DIY Dry Shampoo for Every Hair Color

But recently, there’s been backlash against the product. Claims that formulas could be damaging hair are building up, leading some to venture into DIY territory.

Commercial dry shampoos often contain a bunch of chemicals, including propane and isobutane. Alcohols, some of which can be drying, also tend to be included to soak up any oily or greasy patches.

With frequent use, commercial dry shampoos may leave your hair dry and more prone to breakage.

Making your own dry shampoo can help to avoid some of these issues. An added bonus? It’s super inexpensive.

Here’s the basic recipe

Making your own dry shampoo is pretty simple. It includes one main ingredient: powder. This is used to remove oil.

You can choose from any of the following powders:

  • arrowroot powder
  • corn starch
  • rye flour

Take 2 tablespoons of your chosen powder and mix it with a spoon until it’s smooth. And there you have it — your very own dry shampoo.

These powders will work for any type of hair, but they might give darker hair an ashy appearance.

You can add some extras if you have dark hair

If your hair is on the darker side, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mix. Its magnesium content may combat hair growth, but there isn’t much evidence to back this up.

Those with jet-black hair can use charcoal as an alternative. Renowned for its oil-absorbing qualities, charcoal can also give hair a deep clean and prevent dandruff from building up, according to research.

When it comes to charcoal, you may need to experiment with the amount. It only takes a small amount to alter the color, so play around until the dry shampoo formula matches your hair.

If you want to stick to the basic recipe, apply it the night before to banish the gray look. Too much of an effort? Give the dry shampoo at least two hours to absorb and you should be good to go.

If you have really light hair, try arrowroot

Light-haired folks don’t need to make any adjustments to the basic recipe. However, you may want to opt for arrowroot powder as your absorbing ingredient — it’s finer than the other options.

Redhead? Try cinnamon

Redheads can simply add cinnamon to their chosen powder. Not only does it prevent an ashy look, it may even help with hair health and growth, according to a recent animal study.

The exact amount of cinnamon depends on your hair color, so try a 1/2 tablespoon at a time until you find your match. If it’s still not quite right, try combining cinnamon and cocoa powder together with the base.

How to use it

Before using the dry shampoo on your hair, do a patch test. Apply a small amount of the mixture to spot on your inner arm and leave for 24 hours.

If your skin looks fine after 24 hours, carry on. If not, it’s best to throw your DIY work away or give it to someone else to try.

How often can you use it?

Homemade dry shampoo may be better for your hair than a store-bought version, but it’s probably best not to use your DIY mixture every single day.

Instead, only use it when you have to. If you start treating it like a replacement for regular shampoo, the ingredients may eventually build up in individual hair strands and clog pores on your scalp.

It goes without saying that you’ll still need to wash your hair in the same way as before, mainly because dry shampoo doesn’t sufficiently clean the scalp, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

The bottom line

Making your own dry shampoo is easier than it sounds. Plus, it could be a healthier — and less costly — alternative to commercial products that contain chemicals.

But try not to rely on it too much. Think of it as a temporary help, not a permanent solution.

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