DIY All-Natural Dry Shampoo


Can you believe that I’ve only been using dry shampoo for the past year? I had never heard of it before my sister-in-law asked me, “Do you wash your hair everyday?” It was Thanksgiving and our whole family was piled into my in-laws house. Her and I were sharing time in the bathroom; she was doing her makeup and I was doing my hair.

I explained that yes, I need to wash my hair every single day or it looks too greasy. (Thank you genetics.) Any other Mamas have the same problem?

My sister-in-law said, “Whoa, why don’t you use dry shampoo?” And then the next fifteen were filled with her educating me about dry shampoo. Thank you, dear sister, for improving my life and saving me time!

I just assumed that everyone washed their hair every day. If you’re in that situation, have hope! There is a better way – it’s called dry shampoo.

What’s Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoo is a deceptive name because it’s not shampoo. It doesn’t wash your hair, but it does absorb the grease. And most people only wash their hair because it’s greasy. Hence the necessity of dry shampoo.

Disclaimer: Dry shampoo is not actually shampoo. You will still need to wash your hair, at least (preferably) one or twice per week. Dry shampoo simply absorbs the grease from your hair and scalp between washings.

I immediately went to the store and picked up a bottle of dry shampoo. The exact same bottle that my sister-in-law used because it was life-changing and I didn’t want to be disappointed by another brand.

After having used it for the past year, I will never go back to washing my hair daily! If you wash your hair daily, stop – use dry shampoo instead!

Name Brand Dry Shampoos

The other day I happened to read the label of my dry shampoo bottle and – GASP – the first three ingredients were butane, isobutane, and propane. Ummm…why are those flammable ingredients being placed on my scalp?!? No thank you!

I understand that those substances make this an aerosol can that sprays the dry shampoo into my hair. But I also recognize that those ingredients are highly flammable and probably not healthy for my hair. That’s not even considering the remaining ingredients either.

I have gradually begun switching my medicine cabinet to more natural products or DIY alternatives. After reading that label on my dry shampoo can, there was no better time than right now to make an all-natural DIY dry shampoo.

DIY Dry Shampoo

Like usual, Google came to my rescue. I discovered a handful of articles about how to make my own dry shampoo. It couldn’t be more simple: 2 ingredients and 2 step-directions. All-natural ingredients that I already have in my pantry. Anyone can make dry shampoo!

Bonus: if you like chocolate, then you will love this dry shampoo. It has a hint of cocoa smell which is a nice surprise. But if you aren’t a fan of your head smelling like a candy bar, you can add essential oils. See the recipe below for more details.

DIY All-Natural Dry Shampoo Recipe

Toss out your can of name-brand dry shampoo and use this natural alternative instead. It takes 1 minute to make and costs a fraction of the price. You can even personalize it to match your hair color!


Cocoa powder
Optional: cinnamon


  1. Mix 2 parts of cornstarch with 1 part of cocoa powder in a jar. Combine well by shaking vigorously.
  2. Apply by gently dusting the roots of your hair with your fingers or a large makeup brush. Lightly rub in and then brush your hair to evenly distribute.

Store this in a sealed jar in your bathroom. Give the jar a gentle shake before applying.

For lighter hair: Gradually add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the mixture until it is light enough to blend in with your hair color.

For darker hair: Gradually add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to the mixture until it is dark enough to blend in with your hair color.

For hair with highlights: Gradually add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture until it blends with the color of your highlights.

Option: Add a few drops of essential oil for a better smell. Lavender is soothing to your scalp. Peppermint is refreshing and a nice morning pick-me-up. Combine your favorite scents together to give off a nice aroma through your hair.

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