If you have never tried dry shampoo, I envy you. If you are looking for DIY dry shampoo recipes, I can help.
A few years ago, I noticed that dry shampoo was suddenly appearing in every shampoo aisle of every store.
I was curious, but hesitant to spend my hard-earned money when I already had a pretty good thing going with shampoo.
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I have since changed my tune. You will, too, once you give it a chance! Join us on the dark side where we don’t wash our hair every day – and no one knows!
You can watch a video of women trying dry shampoo here purely for entertainment purposes.
If you are curious, keep reading for the top seven reasons to use dry shampoo.
Benefits of Dry Shampoo
1. Save Time
If you are in a rush in the morning and still want to look your best, dry shampoo can help.
You don’t have to throw your hair up or wear a hat.
You can apply dry shampoo in one or two minutes and be ready to tackle more important things..
2. Reduce Damage and 3. Maintain your Hairstyle Longer
If you use heat to style your hair frequently you can save time, energy and heat damage by using dry shampoo.
By applying dry shampoo, you can still have your curls, straightened hair, or blow-dried hair for a few days with only one session of heat styling.
This will reduce the amount of damage to your hair.
You can also use that time you would have spent re-styling your hair to slay your other goals (or to sleep in!).
Win, win, win.
4. Add Volume and Texture
When I use dry shampoo, I find that my hair has a ton of extra volume that I don’t always get when I style my hair without it.
The internet seems to agree with me. Dry shampoo reviews are full of people raving about the texture their hair has after an application of dry shampoo.
5. Dry Shampoo Can Be Applied Anywhere
You can use it at home, at the gym, in the bathroom at work….the possibilities are endless.
You can pop some into a cute container or baggie (for the powder recipe) or keep a small spray bottle in your gym bag, purse, desk, etc.
6. It Smells Great
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it is definitely a defining benefit.
If you try the DIY recipes below, you can smell like pretty much anything you want to.
Your favorite body spray, essential oil, vanilla extract, etc.
7. Helps Maintain Your Dye Job
If you dye your hair, shampooing frequently can cause your hair color to fade faster.
By reducing the number of times you shampoo your hair, you can extend the amount of time before you need to re-apply your dye.
Ready to make your own homemade dry shampoo?
DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes
Powder Dry Shampoo
1 container or bag
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder (dark hair) or 1/2 cup baby powder (light hair)
Optional: 20 drops of the essential oil of your choice
Mix and enjoy.
You can apply this with your fingers or a makeup brush.
Liquid Dry Shampoo
1 tablespoon vodka
4 tablespoons which hazel
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Dark hair: add one tablespoon cocoa powder
Optional: 20 drops of your favorite essential oil
Shake well and spray.
Tips and Tricks
- If you prefer a store-bought dry shampoo, I recommend this one.
- Try applying dry shampoo before bed to give it time to absorb and reduce the “chalky” appearance it can give your hair if it is not distributed correctly.
- Dry shampoo should be applied at the roots of your hair. You don’t need to get it everywhere.
- Massage dry shampoo unto your scalp for a minute or two with your fingertips.
- Less is more. Too much can make your hair very dry or chalky.
Find more of my DIY recipes for everything from cleanser, deodorant, lotion, powder foundation and body scrubs to toothpaste here.
If you have any hacks or thoughts on dry shampoo, feel free to leave a comment below.