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DIY Dry Shampoo That Really Works!

  • Published on: 23 April, 2015
  • Last update: 25 January, 2016

photo: bodyunburdened via Instagram

Dry shampoos are an absorbent material (typically a starch of some kind) that is rubbed into the hair near the roots to absorb excess oils and sebum. They’re a great solution for people who don’t want to wash their hair every single day, but don’t like the look of the greasy sheen that comes with second or third day hair. My hair starts to look a little shiny by the end of the second day, so I love using dry shampoo as a pick me up to restore the volume and bounce to my locks!

Here’s the only problem: many dry shampoos (even if labeled as ‘natural’) can contain BHT, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, butane, coumarin and synthetic fragrance.

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Here’s a great solution you can make right in your kitchen:

• For Blondes/Redheads – organic cornstarch
• For Brunettes – organic cornstarch + unsweetened cocoa powder

The unsweetened cocoa powder will darken the light cornstarch and help it blend better into brown hair. If your hair is extremely dark and you can’t use the brunette version, I would add a tiny pinch of activated charcoal which has a very strong black pigment. I haven’t tried this because my hair is relatively light, but I know how rich the color is and I’m sure it would make the powder as dark as you need it to be.

A great tip (as shown in the photo at the top) is to apply this dry shampoo with an old makeup brush to make sure it gets to the roots and blends completely. It will leave your hair soft and voluminous. Enjoy!

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Hi Olivia! I’m new to the healthy living thing 🙂 I’ve only recently started learning about the dangers of, well, so many things, and I have a question about this dry shampoo article. You say that even natural dry shampoo can contain “BHT, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, butane, coumarin and synthetic fragrance.” At the risk of sounding totally ignorant; why is that bad? I clearly understand that they aren’t natural ingredients; but it’s just going in my hair. Can you please explain?



Anything going onto your hair/scalp means it’s going directly onto your skin. Products that enter our body through the skin completely bypass the liver’s detoxification system, meaning our bodies can’t process the chemicals and release them properly. Chemicals that are put onto the skin absorb into the blood stream in an average of 26 seconds. I would avoid putting anything on your skin/scalp that you wouldn’t eat 🙂

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