If you’re looking for a way to avoid washing your hair every day with harsh cleansers and shampoo that can dry out and damage your hair, then you might try making your own homemade dry shampoo.
There are many different ingredients you can use to make a great dry shampoo, but most people have the most success with a mix of flour, cornmeal, oatmeal, cornstarch baby power, or talcum powder. Don’t be intimidated, we have some tried and true recipes.
Dry Shampoo with Oatmeal
Oatmeal is one of the best materials to start making dry shampoo with. You can start with 2 tablespoons of oatmeal as a quick pick me up, but if you’re going to be mixing up a larger batch you may want to include some baking soda in your mix. Use one part oatmeal and one part baking soda, and mix well. The oatmeal is great at handling oil and dirt while baking soda deodorizes.
Cornmeal/cornstarch Dry Shampoo
If you have oily hair, this dry shampoo blend is great for that. Take one tablespoon of salt, and mix with half of a cup of cornmeal. Mix them well. Alternatively, you can mix one part finely ground almond with one part oatmeal or cornmeal. This combination is a great way to keep your hair from being weighed down. Do make sure you don’t have any tree nut allergies before using this blend.
Talcum Powder and Clay as Dry Shampoo
One of the best absorbers of grease and grime is dry clay. You can buy it in several varieties like white clay, and green clay. This becomes the base ingredient for this blend of dry shampoo. In addition to the clay, you can add powdered milk, or baking soda. Many people report that their hair has a shiny luster after using powdered milk.
- for fragrance, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil;
- if you have dark hair, you might want a quick blow dry to get all the white remnants out of your hair;
- if you have really dark hair, you might think about substituting cocoa powder so it’s less visible;
- less is more, use your homemade dry shampoo in conjunction with a good regular shampoo.