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How to make DIY Dry Shampoo | Homemade Recipe

This easy-to-make DIY Dry Shampoo will keep your hair fresh and manageable without the hassle of a wash.

DIY dry shampoo

This Dry Shampoo recipe – or as I like to call it farm girl hair potion 😉 – is without a doubt an essential beauty product. My hair picks up scent like crazy when working in and around the barn whether it’s a day I am washing my hair or not. It’s not always possible or feasible to wash your hair every day or after every encounter in the dairy barn! Insert this amazing, 3 ingredient natural dry shampoo! I apply this homemade dry shampoo powder before I go into the barn and it works magic! I just apply the dry shampoo, put my hair up, put my hat on, and I’m ready to go!

Especially with the recent recall of many popular commercial dry shampoos, it is a great idea to try out a homemade dry shampoo recipe! Most of the items needed to make this fantastic hair potion can be found right in your home – sans the toxic ingredients and harmful chemicals that many aerosol cans / aerosol spray products have. I hope this will become a favorite DIY of yours – it saves time and money and works much better than conventional products!

Ingredients to make your own DIY Dry Shampoo

  • 1 Jar (I use a mason jar)
  • Lid with holes pounded in the top
  • Ring to tighten the lid on
  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot, Cornstarch or even baby powder (which on its own can be used as a dry shampoo, especially with blonde hair)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil or fragrance (powdered fragrance)

Just 3 Simple Ingredients! What are their functions?

Arrowroot, Cornstarch or Baby Powder: Works to absorb any oil or grease from your hair follicles

Baking Soda: Works to neutralize any odors

Fragrance: This part is up to you! I like something that smells fresh and clean. Lemon and eucalyptus essential oils are my go-to. Lavender essential oil and Peppermint oil are also popular picks.

Steps to make your own DIY Dry Shampoo

  1. Make sure you are in an open and well – ventilated area, you don’t want to be breathing much of this in if you can help it (when applying it, I usually sprinkle in my hair and quickly walk away)
  2. Take your jar and carefully combine the baby powder, baking soda, and fragrance together with a spoon or knife
  3. Poke holes into the lid of the jar (we used a hammer and a nail to do this – see in video below) that mirrors the top of a baby powder jar (for us, we made 12 holes in total)
  4. Securely apply the lid and ring to your jar
  5. Sprinkle into your hair in equal amounts and tussle about right down to the roots of your hair (I have also seen others applying their dry shampoo with a large makeup brush and if this works for you then go ahead!)

How to Make Your Own Dry Shampoo: The Video!

Questions people are asking about DIY Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo vs Leave in Conditioner
Dry Shampoo targets the natural oils in your hair that results in greasy hair. Conversely, Leave in Conditioner is used to aid in hair health and provide your hair with hydration and moisture – it prevents against hair damage and breakage. There is an Dry Conditioner hair product option with the best of both worlds. I have not had the chance to try it but I have read that you can make it simply with a spray bottle, water, and your own at home conditioner (among other optional ingredients).
What is the best Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair? What is the best dry shampoo for Light Hair?
Dry Shampoo is pretty exchangeable between hair types. Hair colors is a little bit of a different story. Because of how absorbent my recipe is, it is pretty universal. That being said, to make sure this dry shampoo is disguised well for all you ladies with darker hair colors, you can add in cocoa powder or activated charcoal powder. For my fellow females with lighter hair, dry shampoo should just soak right in!
Ingredients in DIY Dry Shampoo – Alternates to this recipe
Tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder is a common ingredient in other dry shampoo formulas. It is typically used for thickening sauces and making puddings but because of it’s nutrients and starchy ingredients, it makes for a good substitute for baby powder. Cornstarch is another good alternative because of it’s nourishing properties.

Extra Pro Tip: This DIY Dry Shampoo can be used as a carpet refresher!

We always knew that by having two entrepreneurial parents, the children would someday catch on. By accident, we found out that when our 3 year old sprinkled this DIY Hair Dry Shampoo Potion onto rugs and carpet and then vacuumed up, it leaves the rugs/ carpet smelling fresh too!

We think she’s on to something but for now you can use our official disinfectant cleaner recipe 🙂

DIY Dry Shampoo

Other Hair Products I Love!

When you are blessed with a crazy mop of hair like mine, you can either resist it’s madness or embrace it! I’ve decided on the ladder. After a shower, I either braid it or brush it out straight and go to bed.

When I wake up, I can then either decide to unravel the braid and put it up, like 70% of the time or use my favorite deep wave hair tool.

I love how this instantly works with my natural wave and volume to add amazing deep curls that last for days without looking messy. Don’t get me wrong, messy hair and me, go well together, but sometimes I like to look slightly more put-together. It’s super fast to heat up and literally takes me 6 minutes to toss a few waves in my hair. These flat claw clips are my favorite! I can even sleep with them in!

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