MYO Dry Shampoo Only 3 Ingredients!

by Tammy Taylor

 Due to a recent surgery I needed a way to clean my hair for several days without getting it wet.  I’ve seen dry shampoo in the stores for several years now but you know me – I wanna make it myself for environmental, health & budget reasons!  I’ve used various methods before such as sprinkling baby powder in my hair & combing it through but I didn’t like the metallic sheen it seemed to leave in my hair afterward.

But I’ve stumbled on the magical formula that works just right for me!  I’d think this dry shampoo formula would be great for camping or hiking too.  It contains only inexpensive lightweight ingredients.

I made my own dry shampoo in minutes using pantry staples I always have in my kitchen. It works great, check it out! #TaylorMadeHomestead

With a few simple pantry staples (yes indeed, cocoa IS a non-negotiable pantry staple here on the ranch!) I start by combining equal parts of cornstarch & baking soda.  Today I used 1/4 cup each & I added about 2-1/2 tablespoons of cocoa for my medium-brown hair color.  You can adjust the amount of added cocoa for your own hair color.  Or leave it out completely if your hair is very light or blonde.  I feel the cocoa just adds a nice matte finish and eliminates any white powdery residue showing in my brown hair.

This mixture can be messy to apply since a tiny bit of powder tends to go airborne during application, although not near as much when using my makeup brush for application as it would trying to sprinkle it or apply with my fingers.  Still I prefer to sit on my back porch to apply the dry shampoo.  It’s just much less mess for me to deal with that way and really, who doesn’t like LESS MESS??

You want to apply only what you need so you don’t have tons of powder to brush out of your hair afterward.  And you want it to hit the roots of your hair where the highest concentration of oil will be.

So here’s how I apply it: I first make a front-to-back part in my hair, dip the brush lightly into the mix, tap off the excess & brush onto the roots of my hair at the part starting at the back & working toward my face with the brush.   By starting the brush at the back it helps assure the bulk of the powder will end up at the back of my head to be brushed down through my hair to remove additional oil.

Then I make another part in my hair and repeat until I’ve gone the full distance across.  Now I simply work the powder through with my fingertips.  I give it a couple of minutes to soak up some oil and then brush it out.  The excess oil clings to the powder and is brushed away!  I like to thoroughly brush my hair again about 5 minutes later.  It always seems there’s just a little more powder remaining after the first brushing.  Now I’m good to go!

After applying my dry shampoo I could smell a very subtle hint of cocoa remaining. But RancherMan said he detected no scent at all unless he was purposely sniffing my hair.   ‘Sniffing my hair’?  OOKAYYYYY….  LOL

As I mentioned this solved my problem after a surgery when there was really not much physical activity for me.  And since you brush it out of your hair I’m assuming precious little of the product remains afterward. But I wonder how it would hold up if you were exercising and sweating?  If anyone has any experience I’d love to hear it.

I’d think this would also be a great light-weight item to use for camping.

I’m pretty pleased at how well this worked using items I already had in my pantry.  I’ve finally found my perfect yet inexpensive dry shampoo option!

~TMH~

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63 thoughts on “MYO Dry Shampoo Only 3 Ingredients!

  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    Thanks for posting on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop! I haven’t used cocoa powder yet. I will have to try it as my hair is darker than just cornstarch!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I still have a small supply in the bathroom vanity, Katy. I pull it out from time to time and it sure does the trick for me. ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I was pretty pleased with the results Sarah. And with so few cheap ingredients, there’s no reason not to try it. Whaddya got to lose? LOL ~TMH~

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  2. Kayla

    That’s very interesting. I had no idea one could make their own dry shampoo. I’m definitely going to have to try that! Pinned to save for later!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I was able to use it after surgery when I couldn’t wash my hair for a few days Kayla and it worked very well for me. But it would be super helpful for camping or backpacking too! ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL – cocoa powder might not help you lynn. But I love on my auburn hair that adding the cocoa powder doesn’t leave that white residue I’ve experienced with other formulas.

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  3. Kelly

    I use dry shampoo when I’m giving my hair a lift before going out and don’t want to wash it right then and there. It’s also great when transitioning to natural shampoo bars and you’re trying not to wash as often. I use arrowrootpowder powder instead of cornstarch. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop. I hope we see you again today. Pinned and shared!!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ve noticed that dry shampoo also gives your hair a little ‘oomph’. My hair is very fine and sometimes I really want that extra volume. ~TMR~

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  4. JES

    I have been wanting to try something like this but my hair is to my waist and I am a bit nervous!!! I like the cocoa idea to keep the locks dark 🙂 Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays too!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      So jealous JES, I’d love to have hair that long! I just use the dry shampoo at the roots, combing it down and out. ~TMR~

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  5. CTY

    Just some more food for thought (or is it food for hair?), try mixing in some finely ground rye flour. Rye has great special proteins that help hair thrive. My mix is like yours, I just swap out the baking soda for rye flour. On “wet” shampoo days I mix about 1 TB rye flour, 1-2 squirts of liquid Castile add some water and wash my hair. My hair comes out very clean and DH says its shinier (now that’s something because DH doesn’t notice much).

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  6. ColleenB.

    I just may have to try this out. I got gray on the roof top, so you think if I had the dark cocoa that it would make me a brunette again? :}

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  8. Bethany the ngnrdgrl

    I have been wanting to try dry shampoo. I’ve seen this method several times on Pinterest. I have really, really dry skin, so the doctors and stylists always advise to minimize showering, since it reduces your natural oils. I bet this would be a great way to reduce some of the build up without actually stripping the oils from my skin. I’m going to have to try it!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I was pretty pleased with it Bethany. And using a large makeup brush made it easier to apply. I always applied on our back patio to eliminate any mess in the house so it worked super-well for me. Give it a try. ~TMR~

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  9. Shecki @ Greatly Blessed

    Interesting! My daughter just had surgery and can’t bathe for 4 weeks, ugh! But she’s 3, so I can wash her hair in the sink, comfortably. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to you.

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  10. Katherine @ Mind Body and Sole

    Hi ! 🙂 Another great post that would make a great addition to the Hygiene Edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday. I hope you’ll share it with us! Thanks! 🙂

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  11. Kathy

    Wow, never thought to look this up – sounds very interesting – will have to give it a try! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday, Kathy

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  12. Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

    How simple is that! Way back in the day dry shampoo used to be popular and it is popular again – my daughter is a beautician and she uses dry shampoo. She says it helps your hair stay looking nice and keeps it in better shape than washing it with soap every day. I will have to share this with her. Thanks for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Always look forward to your posts.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh please do tell your daughter about it. I love how inexpensive it is, how quick it is to mix up and how effective the results are. I’ve also heard that it’s greatly beneficial when camping or hiking since it’s so lightweight. Give it a try! ~TMR~

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  13. Linda @ A La Carte

    What a great idea. I could use that when I’m too sick to wash my hair but oh it needs something! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

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  14. TheBargainBabe

    I will try this, thanks for the diy! It will be way less expensive than buying that name brand stuff at salons!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I was very pleased with the way it worked. I’m glad I used it while sitting on the back porch as it does make a mess but it worked beautifully – and CHEAP! ~TMR~

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  17. Summers Acres

    I had tried a couple of store bought kinds before, but did not like them because I have dark brown hair and all the ones I’d found were white. It showed up in my hair unless I brushed it all out which was of course useless. I like the idea of adding cocoa. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop! Please join us again Thursday at: http://summersacres.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-homeacre-hop-37-and-autumn-giveaway.html ~Ann

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Ann, I was really pleased with the matte finish & the natural ingredients, and the dry shampoo worked great for me. ~TMR~

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  18. Heather

    Thanks for submitting this to Independence Days Challenge! This will be a featured post on this coming’s challenge! Come check it out!

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  20. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Cocoa is awesome! Thank you for sharing your dry shampoo recipe at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  21. Alison Bayne

    Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea at the Creative Home and Garden Hop http://mumtopia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/guilt-free-chicken-nuggets-and-creative.html#.UjWKI9LObZI Always love your practical, creative posts! Best wishes from England A x

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  22. Nancy

    Thank you so much for sharing this shampoo recipe. You have the best posts! I have gotten some great ideas from your blog. Hope your health keeps getting better and better so you feel great. Thanks again.

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  23. Sara @ Not Your Mainstream Mama

    My little sister does this now and swears by it! I’m not really big on dry shampoo so I haven’t tried it, but maybe I should give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Sara, sometimes there are specific needs that require a dry shampoo, such as obviously some kinds of surgery but I’ve also needed dry shampoo while camping. Wish I knew then what I know now & I’d have just made my own! ~TMR~

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  24. Kristin

    Never thought to use cocoa powder in my hair. I’d probably be craving a chocolate bar all day 🙂 Followed you from the Homestead Barn Hop. Love for you to come by Wildcrafting Wednesday and share. http://www.herbanmomma.com/2013/09/wildcrafting-wednesday-9-11-13/

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  25. Jessica

    Can’t wait to try this!! I’m pregnant right now and can go three days or so with my hair still looking clean (but the rest of me needing a shower!!), so I won’t be trying it now, but I’m pinning for later! 🙂 I bet you smell fantastic!

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  26. Nikki @ Wonderfully Women

    My daughter uses baby powder regularly as a dry shampoo, but it does leave a white residue. I am going to make this blend with just a hint of cocoa to soften the whiteness, as she is a bottle blonde. Thanks for sharing. xx Nikki

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Give it a try Nikki. I’ve never been pleased with my results using baby powder as it always left a metallic-looking sheen in my hair, but I’d think that would be less of a problem with blonde hair. ~TMR~

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  27. Mel

    I haven’t tried any dried shampoos but I’m really curious about them. My boys have oily hair and being teens they’re concerned with acne

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Mel, these ingredients are really inexpensive and very common, you won’t be out much money to give it a try. ~TMR~

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  28. Mindy

    Nice! I use baby powder sometimes but I’ve been wanting to try adding some cocoa so it’s less white. I have dark red hair so the cocoa should help blend it in 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Mindy, I also had problems with the white color in things I tried for dry shampoo like baby powder or baking soda. But the problem I experienced that I hated the most was that metallic sheen that baby powder seemed to leave in my hair even after brushing & brushing. This formula didn’t leave that sheen I hated so much – plus it’s got chocolate in it so what’s not to love?? LOL ~TMR~

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  29. Feral Turtle

    I haven’t tried any of these dry shampoos yet but my daughter has. She says they are great! Hope you are recovering quickly from your surgery and that you are feeling better! Visiting from Mellywood’s Mansion. Cheers.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I had need for dry shampoo when out camping in previous years and just bought the commercial stuff, but these days I try more & more to make these things for myself. An added bonus that all the ingredients were in my pantry and that the dry shampoo worked so well for me! ~TMR~

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