DIY Dry Shampoo is a great natural alternative to store bought dry shampoo. If you’re trying to become more ‘Zero Waste’, then making your own dry shampoo is a great option.
For many years I used the stuff in aerosol cans and hated them. The smell and the awful grey tones to my dark hair, ruined the dry shampoo experience for me. I started experimenting with bicarb when I went ‘no poo’ and found it didn’t leave my hair quite as white as the shop bought stuff. But it was still a problem.
With my hospital admissions becoming more and more frequent, my need for dry shampoo increased. When you’re stuck in bed for days on end, and still unable to shower after 2 weeks laying in hospital, your hair looks very gross. Which in turn just made me feel a million times worse. It was one thing looking like a corpse because of being so deathly pale, but it was another to feel like a greasy corpse.
After a conversation on Instagram with Nurturing Soul, I started using cocoa powder, which was originally suggested to warm my pale face up (it makes an amazing bronzer!).
It was absolutely amazing colourwise for my dark hair, but I did find that it wasn’t as good at absorbing oil. Fast forward a few years, I’d gone back to the spray cans for hospital because the cocoa wasn’t working as well as I’d hoped. I then discovered arrowroot powder and thought, ‘I wonder what will happen if I mix the two?’. Turns out they work bloody well together. Finally, I had a natural dry shampoo that smelt amazing AND blended in well with my dark hair. Huzzuh!
Zero Waste & Natural DIY Dry Shampoo
Below is my DIY Dry Shampoo ‘recipe’, and although I mention arrowroot powder, you can use bicarb. I just don’t it as it irritates my scalp, making it red and dry.
If you’re fair/blonde, you can just use straight up arrowroot powder. No mixing required.
However, if youre like me and have dark hair then, cocoa powder mix will get rid of that tell tale greyish tone to your roots. Plus it smells divine.
Ingredients Needed For Making DIY Dry Shampoo:
- A jar or container to store your dry shampoo in
- Arrowroot powder
- Plain cocoa powder
Using your jar or container, you can mix your powders together. Use these ratios below:
For blonde/light hair –
Plain arrowroot powder is fine. Nothing else needed!
For light brown hair –
1 tbsp arrowroot powder to 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder.
For medium brown hair –
Equal ratios: 1tbsp arrowroot to 1 tbsp cocoa powder
For dark brown/black hair –
Equal ratio of 1tbsp arrowroot to 2 tbsp cocoa powder.
The above ratios will give you mixes that vary in darkness, which I personally find help blend the powder into the roots better. To lighten or darken the ratios further, just increase/decrease the cocoa powder.
You can use a pepper pot to distribute your powder onto your roots, or use a makeup brush. I use an old, cheap makeup brush that I’d once given to my son when he expressed an interest in the texture of the bristles. I use a natural bristle brush to work the powder down the hair a little further, so that ALL of the excess oil is absorbed. But just do whatever works for you.
If you’ve got red hair make sure to check out my DIY Dry shampoo for red hair!
Did you like this DIY Dry Shampoo recipe? Do you make your own hair/bodycare?
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