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. No, I would not do that. The pH can through off the pH of your scalp / skin’s acid mantle and cause irritation.

  2. I was also wondering if coconut flour would work. I have used cornstarch in the past with good success although it does leave my hair a bit whitish. It just seems like coconut flour would be more healthy and perhaps even nourishing to your scalp.

  3. Ahh no I wouldn’t do that! Sorry – I’d dump it and make it again with corn starch or arrowroot.

  4. Can you use baking soda instead of corn starch? I made a batch with baking soda, hopefully it works alright!

  5. Hi! I’m not red headed but I read the comments and thought about henna powder… but because it is used to colour hair, I guess that it could be experimented only in sunny days and people who don’t sweat much…?
    If you’re down into the spices rabbit hole, I think paprika is much more orange… but it probably has the same staining characteristic of henna.

  6. I am curious about how this would work if you used hairspray or like a beach hair spray. Would it mess with the dry shampoo?

  7. Hi Nadia,

    I am loving your site but can’t seem to find any homemade shampoo/conditioners; just your dry shampoo recipe. Can you direct me to a post where you talk about that or share your shampoo/conditioning routine? Thanks so much!

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