DIY Dry Shampoo

Learn how to make your own dry shampoo.  It is simple, cheap, and toxin free.


A couple years ago I hopped on the dry shampoo train.  It saved me time and helped my hair stay healthy longer.  My hair dresser explained that every time we wash our hair, we strip it of its natural oils.  He suggested washing my hair only two times a week and using dry shampoo when I felt like my hair was getting greasy.

I started out with buying dry shampoo at the drug store.  I tried several different brands, but landed on Batiste.  It just worked the best.  But I went through one spray bottle every couple of months, adding an extra expense to my already tight budget (poor college student…).

So, one day when I was at Marching Band rehearsal (yes, I am a band geek), my good friend mentioned that she made her own dry shampoo! I was curious, but skeptical.  Then, later that month, I wen to visit my sister and she also made her own dry shampoo.  I tried it, and it worked just as well as the store bought.  You can see the before and after in the pictures below:


There are a couple of big advantages to using homemade dry shampoo.  The first is that it is way cheaper.  Think about this.  One bottle of dry shampoo is about 6 dollars.  One 16 oz package of corn starch is about 2 dollars and one 23 oz package of cocoa powder is about 8 dollars.  However, you only use about a 1/4 cup of the corn starch and 3 Tbsp of the cocoa.  When you do the math, the cost of homemade dry shampoo is: 76 cents.

The next advantage is that it is toxin free.  Have you ever looked at the ingredient list of store bought dry shampoo? The EWG rates Batiste Dry Shampoo at a 6, which places it on the high end of moderately hazardous.  Do you really want to spray that onto your head every couple days? Inhale the particulates when you spray? Ick!  The only ingredient that EWG rates as low hazard is the starch in the product.  When you make homemade dry shampoo, all you are using is corn starch and cocoa powder.

The basic ingredients are Corn Starch and (for darker hair) Cocoa Powder.  I am a brunette, so the ratios I use will be different than someone with lighter or darker hair.

Materials you need:

1/4 Cup Corn Starch

3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (give or take depending on your hair color)


Makeup Brush


  1. Mix the corn starch and cocoa powder together in the container.  Start with a little less than the called for amount of cocoa powder and work up from there to find your perfect shade.
  2. Apply the powder at the roots of your oily hair with the makeup brush.  Use the tips of your fingers to massage the powder into your hair.

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