Working time: 5 – 10 minutes
Total time: 10 – 15 minutes
Output: 3/4 cup of dry shampoo
Skill Level: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $15.00

Homemade dry shampoo can be made quickly and easily using a few simple ingredients you can find in your pantry – a fact you might not imagine when browsing the variety of commercial dry shampoos available.

Dry shampoo works by applying an absorbent powder (bamboo taro is the best, but cornstarch works almost as well) by shaking it onto the scalp or applying the powder with a large blush makeup brush and then brushing it through. Dirt and oil particles adhere to the powder and come off the hair when brushed, leaving the scalp feeling cleaner. As a bonus, the process usually adds volume to the hair as some powder is left behind.

Making your own shampoo may seem daunting if you notice that there are different dry shampoos for dark hair, but it’s as simple as adding extra ingredients to the mixture. There may be some preliminary experimentation about how many color ingredients to add, but the advantage is that when you DIY, you can get a color that matches your hair perfectly-something you can’t do with commercial dry shampoos.

Dry shampoos for different hair colors

The biggest trick to making your own dry shampoo is to match it to your hair color. Because the main oil-absorbing ingredient is bamboo taro powder or cornstarch, both of which are white, a very simple dry shampoo recipe using these ingredients is best for light blonde or white hair (or bleached and colored fantastic colors), but will stand out and be obvious to anyone with darker hair.

That’s why you’ll see some ingredients in the list below that are specific to certain hair colors. If you are in between colors, you may need to mix them slightly to get the right color for you. However, since you apply dry shampoo to the roots and brush it out (this is how you remove oils from the roots), there is some wiggle room and it doesn’t need to be a perfect match.

For example, if you have dark blonde hair, you may want to use mostly bamboo taro powder and only mix in 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder. If your brown hair has a lot of red tones, you may want to mix 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder to the cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the kosher, clay and baking soda mixture.

If your hair is dark brown or black, you’ll use activated charcoal to darken the powder so it doesn’t leave a visible white layer – but be aware that a little charcoal goes a long way.

What tools/equipment you’ll need

Medium bowl storage jar large makeup brush measuring spoon


8 tablespoons kudzu flour or cornstarch

2 tablespoons kaolin powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon activated charcoal (for dark brown and black hair)

4 tablespoons raw cocoa powder (for brown hair)

4 tablespoons cinnamon (for red hair)

6 drops of selected essential oils


1. Decide which ingredients are right for your hair

The exact ingredients of your dry shampoo will depend on your hair color. Everyone needs kudzu or cornstarch, kaolin and baking soda (and essential oils if you want to scent your dry shampoo), but people with blonde, white, bleached and dreamy colored hair can stop there. Those with dark hair will need to have enough raw cacao (and possibly cinnamon if the color is reddish), while those with dark brown and black hair will also need activated charcoal.

2. Mix the ingredients

It is easier to mix the ingredients in a nice big bowl than in a container to mix the powder. Start with bamboo taro powder or cornstarch, then add clay and baking powder. If you do not plan to use any color ingredients, add essential oils at this point. Lavender, orange and lemon are light and fresh scents; lavender also acts as a natural antibacterial agent and helps fight dandruff. Stir well.

3. Add color ingredients, if desired

If you are adding color ingredients, add them first and then add the essential oils. You will have to guess based on your hair color, but keep in mind that the roots tend to be darker than the ends. Since the dry shampoo is applied to your roots, you need to be closest to that color. Use the amounts listed above as a starting point. Don’t worry about matching exactly, as you will be brushing off most of your dry shampoo. You just want to get close. Finally, add your essential oils and mix well.

4. Pour the mixture into a container

Use a jar with a lid to keep your dry shampoo fresh and dust-free. Some people prefer to put it in a container or medicine bottle with holes in the lid to easily shake it onto the scalp. You can also use a large blush brush to apply the powder directly to the roots of your hair.

5. Use a dry shampoo

Shake or use a blush makeup brush to apply dry shampoo to the roots of your hair. You may want to finish it off with your fingertips and then brush or comb it through.

Finally share a homemade shampoo(Very safe)

First. Edible alkali. I have oily hair, using edible alkali to water can remove the oil from my hair. The effect is better with saprophytic, but saprophytic is more troublesome to use, and saprophytic into the eyes will be very unpleasant. 10 grams of alkali with 250 grams of water, slightly heated, the edible alkali will dissolve. If it is not oily hair can be used without edible alkali. Take a basin underneath, drench the alkaline water from the hair, the alkaline water will flow into the basin, then scoop up this alkaline water and drench the hair repeatedly until all the hair is drenched with alkaline water and the oil on the hair is completely removed, then rinse the hair clean with water.

Second, edible vinegar. The purpose of using edible vinegar is ① because after using the above lye water to remove the oil on hair, there will be some residues after rinsing, so use vinegar to dissolve these residues; ② vinegar can kill bacteria and stop itching. 70g of 9 degree edible vinegar plus 180g of water, the concentration can be adjusted according to your own situation. Use vinegar water like the above method to drench the whole place with hair, and then massage your head with your fingertips (never use your fingernails, it will cut your scalp), the massage can remove the dirt on your scalp, and wash with water after the massage.