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How to Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

How to Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

How to Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

Making homemade dry shampoo is really really easy, which is great since dry shampoo can be really handy in a pinch.

The homemade dry shampoo recipe is perfect for anyone out there who doesn’t want to wash their hair everyday because shampoo is hard on their hair, for those who want a way to stay clean while they’re camping, or for anyone who has run out of shampoo and aren’t in the mood to make their own wet shampoo or for a trip to the store.

Time: 2 min.

– Ingredients –

dry shampoo ingredients

The ingredients couldn’t be more simple…

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– Step One –

homemade dry shampoo add baking soda1/2 cup baking soda

The first thing to do is measure out the baking soda and add it to your mixing bowl.

As you probably know baking soda is a great odor eliminator.  It will help your hair to smell nice and fresh!

– Step Two –

dry shampoo add in cornstarch1/2 cup cornstarch

Then add in the cornstarch.  As alternatives to cornstarch for those who might be allergic or simply want to avoid corn products, you can use arrowroot or potato starch and achieve the same effect.

The cornstarch’s purpose in dry shampoo is to absorb whatever is in/on you hair.  It will help to make your hair feel less oily and make it feel clean and fresh.

– Step Three –

dry shamoo ad essential oils

2-5 drops essential oil

Adding essential oils is optional, but I really like to add them.  In this case I am adding some peppermint essential oil.  Adding essential oils will make the dry shampoo powder have a nice scent so that you hair will not only feel and look nice and clean it will also smell fresh and fantastic as well.

Essential oils can also have various health benefits depending on which one you choose.

– Step Four –

mix up the dry shampooMix it up

Then use a fork or something and mix it all together.

Make sure that you mix it really well so that the essential oils will distribute as evenly as possible.  They will clump some, but do the best you can!

– Using Your Homemade Dry Shampoo –

1 tsb dry shampoo

You only want to use about 1 tsp whenever you use your homemade dry shampoo powder.  Apply the powder right on your part (if you part your hair) or on the top of your head.    You can just sprinkle the powder on with your fingers or you can use a salt shaker or a similar sort of shaker.  Let it sit for a few minutes to do its magic.  Then brush it out so that it goes through all of your hair.

Brush your hair vigorously so that you get all of the powder out of your hair.

– How It Works –

I’ve used dry shampoo a few times now and I have to say that I have been pretty blown away by how well it has worked.  At first I was skeptical that dry shampoo would actual get my hair clean.  I thought at best it might make my hair smell a little better (from the baking soda).  But it really does get rid of that greasy unwashed feel.  It also seems to give my hair back some volume too, however that could just be all the brushing (I’m a guy so I don’t really do that too often).

It might not work as well as soap does at really getting in there and cleaning your hair, but as an option to take a couple days off from using shampoo or while camping homemade dry shampoo totally works and is worth the couple of minutes it take to make.

There you go!  That’s how you make your very own dry shampoo, now go and make your own.  Please like, share or pin this post if you found it helpful.

Have you tried dry shampoo before? How’d this recipe work for you?  Let me know in the comments!

How to Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

homemade dry shampoo

Fast and easy homemade dry shampoo with baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oils to keep your hair feeling fresh and clean anytime anywhere.

Prep Time 4 minutes
Active Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch, Arrowroot, or Potato starch
  • 2-5 drops Essential Oil (optional)


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Fork or Small Whisk
  • Airtight Container or Shaker


  1. homemade dry shampoo add baking sodaAdd 1/2 cup baking soda to mixing bowl.
  2. dry shampoo add in cornstarchAdd 1/2 cup corn starch, arrowroot, or potato starch to mixing bowl.
  3. dry shamoo ad essential oilsPut in 2-5 drops of preferred essential oil (optional).
  4. mix up the dry shampooMix with fork or whisk until well mixed and store in container or shaker.
  5. homemade dry shampooSprinkle 1 tsp. dry shampoo on top of head, let sit for a minute, brush it out, and be on your merry way!


Saturday 4th of June 2016

I usually use one part baking soda, two parts cornstarch and one part cocoa powder in my dry shampoo, so it is closer to the color of my hair. I have really oily hair, so I apply it to my part, around my neck and face, and throughout my hair very lightly with a large makeup brush. The sprinkle method never got it to all the areas I needed, and tended to glob it on too heavy in some places leaving white streaks in my hair.


Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with homemade dry shampoo. The makeup brush for applying is a great idea!


Wednesday 11th of September 2013

"It might not work as well as soap does at really getting in their and cleaning your hair" Should not this say "getting in THERE?" It's SO easy to get words mixed up. I do it ALL the time. Thought you might want to correct that. My hair is thin, fine, and not at ALL greasy. It's actually very DRY, but I need to wash it frequently so that it doesn't just droop down like a wet noodle. I'll try the dry shampoo trick. At least there's not that much to lose by trying it. Thanks for the tip!


Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Hope the dry shampoo has worked for you, thank you for taking the time to stop by and read the post!

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