Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

I. Love. Dry shampoo. I mean, where has it been my whole life??? Actually, I've even talked about it before. I used to be a wash-daily girl, but now I can go 3-4 days without washing my hair! This has changed my life. I'm not exaggerating. I'm getting quite addicted to 4-minute showers. Plus, it gives texture and volume to my super-fine hair. I have tried several kinds, and my favorite is actually the cheap Suave stuff.

I do have 2 itsy bitsy {monumental} problems with it though. The first is that my husband literally gags and whines any time I use it, claiming it's the most toxic thing he's ever smelled in his whole life. He even told me recently that he has gone so far as looking online to find different kinds in hopes of finding a replacement for me. But alas, they ALL stink. (Though I don't think they're as bad as he does.)

But the other problem is that they all, without fail, leave white residue. Great for blondes hiding dingy roots! Not good for brunettes like me. Expensive, cheap, homemade, they are all the same. You can usually get it all out with brushing and blow-drying, but I wanted to try something else.

I have a friend who buys some powder dry shampoo from her salon that they make in-house. She told me the base ingredient was cocoa! Wow! Who knew?? So I decided to see if I could make a workable version myself. I looked around online and found that corn starch is a favorite for homemade dry shampoo. I even saw that my friend's salon wasn't the first to think of cocoa! ;-)



I used:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • A few drops of scented essential oil (optional -- I personally don't think it added anything)
You could add more cornstarch if you wanted it to be lighter. I wanted pretty dark though, so I just used a little bit to add to the absorbency power.

This is the color I ended up with:


You can see that even with just that little bit of cornstarch, cocoa powder isn't super dark to begin with.

Sprinkle into roots anywhere you want to absorb oil! Rub it into your roots and let it sit for a minute or so. I found that the best thing to do after it sits is to give a quick brush and then fluff/style with the blow dryer. I like doing this anyway, because it gives me fresh volume and smooths my hair.

For now I used an old salt shaker, but I plan to get a powdered sugar shaker like this one. I think it will be less messy and allow for light, even distribution. Plus, I use this stuff all the time, so it's worth getting something I will like and use.
My verdict: I love it!!! I'm honestly surprised at how well it absorbed the oil. It can definitely be messy, so I would recommend doing it before you get dressed just in case you spill some on your clothes. But smelling like chocolate isn't such a bad thing, right?? ;-)

If you try it, leave me a comment and let me know how you like it!


41 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lauren! I will have to try that!!

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  2. I've tried this mixture before and I love it! The powdered sugar shaker is a great idea. And I LOVE the smell of the cocoa :)

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  3. I'd be worried about my dog getting too interested in my hair :)

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  4. I need to try this! Such a great idea!! Thanks Lauren =)

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  5. Ok, I need to try this! I've got the Tresseme dry shampoo stuff, and it does smell pretty strong. If I've gotta smell like something, I'd love to walk around smelling like cocoa all day!

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  6. Thanks for the great idea! Where did you find that powdered sugar shaker? I've looked online, as well as all the stores nearby and can't seem to find one like it!

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    1. Here's a link to something similar!
      http://www.amazon.com/Winware-Stainless-Dredges-10-Ounce-Handle/dp/B001CIELHW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334203388&sr=8-1

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    2. Pampered Chef I know has a powdered sugar shaker...I love Pampered Chef anyways. LOL!

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  7. Recipe for dark or black hair:

    corn starch
    baking soda
    drawing charcoal (for turning dry shampoo black, so there will be no white residues on

    your dark hair!!!)

    Grind drawing charcoal (buy at artist shop, perhaps also activated charcoal powder

    would work) with spoon on the shallow plate.

    mix cca 1 part of the grinded charcoal with 2 parts of corn starch (it absorbs grease)

    and 1 part of baking soda (it absorbs odour). You shoud experiment with the quantity of

    charcoal, the more you add, darker dry shampoo you wil get.

    If you have brown hair (brunette), you can add grinded brown sidewalk chalk, for

    bluenettes blue sidewalk chalk, for lightbrown hair add yellow or light brown sidewalk

    chalk etc...

    apply the mixture in your hair, wait 5 minutes and rubb it off with a towel. You dont

    have to rubb off all of the powder, becouse it has the same color as your hair.

    Dry shampoo is a great solution for dyed hairs becouse it reduces the need for hair

    washing and therefore preserve the color and prevent its fading. It works great for my

    hair dyed with natural indigo (indigofera tinctoria mixed with hot water 65°C and 1/4

    tbs of non iodic salt left immediately after mixing for 30 minutes on extra clean hair

    washed with dishsoap).

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  8. Pampered Chef has a powdered sugar dispenser very similar to the one in the picture you have. I have it but alas it has powdered sugar in it. I will have to use a small mason jar with a recycled parmesan cheese lid. : ) Thanks for posting this recipe. I am going to go make some right now.

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  9. I tried this recipe and it worked very well. (I used my fingertips to rub the dry shampoo into my scalp, brush my hair, and then used the blow dryer, on a cool setting, to blow any left over shampoo away.)

    Thanks for sharing the great recipe!

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  10. any suggestion for light hair???

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    1. Use all cornstarch instead of cocoa powder!

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  11. our pioneer foremothers used cornmeal as a dry shampoo!

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    1. Lol, I was reading the comments to add this point also. :)

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  12. You could try with a powder brush if you don't have a shaker. Dip in, tap off the excess and apply lightly.

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  13. I've been using straight cocoa powder between washings for about a year. I found the easiest way to apply it without making a mess of my surroundings is to use a powder puff - one of those little round pads for makeup. I dab it in the cocoa and apply straight to the trouble spots. No stray poofs of cocoa powder all over my white sink!

    That tip about charcoal and sidewalk chalk above is brilliant! I'll have to try that, since even the cocoa alone is lighter than my hair color.

    One issue I've found is that it builds up over time. This may be a problem for me and not the average dry shampooer, though, because I don't use commercial shampoos anymore (aka the no-poo method, check it out sometime). The natural and/or homemade 'shampoos' I use don't seem to be very good at getting all the chocolatey residue out. (I love chocolate, but not when it's depositing itself on my hands and clothing.) No matter how much I brush, towel, cheesecloth, or otherwise attempt to distribute and remove the powder, I can't get it out entirely without resorting to sulfate shampoo or castile soap during my next wash.

    The upside is that I smell like a fresh cup of hot cocoa if I get caught in the rain. :)

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    1. a little bit of baking soda will take it out

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  14. How funny. I knew I had seen Audrey pin this before, so I got on pinterest this morning to search for the recipe. Low and behold, I'm brought to your site. lol :)

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  15. Add some nutmeg to the mix and it makes a great bronzer for your face.

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  16. I did this today. i had a blowout at a salon earlier in the week and wanted to make it last. I applied it with an old makeup brush and it worked great. Thanks!

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  17. Hi there! I'm Andrea from Sparrow Hill and we are starting up something new for our blog this year called, "Pinned it-Tried it". I found this post on Pinterest and would love to tell all my readers how well it worked for me! I would just love to have your permission and ask that you post my button to your page after I have your post up on my blog! What do you think? :) You can contact me at anamarie_04@yahoo.com. Thank you and have a wonderful day!!!

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  18. Awesome! I'm paying a ridiculous amount for color, and the more I wash, the faster it fades, so I'm SO glad I found this. As a brunette, the cornstarch alone just looks awful.

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    1. Any natural food store will sell them.

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  20. Incase you don't feel like making yours one day, the Dove dry shampoo smells fabulous and is not on the expensive side :). I definitely should try making my hair smell like cocoa though!

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  21. I have a question though, cocoa powder has a lot of fat in it. It seems to me like it'd make hair greasier! I have dark hair and LOVE the sauve one. I have no problem getting the white cast to go away. I wan't to try this but idk man... idk! lol

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  22. A gf of mine that does hair said the dry shampoos that use clay in their formulas don't leave the white residue like the talk or powder based ones.
    I saw this one and have been debating buying it for a while, since it's expensive.
    http://www.luluorganicsnyc.com/hairpowder.html

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  23. This is awesome! I need to make some of this. I've found that washing my hair twice a week works best for it (I have dry skin sometimes and if I wash more than twice a week it gets pretty itchy). I'm going to go make some and then let you know how it works. Sometimes my hair gets a bit dirty between washings and this would help me a lot. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  24. I used to have an in-home cosmetics business. I ended up with a few facial powders that were a bit too dark to use on my skin. I have used those on my hair before and have applied them with a powder brush (as suggested by someone else.) and it has worked great! So, don't forget your tinted face powder just in case you baked with all the cocoa!

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  25. As far as smelly ones- I have the Dove brand it it smells great. Shows up in my dyed red hair now so im waiting to go back to blonde before I use that one again :)

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  26. Bumble & Bumble comes in each main hair color so you don't have any powder that shows. It's not cheap but I love being able to spray it in. It could be a good alternative to the homemade kind if you want to travel or something and even comes in travel sizes. It's not cheap but you only use a little at a time and it's an excellent product.

    I also love the "not your mother's clean freak dry shampoo." Only $5-6 at grocery stores, smells good and does NOT leave white residue. Awesome product for price!

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  27. Hello, is it alright to put coconut oil?

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  28. Does this method leave a "trail" on your clothes, pillow, furniture, etc?

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  29. What great tips. Oily hair is one of those common issues that people in my part of the world seem embarrassed about. I like that you give reassurance that oily hair is natural before giving your advice on how to work with it. enigmashairstudio.com | Hair salon price list

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  31. Before using this dry shampoo I had a hair problem like hair loss and some of my hairs are became white. After using this dry shampoo now I am free from those hair problems.

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  32. or you could just buy dry shampoo for dark hair...

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  33. Do we need to mix with small amount of water before rubbing in the hair and scalp? Can this formula covers gray hair?

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