Homemade Dry Shampoo

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Homemade Dry Shampoo | It’s such an easy thing to make, which for me, is a must. I don’t have time to DIY a bunch of things so being able to make something with ingredients I already have in my pantry is a bonus!

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I never used dry shampoo until I started thinking about my water consumption. I was taking long, scalding showers every single night and washing may hair with phthalate ridden, plastic bottled shampoos. It was killing my hair. I felt like I had to wash my hair every day because if I didn’t, it was a greasy, stringy, nasty mess. For the longest time, I thought it was just my genetics – oily hair. Then I started doing a little research. I found that when you continually strip your hair of its natural oils that it works 10X harder to replace them – causing my greasy hair problem.

I needed to condition my hair to work less and that meant washing my hair less. I also knew that my water consumption was way higher than it should be so using dry shampoo is my way of cutting down that consumption by a lot! I wash my hair every three days (I’d like to eventually make it longer in between washes) and I use this dry shampoo on the days I don’t.

zero waste homemade dry shampoo

Homemade Dry Shampoo

This shampoo is only 2 ingredients! Because I have darker hair – I add cocoa powder to darken it so I don’t look like I have white powder in my hair all day. I also make my dry shampoo in small batches at a time so I can fit the jar in my toiletries bag but you can make as much as you’d like.

Homemade Dry Shampoo


  • 2 tb Organic Cornstarch
  • 2 tb Cocoa Powder


  • Mix both ingredients together so that they are fully mixed.
  • Apply to the roots of your hair with an old spice jar or use a powder brush. 
  • Let powder set for about 5 minutes then massage into your scalp.
  • Brush through with a comb and you're all set to skip washing for another day!


For blonde hair, omit the cocoa powder.
For auburn to red hair, try using cinnamon or paprika instead of cocoa powder or mix the two to find your perfect shade. 
For darker brown to black hair, use more cocoa powder.

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