7 Easy Peasy DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes for Bad Hair Days ...

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7 Easy Peasy DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes for Bad Hair Days ...

These dry shampoo recipes are life savers; especially on those bad hair days when you can’t find the time to shower, or if you are in a place where showers are unavailable. Dry shampoo is basically something you rub into your hair, brush out with a comb, and it gets rid of all the built-up grease. These dry shampoo recipes are great for travelling too, because you may not have access to a shower when you are on the road. Give these dry shampoo recipes a try next time you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to wash your hair – they really work (just make sure you use the proper shade for your hair color or else you may be left with noticeable residue)!

1 DIY Cornstarch Dry Shampoo

Out of all the dry shampoo recipes, this one is the most basic ones you are going to see; meaning, most recipes involve the use of cornstarch and baking soda. The addition of cocoa powder makes this suitable for medium hair to dark hair colors. It is so simple to make this dry shampoo, and it is quite versatile with the cocoa powder quantity as well.
Ingredients:
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp cocoa powder (adjust this depending on how dark or light your hair is)
Directions:
Mix them all together, then use an old make-up brush to apply it to the oily parts of your hair, and shake or brush out excess powder. Hooray!

2 2 Ingredient Cocoa Dry Shampoo

The concentration of cocoa powder in this shampoo recipe is much more than the previous one. That makes this proper for those with dark hair. If you have lighter hair and want to use arrowroot powder, feel free to substitute some cornstarch with some of the cocoa powder. If you don’t have arrowroot and you have dark hair, you can just increase the concentration of cocoa powder in the previous recipe or use cornstarch in place of the arrowroot in this one. Either way, you are going to end up with fabulous, shiny (but not greasy!) hair.
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons organic cacao or cocoa powder (omit if blonde)
Directions:
Combine ingredients and store in a small container. Use a makeup or blush brush to apply a small amount of dry shampoo to the roots. Then, working in sections, brush powder through hair until it blends in with hair and oil is absorbed. If needed, apply a bit more and repeat.

3 DIY Light Hair Dry Shampoo

This recipe is meant exclusively for blondes. There is no cocoa powder in this dry shampoo recipe, meaning there is no room for colorful residue. The fact that this recipe is so simple, cheap, and works amazingly well isn’t even the best part – the best part is actually that you probably already have these ingredients. All you have to do is combine the two, and you will save yourself from embarrassing, greasy hair.
Ingredients:
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon baking soda
Directions:
Combine the cornstarch and baking soda in a container and shake, shake, shake.Apply to hair in the same way as for the previous dry hair shampoo recipes.

4 Vanilla Bean Lavender Dry Shampoo

I absolutely love this dry shampoo variation. The addition of vanilla beans and lavender make this shampoo and your hair smell so amazing. Feel free to add other dried herbs that you think smell nice instead or in addition to lavender as well. I think ground ginger pairs nicely with the vanilla bean, and I feel like it stimulates my scalp. Of course, the vanilla bean is optional. However, if you don’t use it, this recipe will be quite similar to the other ones, and it won’t smell nearly as good.
Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
Pinch of Cocoa Powder (Optional)
Vanilla Bean (Optional) – Dried Lavender is a lovely addition too!
Directions:
Mix all ingredients, and store in a powder bottle or a small jar. You can apply by shaking directly from the powder container, or from the jar using a small makeup brush. Rub the mixture directly into your roots, and comb through.

5 Lemon Cornmeal Dry Shampoo

This unique dry shampoo uses ground grains instead of the typical cornstarch or arrowroot powder. You can use either cornmeal, couscous, semolina, or almost any grain that can be ground for that matter. The lemon will give your hair a light, refreshing smell and feel, which I absolutely love. The castor oil makes for a good moisturizer, but without making your hair look greasy. You can find castor oil and lemon essential oil at your local health food store or online.
Ingredients:
5 ounces (150 grams) coarse-ground cornmeal, semolina or couscous
30 drops essential oil of lemon
20 drops castor oil
Directions:
Mix the ingredients in a blender for a few seconds. Working over the sink, a large towel, or spread-out newspapers, bend your head forward and distribute pinches of the mixture over the hair and scalp. Gently massage the entire head, slowly and methodically, working in sections.

Keeping the head bent forward, comb and then brush out the meal. Continue combing and brushing until the hair is shiny and free of all traces of the shampoo.

6 DIY Scented Rice Flour Dry Shampoo

Just like the cornmeal-based shampoo recipe, this recipe uses a unique grain instead of cornstarch. This one uses rice flour in addition to the arrowroot powder and cornstarch, making it more varied and beneficial to your hair. I also love the addition of essential oils in this recipe. That’s because you can use as many drops of essential oil as you want, and you can use whatever scent you want. You can make a lemon-lime shampoo, winter peppermint, or cinnamon orange depending on what you are looking for and what oils you have.
Ingredients:
6-10 drops essential oil (lavender, lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc.)
2T cornstarch
2T rice flour (brown or white, depending on hair color)
2T arrowroot powder
Directions:
Combine all in a dish, rub on greasy hair, and brush it out with a comb.

7 Dry Shampoo Made with Oatmeal

Again, this recipe takes a simple grain and turns it into a hair-working miracle. By grinding the oats in a food processor, coffee grinder, etc. you are making oat flour. This is light flour, and when you combine it with the baking soda, you should use it with only blonde hair. However, if you only have rolled oats on hand and not arrowroot or cornstarch, you can always add some cocoa powder to this recipe.
Ingredients:
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of baking soda
Directions:
Blend the oatmeal so it becomes a fine powder before mixing it with the baking soda. Rub onto the scalp, and let it sit for 2 minutes. Brush out of your hair afterwards.

Now you can survive if you are caught at a time without a working shower (like a frozen pipe during a Minnesota winter) or just simply don’t feel like showering. You won’t have to worry about not looking your best with these easy recipes, and you can kiss bad, greasy hair days good-bye! Besides, these are a lot cheaper than store-bought dry (and even regular) shampoo. Have you ever tried using a dry shampoo before?

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