Dear Snooze Button: It’s over. You coax me back into a deep sleep for nine blissful minutes, then you jolt me awake with that loud, obnoxious beeping! You are needy. You lead me on. And what do I get in return? Less time to get my family out of the door. And even less time in front of the mirror.

When I look lousy, no one is happy.

I’ve got 10 minutes to pull myself together. Must I wear a ponytail yet again? Why not just wear a sign that says “I was running late!”

There’s no time to lather, rinse and repeat, and forget about using a hair dryer. The next best thing? Dry shampoos and detangler! With this beauty aid, there is still time to shower, style, and add a whisk of mascara and lip-gloss.

A dry shampoo is a lifesaver between hair washes. It also helps prevent further hair damage for those with split ends, color-treated or over-styled hair.

Dry shampoos have an oil-absorbing power when applied to the scalp and hair. It is also a super styling aid, because day-old hair holds better than clean hair, but it doesn’t have to be dirty.

Look at the label of any commercial dry hair shampoo or spray, and you’ll see that cornstarch is one of the main ingredients, which means that commercial dry shampoos and sprays are really an overpriced and unnecessary product, compared to DIY methods.

A dry shampoo spray uses the same concept but puts the oil-absorbing product in a quickly evaporating liquid such as rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, or even vodka.

Dry shampoo can cost up to $19 for some brands. With simple ingredients found in the kitchen pantry, it is easy to make a dry shampoo or spray for less than $0.25 with no harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances.

These recipes give hair texture and volume (even super-fine hair). They remove oil and grime with no water, leaving hair ultra-soft and ready to style.

Make Your Own Styling Aids for Fast A.M. Fixes

Dry Shampoo

For blonde or light-colored hair:

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Cornstarch
  • Baking Soda
  • Essential Oil (optional)
  • Empty Cheese Shaker or Empty Spice Container

Mix ½ cup cornstarch with 2 Tbsp. of baking soda. Cornstarch by itself is really all that is needed, but baking soda makes this scent-free. To add fragrance, mix in 4-5 drops of essential oil (optional). Place into shaker or container.

(Note: Recipe can be doubled if using a cheese shaker.)

To Apply

Sprinkle onto scalp, using your fingers to rub in product and help absorb any excess oils. Comb out the powder, oil and grime with a fine bristle brush or comb. Style as usual.

For brunette or dark-colored hair:

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Essential Oil (Optional)
  • Empty Cheese Shaker or Empty Spice Container

Mix 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder and 2 Tbsp. cornstarch together. Optional: For added fragrance, mix in 4-5 drops of essential oil.

(Note: Recipe can be doubled if using a cheese shaker.)

To Apply

Sprinkle onto scalp, using your fingers to rub in product and help absorb any excess oils. Comb out the powder, oil and grime with a fine bristle brush or comb. Style as usual.

Dry Shampoo Spray

Ingredients and Supplies

  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • ¼ Cup Cornstarch
  • ¼ Cup Alcohol or Witch Hazel
  • Essential Oils (optional)
  • Empty Spray Bottle (6-8 oz size)

Mix all ingredients in a small spray bottle and shake well. If you want to personalize it, add 4-5 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional). Note: If you don’t like the harshness of alcohol, substitute witch hazel.

To Apply

Shake before each use and spray directly onto roots or the oily part of the hair. Let dry and style as usual.

If you wake up with crazy bed head or a mess of tangles after a shampoo, here is the easiest way to tame your tresses.

Detangler

Detanglers can cost $5 to $22 per bottle, or they can be made at home for around $0.30 per bottle! Here’s how to make your own detangler:

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Leave-in Hair Conditioner
  • Warm Water
  • Spray Bottle or Empty Detangling Spray Bottle

Mix 1 part conditioner to 5 parts water inside spray bottle or empty detangler bottle. Close the lid and shake gently to blend ingredients.

Apply

Shake before each use and spray directly onto hair. Comb or brush as usual to gently and easily remove knots. Let dry and style as usual.

This is a guest post by Deborah from San Diego, CA
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3 thoughts on “DIY Dry Hair Shampoo, Spray and Detangler”

  1. Gwen says:

    Love the dry shampoo recipes

  2. Paloma says:

    great post, thanks!

  3. Thank you for this….I use detangler on my two girls everyday and go through it so quickly.