Easy & cheap DIY dry shampoo

Dry shampoos are very useful to have at hand to tackle a bad oily hair day or simply wash your hair less frequently. But let’s face it, dry shampoos on the market are full of harmful chemicals which should be avoided at all cost. Furthermore, they are not economical at all as they start at 6$ although most of them cost around 20$. Besides making your own is not only super easy but also super cheap. You only need a few ingredients which should probably already be in your cupboards.

What you’ll need:

  • Arrowroot, baking soda or corn starch.
  • activated charcoal for dark hair
  • cocoa powder for brunettes
  • cinnamon if your hair is red or strawberry blond
  • clay (the yellowish/ sand colored one) for blondes
  • optional: essential oil
  • 1 small bowl (for mixing)
  • 1 spoon (plastic or wooden if you use clay)
  • 1 small jar with lid
  • 1 large blush or highlighter brush

What to do:

  1. Take 2 tbsp of either arrowroot powder, baking soda or corn starch and put it in a bowl.
  2. Depending on the color of your hair add the activated charcoal (black hair), the cocoa powder (brown hair), the cinnamon (red-haired) or the clay powder (blonde hair). Adapt the amount you add to the mix to your hair color. Ideally, you want your dry shampoo color to be as close as possible to your hair roots color.
  3. For a neutral colored dry shampoo, skip step 2 and choose 2 of the following: arrowroot, baking soda or corn starch. Mix 2 tbsp of each.
  4. Add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil if you want your dry shampoo to have a scent.
  5. Mix all ingredients well with the spoon.
  6. Transfer your mix to your small jar, close it and label it.

How to use it:

If your dry shampoo contains color (activated charcoal, cocoa or cinnamon), make sure to protect your clothes with a towel before you use it.

Open your jar and use your blush or highlighter brush to apply small amounts of the powder to your scalp, dividing your hair into sections to make sure that you apply the powder all over your scalp. Massage your scalp and roots and let it sit for 2 minutes to give your dry shampoo time to absorb the oil in your roots. Finally, brush your hair.

NB: Please note that you should not use dry shampoo if you have dry roots or dandruff.

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