Are you one of those people who has an oily scalp and ends up washing their hair way too often? Frequent washing of hair not only makes your hair dry and frizzy but also strips off the natural oils from the scalp. And when you don’t have much time or you just can’t be bothered, washing your hair can be a real chore. So it’s no surprise that dry shampoo has become a saviour for many.

10 Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipes

The recipes of DIY dry shampoo include components that are readily available around the house. On the days when you cannot get enough energy to do anything, there are some dry shampoo alternatives that you can apply to help you get the locks of your dream. So, you can easily whip up your own DIY dry shampoo by using simple natural ingredients and following these simple instructions.

1. Charcoal Dry Shampoo

For darker shades of brown or black, adding activated charcoal powder alongside raw cacao powder to help you hone in on your specific shade. Activated charcoal has benefits beyond absorbing excess oils from your scalp and roots. This superpower ingredient for darker strands will cleanse and detoxify.

You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal powder 
  • 1/4 cup of raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup of arrowroot powder or cornstarch 
  • 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay 
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda 
  • 30 drops of lavender oil 

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a measuring cup with a whisk. 
  2. Put the mixture into an empty container. 
  3. Apply generously to your scalp and rub it properly.

2. Cinnamon Dry Shampoo

Cinnamon not only does it prevent an ashy look, but it may also even help with hair health and growth. Cinnamon powder naturally blends into red hair while masking the colour of other ingredients. Cinnamon has also been rumoured to increase blood flow when applied to the scalp which can have a multitude of benefits such as hair growth and hair loss prevention.

You Will Need:

  • 1/4 cup of cinnamon powder 
  • 1/2 cup of arrowroot powder or cornstarch 
  • 2 tablespoons of bentonite or kaolin clay 
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda 
  • 30 drops of lavender oil 

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a measuring cup with a whisk. 
  2. Put the mixture into an empty container. 
  3. Apply generously to your scalp and rub it properly.

3. Coffee Dry Shampoo

Cornstarch absorbs all the excess oil without making your scalp too dry. Coffee, on the other hand, contains caffeine that increases blood circulation which in turn stimulates hair growth. It also prevents dandruff and adds a shine to your hair. Coffee also stains the hair well, so it makes it a perfect ingredient for people with dark hair colours. 

You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of your favourite essential oil

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. Now, using a makeup brush just dab a bit of the powder mixture on your scalp. Make sure to section your hair and let the powder touch your scalp
  3. Understand less is more, so do not go overboard with the dry shampoo. 
  4. Apply the dry shampoo in different sections on your scalp and gently massage it to remove the excess.
  5. You can also move your hair around to get rid of the excess powder residue. 
  6. Comb thoroughly and let it sit for 20 minutes before styling your hair.

4. Arrowroot Dry Shampoo

The cornerstone to all of the DIY recipes below is arrowroot powder which is nearly invisible when applied to lighter hair shades like blonde, white or silver. Arrowroot powder can absorb oil and add volume while easily blending into the hair.

You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of colouring powder 
  • 6 drops of an essential oil

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl thoroughly. 
  2. Apply onto roots and blend with your fingertips. 
  3. If needed, blow-dry for a few seconds to further blend it in.

5. Baby Powder Dry Shampoo 

When all else fails, you can always grab some baby powder in a pinch. The trick is to use it sparingly, as it will show a bit more than you might expect.

You Will Need:

  • Pure baby powder (no need to mix it with anything else; it’s a good option because it’s grab and go)

Method:

  1. Sprinkle a small amount on fingertips, rub them together, and then massage directly into the scalp and any oily sections of hair. 
  2. Repeat until you achieve the desired result and there’s no visible residue left on hair or scalp.

6. Blended Oatmeal And Cornstarch Dry Shampoo

Blended oatmeal is said to have antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help in adding lustre to your hair and preventing itchy, flaky scalp. Oatmeal is a natural moisturizer that can help treat an itchy and dry scalp. Furthermore, it can give your roots some extra boost.

You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of blended oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of lavender oil

Method:

  1. Mix the blended oatmeal and cornstarch in a clean bowl.
  2. Add the lavender oil to the mixture
  3. Apply the mixture all over your hair using your fingers or a makeup brush.

7. Cornmeal & Almonds Dry Shampoo 

Almonds are rich in magnesium and nutrients which promote hair growth. By preventing dandruff and hair damage, almonds provide sufficient nutrition to the hair follicles that make the hair strands stronger. This is a great mixture for oily hair to remove oil and grease.

You Will Need: 

  • 1 tablespoon of cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of finely ground almonds

Method:

  1. Mix the cornmeal and finely ground almonds well. 
  2. Brush your hair out well before applying the mixture to ensure the dry shampoo mixture doesn’t clump onto your hair. 
  3. Apply the all-natural dry shampoo and brush/dust off any excess.

8. Salt & Cornmeal Dry Shampoo 

Just when you thought salt is only for your food and bath therapy! Well, this versatile crystalline mineral does more wonder than you can imagine and the results are heavenly when you add cornmeal to it.

You Will Need:

  • 8 tablespoons of cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of salt 

Method:

  1. Blend the cornmeal till you reach a fine, powder-like consistency. 
  2. Add the 1 tablespoon salt and mix well. 
  3. Massage the mixture into your hair, wait a few minutes, and brush it out.

9. Rice Flour & Cornstarch Dry Shampoo

Apart from strengthening your locks, rice flour helps in protecting your hair from harmful UV rays and relieves sunburns. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove the same. It is said to be the best scalp cleanser as it clears away all dirt, oils, and build-up from the scalp. Cornstarch eliminates greasiness and makes your hair look fresh and healthy.

You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of peppermint oil

Method:

  1. Mix the rice flour and cornstarch.
  2. Add the peppermint oil to the mixture.
  3. Use a makeup brush to apply the mixture all over your hair.

10. Fenugreek Powder And Cornstarch Dry Shampoo

Fenugreek powder fights dandruff and serves as a solution for various scalp-related issues like flaking, itchiness, and burning. It also helps condition your hair and retains its natural shine.

You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of fenugreek powder
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of orange oil

Method:

  1. Start by mixing equal parts of fenugreek powder and cornstarch.
  2. Mix in the orange oil.
  3. Use a makeup brush to apply the mixture all over your hair.
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How To Apply Dry Shampoo

Once you have created your homemade dry hair cleanser, applying the hair powder is easy. Just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Before using the dry shampoo on your hair, do a patch test. Apply a small amount of the mixture to the spot on your inner arm and leave for 24 hours.
  2. If your skin looks fine after 24 hours, carry on.
  3. Make sure you mix your dry hair powder thoroughly.
  4. Either use a clean makeup brush or your fingertips to apply. Try to focus on getting the mixture on the roots and areas of your hair where grease tends to accumulate.
  5. Using your fingertips or makeup brush, gently spread the powder throughout your hair. Massage your roots to ensure full absorption.
  6. Gently use a brush to get the excess powder out if necessary.
  7. Style to the desired look.

You know how life-changing dry shampoos can be, especially for those busy days when you don’t have time to wash your hair. The ingredients within them are designed to soak up oil quickly and effectively. In homemade solutions, the starch absorbs grease and any excess oils. Use these DIY dry shampoos that can easily be made and worry not about your oily scalp!

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