DIY Dry Shampoo: Homemade Shampoo for Blond, Brunette and Black Hair

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This DIY dry shampoo recipe makes greasy hair look fresh again – without water. Here’s how to make your own homemade dry shampoo for black hair as well as for blondes and brunettes.

Greasy, unruly strands of hair are stuck to your forehead, there’s no time for a quick shower, and you’ve got an important appointment today. Almost everyone has found themselves in this position at one time or another – men and women alike. An abundant mane looks great, but its upkeep is incredibly time consuming. Washing your hair too often can even damage the strands and cause split ends, stripping your hair of moisture.

One solution is store-bought or DIY dry shampoo. It removes unnecessary oils from your scalp and hairline and leaves your hair looking fresh.

For Blonde, Brunette or Black Hair: DIY Dry Shampoo

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For brown or darker hair: cocoa powder and brown medicinal clay will make a proper DIY dry shampoo. (Photo: Utopia)

Want to make your own DIY dry shampoo? It’s easy and you probably have all of the ingredients you need in your cupboard. Not to mention, homemade dry shampoo is also very cheap.

Recipe #1: Organic corn starch. It quickly absorbs all unnecessary grease and is easy to comb out. Simply apply it to your hair with a makeup brush and let it sit for a few minutes. Comb it our afterwards.

Recipe #2: Organic flour (wheat or rye, but not whole wheat). This also is easily applied with a makeup brush and does exactly what it should.

Recipe #3: Medicinal clay. If gray tinge is an issue with the other methods, then try medicinal clay instead. The clay comes in various colors, so you can choose one closest to your natural hair color. It’s as easily applied and works just as well as conventional dry shampoos.

For brunette or black hair: Dry Shampoo often has a slightly gray tinge. Avoid that by mixing a bit of organic cocoa powder into your dry shampoo alternative of choice. It has a lovely chocolate smell, too.

How Dry Shampoos work

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Dry shampoos are most often made up of common household ingredients you probably already have sitting in the pantry. (Photo: Kanachaifoto /

Homemade dry shampoos don’t contain any harmful ingredients, but they’re no magic formula either. The open secret of their efficacy: various starches bind to the oils from your scalp; after a few minutes, these are easily combed out together, leaving your hair less greasy.

The effects of using dry shampoo are appealing, but experts warn that real washing cannot be replaced with dry shampooing alone. Whether store-bought or a homemade DIY: Dry shampooing is only a short-term solution – a temporary “freshening” – which does not provide any actual deep cleaning results.

Does Shampoo Powder Cause a Grey Tinge?

The effective principle behind dry shampoo (DIY and storebought) has been applied for centuries. Powders comprised of plant-based starches or talc are distributed throughout the hair and massaged into the hairline. This method was incredibly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, when people bathed far less frequently than today. The grayish hair so commonly seen in portraits from this era was a result of this behavior – regularly powdering hair resulted in a noticeable gray tinge.

For this reason, dry shampoos were long frowned upon; but in the last few years, they’ve made a significant comeback. Modern products absorb unnecessary oils and simultaneously provide more volume. Their formula prevents grayish tinge, because it requires just a small amount in order to be effective, and because it can be easily removed through brushing.

How to Use Dry Shampoo Correctly: DIY and Store Products

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Homemade dry shampoos are an ideal solution for when you’re in a rush. (Photo: CC0 / Pixabay - StockSnap)

There are two different types of dry shampoo: spray-on and shaker application. Spray-on products must be shaken well before use in order to evenly disperse the dry shampoo particles. Then, spray it directly onto the required areas, massage it in with a towel and allow it to sit for three minutes. Comb it out and you’re done!

Powder applied from a canister is somewhat trickier to use. It’s easiest to apply it with a large makeup brush, since the shaker openings make it difficult to apply the correct amount directly to the hair. Shake out a little bit of the dry shampoo onto your palm or into a small dish and apply it with the brush. This allows for even distribution throughout your hair. Massage it in, allow it to work for a few minutes, comb it out, and you’re ready to go. You can apply DIY dry shampoo the same way.

Ingredients you should Avoid

Beauty is suffering, so the old saying goes. In the case of dry shampoo, however, it’s the environment that suffers. While the main ingredient in most every dry shampoo is harmless rice flour, it’s the rest of the ingredients, especially in spray-on varieties, that are harmful to the environment. In order to ensure an even distribution of shampoo particles, spray cans release greenhouse gases like butane. This reason alone is enough to avoid these products entirely.

Both types of dry shampoo include additional ingredients like essential oils (for scent), silicone, solvents (propylene), and alcohol, all of which can harm people with allergies or sensitive skin. Many products also contain talc which is a suspected carcinogen. You should therefore always read the ingredients of your chosen products carefully in order to avoid any unintended health risks. Or make it yourself. With DIY dry shampoo, you’ll always know exactly what is in it.

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This article was translated from German by Hilary. You can view the original here: Trockenshampoo selber machen: Rezepte mit natürlichen Zutaten.

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