Tip Tuesday: DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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As you may have read in my recent babble post, Do As I Say Not As I Do: 8 Hairdressers Admit to the Advice They Don’t Follow, I confessed that I wash my hair almost every day because I exercise. But some days I don’t have time to shower after my workout before I have to go pick up my son. On those days, it would be great to have a little dry shampoo around to freshen up.

You’ve probably heard that in a pinch, you can use baby powder, arrowroot powder, or cornstarch as dry shampoo. Just sprinkle in any of these oil- and odor-absorbing powder and brush through to revive dirty locks. Well, the fatal flaw with this technique, for me, is that the powder is white. It’s a fantastic trick for blonds but leaves brunettes with a white residue that can come across like gray hairs. (Oh, the humanity!)

So, I started thinking there has to be a way to tint the powder brown. I put my thinking cap on and did a quick google search and found a solution.

The recipe to make DIY dry shampoo for dark hair is after the jump.

DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

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For this DIY, you will need:

Baby powder, arrowroot powder, or cornstarch (I used apricot-scented Burts Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder)
Cocoa Powder
An empty jar or container
¼ cup measuring cup
1 T measuring spoon

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1. Measure ¼ cup of baby powder, arrowroot powder, or cornstarch and dump into a glass measuring cup or other container with a pour spout.

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2. Measure 2 T of cinnamon and add to the powder.

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3. Add 2 T of cocoa powder to the mix.

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4. Stir.

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5. Empty into your jar or container for easy storage.

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Done! To apply the dry shampoo, dump a little into your hand to keep the dry shampoo clean. Use a powder brush to apply to greasy areas and brush through.

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See? No white residue!

This dry shampoo is a quick and easy way to remove oils and it smells fantastic. I like adding cinnamon to my mix because my hair is more cinnamon-colored and it has the additional benefit of having anti-bacterial properties. Not a bad thing when your hair is feeling yucky. If you hair is darker than mine, you may choose to omit it and add more cocoa powder. Play around with the formula until you have a dry shampoo that suits your hair color.


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1 Response

  1. Thank you so much for this amazing DIY! I just tried it, and it really works.


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