Nontoxic DIY Dry Shampoo (Affordable to Make)

If you haven’t tried DIY dry shampoo, you’ve got to give it a go! Between expensive prices and toxic ingredients, I ditched the store-bought options and decided to create my own. This DIY project is easy to make and so affordable using only natural ingredients.

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This specific DIY dry shampoo is perfect for brown hair colors. From light brown to dark brown, it’ll prevent that white dusting look with the use of cocoa powder. If you have blonde, grey, or white hair, you can still use this recipe just leave out the cocoa powder.

If your hair is really dark brown or black, add a tablespoon or two or activated charcoal powder to the original recipe. For red hair, add a tablespoon of ground cinnamon and leave out the cocoa powder.

DIY Inspiration

I created this DIY dry shampoo out of utter frustration of options on the market. The affordable options are full of toxic ingredients like benzene, a cancer causing carcinogen. Like who the heck wants to put that on their head not to mention breathing in the artificial fragrances that disrupt hormones.

And the nontoxic options, which I could only find 1 true toxin-free brand, cost so dang much. All of this being said, I decided to make my own dry shampoo with items we had on hand. It works better than any store-bought options I’ve tried!

Why You’ll Love this DIY Dry Shampoo

  • Easy to make with only 3 ingredints
  • Costs pennies to make
  • Applies easily with a makeup brush
  • Doesn’t leave a white powder residue
  • Smells amazing
  • Washes out great the next time you shower
brush full of dry shampoo
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Why Use Dry Shampoo

If you’re new to dry shampoo, it’s what you use to absorb oil in between hair-washing days. It makes your hair feel and look freshly washed even though it’s been a day or two. The benefits of not washing your hair every day are: less frizz, healthier hair, and stronger strands.

How to Use Dry Shampoo

For this specific DIY option, use a soft bristle makeup brush, like the one you would use for applying blush. Dip the brush into your dry shampoo jar to cover the bristles, shake in the jar a few times, and apply it to your roots. Important: a little goes a long way!

I like to apply it on my part, around the roots along my face, and the crown of my head. You can essentially apply it anywhere on your roots, just be sure to use a little at a time. When you’re done applying, brush your hair. The best time to do this is at night, before bed.

jar of dry shampoo with a brush
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Dry Shampoo Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

DIY Dry Shampoo Instructions

  1. Add baking soda, cornstarch, and cocoa powder to a glass jar (that holds 1/2 cup or more).
  2. Use a spoon to mix and combine completely.
  3. Add a lid and store for up to 6 months.
  4. Apply it to your hair as needed between wash days with a soft makeup brush (a little goes a long way).
jar of dry shampoo with a brush
Source: Plum Branch Home

Storage Tips

Store in a glass jar with a lid for up to 6 months in a cool dry place.

DIY FAQ

  • How do I apply this dry shampoo? Apply with a soft makeup brush down your hair part, the roots around the crown of your head, and roots along your face.
  • Is this dry shampoo nontoxic? Yes, this is a toxin-free DIY.
  • I have blonde hair can I still use this? You can still use this recipe, just leave out the cocoa powder.
  • I have red hair can I still use this dry shampoo? Yes, leave out the cocoa powder and add 1 Tbsp of ground cinnamon.
  • My hair is really dark, almost black, can I still use this? Of course, just add 1 Tbsp of activated charcoal powder.

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DIY Dry Shampoo

This DIY dry shampoo is easy to make and so affordable using only natural ingredients. No matter your hair color, it's easy to customize.
Total Time2 minutes
Course: DIY Project
Cuisine: Nontoxic
Keyword: diy dry shampoo, diy dry shampoo dark hair, plum branch home diy dry shampoo
Yield: 0.5 cups
Author: Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home

Equipment

  • glass jar with lid
  • soft makeup brush

Materials

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

Instructions

  • Add baking soda, cornstarch, and cocoa powder to a glass jar (that holds 1/2 cup or more).
  • Use a spoon to mix and combine completely.
  • Add a lid and store for up to 6 months.
  • Apply it to your hair as needed between wash days with a soft makeup brush (a little goes a long way).

Notes

 

    • How do I apply this dry shampoo? Apply with a soft makeup brush down your hair part, the roots around the crown of your head, and the roots along your face.
    • Is this dry shampoo nontoxic? Yes, this is a toxin-free DIY.
    • I have blonde hair can I still use this? You can still use this recipe, just leave out the cocoa powder.
    • I have red hair can I still use this dry shampoo? Yes, leave out the cocoa powder and add 1 Tbsp of ground cinnamon.
    • My hair is really dark, almost black, can I still use this? Of course, just add 1 Tbsp of activated charcoal powder.

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