DIY dry shampoo has a long history in the United States. From the starched wigs of the 18th century to the talcum aerosols of the 1950s, the powder option has provided a way to absorb oil and enhance fragrance, all without the hassle (and wasted water!) of a full wash. .
Over the past decade, an increase in popularity has resulted in an option for every hair type, which has evolved with a selection of cleaner, longer-lasting, store-bought natural dry shampoo offerings that deserve a place in your product range.
An even better option than buying something store-bought? Take your love for the handy product and make your own!
DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes + Ingredients
To make your own DIY dry shampoo, you’ll need a menu of ingredients that are likely in your kitchen cupboard:
- Arrowroot powder
- rye flour
- Charcoal powder
To get your desired refreshed results, start with a base of arrowroot powder, cornstarch, or rye flour. If you’re concerned about a white cast on your dark hair, change the coloring with natural ingredients to better match your natural tone: add cocoa for brown, cinnamon for red, or charcoal powder for your deeper brunette or black. Looking for a specific fragrance? Add a few drops of an essential oil such as rose or lavender for a sweet-smelling powder.
For a labor-free (though slightly less eco-friendly) alternative, baby powder provides much the same effects with far fewer ingredients than store-bought dry shampoo.
How to apply DIY dry shampoo?
When applying your shampoo, it’s important to let it sit and absorb excess oil before brushing it into your lengths. Sprinkle some powder along your roots and wait a minute before applying it to the hair, tousled and raked until the oil is gone and the dry shampoo is no longer visible.
You can also use a blush brush, an herbal shaker, or even a repurposed baby powder bottle for a cleaner application. Once the shampoo has done its job, run a hairbrush or comb through your hair and finish styling as usual.
Pro Tip: Before application, use a boar bristle brush to distribute your hair’s natural oils. The more even the oils on your hair, the more effective your homemade powder will be – and you may find that you need less than you think.
How often can you use DIY dry shampoo?
Like anything else, dry shampoo is best applied in moderation. While a DIY version can be a healthier and cleaner option than store-bought dry shampoo, frequent use can lead to clogged follicles and cause buildup, especially if you drop your regular wash.
Rather than an all-out alternative to washing, dry shampoo is the perfect product for a quick refresh, be it pre or post workout. Your mane (and scalp) will thank you!
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