DIY Dry Shampoo (For Dark and Light Hair Colors)

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This stuff is so easy to make, and saves me so much time in the morning. Just sprinkle this dry shampoo in your hair, massage, brush, and voila...you're ready to face the day. The darker powder works best for my hair, but there are two color options in the recipe.

Our friendship has really grown over the last two years (soon to be three in April…what?!). We’ve chatted about everything from drinking homemade lattes to cleaning toilets. It’s safe to say that we’ve explored a lot of natural living and real food topics together, even the ones that are a bit hard to share in public, like photos of my toilet. Today may take our friendship to a whole new level, because we’re going to talk about my mother-in-law and hair. The stuff lady friendships are made of, right?!

PS: If you’re my mother-in-law and you’re currently reading this, I only have good things to say today. Love you!

This stuff is so easy to make, and saves me so much time in the morning. Just sprinkle this dry shampoo in your hair, massage, brush, and voila...you're ready to face the day. The darker powder works best for my hair, but there are two color options in the recipe.

Many years ago, my mother-in-law introduced me to a homemade product called dry shampoo. Over a phone conversation, she mentioned that when she wasn’t able to wash her hair, she would use a simple baby powder solution to add some fresh life to her roots and take away any grease buildup. I remember thinking, That’s a weird concept. I’ll never get that desperate with hygiene.

At that time, I was a young married woman with an adequate amount of time each morning for a proper shower, so I really couldn’t understand why anyone would need such a product. Why would someone skip washing their hair every single day? The very thought was preposterous to me.

This stuff is so easy to make, and saves me so much time in the morning. Just sprinkle this dry shampoo in your hair, massage, brush, and voila...you're ready to face the day. The darker powder works best for my hair, but there are two color options in the recipe.

Six years later, my life has changed. I now have two wonderful children, 6:30 am wakeup calls, a daily coffee-driven carline appointment, work deadlines, and the list could go on. I think you’re getting the point here. And with these major life changes, let’s just say that my view on dry shampoo has also completely changed. I understand the idea of not being able to wash your hair every single day. In fact, there are many days when the last priority on my “to accomplish” list is washing my hair.

This stuff is so easy to make, and saves me so much time in the morning. Just sprinkle this dry shampoo in your hair, massage, brush, and voila...you're ready to face the day. The darker powder works best for my hair, but there are two color options in the recipe.

Now, please don’t get the wrong idea, I’m a firm believer in good hygiene. I still try to get a shower in my schedule each morning or at night, but as it turns out, skipping a daily hair washing appointment may actually be a very healthy activity.

Hair naturally produces oil called sebum. The sebum provides a barrier to the hair and skin, and also moisture. When hair is washed every single day, shampoo strips the hair of the natural oils which can result in very dry hair.  Even my hair stylist has commented that she doesn’t use traditional shampoo on her hair every single day, and instead she uses a dry shampoo in between washes.

Mother-in-laws and hair stylists are always right.

This stuff is so easy to make, and saves me so much time in the morning. Just sprinkle this dry shampoo in your hair, massage, brush, and voila...you're ready to face the day. The darker powder works best for my hair, but there are two color options in the recipe.

A few months ago, I finally embraced the suggestion of my mother-in-law and hair stylist and started using a simple homemade solution called dry shampoo. Why? Because I realized that daily shampooing, blow-drying, and styling my hair were super time-consuming activities.

With my new hair routine, I wash my hair a few times a week with a “cleaner” store-bought shampoo and conditioner (I haven’t found a homemade shampoo or conditioner that actually work on my hair). On my “skip days,” I simply jump into a quick shower, but I don’t get my hair wet. Instead, I use my dry shampoo to help keep my hair looking clean and grease-free, and sometimes I use my curling iron or flat iron to add a bit of style.

This stuff is so easy to make, and saves me so much time in the morning. Just sprinkle this dry shampoo in your hair, massage, brush, and voila...you're ready to face the day. The darker powder works best for my hair, but there are two color options in the recipe.

So, who’s with me? Are you ready to stop washing your hair?

Wait, that just sounds so wrong. You know what I mean, right?!

Awesome, let’s proceed…

DIY Dry Shampoo
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DIY Dry Shampoo

Course DIY
Cuisine Body
Servings 3 ounces
Author Kristin Marr

Ingredients

Dark Hair:

Light Hair:

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk or stir the ingredients together until combined. Do not use metal utensils with bentonite clay. I use a container with a metal lid for long-term storage, but the lid doesn't touch the powder, so I believe it's fine.
  2. Store the powder at room temperature for up to 6 months, or according to the expiration dates on the product packages.

Recipe Notes

To Use: Lift sections of your hair. Sprinkle the dry shampoo on your roots, toward the top of your head, with either a foundation brush or use a spice container (like a salt shaker or a spice container with a plastic lid). The ends of your hair shouldn't need this shampoo, so just focus on your roots. Wait a couple of minutes for the powder to begin absorbing the oils, then use your hands to massage the powder into your roots and scalp for a few seconds. Finally, brush out the excess powder, and viola...you're ready to face the day!

The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love.

*Cocoa Powder Note: This amount will vary depending on your hair color. I recommend starting with 2 teaspoons, and then increasing the amount until the desired color is achieved (up to a few tablespoons).

This dry shampoo recipe uses the same base ingredients as my homemade foundation powder.

This stuff is so easy to make, and saves me so much time in the morning. Just sprinkle this dry shampoo in your hair, massage, brush, and voila...you're ready to face the day. The darker powder works best for my hair, but there are two color options in the recipe.

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19 Comments

  • I was just thinking last week, it’s time to try and make my own dry shampoo. I sure wish Kristin had a recipe…” Thanks for reading my mind. 🙂 Since it’s so close to the foundation recipe, have you ever used your foundation as dry shampoo in a pinch?

    • Hey Brandi, Lol, that’s awesome! I have tried using the foundation powder in a pinch, but my foundation powder was a bit too light (at least my winter version) for my hair. It’s definitely worth a shot! As long as an adequate amount of bentonite clay exists in the foundation powder, you should be good. The clay really helps with the oil absorption.

  • This is wonderful! I was looking for this today and I think you read my mind 🙂 I have been meaning to ask you – would you mind sharing which brand of shampoo and conditioner you use? I have tried a few “cleaner” varieties and I find that either the shampoo doesn’t feel like it cleans very well (aka my hair feels like a grease pot) or the conditioner doesn’t actual do much conditioning. I realize that cleaner products are not going to be the same as chemical-laden products that make our hair feel and smell amazing, but I would rather not experiment with a bunch of different brands if you know of a tried and true brand that you trust. If you don’t mind sharing your recommendations I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

    • Awesome, Becky!

      I really like the brand EveryDay Shea. The ingredients aren’t perfect, but they are a whole lot better than most soaps and conditioners on the market. I recently recommended this brand to Live Simply’s Administrative Assistant, Rachel, and she’s been really enjoying their shampoo and conditioner, too. So, this brand may be an option for you :). http://alaffia.com/brands/Everyday-Shea.html They also make great bubble bath and lotion, in my opinion.

  • I like most things on your blog. However, I was once looking to detox with Bentonite and my husband convinced me not to, because it can be dangerous. I would be wary with powdered forms as well: http://www.livestrong.com/article/241716-what-are-the-dangers-of-bentonite/

    Bentonite is also sometimes tainted with lead.

    The only other thing I would caution against is, for ethical reasons, vegetable glycerin derived from palm. I think everyone who has seen the documentary on the Orangutans and the Palm Oil Crisis doesn’t really want to part-take in that. With a lot of effort I found vegetable glycerin made out of coconut. Whether it works or not, I don’t yet know but, those are the only 2 things that I’d be wary of.

    Thanks,
    Alice

  • Hi Kristin,

    I have a few questions about your hair products.

    1. Do you still use Every Day Shea for your shampoo and conditioner?
    2. If so, do you find that it’s not as easy to rinse as regular shampoo in the sense that it leaves your hair really “squeaky clean” so your hands don’t glide down your hair as smoothly when rinsing? Just want to make sure that that’s normal!
    3. What hairstyling products do you use? I currently use a moose and frizz tamer/curl enhancer and was wondering if you have “clean” hairstyling products that you recommend.

    Thanks for all the work that you put into your blog! I’m slowly trying to transition to your DIY products and clean eating. It’s a lot of work, but you make it so much easier! Thanks!

    • Hey Susie,

      Yep, I still use EveryDay Shea for my shampoo and conditioner. For me, it gets my hair sqeauky clean.
      At the moment, I don’t use any styling products, but I’ve seen a few great brands at the health food store. I’ll check out a few next time I’m there.

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog!

      • Hey Kristin,

        So it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been using EveryDay Shea shampoo and conditioner and I’m just not loving it. My hair doesn’t feel as clean and by the end of the day my scalp and roots feel oily so I’ve been having to wash my hair every day, where as before I washed it every other day. Are there any other brands you recommend? If not, no worries. I can check out other brands at Whole Foods, just figured I’d ask for your input first.

        Thanks!!!

        • Hey Susie, I haven’t experimented with other brands, so I don’t have any others to recommend. Sorry, about that. PS: I’ve used the shea shampoo for body wash many times, so if it’s not working for your hair, you could still use the rest of the bottle as body wash :). I would love to know if you find a shampoo and conditioner combo that work well for you!

  • Wow! This is soooo amazing. I just did this diy today and I love this recipe! I used the exact same amount as you did and I used rosemary eo. Well this it great, when you apply it it feels like a fresh breeze something like that, because of the rosemary I think 🙂 and it does the job as it should. Thank you ssooo much! ????????

  • Wondering if you’ve ever experimented with creating a DIY doggy shampoo? We’re new dog owners, and I’ve read about you having dogs, as well. Was just curious if you have any thoughts or recommendations? Thanks!

  • Hi Kristin, I just found your blog and am looking forward to trying out your recipes for various DIY beauty products! My question is does the cocoa powder leave your hair brownish? I have black Asian hair (with “silver” roots/highlights, other wise known as gray hair) and I’m curious if you know of something that would blend in a bit more. Thank you!

    • Hey Ellen, My hair is currently brown/red, so I can only speak from my experience. The goal is to use just a small amount of dry shampoo, and then mix it with the roots of the hair, so I don’t believe so but there’s always a possibility. I’d try a test run with just a bit of cocoa powder and see what happens.

  • I was looking for a receipe for dry shampoo and I’m actually surprised you use it this way. I had the idea of dray shampoo being like a bar of soap (packaged free, then, which is what I truly look for in order to reduce trash), one that you can use as shampoo when needed.

    Why do people keep thinking they need to wash their hair every single day??? It is absolutely NOT necessary in any way and you’re doing more wrong to your hair than good. Sebum is here to take care of your hair (contrary to what commercials try to brainwash you with 😉

    From using dry shampoo (that bar of shampoo) I went completely NO SHAMPOO, using only a hair brush to spread the sebum on my hair so that all of it take advantage of its benefits. Brushing in the morning and evening, after each sweaty activity and rinsing with clear water has now become a habit (and I don’t even rinse every day!) and my hair looks absolutely perfect!
    Ok, the first few weeks can be a challenge, what with convincing yourself not to wash your hair when it greases up but the reward afterwards is fantastic!

    For people not ready to stop using shampoo, there are also really yummy receipes of natural shampoos – that you don’t have to use daily either! 😉

    Happy day!
    Jul’

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