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DIY Dry Shampoo for Brunettes

DIY Dry Shampoo – For Brunettes

I started using dry shampoo (from a can) about two years ago. I found it to be exactly what my hair needed on days I didn’t wash it, the dry shampoo soaks up the oil so well and seems to breathe the life back into my hair. Since I’ve been going no-(sham)poo for the last month dry shampoo has been a life saver (I’m planning a full update on the no-poo next week, I promise!).

I loved what the dry shampoo did for my hair but definitely was not a fan of the nice white streaks I was often left with, the skunk look wasn’t one that I was going for. Plus, you’ve really got to watch some of the chemicals in some of those dry shampoos, I’m not into everything being organic or anything, but putting butane in my hair? That definitely crosses a line with me.

I’ve been seeing diy’s for dry shampoo all over the internet over the last year or so and a few months ago I finally took the plunge and made my own, it’s so easy I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner!

I had read about blondes that used straight corn starch or baby powder in their hair and found this super easy “recipe” for brunettes:

  • 1 part corn starch
  • 2 parts cocoa

I used 1/3 cup of corn starch and 2/3 of a cup of cocoa and then use an old makeup brush to brush it in to the roots of my hair where it’s the oiliest. The nice thing is, if you have darker hair you can use more cocoa to match your hair. I’ve also read that those with red hair can use cinnamon, my hair turns more red in the summer so I might add some of it to my mixture.

I’ve been using it for about two months now and have to say that I’ve been loving it, I no longer have to ask Jared if I have white streaks in my hair (it happened people), and my hair smells like cocoa, not all the time or in an overpowering way, but just sometimes I’ll get a little whiff, that’s a lot better in my books than putting butane in my hair!

Do you use dry shampoo?
Do you use it from a can or diy your own?

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  1. I need to do something like this! My problem is that I’m not blond but also not super brunette either… Everything I’ve tried either makes my hair too white or too dark.

  2. Dry shampoo helps keep me sane! Great post!

    My hair is blonde, so I can get away with using just corn-starch….but mostly I use baby powder! Some people don’t like the smell, but I don’t mind it! I need to send this post to my brunette sisters!

  3. Oh, and the no-poo! I did that for 2 months in November and December and loved it! It was awesome, I am thinking of doing it again in April, can’t wait to read your update!

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