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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I have recently decided that I'm 'over' using shampoo, and washing my hair in general. I have decided to go 'no poo' because my hair just does not seem to do anything worthwhile with shampoo.

Of course you have to clean your hair somehow and this is a good home made recipe for dry shampoo. Even if you have no issue washing your hair this is a good recipe to use because at times due to sickness or being out of home or camping or bizarre oily hair emergency you need a way to cut down the grease in your hair.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Source: https://www.nopoomethod.com/


  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup cocoa (if you're brunette) or cinnamon if you're redhead, none if you're blonde
  • 10 drops essential oil (I like lavender)


  1. Mix cornstarch. Add cocoa or cinnamon if wanted.
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  3. Add essential oil drops.
  4. Mix well with a fork. Make sure that the oil distributes well throughout the product. It still needs to remain powdery and dry. The oil just adds a layer of cleansing and fragrance.
  5. put in your hair and scrub into your scalp the way you would regular shampoo; make sure you get the powder to every inch of your scalp
  6. take a clean bristle brush and brush it out to the roots, removing a lot of the powder - the powder will get on your brush and everything else, so beware
  7. shake your hair out
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May 4, 2006

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.

Here's another recipe:

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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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.

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June 25, 2004

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


By Libby (Guest Post)
June 25, 20040 found this helpful

If your hair color is blonde to medium brown, then try baby powder. I have dark hair with blonde highlights. When I don't have time to wash my hair, I lightly shake baby powder on the top of my head along where my hair part is. Then I rake my hands/fingers back and forth vigorously where the powder is to blend it in. The powder absorbs into my hair and removes the greasiness. You can barely tell there's powder in your hair, and it almost looks as if I just got a touch-up of highlights at the salon! If you think it's too noticeable, then tease your hair a bit along the part and it will hide any powder residue. Libby

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June 25, 20040 found this helpful

I, too, have used baby powder. It works fine as long as you don't use too much.


For the sick or someone who can't wash their own hair, at Walgreens they have a product called "Shampoo in a Cap". It comes in a shower cap, you put it on your hair and massage it in. It feels really good if someone can do it for you.

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By Lee-Ann (Guest Post)
June 25, 20040 found this helpful

You could also try cornstarch.

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By Becki in Indiana (Guest Post)
June 27, 20040 found this helpful

I've also heard cornstarch will work. My hair is so oily, I've always been afraid I would wind up with gravy!

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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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By Carolyn (Guest Post)
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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By crystal (Guest Post)
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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By tami (Guest Post)
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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By (Guest Post)
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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By melanie (Guest Post)
January 20, 20080 found this helpful

Personally I use half cornstarch and half baking soda. Baking soda absorbs odors, and cornstarch helps soaking up the oil. I put some in the palm of my hand and run my natural bristle brush over it and then brush through my hair. Works pretty well!

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December 18, 2011

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

By PattieJune


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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June 7, 2017

When you don't have time to wash your hair this homemade dry shampoo is just what you need. This is a page about make dry shampoo with baking soda and baby powder.

Easy Dry Shampoo

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October 28, 2016

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

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

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