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. ย Its most offensive ingredients have been linked toย 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. Hey, just wanted to pop in and say I have been using this recipe for a few days now and it works ten times better than store bought spray dey shampoos. I’m in love! Just wanted to quickly mention a few things I’ve learned out there on the interwebz: apparently corn starch encourages the growth of the scalp fungus that causes dandruff. I’ve been using corn starch anyway and haven’t noticed any extra flakes yet, but it might be something to consider if you’re particularly flaky. Also this is a much better option than baby powder, because baby powder is basically talc, and talc particles are so small that they can cause serious breathing problems when inhaled. You don’t want to use it around humans, basically. Cocoa powder FTW!! And I am really interested if rice powder works too. Please let us know if you try it , Miyu!

  2. I have a lot of rice powder and am trying to find ways to use it :P… I’ll have to take a look for non-GMO cornstarch next time I go shopping though. I do also love what rice does for my skin, so I was just wondering if there were more ways to use it.

  3. Arrowroot works just as well as cornstarch. Is it because you are worried about GMO cornstarch? If yes, you can buy organic.

  4. Hi there! I have super-greasy hair, and love using “dry shampoos” but I don’t like using cornstarch if I don’t have to… would rice powder work as well? I’ve tried using baking soda, but that leaves me with messy gritty beach hair (awesome sometimes, not always). I’m considering adding a couple of drops of EOs and mixing well.

    Your blog is wonderful, I have become addicted! I managed to somehow follow a link here, and I’ve been digging through your site for the past hour straight ๐Ÿ™‚ So much of the tiny bits of info I’ve been looking for to fill in my natural regimen!

  5. The secret is to brush it out with a hairbrush with some cheesecloth over it. Nothing left in the hair.

  6. I don’t see why not! And ooh girl do I feel you about having to wash your hair everyday ๐Ÿ˜‰ This really is a life-saver.

  7. Could you use cacao powder instead of the cocoa powder? I don’t see why not, but wondered if it would make any difference, and that’s just what I have on hand. Thanks for the awesome idea, as I get greasy after only one day and it’s such a pain to have to wash my hair every day just to look socially acceptable ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. It should! You may have to rub it in a bit more since your hair is so dark, but I don’t see why not.

  9. I’ve been meaning to make this, and your post just gave me last push I needed to get my butt to the store & buy some cornstarch! I am a brunette but will probably add some cinnamon in there the scent. Has anyone tried adding in essential oils or would that totally counteract the whole idea of absorbing the oil of of your hair?

  10. Hi, Caroline. Nope! It stays in the hair. When applying it, I do typically get some on my shirt, but it brushes off easily.

  11. Hi! Thank you to everybody for sharing. My concern is – wont the cornstarch eventually fall on the user’s shirt, leaving what looks like dandruff?

  12. Will definitly try this with the addition of coca and cinnamon – this could be a livesafer for a first time mum, thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Hi, Nina. Hm. I think on dread locks it would not rub in very well, but I think the brush-buffing technique could work well since it makes it easier to blend. To be honest I’m not sure! If you do happen to try it, please report back ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to know and am sure others would as well!