MYO Dry Shampoo Only 3 Ingredients!

by Texas Homesteader

 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. And there’s no water necessary to clean your hair!

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

Dry Shampoo, Simple Ingredients

I start with a few simple pantry staples (yes indeed, cocoa IS a non-negotiable pantry staple here on the homestead!)

The first step is to combine equal parts of cornstarch & baking soda.  Today I used 1/4 cup each.  Then 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.

Less Mess Using A Makeup Brush

This mixture can be messy to apply since a tiny bit of powder tends to go airborne during application. I found this not near as much a problem 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.

Applying Dry Shampoo

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.  The excess is tapped off the brush back into the jar. 

Then I apply the brush to the roots of my hair at the part starting at the back & working toward my face with the brush. By starting 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’ll 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!

Can You Smell Cocoa?

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.

What? ‘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 anyway.

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. No water would be necessary to clean your hair during a weekend-long camping trip that way.

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!



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37 thoughts on “MYO Dry Shampoo Only 3 Ingredients!

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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).

  5. 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? :}

  6. 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!

  7. 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,

  8. 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.

    1. Texas Homesteader 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!

  9. 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!

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  10. Alison Bayne

    Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea at the Creative Home and Garden Hop
    Always love your practical, creative posts!
    Best wishes from England
    A x

  11. 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.

    1. Texas Homesteader 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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 🙂

    1. Texas Homesteader 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 ~TxH~

  16. 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.

    1. Texas Homesteader 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!


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