Everyone has those days when you’ve hit the snooze button one too many times and you’re running late. But your hair doesn’t have to show it! Dry shampoos can be a great quick fix when you don’t have time to wash your hair. In the last few years, dry shampoos have been gaining popularity, especially with many stylists and dermatologists supporting the “no ‘poo movement,” claiming that frequent shampooing can strip away healthy oils and lead to dry, damaged locks.

When you use dry shampoo, what you’re doing is absorbing oil that’s lingering on those unwashed roots. In the end, the dry shampoo leaves you with clean-looking locks even if you didn’t just step out of that proverbial Irish Spring. If you’ve had your fair share of updos done, you know that dirty hair holds style better than clean hair does, but that doesn’t mean you want to look like you’re in need of an oil change. Dry shampoo lets you keep the grit in those locks for styling (or timesaving) purposes, without raising any eyebrows.

And by all mean, you can most definitely go to the store and buy dry shampoo. But what you’ll find are high price points and lots of big words on the ingredients labels — read: chemicals. DIYing is suddenly sounding extraordinarily attractive, isn’t it? Besides the all-natural bonus, you likely already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen cupboard, so you can use that hard earned and hard saved money to buy yourself a cocktail later tonight… mmmkay? We’ve got recipes for both light and dark hair, and seeing as we’re feeling extra generous, we’ll even show you how to use the stuff.

 Dry Shampoo Recipe for Light Hair

– ¼ cup of cornstarch

– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

– 3-5 drops of scented essential oils

Dry Shampoo Recipe for Dark Hair

– 1/8 cup of cornstarch

– 1/8 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

– 1/8 cup of cinnamon

– 3-5 drops of scented essential oils


– measuring cups

– mixing bowl

– mixing spoon

– airtight container with lid

– makeup brush

We’ll tackle the dry shampoo for light hair first, though tackle is a strong word here. Measure your dry ingredients: Our base is cornstarch, which ROCKS at soaking up excess oils from your roots, and a teaspoon of cinnamon. The spice offers great anti-bacterial and healing properties, not to mention a refreshing essence that stimulates your scalp. Simply add them to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Finish by adding three-to-five drips of the scented essential oil of your choice. This makes sure your hair smells nice and fresh at every application. Mix it up again and you’re done. Seriously, it’s that easy!

Now we’ll move onto the dry shampoo for dark hair! This is the exact same technique as above (measure and mix your dry ingredients, add your essential oil and stir), but adds one extra ingredient to the mix: unsweetened cocoa powder. It masks the stark white cornstarch base so that it doesn’t come across looking dusty or streaky on dark hair tones. Plus, it’s full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are great for your scalp and hair. And that’s it! Really, it’s almost an effortless beauty DIY. How were we NOT doing this before? ;)

Store your dry shampoo in an airtight container and keep it close to your hair and makeup kit so that you can make it a seamless part of your morning beauty routine. Here’s how to use it:

1. Dip your makeup brush into your dry shampoo mixture and tap off any excess on the edge of your container. With your brush, apply the dry shampoo to the roots and in the areas that tend to get oily, like your bangs and part. Focus mostly on the roots, but if the rest of your hair needs freshening up, add a little more down the strands toward the tips. Make sure you don’t rub your dry shampoo into your scalp, it can accumulate and make it itch.

2. Brush your hair from root-to-tip to help distribute and blend in the dry shampoo.

3. Let it settle in — wait 5-7 minutes to let the dry shampoo absorb the oil from your hair and then style as usual.

A 10 minute application and style versus a shower, shampoo and blow dry? We’ll take it! Now you can totally rely on this easy beauty hack when you’re pressed for time.

Will you make this DIY dry shampoo a part of your morning or evening beauty routine? What other DIY hair products have you made and now can’t live without? Tell us in the comments below.