Using dry shampoo is excellent for creating volume on natural blonde hair. It’s also a great way to preserve the color of treated blonde hair. In this article, I share the best DIY dry shampoo recipes for blondes.
Making DIY dry shampoo for blonde hair is really easy. It only takes two main ingredients: a powder base like cornstarch and essential oils to make it smell fresh. You can add cocoa powder or cinnamon if you have darker blonde or strawberry blonde hair.
How Does Dry Shampoo Work?
Dry shampoos are an excellent option for people who often can’t wash their hair. Sometimes, washing your hair too much can dry and damage it.
Using dry shampoo instead of a shower can also extend the life of your color-treated hair.
Our hair gets dirty because our scalp produces oil and sweat.
Over time this buildup will start to weigh down your hair, making it looks flat and stringy. We usually remove this oil with shampoo in the shower.
But, if you aren’t able to shower, you can use dry shampoo to make your hair appear clean. The active ingredient in the dry shampoo will soak up some of the oil.
The active ingredient also helps create volume, which counteracts the oil’s stringy look in our hair.
Use Dry Shampoo Sparingly
Keep in mind, though, that using dry shampoo shouldn’t be a replacement for showers regularly.
It can help you lengthen the time between showers, but it can eventually make your hair appear dirtier. The dry shampoo will build up on your scalp just like oil and dirt.
Overuse of dry shampoo can also cause some health problems for your scalp. Just like on your face, the pores on your scalp can become clogged. This clogging creates ingrown hairs and pimples on your scalp.
Interestingly, using too much dry shampoo to combat oil can make your hair produce more oil. That’s because as your pores get clogged, they will try to produce more oil to clear them.
Then you use more dry shampoo to soak it up, and the cycle continues.
Even if it’s hard, washing your hair in the shower or bath is super important. So be sure to wash your hair with soap and water in between dry shampoo use.
Why Make Your Own Dry Shampoo?
There are a lot of great dry shampoos on the market. They’re a great way to keep your hair looking and smelling fresh. But some of the active ingredients or scents can irritate the skin.
Making your own dry shampoo lets you take more control over what you put in your hair. Plus, you can also customize your dry shampoo to your favorite scent.
You can also frequently make larger quantities of your own dry shampoo than you can buy in the store. So it can help you save money in the long run.
DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe For Blondes
The process of making your own shampoo is super easy. You can choose from three different powders for your base.
You can choose between:
- Corn starch
- Rye flour
- Arrowroot powder
The purpose of this base is to absorb the oils from your scalp. They all have very similar properties. So just choose the one that you can get the easiest.
The mixing of the ingredients is super easy too. There are only two steps:
- Take 2 tablespoons of your base powder
- Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil
That’s all there is to it. You can put your mixture into any container with a twist-on lid. That will help keep bacteria from contaminating your shampoo.
You can also use a travel-sized container for on-the-go use. But what’s the best way to apply dry shampoo?
Using Your DIY Dry Shampoo
Using your dry shampoo is a simple process and is very similar to using commercial dry shampoo.
You may just need one extra tool. But don’t worry, you’ll most likely have all of the supplies you need on hand.
- Untwist your jar
- Use a blush or highlighter brush to apply the powder to your scalp and hairline
- Massage the product into your scalp and roots
- Then use your fingers or a brush to work the powder to the mids of your hair
It’s better to use a small amount of product first. Then you can see if you need more coverage. Otherwise, if you use too much, your hair will look chalky and dull.
The only way to remove that chalky look would be to add more oil or wash your hair, which is what you’re trying to avoid.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Maybe your hair is a darker or strawberry blonde, so the white powder is too light for your hair. That’s okay. Add cocoa powder or cinnamon to your base until it is the right color.
Most commercial dry shampoos come in an aerosolized can, but you can’t replicate that precisely at home. However, you can add 4 tablespoons of vodka to your mixture and put it in a spray bottle. Then, spray the mixture on your roots just like a commercial dry shampoo.
Your DIY dry shampoo should last about 6 months. Just like makeup, your dry shampoo can grow bacteria over time. If you continue to use it past its shelf life, you could risk introducing bacteria to your scalp. So be sure to replace your dry shampoo every few months.
If you find that your dry shampoo isn’t working right then, you should be sure you are using it correctly. Start by using a small amount, then build up coverage. You may also try letting the powder sit on your hair for a few minutes before brushing it through your hair.
Technically, you can use baking soda as a replacement for dry shampoo. But be careful when using it. Overuse of baking soda on the scalp can disrupt the pH balance. It can also leave your scalp overly dry and irritate the skin.
Making your own dry shampoo is a great way to keep your hair clean and soft.
DIY dry shampoo is also a fun way to take control of your hair care routine. You can customize it to your specific hair color and scent preferences.
Just be sure that when you use dry shampoo, you don’t use it too frequently or too much. Overusing dry shampoo can leave your scalp itchy, oily, or inflamed.
You should wash your hair when even dry shampoo doesn’t get rid of the smell or dirt.
Have fun making your DIY dry shampoo for blonde hair.
Whether you prefer it as a powder or a spray-on form, the power making your own gives you definitely elevates your hair care routine.
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Dee has been following the Curly Girl Method for over four years and is our in-house Curly Girl expert. She has a keen interest in natural haircare and has tried and tested her share of CGM products. She has a photographic memory of most sulfate and silicone-free hair products available on the high street and she’s always happy to recommend you her favorites.