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Dry Shampoo Recipes

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You can buy dry shampoo products at the store, but you may have all the ingredients you need to make your own in the kitchen. This page contains dry shampoo recipes.


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September 9, 2009

I mix baking soda with baby powder as a great dry shampoo. I recommend the lavender/chamomile baby powder. The baking soda cleans off build up, and the baby powder soaks up the oil. It's absolutely great when you don't have time for a shower, and gives your hair great body!

By Dorinmoz from Sugar Land, TX

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September 11, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip; but I too would like the ratio of how much baking soda to how much baby powder, please. And do you just store it in a small plastic shaker, salt shaker, or what?

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October 28, 20160 found this helpful

Woman holding a lock of hair in one hand and dry shampoo powder in the other

This is a guide about using dry shampoo. There are times when you can't get your head wet, but it really needs to be cleaned.


May 4, 20060 found this helpful

This works well for cleaning your hair when you can't get wet. Mix 1/2 cup cornmeal and 1 tablespoon salt and put it in a shaker. Sprinkle some of it onto your hair and brush it out. As you brush it, it will remove oil and dirt from your hair.


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1 tablespoon cornstarch or finely ground oatmeal

This is an effective dry shampoo for when you can't use water. It comes in handy on camping trips. Just apply the cornmeal or oatmeal to your hair and scalp and then brush it out. Depending on how long your hair is it could take 5 to 10 minutes to brush it all out but it will remove a lot of dirt and oil from your hair.

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November 26, 20080 found this helpful

I tried the oatmeal one and it worked really well, but don't use baking soda; it builds up in your hair and makes your scalp itch.

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August 17, 2011

Before companies created the dry shampoo to use when you don't have time to wash your hair, I used baby powder. Just sprinkle sparingly on your head and massage into your scalp. Don't use too much though or you're hair will look gray. This is cheaper than buying dry shampoo, although they work well also.


By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

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June 25, 20040 found this helpful

Does anyone know how I can make a simple dry shampoo? My hair is very oily and shampooing regularly is a chore and hard on my hair, I think. Thanks.
- Anjeena

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June 30, 20040 found this helpful

If you can possibly find sandalwood powder anywhere, try a bit of that. It removes blackheads out of the skin, too, as a paste. And it smells great.

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August 20, 20040 found this helpful

There is a new product by Bumble and Bumble that is hair powder that comes in several colors. I am blonde and use baby powder but my sister has dark hair and loves the dark brown powder by Bumble.

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November 13, 20040 found this helpful

I have dark oily hair. How or what do i use to make it not get oily fast. Thanks

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January 26, 20060 found this helpful

arrowroot starch is the best thing i have found so far. it doesnt leave you looking like you have dandruff like corn starch and baby powder do. my hair is nearly black and it still looks black when i get done using it. it absorbs completely and leaves your hair with a nice soft texture. put some in the palm of your hands and rub them together then smooth it over your hair where needed. then lightly massage it in at the crown against the grain of your hair (will give it body). then i brush it through my hair with a wide tooth comb. repeat if necessary.

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August 25, 20070 found this helpful

Honestly, if your hair is very oily, the best thing you can do, is shampoo less. No, I'm not kidding. Shampoo strips your hair of all of it's natural oils, and in response, your scalp over produces more. I only wash my hair once a week, if not once every week and a half. And I don't get greasy hair. I have a friend whose hair was always greasy, and she stopped washing her hair daily, and it got much better. I promise, I'm not pulling your leg. If you can get past the initial extra greasiness for a few days, it gets better, and you can gradually add time between shampooing. Good Luck!

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April 30, 2012

In the 04/25/2012 newsletter, further down the page from the article "Use Baby Powder to Stop Stains" was a related topic, "Make Dry Shampoo with Baking Soda and Baby Powder". By Dorinmoz from Sugar Land, TX

Others had requested the ratio of the two items to use. Was there an answer? This is a cool idea. I want to try it and share it please.

By Jean R.

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May 2, 20120 found this helpful

I would appreciate knowing the answer, too.

I wonder if there is a way to look up answers to questions asked concerning other topics to see if they've been addressed?

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May 2, 20120 found this helpful

At the top of the Thrifty Fun page is an orange bar. Click on "Browse". From there you have lots of options. "Search Thrifty Fun" for past tips or comments on Thrifty fun. They even have helpful tips of how to phrase your search words. Try "dry shampoo" with the quotation marks and it will take you to lots of tips for that. Add more words to the search phrase to narrow down the results, like "dry shampoo baby powder"

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December 18, 20110 found this helpful

I need to know the ratio of baby powder and cornstarch so I can mix my own. Thank you.

By PattieJune

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December 20, 20110 found this helpful

I use only cornstarch. I find that it works best for my hair type.

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July 28, 20140 found this helpful

Which hair type is best for cornstarch only? Thanks.

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May 17, 2012

Here is a picture of the ingredients for dry shampoo: baking soda and baby powder.

By Dacoda Z.

Easy Dry Shampoo

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