DIY Dry Shampoo for Any Hair Colour

If I can go 2-3 days before needing to wash my hair, I call that a victory.

Lately that number has extended to the 4-7 day mark… tis shocking. So dry shampoo has become a dear, dear friend of mine…

If you’ve ever looked at the labels on most commercial dry shampoos, you’ll find ingredients like isobutane, butane, talc, LPG’s (liquid petroleum gas), parabens, propane and fragrances… no thank you.

Dry shampoos work wonders, too, if you’re switching to “no-poo” or a homemade natural shampoo, which, during the transition phase, can often leave hair oily for the first couple of weeks or so while the scalp adjusts. My hair is just naturally oily, even when I don’t strip the oils, so I personally love dry shampoo.

In a nutshell, dry shampoo covers hair in an oil-absorbing substance (like arrowroot or cornstarch) to absorb the excess oils and leave hair looking clean.

Before we get started in learning how to make these natural, healthy variations of dry shampoo – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

The DIY dry shampoo I use to keep my hair clean naturally.

If you make this dry shampoo, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

Dry Shampoo Recipes for Any Hair Colour

The following dry shampoo recipes are customised to suit any hair colour! Use an old make-up brush to apply the shampoo.

Gray, light and medium blondes

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1-2 tsp cocoa or cacao powder (you can omit this if you have very light or white hair)
  • 5 drops of essential oil of choice

Medium to dark brown

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder
  • 5 drops of essential oil of choice

Redheads or red-toned brunettes

  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon powder (add more or less to match your hair colour)
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder (for auburn hair colour, add more or less as needed)
  • 5 drops of essential oil of choice

Dark brown or Black hair

Bright, vivid hair

To make:

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well. Start with less cacao/cocoa powder and add more until you reach the desired colour. Do the same with the other ingredients; add the colour pigments in slowly until you’ve reach the hair colouring you want.
  2. Store the mix in a small jar or shaker bottle (such as an old spice jar).

To use:

  1. Dip your makeup brush into the dry shampoo container and tap on a hard surface to remove any excess powder.
  2. Divide hair into sections and apply the powder by brushing into the hair. Start at the roots and work your way out. Allow the powder to sit for 1-2 minutes, allowing it to soak up the oils, then brush your hair.
  3. You can add more powder if you see any oily spots you missed after brushing. After the powder has been left in your hair for 3-5 minutes, you can then style your hair as usual.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you ever made dry shampoo before? How did it go? share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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