Like dry shampoo but don’t want to shell out for it? Make your own with two simple ingredients.

Dry shampoo is a hair saver. If you wake up late, or are called for a last minute get together and just won’t have time to fully wash your hair – it can save the day. Not to mention washing hair too often dries it out, so if I can use dry shampoo to get my hair to the three day (ok who are we kidding — four day) mark, trust me, I will. But I do not love the price.

I have paid just under $20 for a bottle of dry shampoo before. I have also gone the other way, and purchased a cheaper brand. I thought I had confused it for a terrible bathroom air freshener because it smelled awful and just made my hair look crusty and dull. So I thought I was stuck with the expensive brand or no dry shampoo at all (the horror!) until I discovered how to make my own effective and inexpensive recipe. It’s beyond easy, and you’re going to love it. I’m also going to offer my thoughts on dry shampoo, and the recipe for an easy hair rinse – it’s important to rinse and cleanse your hair of product build up, especially when you are using a lot of dry shampoo. Read on for everything you need to know to always have fresh looking hair.

Dry Shampoo Thoughts

How much dry shampoo is too much dry shampoo?

I swear by dry shampoo. It perks up my roots when they’re a little greasy (gulp) and helps to add volume. Why the love affair aside from these two compelling reasons? I have been told for years that washing hair too often is bad for my hair; it dries it out and makes it unhealthy. There was a time in my life, where I ‘trained’ my hair to last longer (there were many days of going out with an utterly greasy mop – thank goodness social media didn’t exist back then). I managed to get up to five days of going between washes, which is pretty good for the type of hair I have; a thick amount of fine strands. However, recently I’ve learned that dry shampoo isn’t exactly great.

For starters, dry shampoo isn’t actually shampoo – it just sounds that way. Shampoo removes dirt, odors, dead skin cells and other build up from hair. And let’s be honest, hair looks amazing after a wash. Shampooing essentially exfoliates your scalp and works to remove all of that build up. Dry shampoo is a chalky powder that absorbs oil and then lingers on your scalp. While it works nicely at extending a wash by a day or two or lifting roots, eventually it can start to weight hair down, change root color (albeit temporarily), and dull the look of your hair. There’s a fine balance to be struck. Remember, your scalp isn’t actually clean anymore; it’s just wearing a crusty, second-hand costume.

It can actually be bad for certain scalp conditions too, so if you notice an itchy or flaky scalp, speak to your dermatologist to ensure you’re not exacerbating an issue. Ideally, use it to extend your wash by a day or two at most, but then, it’s time to hit the shampoo. Take good care of your hair with a quality shampoo and conditioner that suits the needs of your hair.

I’ve now moved to washing my hair every fourth day, using dry shampoo on day three and four if needed, and I may move down to every three days. My goal is to find a healthy balance between my scalp’s needs and my hair’s needs.

Dry Shampoo Recipe

To make your dry shampoo, take a clean jar and mix equal parts corn starch and cocoa powder (omit the cocoa powder for blonde hair, or dose it back for red or lighter hair colors). You can lessen the cocoa measurement if you have lighter hair, but essentially it helps blend the color into your hair and avoids that white residue that some dry shampoos can leave behind. Plus, the cocoa powder gives the product one AMAZING smell. Shake well, and apply with a large makeup brush to your roots and any greasy patches. Massage with your fingertips into your scalp, give the product a moment to absorb all things oily, and re-style as needed.

Like I said, super easy, right? If you buy your cornstarch and cocoa powder from a bulk food store, this recipe is going to cost you PENNIES. Goodbye overpriced bottles!

Hair Rinse Recipe

If you are using dry shampoo and other products in your hair daily, it’s going to build up on your scalp. Shampoo and conditioner will remove dirt, oil, and most products, but sometimes you want to feel extra clean. Enter the homemade hair rinse. All you need to do is mix 1-cup apple cider vinegar with 1-cup water and add 10 drops of essential oil. I use rosemary because I love the smell, and it’s going to stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth – an awesome bonus.

I hope these recipes can be game changers for you like they were for me. I wish you good luck, and good hair days!

Let me know if you tried the recipe out!