Homemade dry shampoo is a better investment than you may know. You steal a little bit of your time to prepare it and then you’ll have a handy hair cleaner that can actually save you lots of time. We all know how cosmetic products tend to be controversial due to their ingredient list. This is why, at the end of the day, the DIY approach is nothing but a way to control the quality of your beauty routine regulars. Dry shampoo has been all the rage in my life recently and I’ve been trying out different brands and products. But so far my favorites have been some of the DIY dry shampoos I’ve tried.

Without further ado, proceed to discover some lovably simple and effective DIY dry shampoo recipes.

5 Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipes

 #1 The Classic

Cornstarch dry shampoo is one of the most common and easy-to-make recipes you can make. Therefore, we highly recommend starting with this one and working your way up to much more specific variants.


  • 1/4 cup organic cornstarch
  • 5 drops of essential oil (optional)

Directions: Simply add the drops of oil (which are added for a pleasant scent bonus) to the cornstarch and then mix with a spoon. Store the powder where you see fit and apply to the roots of your hair on a daily basis, using an old makeup brush or a comb.

#2 DIY Dry Shampoo for Blondes and Brunettes

Using pretty much the same premise as above, add one extra ingredient to make the dry shampoo more appropriate for your hair color.


  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (for brunettes) OR baby powder (for blondes)

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together and then apply generously especially around your hairline area.

#3 Dry Shampoo Spray

Not a fan of the powdery texture and the manual application? Switch to a spray instead. To create this recipe, make sure you have your vodka bottle nearby.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. vodka
  • A few drops of essential oil (optional)

Directions: Simply mix everything together and then pour inside of a spray bottle. Before using, make sure to shake the bottle properly since the powders tend to fall to the bottom. Then, apply a couple of sprays to the areas of your hair that look greasy.

#4 DIY Dry Shampoo for Red Hair

Most of us know how difficult it is to manage red hair, so this recipe gets its own special entry.


  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. beet root powder
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil (optional)

Directions: Mix everything together and store, preferably in a jar. Next, apply as per usual, with a makeup brush.

#5 Dry Shampoo for Sebum Overloads

If your hair is particularly oily, you can try this recipe.


  • 1 tbsp. cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp. orris root
  • 1 tbsp. finely grounded almonds

Directions: Mix everything together, but don’t forget to make sure that the almonds are as finely grounded as possible. Otherwise, it’ll be tough to apply the mixture.

Wrapping Up

It’s safe to say that homemade dry shampoo is at the top of DIY recipes in terms of simplicity. It’s as convenient to make your own as it is to use dry shampoo in general.


Jordan is a writer for Beautifully Alive. She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes. She has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project.