We have all faced those over strenuous days, when you have to suddenly attend an event, want to look your best with a nice dress and a chic hairstyle but you are worried that the sticky, oily hair might ruin your beauty game. On such bad hair days, time constraints can really make washing hair with shampoo and water, and applying a conditioner seem like a real chore.  But did you know that you can actually clean your hair and flaunt those bouncy curls or wrap it up into a sleek hairstyle without worrying about getting it wet or spending much time at it. Sounds, crazy, doesn’t it?

Well not anymore! Here comes Dry Shampoo, a water-less invention as your knight in shining armour to rock those sudden commitments flashing a gorgeous and stylish mane.

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So, What Is A Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoo is a spray or a powder composed of natural herbal ingredients that has proved to be an absolute solution for every person who doesn’t have time to wash their hair on a daily basis. When applied on to the scalp and hair, not only does it remove excess oil and bestow a healthy and lustrous look but also imparts a desired temporary tint to your hair. Be it oily, dry, or normal, dry shampoo is suitable for all types of hair. Additionally, it is a boon for travellers, hikers and campers, since you can truly enjoy the scenic beauty without worrying about the availability of water for shampooing those tresses, all the while brandishing a freshly washed non-sticky look. Also Read: DIY Homemade Shampoos: 3 Cool Hair Wash Recipes For Gorgeous And Lustrous Mane

Want To Know, How Does It Work?

Just like a normal shampoo, the dry hair wash recipe also removes excess oil and stickiness from the hair but instead of washing away with water, the ingredients used in it absorbs the excess oil secreted from the sebaceous glands present in the scalp. The dry powdery nature of the shampoo helps in retaining the essential natural oils in the scalp whilst making the hair shiny, light, bouncy and ready to style it anyway you want. Also Read: Hair Spa: The 3-Step DIY Therapy To Rejuvenate Your Tresses Right At Home

How To Make A Dry Shampoo?

The basic idea is to use a base material like corn starch, then add the desired ingredient according to the specific needs of your hair like methi powder, coffee powder, rice flour, arrow root powder, cinnamon powder etc (be it to colour the hair, protect it from sun damage or simply improve hair growth) and the next ingredient to add is an essential oil to bestow an invigorating fragrance to the unwashed hair that lingers long after your apply.

How To Apply The Dry Shampoo?

First, divide the hair into thin sections. Next, use a makeup brush or just your hands to apply the powder all over the hair. Use your fingers to massage the powder onto the roots and shafts of the hair to prevent oiliness. Wait for 5 minutes for the dry shampoo to set in. Brush your hair down perfectly to remove the extra powder.

It’s no surprise that this hair essential is a life saver for many but if are losing your sleep thinking about the buck load of money you need to spend to get a commercial variety, worry not, as its fairly easy to whip up this recipe with some easily available herbal ingredients right at home.

So, what are you waiting for, let’s whip up this incredible water-less shampoo recipe with some easily available ingredients.

Dry Shampoo DIY

DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes

Arrowroot Powder And Lavender Oil Dry Shampoo


5 tbsp arrowroot powder

4 tbsp cocoa powder

4 tsp calcium bentonite clay

20 drops lavender essential oil


Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.

Store it in a glass jar for future use.

Part your hair into sections and apply gradually throughout the hair.

Brush the hair properly and your done.

How It Works:

Arrow root powder adds volume to the hair and strips excess oil, making the hair light and shiny. The calcium bentonite clay obtained from volcanic ash actively helps in removing toxins and getting rid of impurities from the hair whereas cocoa powder not only gives a dark brownish tinge to the mane but also promotes hair growth and enhances blood circulation. The addition of lavender oil provides an aromatic smell to the tresses.

Fenugreek Powder And Peppermint Oil Dry Shampoo


2 tbsp fenugreek powder

2 tbsp cornstarch

10-15 drops of peppermint oil


Mix everything in a large vessel.

Make sections and use a makeup brush to apply the powder onto the scalp and hair.

Brush down nicely to evenly spread out the powder.

How It Works:

Call it fenugreek or methi, this incredible herbal ingredient works wonders by fighting dandruff and several scalp-related issues like flaking, itchiness, and burning sensation of the scalp. The addition of corn starch absorbs the extra oil from the hair while peppermint oil prevents bacterial infection of the scalp and reduces pain and inflammation. This dry shampoo recipe is ideal for people having a sensitive scalp prone to infections.

Oatmeal And Lemongrass Oil Dry Shampoo


2 tbsp blended oatmeal

2 tbsp arrowroot powder

2 tablespoons corn starch

1 tablespoon lemongrass oil


Mix the blended oatmeal, arrow root powder and corn starch together.

Add the lemongrass oil to the mixture.

Use a makeup brush to apply the mixture all over your hair.

Brush the hair and you are ready to rock.

How It Works:

This dry shampoo mixture is extremely beneficial for people having a lighter toned hair or a blonder mane. Arrowroot powder helps to nourish the hair and scalp to give you healthy, silky, and soft hair, while oatmeal imbued with anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties adds sheen to the hair and prevents itching and dryness. The presence of lemongrass oil gives a nice lemony smell that lasts long and covers the smell of sweat.