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Keep greasy roots at bay in between washes with this super easy homemade dry shampoo. It smells great and only costs pennies to make!DIY Dry Shampoo | Dry Shampoo Recipe | Hair Care Tips

I’ve never been a wash-my-hair-everyday kind of girl. Quite frankly, between the shampoo and the conditioner and the blow-drying and flat-ironing, it is just way too much effort. But it’s not just laziness–over-washing and too much blow-drying or straightening is also really hard on your hair.

Thus, unless I am doing a lot of sweating (which isn’t often), most of the time I usually only wash my hair about twice a week. In between washings, I keep any greasy roots at bay with this super easy homemade dry shampoo.


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I actually used to use baby powder, but over the years I have found that this combination seems to work the best, especially for my dark hair. It also smells fantastic! You can also buy an aerosol version, but honestly, this works just as well and is SO much cheaper!

Assemble your materials to make DIY dry shampoo: Cocoa powder, essential oil, corn starch and a mason jar.

Here is what you need:
1/4 cup corn starch
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2-4 drops of essential oil 
A small glass or plastic container with lid

Place 1/4 cup of corn starch into your container.

Step 1: Place 1/4 cup of corn starch into your container. (Mine was a small glass mason jar from Wal-mart.)

Add 2 tablespoons of the cocoa powder to the corn starch and mix well.

Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons of the cocoa powder and mix well. The cocoa powder is used to darken the corn starch, so if your hair is very light you may want to add less cocoa powder, or if your hair is very dark, add more.

Add 2 drops of your favorite essential oil to the powder mixture.

Step 3: Next add 2 drops of your favorite essential oil. I personally like the way cinnamon smells with the cocoa powder, but peppermint is nice too.

Place lid on container and shake until all ingredients are combined.

Step 4: Place lid on container and shake until all ingredients are combined.

Apply DIY dry shampoo to scalp using a dry brush, then brush through hair.

Step 5: Apply to scalp using a dry brush, then brush through hair.

Keep greasy roots at bay in between washes with this super easy homemade dry shampoo. It smells great and only costs pennies to make!


  1. Dee Ann Sikes
    March 10 at 09:50AM

    Can’t wait to try this! I have dark brown hair and most Dry Shampoos only make my hair turn white. Thanks!

  2. March 10 at 10:20AM

    This is great, thank so much for sharing. I am looking forward to giving this a try. Have a great week. 🙂

  3. Christina
    March 10 at 10:54AM

    What could it hurt? I have all of this on hand 🙂 I love my Paul Mitchell dry shampoo… but I love the idea of a cheaper version, too!
    Love the idea that it won’t be such a pain to blend b/c of being darker.

  4. Carrie Jones
    March 10 at 01:15PM

    I’ve used the aerosol kind. I have straight hair that I need to wash daily, which is unfortunate. But this looks worth a try. I wonder though, doesn’t this combination of ingredients make you smell like a cookie? Not that that’s a bad thing… just wondering. 😉

  5. March 10 at 01:26PM

    Thank you for this! I have super curly hair, and I’ve learned very specific ways to care of it, but both of my girls have stick straight hair. I have no idea what I’m doing! I’ve been thinking of trying a dry shampoo for them for a while, and this recipe looks so simple. I’m going to try it this week.

    • Anonymous
      July 10 at 08:07PM

      Hi! I have curly hair too. What is your routine? Is there a dry shampoo that you use? If I don’t wash my hair, I have to pull it up or at least wet it and do my normal routine. Most mornings it looks like a rats nest when I wake up. TIA!

    • Bella
      June 18 at 03:39PM

      Any tips for curlies? One of my new daughters has beautiful curls but I haven’t found a healthy way of keeping it from being a knotted mess. I just brush a braid it so often. It’s so damaging.

  6. March 10 at 03:16PM

    I think I might try this! Can I just skip the essential oil?

  7. Anonymous
    March 10 at 03:37PM

    Thanks for posting this! I use dry shampoo all the time. My favorite and the one I have found to work the best is Suave, and it’s the cheapest! Now, I’m excited to try this at home version! 🙂

  8. Jodi Call
    March 10 at 06:08PM

    Is the essential oil just for smell? Can it be skipped?

    • Jenna
      April 28 at 11:55AM

      Yes you can skip the essential oil I have tried both ways, and it works just as good.

  9. Stephanie Coffey
    March 10 at 09:31PM

    This is awesome. I’ve used a couple dry shampoos from the store and they just don’t do the job for me. How often I wash my hair depends on the week – If I am going on a date with my hubby I will wash it even if I washed it the day before. If I am running errands all week and have nothing “official” to do as my very important job as a SAHM, then I will wash it Sunday for church and not wash again until it needs it.

  10. March 10 at 09:49PM

    Do you have any recommendation for what to use in place of cocoa for us red heads?

    • Anonymous
      March 10 at 10:11PM

      Jean, what about cinnamon or paprika?

      • Anick
        July 10 at 02:42PM

        I have red hair and cocoa works just fine!

  11. March 10 at 10:36PM

    Your post could not have come at a more perfect time! I was just telling my SIL how I hated washing my hair everyday, but hadn’t found a good solution yet. I am all about making my own products. Thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely be pinning this! Have a great day 🙂

  12. Jenny
    March 11 at 12:21AM

    I’ve never used dry shampoo and only just heard about it a couple of years ago. My hair is pretty lightweight and gets oily if I don’t shower every day. It’s never been color-treated. I use shampoo and conditioner every day, and blow dry my hair most days. I rarely curl it. No stylist has ever suggested that I use a dry shampoo, so I have no clue if it would be good for me or not.

    • Anonymous
      July 25 at 09:02AM

      I have very straight hair too. If you do highlights it helps with the oily part tons!!!! But this dry recipe is great for touch ups. You can always use other essential oils. Lavender is great for your hair and rose too. It’s a great pick me up!

  13. Laura Jimenez
    March 11 at 02:08AM

    Neat idea about the cocoa for color! For my oily scalp, I have used baby powder and brushed it into my scalp at night, and it is pretty absorbed by morning. The cocoa should finish the look. Thanks.

  14. March 11 at 07:50AM

    I’ve never tried a dry shampoo but recently I have wanted to. So happy that I don’t have to buy one. Gonna try this soon!

  15. March 12 at 12:14PM

    I need to try this to see how it works with blonde hair. Would it make my hair dark blonde? Any other suggestions instead of cocoa?

    • Anonymous
      July 3 at 11:13AM

      Just skip the cocoa if you have light hair. It is just used to darken it.

  16. March 13 at 09:57AM

    We use the baby powder. Will have to give this a try since my hair is a little darker.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Elizabeth
    March 14 at 08:11AM

    I am a redhead and made this mixture just to try it and the cocoa is fine on my hair, it blends in when you comb it. My concern is when it gets wet it does look like chocolate. I sweat a lot and if I used this in the summer I might have chocolate dripping down my face

    • Debbie
      February 2 at 12:17PM

      If your hair gets damp it makes your hair smell like a cup of hot chocolate

  18. March 14 at 10:54AM

    I am from India…. we usually have lots of home made sampoos but this one is new for me too……
    I’ll try this one.

  19. Amanda Z
    March 14 at 12:52PM

    I would absolutely love to try this and although my natural color is very dark brown my hair is currently purple. Any suggestions to help it blend?

  20. beke
    March 15 at 09:48AM

    I do the same thing only I add cinnamon instead of cocoa powder for darker color.
    I will try the cocoa powder too. Thanks. It works well for me also.

  21. Amanda
    March 18 at 11:29AM

    I have tried several kinds of store-bought dry shampoo and Suave is also my favorite. It smells good and it’s cheap. I am excited to try this DIY version though!

  22. Becky
    March 26 at 03:21AM

    Reading thru a couple other comments, I’ve never used a dry shampoo….I guess my big question here, is what’s the use for dry shampoo?? Is it better for the roots?? I have problems with my hair staying hydrated, or soft…but then someone introduced me to that Moroccan shampoo (Suave has a cheaper option than what I was suggested to buy), does wonders. So, can someone answer me the question: WHY dry shampoo??

    • Ruth Soukup
      March 26 at 08:52AM

      If you have a problem with dry hair you probably don’t need dry shampoo. This particular version doesn’t actually clean hair, it just helps absorb oil at the roots to avoid greasy-looking hair in between washings. 🙂

  23. Stephany Brisco
    March 31 at 10:54AM

    I would love it if you had a before and after picture! Great idea but I’m not sure how it really looks when applied and brushed through. Thanks for sharing this!

  24. Tasha Peters
    April 10 at 12:44AM

    I have made this, but with some alterations. I have dark brown hair, so I mixed 1/4 cup corn starch and 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa. I omitted the essential oil simply because I don’t have any on hand right now. I must say it works really well, and good for those days when you don’t have the time to wash, dry and style your hair…for in between washes. I usually dust it on my roots with a clean makeup brush the night before, then comb my hair in the morning. It works great! And for those of you with lighter colored hair, I would suggest omitting the cocoa and replacing that with 1/4 cup baking soda.

  25. Chloe
    April 14 at 10:55PM

    Your pictures are so cute! Can you please tell me what you use to edit them. By editing, I mean putting the cute titles and shapes on them.

  26. April 22 at 06:25PM

    dry shampoo

  27. Anna
    April 26 at 10:15PM

    I have very dark brown hair and I’ve tried this. The problem is that I had to add so much cocoa that there’s more cocoa than cornstarch. I wonder if there’s something else I could try instead? And then when I wash my hair I smell like chocolate pudding. 🙂 not all bad, but a little weird.

    • Tawnya
      October 24 at 08:16PM

      I have tried this and the cocoa seemed to make my hair a little bit … I don’t know… sorta sticky or something so I came up with an idea— I went to the dollar store and bought a really dark eye shadow and crushed it up with a spoon and mixed it in– works great! I have also used dark face powder. Either one works well. I wish the cocoa would have worked for me because it would have been less work. 😉

      • Anna
        October 26 at 09:41PM

        Thanks! I like that idea. I will try it.


  28. Amber
    April 27 at 07:35PM

    Would this be safe for color treated hair? Mine isn’t, but I reccomend a lot of homemade products to my friends, who do, and I know a lot of it will strip the color.

  29. Anonymous
    May 2 at 02:06AM

    I don’t even use shampoo very often. some baking soda diluted in some water and poured into my hair during my shower cleans it great and leaves it soft.

  30. Laurie
    May 10 at 12:37PM

    My hair is mostly gray, how would it work with the cocoa? Wouldn’t it give it a brown tint? I do like the idea of it. Just wondering how it would work with gray hair.

    • Anonymous
      July 3 at 11:17AM

      I would suggest omitting the cocoa and using baking soda instead.

  31. August 12 at 03:10PM

    I love love love this and I’m trying it TONIGHT!

    I have a question, though…In the past few months I’ve switched to all-natural shampoo and conditioner and no matter how hard I try to wash my hair less and less it just get so oily by day 2. When I first began all-natural I was no-poo, using honey to wash about every 3 days and it was fine. But since the summer months started (and I live in the hot, humid sout east) my hair is just so oily! Do you think dry shampoo could help ease the transition into washing only every 3-4 days, or could it dry out my scalp too much and cause me to overproduce oil, since it soaks up moisture?


  32. Karen
    September 16 at 06:35PM

    I was my hair every day b/c otherwise I feel gross. If I train my hair to wash it every other day do you think my body won’t feel gross? Can anyone relate?

    • Gina
      September 17 at 10:32AM

      I used to feel the same way! If you shampoo/condition one day, dry shampoo the next, and then wash the next day, etc., for a month or so, I definitely believe you can train your hair. I trained mine! Now I wash one day, do nothing the next, dry shampoo the next, and then wash again. It’s great! 🙂

  33. Gina
    September 17 at 10:30AM

    I always use dry shampoo, however, it is so expensive! My favorite is the kind from Big Sexy Hair, but it is $17 for a small bottle. Lately, I have found great success with Dove dry shampoo for around $5 per bottle. It’s definitely worth a try if you prefer the aerosol route!

  34. Allyson
    December 12 at 04:51PM

    I made this a few months ago and it works GREAT! I used lavender essence oil. I was sick of using canned dry shampoo. Its gross to admit but with a year old I dont get as many showers as I’d like! I plan on making this for my SIL!

  35. Ada
    January 9 at 04:26PM

    Its time for me to make a new batch! I love this stuff for my dark brown hair! I have found it works very best for me when I put it on before bed and it has all night to work. (But I have very oily hair, especially while pregnant!)

  36. Sherry
    July 6 at 05:42PM

    I am wondering if you start sweating or get very hot, will the cocoa melt?

  37. Lili
    October 11 at 09:28AM

    Hi! I just saw this post in Pinterest and it looks great! But I was wondering, Does it work for black hear too if I to put more cocoa powder in it?

  38. Jenn
    November 11 at 08:32AM

    Can’t wait to try this! I am having back surgery in two days and won’t be able to shower for NINE days! This should really come in handy considering I have very oily skin and hair! Thanks for the tip!

    • Anonymous
      February 27 at 02:54PM

      Does really work for oily hair

      • Ruth Soukup
        March 1 at 08:10PM

        Yes, it does. 🙂

  39. Jessica
    January 18 at 09:26AM

    I like some dry shampoo, and I wash my hair 2-3 times a weeks. I will try this with a shaker container.

  40. April 6 at 11:55AM

    I have scalp psoriasis, focused mainly from ear to ear, following the hair line, and in back, the bridge of bone there. I have used everything I can think of to tame it, and a year or two ago, found an all natural shampoo created specifically for my problem. Well, all good things must come to an end. They changed the formula, so now I need to find something else that will work. I am wondering about your dry shampoo. I know you are not a doctor, I am asking for your experience with dry shampoo, that’s all. Also, if I use your shampoo, what sort of essential oil would work (for medicinal purposes), would you recommend?

  41. Lisa
    June 1 at 06:12AM

    Can you tell me if the cocoa would be a problem with sweating? Unfortunately I sweat like a guy, in the summer months, & my head is no exception when the humidity is high. I was wondering if applying it at night would help it absorb better? I’ve been going through a lot of stress lately and my hair is falling out faster than I can grow it so I’m looking at ways to save my hair by not washing it every day like I normally do because it can get oily by the end of the day. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Thank you!

    • Ruth Soukup
      June 1 at 08:51AM

      I’m not sure about how sweat will effect the cocoa powder. You might want to contact your physician and ask about other natural solutions. 🙂

  42. Danielle
    November 17 at 10:32PM

    I love this! I made a batch and it lasted over 2 years!. No harsh chemicals like the commercial dry shampoos and I think that it works better and does not leave white powder in your hair!

  43. February 1 at 08:14PM

    I loved your post, very understanding, always visit behind new information, you are in my favorites.

  44. August 6 at 07:00AM

    Hey Ruthi, Thank you for sharing this guide about oily scalp. I am currently facing oily scalp problems. But the tips and remedies that you mentioned it are quite helpful to me. Thanks for sharing keep updating.

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