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DIY Dry Shampoo Spray

on June 9 | in DIY Beauty | by | with 21 Comments

DIY Dry Shampoo Spray For Light Or Dark Hair

It’s Alchemy For Your Hair

Okay, not really, but DIY dry shampoo spray – or dry shampoo powder for that matter – does feel pretty magical on days you need a quick way to “wash” your hair without, er, washing it. Now, if you’re thinking that a dry spray doesn’t quite make sense, here’s the deal: Your hair is dry, the spray is wet.

Interesting, no? Let me tell you more: By absorbing excess oils, dry shampoo transforms limp, oily strands into voluminous, grease-free tresses in just a matter of minutes. It can help your hair look great while washing less often, and that’s a good thing because:

  • Most store-bought shampoos contain detergents that strip oils from your hair (This one is an exception)
  • Washing your hair too often will stimulate your scalp to produce extra oils in order to compensate.
  • This often leads to a situation where the scalp is very oily, but ends are dry and possibly damaged

DIY dry shampoo spray and dry shampoo powder can both be helpful in breaking the cycle of overwashing/excessive oil production. Over time, most people find that they need to use less dry shampoo between washes as their scalp adjusts to the new routine.

Powder Or Spray ~ Which One Should I Use?

I’ve found both to be helpful in different situations. When my hair is already styled and I just need a little volume/oil control at the roots I use homemade dry shampoo powder. On days I need to style from scratch or have all-over oiliness I prefer the spray. The method that works best for you might be different, though, so you might try making both at the same time to see what you like more. They both call for the same ingredients and together they’ll take about five minutes to make, so it’s easy to try them both.

Bottom line: Whether you hit the snooze button one-too-many times, spent your “getting ready” time trying to convince your toddler that he must, in fact, wear pants, or just want to extend the time between washes for healthier hair, give this stuff a try.

Bonus fact: Your hair may actually already contain trace amounts of gold – no alchemy needed! (source)

 DIY Dry Shampoo Spray

DIY Dry Shampoo Spray For All Hair Colors

I have almost black hair and this recipe does not leave any light spots on my hair, but for those who have issues with some shampoo being visible after styling I’ve included another recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c cup water
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch (where to buy arrowroot powder, where to buy non-GMO cornstarch)
  • 2 tablespoons vodka – rubbing alcohol can also be used, but it is more drying (info on sourcing non-GMO vodka can be found in this post)
  • a few drops of essential oil, optional (lemon, peppermint, rosemary, bergamot, lemongrass and lime are good options)

To Make

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and pour into a spray bottle.

To Apply

Arrowroot and cornstarch powder tends to settle at the bottom between uses, so shake thoroughly. (Also, apply before you get dressed to go out. The spray may land on clothing and leave a light layer of powder.)

Hold spray bottle about three inches from hair and apply wherever it looks greasy. Hair should be damp, but not soaking wet. Dry with a hair dryer – this will only take a couple of minutes because it’s just damp-  then touch up any spots you missed if necessary. Style like you normally would.

DIY Dry Shampoo Spray For Dark Hair

I have almost black hair and this recipe does not leave any light spots on my hair, but for those who have issues with some shampoo being visible after styling I’ve included another recipe below.

Ingredients

To Make

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and pour into a spray bottle.

To Apply

Arrowroot and cornstarch powder tends to settle at the bottom between uses, so shake thoroughly. (Also, apply before you get dressed to go out. The spray may land on clothing and leave a light layer of powder.)

Hold spray bottle about three inches from hair and apply wherever it looks greasy. Hair should be damp, but not soaking wet. Dry with a hair dryer – this will only take a couple of minutes because it’s just damp-  then touch up any spots you missed if necessary. Style like you normally would.

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21 Responses to DIY Dry Shampoo Spray

  1. Becky says:

    If I made this, I would use vodka over the rubbing alcohol. Vodka isn’t drying like rubbing alcohol is.

  2. Angelique V. says:

    Thank you!

  3. Kristin says:

    Won’t the spray bottle get clogged with the arrowroot powder?

  4. E Pyer says:

    Is it safe for color treated hair?

  5. Cami says:

    Any idea of potato starch would work as the starch in this?

  6. Ariel says:

    I have been making this recipe for a while now, but in place of the water I like to use rose or lavender scented witch-hazel. I found that the arrowroot powder or cornstarch that I used would make my scalp itch, and the witch-hazel offset that!

    • Shay says:

      Thank you for the witch hazel tip! I far prefer that option over using alcohol…and have a TON of it! I have a few different essential oils, so I should be able to infuse the WH myself :)

  7. Kylee says:

    I have curly hair and I have found that most treatments/ shampoo etc do not work the same with curly hair as they do straight, especially natural or homemade products. Do you have any tried and true shampoo, conditioner, and other care products for us curly girls?

  8. mel says:

    People wait until morning to shower? Showering at night gives you the time to let your hair air dry.

  9. Lucy says:

    Is the blow-drying necessary?

  10. I’m so excited about this recipe!!! We do quite a bit of hiking/backpacking, and I’ve been looking for a solution to the hair washing issues you get when you’re traveling in the backcountry – thanks so much for this!

  11. Laura says:

    I just finished my first batch of the spray, and my sprayer no longer works. I think it got clogged. Any recommendations on a sprayer that works long term? I used one similar to the picture with a glass bottle. Thanks!

  12. Cheryl says:

    I made the spray a few days ago with a sage-infused vodka and it works amazingly! I’m having problems now with the spray bottle clogging up. Each time I use it it gets clogged! Has anyone tried using an applicator sponge or cotton ball? I’m desperate!

    • Heather says:

      Bummer that it keeps getting clogged! I haven’t had a problem with mine, so I wonder if maybe this issue is more likely to happen with certain types of nozzle. Maybe something that is designed to work with higher volume would work better? http://amzn.to/1omZPXW

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