How To Make Your Own Dry Shampoo

How To Make Your Own Dry Shampoo

One product that many women can’t live without is dry shampoo. Celebs like Lauren Conrad have talked a lot about how great dry shampoo is, and if you’ve tried it before odds are that you agree. Using dry shampoo is a great way to keep your hair looking fresh in between washes. Dry shampoo is also a great way to add volume to fine or limp locks. I’ve tried several that I’ve loved, but the cost of using a commercial dry shampoo really adds up. I prefer to save them for special events now and have learned how to make my own dry shampoo for daily use.

In this post, I’ll show you How To Make Your Own Dry Shampoo. Best of all, you’ll know that it’s animal friendly, cruelty free, all natural, and vegan.

What you will need to make your own dry shampoo :

  • 1 cup cornstarch (To be completely animal friendly, please make sure that you are buying a brand that doesn’t test on animals. Clabber Girl and Rapunzel are two great vegan corn starch brands.)
  • Optional – 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (for dark hair) or 1 tablespoon cinnamon (for red hair). This is optional but a good idea as it will help the corn starch blend with your hair color. (To be completely animal friendly, please make sure that you are buying a brand that doesn’t test on animals. Navitas Naturals and Equal Exchange are two great vegan cocoa powder brands.)
  • A spare jar or old powder container. I like to use old loose powder containers.

How To Make Your Own Dry Shampoo :

  1. If you wish to add cocoa powder or cinnamon in with your cornstarch, mix the two together in a bowl.
  2. Add the powder mixture into the container of your choice.
  3. Apply the cornstarch mixture to your hair, focusing on your roots and around your scalp. You can apply it with your fingers or using an old makeup brush.
  4. Depending on how many days it’s been since your hair had a real shampoo, you may wish to leave the cornstarch in for a few minutes.nMassage it in as if you were actually shampooing your hair.
  5. Brush out the cornstarch mixture. A nylon bristle brush works best for this. A nylon bristle brush is the animal friendly version of a natural bristle brush, which uses animal hair. As you brush out the cornstarch, all the dirt and oil in your hair will come out with it.

Do you make your own dry shampoo? What are your tips for making it? If not, what is your favorite store bought dry shampoo?


  1. I actually use Avalon Organics Baby Powder (which is made of mostly cornstarch!) in place of dry shampoo. I totally love using dry shampoo every day I don’t shower, but it was getting really expensive to buy, especially since the “cheap stuff” like Tresemme is all animal tested and I won’t touch it.

    I’ve honestly had this tiny bottle of baby powder forever and it really works, but I never thought to add cocoa powder to help fight the chalky colour that it gives to my roots!

  2. This is an amazing recipe! I’m not even sure what cornstarch looks like… but does it leave larger particles in your hair, or is it finely milled? I actually just used dry shampoo today for the first time in a while and am SO happy with the results, especially after using a shine spray on top of it, since the one I use leaves a bit of a chalky residue on my dark brown hair.

    I will surely be trying this!!

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