Frugal DIY: Homemade Dry Shampoo

As a stay-at-home mom who works about 4 part-time jobs (at home and away from home) on top of having a rambunctious 2 year old, I don’t spend the time to wash my hair as often as I used to. I usually wash my hair 2-3 times a week. Most days I pull it up in a ponytail, but I wanted the option to pull it down when I would go out. However, it looks greasy some days and I need something to help hide that appearance. I tried powder, but that was kind of tedious and messy. This Homemade Dry shampoo recipe is great solution to this issue – just spray, dry, and go.

I searched the store for dry shampoo, I tried a few and quickly tired of paying $3 and $4 for the kinds that I liked. So, I determined there had to be a way to make it at home and here it is:


  1. 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  2. 4 tablespoons of water
  3. 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol


Mix together, pour into a spray bottle and give it a shake! (Preferably a misting bottle.) Now, spray anywhere on your hair that needs to be de-greased.

Just dampen your hair with the solution and run a comb or your fingers through your hair to distribute it evenly, then hit it with the blow-dryer. Repeat if necessary.

Thanks for sharing Morgan!  I was thinking a drop of essential oil would add a sweet smell too, what do you think? For more Frugal DIY posts head on over <strong>HERE!


  1. lily says

    could we add food coloring or kind of color, so it can blend into darker hair? Or is that not an issue with the corn starch?

  2. Debbie says

    For dark hair, instead of 1 Tablespoon cornstarch, use 1/2 Tbsp dark coco powder (unsweetened), 1/2 TBSP cornstarch, 1/2 Tbsp baking soda. Then the amounts of water and alcohol above. I added more alcohol for mine, but just experiment. I would make the recipe larger so you just do it once and put in spray bottle. Like 1 cup water, and then in a 1/4 cup measure put some corn starch, baking soda and dark coco powder together till it fills the 1/4 cup measure together. Then 1/4 cup alcohol (I added another 1/8 cup alcohol). I also added several drops vanilla extract.

    • Maria says

      Thank you for sharing your tips for dark hair! The addition of vanilla makes me think your recipe would smell delicious! The addition of cocoa powder is unusual but kind of makes sense …

  3. Hannah says

    Alcohol is drying. It will dry your scalp and your hair. I use water and baking soda for shampoo and water, apple cider vinegar (It does NOT make your hair stink!), and honey (for shine) for conditioner. My hair has never been better.

    • Maria says

      Thanks for sharing, Hannah! The Dry Shampoo is meant to be used occasionally when you aren’t able to wash your hair the traditional way. I would be interested in knowing what proportions you use for your DIY shampoo and conditioner! Could you share this with us? I’m sure our readers would love to know :)


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