Diy dry shampoo

DIY hair care: make your own dry shampoo

The alternative to the spray from the drugstore

Unfortunately, conventional products run out quickly. We have instructions here with which you can make your own dry shampoo easily and cheaply.

Don't use baking soda!

Before we get into the actual tips and guide here, we need to point out one thing. Many use baking soda as the basis for their homemade dry shampoo. However, baking soda can irritate the scalp over the long term and damage the hair. We therefore advise against using baking powder here and remove it from our recipe.

The right basis: baby powder or cornstarch

Baby powder and starch (corn or potato starch) work wonderfully as the basis for homemade dry shampoo. Both of these remove oil from the hair and, unlike baking soda, are not harmful. The only difference is that some of the smell of baby powder bothers them. Starch, on the other hand, is odorless. Our recipe for the homemade dry shampoo is therefore based on cornstarch.
Adjust homemade dry shampoo to suit your hair color

Regardless of whether it comes from the drugstore or is homemade, dry shampoo, which is based on white powder, always leaves a gray haze on the hair, which has to be laboriously rubbed off with a towel and combed out with a brush. Those who are blonde may not be particularly bothered by this, as the remnants of the light powder are hardly noticeable on light hair. But for dark and redheads this is an annoying side effect. If you mix your own dry shampoo, you can use cocoa or coffee powder (dark hair) or cinnamon (red hair) to match your own hair color.

You need:
  • a sealable container for the dry shampoo (e.g. a glass or a cocoa shaker)
  • Starch flour (amount depends on the container)
  • possibly cinnamon, cocoa or coffee powder
  • optional: a few drops of essential oils (e.g. lavender, amount depends on the container)
That's how it's done:

Fill the container with the starch. If you have red or dark hair, mix it with cinnamon or cocoa powder beforehand in a ratio that goes well with your hair color. Add a few drops of essential oil to your liking and mix the powder really well again. Warning: If you are not sure whether you are allergic to the essential oil, rub a drop on your arm and wait a day to see if a skin reaction occurs.

The finished dry shampoo is applied to the hairline. Let it sit for a moment and then rub it in with your hands or a towel. Attention: Do not use a white towel with dry shampoo for red or dark hair! Finally, all hair should be combed through thoroughly to distribute the dry shampoo in lengths and brush off excess.