NEW DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe (without Cornstarch)


I was recently reading about Emma Watson’s favorite clean beauty products and discovered that she loves Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo. I am always interested in new types of clean (meaning free of aluminum and other toxins) dry shampoos, but this one is just too expensive for me. Especially when you consider the simplicity and cost of its three ingredients:

  1. CASSAVA (AKA tapioca powder)- this edible root has been a staple for Amazonian people for thousands of years. Organic, food-grade Cassava starch absorbs water, oil, sweat, and debris from the scalp and hair and builds a supportive base for long-lasting durable styles.
  2. COSMETIC CLAY – absorbs oil, sweat and dirt from the scalp and hair.
  3. STAR ANISE – ancient medicinal plant, used for its antiseptic properties and soft clean fragrance notes.

You know where this is going! I knew that I could make bucket loads of DIY dry shampoo for that same $28. I already had cosmetic clay (kaolin clay, that I use in my former cornstarch based recipe) and can easily get cassava/tapioca. I could add essential tea tree oil instead of the star anise, as it also has antiseptic properties and with a drop of lemon, shouldn’t end up too smelly. Here is the resulting recipe.

DIY Clean Dry Shampoo (Cornstarch-Free)

  1. Mix ingredients by shaking in a small sealable container, such as glass jar or small Tupperware.
  2. Dip an old powder makeup brush into the dry shampoo, then tap off excess.
  3. Apply to the dry shampoo to your roots along your part using tapping motions.
  4. Repeat process in cornrows off your part in either direction. Don’t forget about any areas that get sweaty during exercise.
  5. Allow dry shampoo to sit on your scalp for at least a minute or two before attempting to blend in.
  6. Using clean fingers, quickly and firmly rub dry shampoo into your scalp.
  7. Bonus: use a natural boar bristle brush to carry the dry shampoo from your roots to your hair’s ends to make your hair shiny and balanced. After another minute, your hair should have settled from being brushed and will look incredible. 


I actually think my DIY dry shampoo works better than store bought kinds, because it has less “other” ingredients in there to propel it out of the can. Less ingredients=better for you, the environment, and it’s less to weigh down your hair.

Unlike my former recipe , you don’t need to add any cocoa powder to this, as it absorbs so well that even on my dark hair it doesn’t show in the roots. I ADORE this quality.

How to Apply DIY Dry Shampoo

I’m including a video showing you how to apply the DIY dry shampoo. I shot the video on DAY 4 of this week–I washed on Monday–after working out three times since Monday. Note: I do shower regularly, I just don’t wash my hair with every shower. Enjoy the humility. 

If you’re wondering what kind of workouts I’m doing while trying to lose baby weight, I’m alternating between walking, running, and kick boxing–and I mean serious kickboxing with wraps, gloves, bags, and a trainer. It’s awesome! And sweaty. So sweaty.

What do you think? Are you willing to try out a DIY Dry Shampoo? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!







4 thoughts on “NEW DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe (without Cornstarch)

  1. Oohhh! I am going to have to try this! I haven’t used dry shampoo yet as I am always allergic to it! I can’t do cornstarch either.

    1. I don’t use a shower cap, but you totally could! I just put a thick, knit head band around my roots and my hair in a bun. Then, when I get out of the shower, I do the dry wash.

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