Beauty Care

DIY Dry Shampoo For Dark Or Light Hair!!!

I really don’t like washing my hair every day. It takes forever to dry my hair and I try not to use heating tools on it every day if I can avoid it. To give me hair a break and still freshen it up, I sometimes use dry shampoo between washes. It soaks up any oils that the hair follicles create at the roots, and gives it a bit of body too.
Store bought dry shampoos can be expensive, with top brands being as much as $35, but you can make it at home very easily, for less than $2 a jar!

Why Use A Dry Shampoo?

  • There are many reasons to use a dry shampoo, but the most common one is to extend the time in between washes for your hair. Washing your hair every day isn’t good for it, as it strips the natural oils from your scalp and can leave your hair brittle and dry. Plus, it just saves a lot of time since you don’t have to worry about shampooing every day.
  • Dry shampoos are designed to absorb some of the excess oils on your scalp, which helps keep your hair looking fresh in between washes. It can also add some volume to your hair as it absorbs some oil from your roots. While I don’t use a dry shampoo all the time, it’s perfect for a quick fix if you need to head out of the house, or just to help fluff up your hair if you’re lacking some volume.
  • With the prices that those fancy dry shampoo brands have, it makes sense to make your own at home for pennies on the dollar. Not only that, but you know exactly what ingredients are in your dry shampoo, rather than some of the “flammable” materials that come with those convenient aerosol cans.

Dry Shampoo Recipe For Dark Hair

  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch
  • 2-3 tablespoons cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 2-5 drops of essential oil of your choice (Lavender or Rosemary are great choices)

Dry Shampoo Recipe For Light Hair

  • ¼ cup of arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of cacao powder or cocoa powder (You may or may not need this depending on the color of your hair.
  • If it is very light or white you might want to skip it)
  • 2-5 drops of essential oil of your choice (Lavender or Rosemary are great choices)

Preparation Method

  1. Add arrowroot powder/cornstarch and cacao/cocoa powder to a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Transfer to an airtight jar for storage.


  • Before we get started, let me share my best dry shampoo tip with you: LESS IS MORE. Over-application can make your hair difficult to work with and/or look chalky. When used properly, though, it creates the beautiful texture.

To Apply:

  • Dip your makeup brush in dry shampoo, then tap to remove excess. Divide hair into sections and brush your roots, moving from the crown of your head down. Allow the powder to set for 2-3 minutes, then brush your hair from root to tip. This helps to distribute the powder throughout your hair as well as remove any excess.
  • Now, run your fingers through your hair and look for oily places you may have missed. Spot apply as needed, then brush again. Ideally, you’ll want to give your hair 5-10 minutes to fully absorb the shampoo before styling, but if you’re in a rush go ahead and style immediately.
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