All-Natural DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes for Blondes AND Brunettes

All natural DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes for Light and Dark Hair - made from ingredients you already have in your kitchen!

DIY Dry Shampoo made with natural ingredients from your kitchen

Lately I’ve been all about DIY beauty products. Homemade beauty products not only do you save money, but allow you actually know what’s going into your beauty products so can avoid unnecessary chemicals ingredients.

The basic idea of a dry shampoo is to absorb the excess oil at the roots, leaving your hair looking clean. Unlike regular shampoo, it doesn’t need to be washed out of your hair. You simply applied to roots of your hair where your it gets oily, and helps to reduce greasiness in those areas.

In the last few years, dry shampoos have been gaining popularity, especially with claims that frequent shampooing can strip away healthy oils and lead to dry, damaged locks. Using dry shampoo is also very helpful if you’ll be styling hair and need it to hold. Dirty hair hold better than clean hair, but it doesn’t have to look dirty. 

And by all means, you can most definitely go to the store and buy dry shampoo, but they often contain contain chemicals like isobutane, butane and propane. Ingredients that aren’t so friendly, especially for those with sensitive skin.

So this week, I’ve whipped up 2 simple recipes for natural dry shampoo recipes, one for blondes and another brunettes. As some one with dark hair, I know the struggle of dry shampoo’s that leave your hair with a white chalky cast, so this special formula will zap that grease without leaving behind the tell tale signs.

Follow these recipes will show to make an easy all-natural DIY dry shampoo with simple natural ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

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All Natural DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe

Make this all natural DIY dry shampoo. 2 forumlas for blondes and brunettes.

Ingredients for Dry Shampoo Recipe for Light Hair

  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3-5 drops of scented essential oils

Ingredients for Dry Shampoo Recipe for Dark Hair

  • 1/8 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/8 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 cup of cinnamon
  • 3-5 drops of scented essential oils

Tools and Supplies

  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowl
  • mixing spoon
  • airtight container with lid
  • makeup brush – a fluffy one like a powder or blush brush is best
Natrual ingredients to make homemade dry shampoo

DIY Dry Shampoo Tutorial

For the DIY dry shampoo recipe for blondes, the base of the formula is cornstarch. Constarch is a great ingredient for absorbinb excess oils from your roots of your hair. This is mixed with a teaspoon of cinnamon, which offers great anti-bacterial and healing properties, not to mention a refreshing essence that stimulates your scalp.

Simply add these 2 dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Finish by adding three-to-five drops of the scented essential oil of your choice and giving the mixture a stir. This makes sure your hair smells nice and fresh at every application. So easy right?

Now we’ll move onto the dry shampoo for dark hair! This recipe follows the same steps as the formula for blondes, but adds one extra ingredient to the mix. Unsweetened cocoa powder helps masks the stark white cornstarch base so that it doesn’t come across looking dusty or chalky on darker hair tones. Plus, it’s full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are great for your scalp and hair.

And that’s it! Really, it’s almost an effortless beauty DIY and will be a time saver for washing your hair and getting ready.

You’ll want to make sure to tore your dry shampoo in an airtight container and keep it close to your hair and makeup kit so that you can make it a seamless part of your morning beauty routine.

How to use your DIY Dry Shampoo

How to apply homemade dry shampoo. Dust on your hair, wait for a few moments, brush out and style!

1. Dip your makeup brush into your dry shampoo mixture. Tap off any excess product on the edge of your container. With your brush, apply the dry shampoo to the roots and in the areas that tend to get oily, like your bangs and hair part.

Focus mostly on the roots, but if the rest of your hair needs freshening up, add a little more down the strands toward the tips. Make sure not don’t rub your dry shampoo into your scalp, where it can accumulate and make it itch.

2. Brush your hair from root-to-tip to help distribute and blend in the dry shampoo.

3. Let it settle in — wait a few minutes to let the dry shampoo absorb the oil from your hair and then style as usual.

When you’re in a rush, this 5 minute application and style versus a shower, shampoo and blow dry will save you time, save your hair from excess damage from washing and heat styling.

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Will you make this DIY dry shampoo a part of your morning or evening beauty routine?
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  • caroline
    March 25, 2014

    This is seriously awesome!

  • Maria Kitching
    March 31, 2014

    This is grear, just about to go over and have a look at what’s in this. Love dry shampoo!

  • Sam - DIY Huntress
    May 1, 2014

    Just stumbled upon this! Thank you so much for sharing! I loveeee dry shampoo, the havit can just get so expensive though!

    • Eileen
      May 1, 2014

      It does, and I find like I always go through a canister so quickly too. It’s so much better to make my own now 🙂

  • Leather Lace & Turquoise
    July 2, 2014

    Thanks, love this post, never thought of adding coco!

  • Robin Rue
    January 8, 2015

    I think adding cocoa is a neat idea. I get keratin treatments, so i have to be careful about what I use, but I will ask my stylist about this.

  • Samantha Angell
    January 8, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this! I use dry shampoo all the time, and it is so expensive over here in sweden. This will be super helpful for me!

  • Angelic @
    January 8, 2015

    I’ve used dry shampoo’s a few times and I LOVE it! I’ve never thought of making it for my myself! I can’t wait to try this <3

  • Fi Ni Neachtain
    January 8, 2015

    I love this DIY! I use dry shampoo to volumise my hair and keep it looking fresh so I have to try the one for blondes.

  • Sara-Jayne Jones
    January 8, 2015

    I’d love to make my own dry shampoo! I’ve never used dry shampoo before!

  • Kristi Corrigan
    January 8, 2015

    I’ve been wanting to try out dry shampoo. I’m going to try this ASAP!!

  • Echo (The Mad Mommy)
    January 8, 2015

    I have never used dry shampoos, but since you can make it on your own, maybe I should! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Margarita Ibbott
    January 8, 2015

    I love my dry shampoo but this looks great. What kind of essential oils did you use? Peppermint and chocolate would smell good.

  • Courtney
    January 9, 2015

    I just started to use dry shampoos!!! I was always kinda scared to use them, reviewed one and now I’m obsessed lol…. This diy sounds pretty awesome! Never would of thought about using coco!

  • Michelle Hwee
    January 9, 2015

    This is an excellent recipe! I am not blonde but I love dry shampoos. My hair gets quite oily and dry shampoo makes me look more voluminous!

  • John Lopez
    January 9, 2015

    I haven’t heard about this dry shampoo. But looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mia Myrabev
    January 9, 2015

    I love dry shampoo and when i was in zambia on holiday i used it a fair bit so would highly recommend it.

  • Rebecca Swenor
    January 9, 2015

    This is an awesome post and I have never thought to make my own dry shampoo. This is amazing indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tami - This Mom's Delight
    January 9, 2015

    My daughter and I go through a lot of dry shampoo. This would be a lot cheaper.

  • Alysia from My Domestic Dish
    January 10, 2015

    Dry shampoo is fantastic, although I didn’t love not knowing what, exactly, was in it!! This is a great post- I’m pinning, and loving, it!! 😛
    As a blonde who’s attempting to go shampoo free during this year, it’s a great find for me. (I would still wash it and be clean, just with different things to accomplish that)
    Thank you!

  • Natalie H.
    January 10, 2015

    Could be a stupid question, but what’s the point of dry shampoo? not ruining your hair? I’ve always just washed my hair the old school way.

  • Radi
    October 19, 2020

    This diy is so useful and so awesome knowing exactly what your ingredients are.

    • Eileen
      October 19, 2020

      Thanks so much Radi! Agreed, it’s good to know what’s actually in your beauty products!

  • shealennon
    October 21, 2020

    I never really realized you could make your own dry shampoo, but looking at the ingredients, I bet it smells amazing! Such a great idea!

    • Eileen
      October 22, 2020

      Ya, it’s actually really simple! It does small lovely and it’s free of chemicals which is great!

  • Sarah Anderson
    October 23, 2020

    Oh. I gotta try this one, thanks for sharing…

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