By Cassie Johnston
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I wash my hair, at most, twice a week (and usually just once—on Sunday nights). Back in the days when I was a daily washer, my hair would end up looking quite greasy within hours. But now that I’m washing less frequently, my hair doesn’t get greasy nearly as fast.
In fact, I can go 2-3 days after washing before I even notice any sheen. And when that first greasy day happens? That’s when my dear friend dry shampoo comes in!
I’ve been a loyal dry shampoo user since way back when it was so obscure you had to go to a specialty beauty supply shop to find it. And even before that, I stocked a bottle of baby powder in my bathroom as a teenager to accomplish the same thing!
Now, it’s just about on every store’s shelves (yay!), but unfortunately, finding non-toxic, natural versions of dry shampoo is still quite a struggle. I have tried a few natural brands, but most of them are pure white in color—which, considering the fact that my hair is about as dark as it can get and still be brown—doesn’t work for me. And they are expensive. Holy cow, are they pricey!
A few years back, I started wondering if I could DIY my own dry shampoo for my hair color at home. Of course, I can’t pump it into an aerosol container at home, but I can definitely replicate the basic premise of dry shampoo, which is some sort of powder that absorbs the oil.
I started playing with different absorbent powders, and the combo I figured out for my hair was arrowroot powder (or cornstarch works equally well), cocoa powder, and touch of activated charcoal for my hair. Bonus: I smell DELICIOUS.
I use an old kabuki makeup brush to apply it to my roots liberally, and because it comes pretty close to matching my hair color, I don’t need to brush or comb it in (which I don’t do because of natural curl anyway). I do use my fingers to massage it in, which is always a nice little self-care moment! You can also add the mixture to a shaker bottle and apply it that way. And, if you prefer, brushing and combing through will do the trick to get it mixed in, too.
It really does blend right in. This is after applying without any brushing or combing. I dare you to see the dry shampoo!
So what if you don’t have dark brunette hair like I do? Well, it’s time to get creative and make your own perfect mix. Here are some suggestions:
The key to finding your perfect homemade dry shampoo is a little bit of trial and error. In the chart below, you’ll see my general suggestions for different hair colors, but you are going to have to roll up your sleeves and start mixing to figure out what’s perfect for you!
Some people also use essential oils in their homemade dry shampoo, and you absolutely can if you enjoy the scent (and some, like lavender, can also be soothing to your scalp), but I usually don’t. Since I use cocoa powder, the chocolate smell tends to overpower any essential oils, and it just seems like a waste! I’ve still included it in the recipe below so you can make the decision on your own. Happy experimenting!
This DIY dry shampoo works well for dark hair, light hair, and even vivid hair colors — no more powdery white sheen left behind!
Keywords: DIY beauty, hair care, dry shampoo
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I’ve been wondering if I would find a dry shampoo that would work well with my curly girl routine (like you, washing 1 or 2 times per week – between washes I just spray water on my hair and scrunch it in and days 2+ are always way better than day 1), and I think this is the winner! And honestly, smelling like chocolate is a bonus!
I do have a question – how long does this last? I don’t have overly thick (in fact, my hair is thinning thanks to using a shampoo being sold by Facebook friends) or even super greasy hair, but there is some sheen that I’d like to diminish.
Thanks for sharing! I’m excited to try this out!
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