Posted 25 Jun 2015

Cheap and easy homemade dry shampoo

Ever felt like washing, conditioning, drying, and styling your hair every single day takes so much time to prepare yourself before work, and slowly turns your hair to dry twigs? Washing your hair on a daily basis – especially for those of us with long hair – can strip our scalp off its natural oil, resulting in dry and damaged hair. But what with the humid weather of Malaysia, our scalp gets sweaty and oily at the end of a long day and makes our hair look dirty and worse, smells of unclean hair.

What if we tell you that there’s a way to save that forty minutes of your daily time on your hair AND keep it fresh and clean at the same time? Yes, we have the perfect solution for you – dry shampoo. It’s not exactly the latest fad, as it’s been around for ages, but most people still opt for the traditional daily hair-washing as the store-bought dry shampoos are not only expensive, but also the chemicals used in the various products may cause scalp irritation and hair fall.

Our homemade dry shampoo recipe is not only simple and economical, but you can also control the ingredients to ensure optimum result and product satisfaction.


Dry shampoo for light or reddish hair


Add cinnamon powder for reddish hair


Blonde, light brown and reddish hair have the tendency to look ‘dirty’ when not washed for two or three days. Banish the accumulated oil and dirt away with just three ingredients - corn starch, baking powder and cinnamon powder (for reddish hair).

In a small mason jar or airtight container, combine a quarter cup of corn starch, one tablespoon of baking soda – for reddish hair, add one tablespoon of cinnamon powder – and shake it until they are evenly mixed. Always keep the mixture dry and it will save a lot of money and time.


Dry shampoo for dark hair


A little goes a long way, so add the cocoa powder bit by bit!


Dark hair suffer less than the lighter hair colours when it comes to the ‘unwashed’ hair look. But while it appear less dirty, dark hair tend to look heavier and greasier when not washed often. Those with dark hair also face the annoying issue of getting white patches on hair root when using regular dry shampoo, as most of them are in light coloured powder form.

The answer to this enigma is so simple, not to mention leaving your hair smelling so delicious – cocoa powder. Just remember to use the use the pure, unsweetened cocoa powder to avoid clumping issues. Similar with the earlier recipe, mix a quarter cup of corn starch, a tablespoon of baking powder, and 1 – 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (adjust the amount according to how dark your hair is).


Not only will these dry shampoo ideas help you to save your time, but they are so easy to use as well. Simply part sections of your hair and shake the powdered mixture onto the scalp.

Massage your scalp well and let it sit for about two minutes to absorb the excess oil, and fluff your hair up or simply run it through a comb to remove the powder. Try it, and let us know the result on the comment section below!


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