder.

How do you make a simple dry shampoo?

Here's the simplest formula with just two ingredients: you can make a DIY powder-based dry shampoo by mixing cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) with cocoa powder if you have dark hair or with baby powder if you're blonde.

Can you make your own dry shampoo?

Yes, you can make your own dry shampoo by mixing a base powder, like cornstarch, tapioca starch, or arrowroot powder, with cocoa powder or baby powder. You can also experiment with different scents by mixing in a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Is dry shampoo just baking soda?

You can use the paste made of baking soda mixed with some water as a shampoo. However, do follow with a rinse, as baking soda can dry out your hair. If you want 'a wash' without water, use powder products as a dry shampoo, like baby powder mixed with cornstarch, and rub it into your roots to absorb the oils.

How do I fix greasy hair fast?

The best and quickest way to fix greasy hair is using dry shampoo. If you don't have a ready-made product, check your kitchen, and you'll likely find all you need for making your own dry shampoo, like cornstarch, cocoa powder, and other powder-based ingredients.

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