Did you know that you can make dry shampoo yourself at home? It is really quite easy to make. But be forewarned: the results are not nearly as good as with store-bought dry shampoo. Nonetheless, it is useful to know how to make your own dry shampoo in case of real hair emergencies when you can’t get to the drugstore. You can use homemade dry shampoo for volume, freshness, and a cleaner appearance.

The key ingredient in homemade dry shampoo is cornstarch. Most people who cook regularly already have cornstarch on hand in the kitchen for thickening soups and homemade pudding. Cornstarch also has a variety of beauty remedies, such as healing diaper rash in children and yes, making dry shampoo. If you don’t have cornstarch on hand, cornmeal will work but the grains are a little larger and it can be messier. Arrowroot starch can also be used, and some people like to mix in a bit of baking soda for its freshening qualities. Avoid talcum powder as recent studies have shown that it can cause respiratory problems and even cancer. On a similar note, most baby powder is now made with cornstarch instead of talc due to the dangers so you could use baby powder to make dry shampoo as well.

Many store-bought dry shampoos have the added benefit of giving your hair a fresh scent. You can add some fragrance to your homemade dry shampoo. You can mix in scented powders or a few drops of fragrance oil to give your hair a nice fragrance. If you don’t have any ingredients suitable for mixing into the powder shampoo, just spritz your hair with a spray of perfume after you’ve applied to dry shampoo to help mask that unwashed hair odor.

Homemade dry shampoo is simple to use. If you have an empty shaker container, you can use that to apply it but otherwise you can simply pinch some in your fingers and sprinkle it on manually. Start with about a teaspoon-sized amount and apply it as close to the scalp as possible since that is where the oil comes from. You may want to do this over a sink or towel to catch all of the extraneous powder as the application process can get a little messy. Run your fingers through your hair to help distribute it and then comb it through with a fine-toothed comb to help it reach all parts of your hair evenly. If your hair still appears greasy, keep adding more, little by little, until the desired effect is achieved.
When you’ve run out of dry shampoo and you’re desperate to fix oily hair, it’s quite easy to make this quick fix at home but remember that you will get much better results with commercial dry shampoo.