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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?


  1. Amy March 11, 2014

    LOVE & NEED THIS! seriously the other dry shampoos definitely leave skunk hair!!

    • Chantel Klassen March 11, 2014

      Haha, glad I’m not the only one having that problem! Hope this helps you out Amy!

  2. Susannah March 11, 2014

    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.

    • Chantel Klassen March 11, 2014

      Hmm, could you just mix cornstarch and cocoa till you get the right shade for your hair?

  3. Amy Dawn Bishop March 11, 2014

    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!

    • Chantel Klassen March 11, 2014

      Nice! I like the smell of baby powder so I’d probably go with that too if I was blonde!

      • Chantel Klassen March 11, 2014

        P.S. Your blog link isn’t in your Disqus profile!

        • Chantel Klassen March 11, 2014

          Haha, but now I see you included it at the bottom. Apparently I don’t read well. 🙂

          • Amy Dawn Bishop March 12, 2014

            Oh sorry! I should change that- but there is the link!

  4. Amy Dawn Bishop March 11, 2014

    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!

    • Chantel Klassen March 11, 2014

      If you love it what made you quit? So curious!

  5. Samantha@Elah Tree March 11, 2014

    I’ve been thinking about using dry shampoo! I’m going to have to give this a try!

  6. Whitney March 11, 2014

    no way! this really works??? best blog post of the week goes to: YOU!

  7. Christina Main March 11, 2014

    This is fantastic! Must try!

  8. Katie Cook March 11, 2014

    Yeah!! I’m going to try this!!! Thanks girl! xoxo Katie

  9. Elizabeth Mayberry March 12, 2014

    oh! i use baby powder but I have to mess with it to get that white to blend in with my brown hair! I am totally trying this!

  10. Emily Finta March 13, 2014

    I’m definitely going to have to try this!

  11. I’m slightly embarrassed to say I’ve been using baby powder. This will be much better on my dark hair

    • Chantel Klassen March 31, 2014

      If you can get baby powder to blend in that’s awesome! I love the addition of cocoa though, so much less to worry about. 🙂

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