DIY All-Natural Dry Shampoo For Blondes & Brunettes

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Ladies, we’ve all been there…

You’re running late, your boyfriend/husband is nagging you, and as much as you want to wash and style your hair, there is just no time.

Or maybe you want to throw it up in a pony-tail to make an early-morning run to the grocery store without looking quite so slick.

Or maybe you just pressed the snooze button a few extra times than you should have.

Life happens. But bad hair days don’t have to when you have dry shampoo.

When aerosol dry shampoo came on the market, it was a life-changer for me (I was in college at the time, working and studying, and often running late to both). What an amazing invention! Until you look at the ingredient label…

Ruh roh. Lots of nasties in these babies.

The iconic Pssst Dry Shampoo, has a “6” ranking in EWG’s Skin Deep Database, which is the highest score in the “moderate hazard” range.  Its most offensive ingredients have been linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive harm and organ system toxicity.

Which is why an all-natural alternative for me was a must.

And who knew it would be SO simple and effective?

DIY All-Natural Dry Shampoo For Blondes & Brunettes

For blondes:

For brunettes:

Yes, that’s it!

I mixed mine (as I am a brunette) and put it in an old spice container with a shaker top (pictured above). That way I can easily just sprinkle a little on my roots (sounds a tad silly, I know) when needed. I simply shake my hair out to blend it in. Many others use on old make-up brush to apply the powder, simply buffing it in as you would with facial powder, until completely absorbed. This is a useful technique and guarantees you get right to the roots.

Some of you may be skeptical, but I assure you this is amazing.

Way more life-changing than I had once thought aerosol dry shampoo to be. The first and foremost reason obviously being that it is all-natural. The second being that it blends much more easily for me (I always seemed to have one large white patch with the aerosols that just could not be blended and had me rubbing my head for what seemed like minutes) yet absorbs the oil completely. To boot, my hair does not get the same stiff feeling as with the aerosols.


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  1. I wonder if coconut flour would work? I don’t like the idea of cornstarch. I think this would work well in a shaker jar with medium holes for all over coverage:)

  2. Hmm I don’t see why not! I might be hesitant to add the cocoa though in case you sweat (my fear being that it could come off on your forehead). I have never personally had a problem with rain making the cocoa run down my face – this was certainly a fear when I first wore it in the rain through – but since bangs are always right against your forehead I would just be cautious of this. If I were you, I would use arrowroot rather than cornstarch. Many people use arrowroot to set their makeup or just to give themselves a shine-free finish, so I would personally rather have this against my skin. Give it a go and see how it works! Worst case scenario, you now have some extra baking supplies 🙂

  3. Hi, Jodi! It depends on how oily my hair is. I usually start with a little sprinkling, rub it in, and then see if I need more.

  4. Thanks!!! i put a bit of cinnamon in and had complements all day on how good i smelt 😉

  5. Readers helping readers- love it!! Thanks, Chrissie! That is a great suggestion.

  6. Hannah, try adding some cinnamon. I have reddish/brown hair and I used a mix of cinnamon and coco with the corn starch.

  7. I have used baby powder for this for years and since my hair is white it blends in fine..but I’m going to try the cornstarch as it seems a better choice.

  8. Hi, Elaine! Like other dry shampoos, you just leave it in your hair. It absorbs the oil so your hair looks nice and clean without needing to get in the shower, dry off, blow dry your hair, and all that rigmarole. It’s a real time saver when you’re in a crunch!!

  9. Im confused. Do you sprinkle, rub in and leave it? Or do you wash out like regular shampoo in the shower?

  10. Yep! I love this. I have been doing this for a while now. Yesterday my hair was G-R-E-A-S-Y! So I did this and went to dinner, the next morning you there was no oily hair.

  11. Years ago, I used a blend that included clay and was rather white; it didn’t work well on my dark hair. I was very excited to see this idea to mix in cocoa powder!

    I just tried this using arrowroot instead of cornstarch (and hadn’t noticed these comments about that). I used one of my kids paint brushes to apply it (I apparently got rid of my makeup brush during one of my many house clean-outs). Just tapped the paintbrush lightly after dipping it to get rid of any excess powder. The cocoa/arrowroot mixture worked wonderfully on my 3rd-day hair! Thank you!

  12. Hi, Michelle! It does work similarly and absorbs the oil. For me, it was slightly harder to get to blend in than cornstarch, but give it a go and let me know how it fares for you!

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