Dry Shampoo Alternative

by Lindsey Robinson Sanchez ; Updated September 28, 2017

Keep hair looking lively for longer with DIY dry shampoo.

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Dry shampoo is useful for more than just shower-skipping. It adds texture and body, and for people with dry or brittle hair who don't want to shampoo every day, it adds freshness without stripping your tresses. If you're looking for an alternative to drugstore and salon brands, look no further than your pantry.


The powdery texture of flour allows it to soak up oil from your scalp. Dust a fine layer of it on your roots and allow it to sit for 10 seconds. Sweep away any leftover flour with a makeup brush or a hairbrush. Repeat if necessary.


Like flour, cornstarch powder helps get rid of excess hair grease. Dust a small amount of it on your roots, and let it sit for a few seconds before brushing out. For extra oil-fighting power, apply cornstarch before bedtime and comb it out in the morning.

Baking Soda

The alkaline nature of baking soda makes it an intense oil-fighter. It also makes this dry-shampoo alternative more irritating to your scalp, so it's best when combined with cornstarch. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to 1/4 cup of cornstarch to give your dry shampoo extra oomph.

Cocoa Powder

For dark-haired beauties, light powders can leave an obvious and unattractive halo around roots. Mix enough natural, unsweetened cocoa powder into your flour or cornstarch to give it a brown tint, then brush or dust it on your roots as usual.

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Lindsey Robinson Sanchez, from Bessemer, Ala., has written for the "Troy Messenger," "The Alabama Baptist" and "The Gainesville Times," where her work was featured on the AP wire. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes style, beauty, fitness, travel and culture.