DIY Recipe for Dry Shampoo

While skin care is my specialty, because I’m so familiar with truly natural ingredients, I am often asked about natural hair care products.

The hair works very similar to the skin in terms of how if produces oil.  If you have oily hair, chances are you wash your hair every day, but it’s actually not good to wash your hair every day.  When you wash your hair every day, it strips your hair of it’s natural oils.  When you continuously strip those natural oils, your scalp will start to over-produce oils in order to compensate.  This results in oily, greasy looking hair.

When I first started washing my hair every other day, my scalp was still over-producing oils, waiting for me to strip them.  It took a few weeks for my scalp to realize I was no longer stripping the oils every day, at which point, it stopped over-producing oils and balanced out, allowing me to go two days between washing it.

Those few weeks were pretty rough though.  My hair looked greasy, so I started searching around for a good dry shampoo.  Dry shampoo is a powder that you sprinkle into your hair, wait for 5 minutes as it soaks up the excess oils, and then your brush it out.  I found a lot of dry shampoos out there, but they were extremely pricey.  So, I decided to have some fun and create my own dry shampoo.

While my hair is a lot more balanced now, I still use this recipe quite often and sprinkle some of it into my hair on the days that I don’t wash it.

Dry Shampoo Ingredients for Light Hair

  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch (I prefer organic)
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Dry Shampoo Ingredients for Dark Hair

  • 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder or Rhassoul Clay
  • 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Dry Shampoo Directions

  1. Combine ingredients and mix with a spoon.
  2. Place the dry shampoo in a small jar or powder container.
  3. Using your finger tips or the powder dispenser of your container, apply the powder to the roots or oily parts of your hair.
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes so that the powder can absorb the excess oils in your hair.
  5. Brush your hair to remove powder, or quickly run the blow dryer over your hair.
  6. Reapply as necessary.
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About Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine is a multi award-winning holistic aesthetician and the founder and skin care formulator of R Devine Organic Skin Care. With a difference approach to healthy skin, Rachel strongly believes in the importance of self care, self love, and taking a full body holistic approach to skin care, both inside and out.