The good thing about having longer hair is that I don’t have to wash it as often. I have the type of hair that gets really greasy and limp by the second day, no matter what length. I had heard that dry shampoo could help me out, but it is so expensive! Also, I was never sure what was in it and whether there were phthalates. I looked at various brands for a while and noticed one ingredient in common: corn starch.
So I got a box of corn starch, sprinkled some on my hands, and put it into my second-day-dirty hair.
Voila! Dry shampoo!
For the longest time, I used only corn starch as dry shampoo. Then I read that some people use baby powder. So I started mixing baby powder and corn starch. It smells nice and works great!
Here’s my super simple recipe:
Homemade dry shampoo
updated 9/2012 from reader comments for brunette hair
* cocoa powder
travel size squeeze bottle
funnel or piece of paper
- Put the funnel into the squeeze bottle or roll up a piece of paper to create your own funnel.
- Fill the container about 1/4 with baby powder.
- If your hair is brunette, add the cocoa powder here. Add just enough to achieve a color that will blend. Remember that your hair will absorb the powder, so don’t try to make it too dark because that isn’t necessary. Just dark enough!
- Fill the rest of the way with cornstarch. Make sure to leave some room to shake.
- Shake the bottle to mix the powders. If you’re having trouble evenly mixing the cocoa, use a chopstick to manually stir.
That’s it! Because the bottle is so small, you can take it pretty much anywhere. It doesn’t take a lot, either. I like to shake it onto my hands and then rub my hands into my scalp.