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  • Jenica Barrett

Homemade Dry Shampoo

Updated: Jan 5, 2020

If you haven't yet incorporated dry shampoo into your hair routine, it's time to start. Dry shampoo is a zero waster's and water conservationist's best friend because it allows your hair to stay nice without washing it every day. In a sense, dry shampoo soaks up the grease build up and adds body to your hair just like washing it would do.

Now granted, it doesn't totally eliminate the need for you to wash your hair eventually. But it does make it so you can easily go five, six, or seven days without a true shampooing.

Homemade Dry Shampoo


  • corn starch or arrowroot powder

  • cocoa powder

  • (optional) bentonite clay


1. All you have to do is mix together all the ingredients. The ratio at which you mix them will totally depend on your hair color. Done!

I have found that corn starch and cocoa powder work just fine for my dry shampoo! Kathryn, from Going Zero Waste, did report though that she thought it improved when she added an equal part of bentonite clay to the mix. Since bentonite clay is hard for me to find in bulk and more expensive than corn starch, I don't think you need to add it unless you don't get great results.

If you have lighter or blond hair, you can leave out the cocoa powder completely. For darker hair, you'll need to add a higher ratio of cocoa powder so it doesn't make your hair look white.

To ease your fears about using it, dry shampoo is designed to integrate into your hair so it won't sprinkle out on your clothes throughout the day. It won't make you look like you have horrible dandruff. You really shouldn't even notice it at all!

I usually put it on by parting my hair in several places so I can get the powder down to the roots. If you have a shaker (like a baby powder container), that works great to sprinkle it on. You can also use a blush or foundation makeup brush and tap it on your roots. Once you have it applied throughout your hair, comb or brush it through. You should notice your hair having more body and looking fresher immediately! Don't be afraid to add more too and figure out how much your hair really needs.

Have you made your own dry shampoo?

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