Dry Shampoo Recipes that Keep Hair Fresh and Save Money

by Kate on May 12, 2012

in Frugal Living, Natural Beauty, No Shampoo Method, Save Money, Simple Living

Dry shampoo is an absolute necessity for me, especially since going “No Poo”. Not only does it keep my hair looking fresh on days when I don’t rinse or wash, it also just saves me so much time and money. I can roll out of bed, rub in some dry shampoo and be set!  Even if I haven’t wet my hair in 3 days (and with my fine hair that’s a lot), dry shampoo will keep me from looking like a  wet, greasy rat.  Sure you can go to the grocery store and buy a can of “Psssssst” for about 5 bucks. But aerosol dry shampoos only last me about a month.  It’s such a waste of money. Especially when you consider that most dry shampoo’s are made of pretty basic household products. Most powders (even makeup powders) will work if you’re in a pinch. But here are my recommendations for DIY dry shampoos:

1. Daily Fix: Cornstarch

Yep, on my average dry-shampoo day, I just sprinkle a little cornstarch in. Or a lot of cornstarch…depending on how greasy I am. Although it works fine to do this in the morning, I find that if I sprinkle the dry shampoo in the night before and brush it through to distribute it, my hair looks awesome when I wake up. I prefer to use cornstarch daily because it has no scent whatsoever. (P.S. Cornstarch is the main ingredient in many store-bought dry shampoos).

2. Odor free: Cornstarch + Baking Soda

Okay the corn-starch will generally work to keep any odors at bay, but if you’re self-conscious that not washing your hair makes it smell, go ahead and add a little baking soda into your mixture. The baking soda will certainly leave you odor free. Just a warning though–baking soda can strip hair color so I wouldn’t recommend this if you color your hair. You probably don’t need to add baking soda on a regular day. It may even dry your hair a bit.

3. Dark Hair: Cornstarch + Cocoa Powder

As much as I love the cornstarch, it’s white color can be problematic for brunettes. I recently dyed my hair darker to save it from years of highlighting damage and found that the corn starch, if not brushed through well, would make my hair look a little gray! So try this if you’re a brunette: mix 1 part corn starch with 1 part cocoa powder. The cocoa powder won’t make you smell like brownies, I promise–the corn starch really helps neutralize any cocoa scent.

What I Don’t Recommend: Baby Powder

I can understand why people recommend it: It’s an absorbent powder and we’re used to using it cosmetically (as opposed to cornstarch). But frankly, I felt like I smelled like a baby’s butt all day when I used this. The scent is so strong. Plus traditional baby powder is made with talcum powder, which has been linked to a variety of health concerns like breathing problems and cancer. Scary! Cornstarch is totally safe.

A Final Suggestion about Using Dry Shampoos

I find that after sprinkling and massaging in the dry shampoo it really helps to go over it with a hair dryer. Something about the heat seems to keep my hair from feeling too starchy: maybe it’s because the heat helps blend the cornstarch with your natural oils or something. You can either just point the hair dryer at the scalp and move it around for a minute or use a round brush for volume and curl.

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*In the spirit of full disclosure, links to products in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you decide to purchase any of the products I recommend. Know that I only recommend products that I have used and love myself.

*I am not a doctor, a nurse, or any kind of health practitioner. I’m just a gal with a pretty keen intuitive sense, great research abilities, and curiosity that is easily peaked. Please understand that my advice is really just another opinion and it’s for you (and your doctor) to decide the best course for your health and well-being.

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boringlittleme May 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Am obsessed with dry shampoo! I even have a dry conditioner but am not so keen on it. Will be trying the corn starch and cocoa powder- seems like a great solution. thanks for the post! :)


lightcleansimple May 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Haha me too-obsessed might even be understating it. I feel like dry shampoo has given me so much morning time back–which I love! Oooh dry conditioner?! Very interesting never even heard of it! I’ll be looking into that.


Manon May 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

Never thought about using cornstarch! A wonderful tips, thank you!


lightcleansimple May 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Glad it helped!


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