The Best Dry Shampoo For Brown Hair Is This DIY Recipe

If you're sick of hair powders looking too obvious on your dark hair, this cocoa and arrowroot combo will pretty much change your life.
Publish date:
January 2, 2014
How-To, DIY, dry shampoos, cocoa, hair powders

It’s not a secret that I can’t shower or wash my hair nearly as
much as I’d like
. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that my hair goes limp
faster; it seems to go from fresh to manky with one misplaced roll in a mosh
pit. Dry shampoo has been a saviour, even during the dry winter months--I
probably use it twice a week.

But I’m stuck on a few things:

●Smells like teenage girls (sorry girls, you just all
smell very sweet)

●Weird additives I don’t want to put on my precious hair
or scalp

●Doesn’t last

I’ve tried a few brands, and--don’t get me wrong--they are
life-savers, but I haven’t found one for use with darker hair that I actually

Darker powders leached out if I was dancing and sweaty, which looks like
a weird Bodysnatchers-type problem. I
like smelling like glittery pineapple-y throw-up never. Most of all, most dry
shampoos I’ve tried don’t have a very lasting effect. I like Suave's and Bumble
and bumble's, but any moisture in the mix and they both fall flat.

But I have a DIY hair
powder recipe that's more portable and more effective than an aerosol dry shampoo.

You will need:

●Arrowroot powder


I’ve seen a lot of recipes for dry shampoo that use cornstarch,
but let me convince you right now that you don’t want to put that on your
scalp. Cornstarch has close to 10 times the carbohydrates than arrowroot
powder, and while I get you’re not eating it, someone might be. Or something, rather: Malassezia furfur to be exact. Totally a real thing--it’s a fungus, and one of the leading causes of dandruff.

There’s no hard evidence that the fungus is feasting on dry shampoo, but even
if it isn’t, several types of yeasts or bacteria that naturally occur on your
skin might be, so it’s best to avoid giving them easily digestible, nay
nutrient-packed cornstarch. Arrowroot powder is easy to come by in any health
food store or even supermarket baking section.

choosing cocoa, I chose Dutched; it’s processed with alkaline, and it dries the
cocoa significantly. You want this, as the whole point of dry shampoo is that
it will soak up extra oils on your head. Downside: some Dutched cocoa is really
red in tone. I don’t mind this, and I don’t think it shows up on my hair, but
Hershey’s does a good non-Dutched cocoa that’s more neutral colour.

a whisk, combine two parts arrowroot powder to one part cocoa. This blend works well
with my hair colour, but you can darken it by adding a teaspoon of cocoa to approximate your hair colour.
Remember, it doesn’t have to match perfectly, but just be less noticeable.

you’re done! I store mine in an old mineral makeup jar; it makes it portable,
and easy to use with or without a brush.


wait until your hair is super-greasy to apply dry shampoo. It doesn’t work as
well, and it certainly doesn’t last. Around day three, when you begin to notice
some limp activity, dust up.

the love of all that is holy and good in the world, don’t put this directly on your
scalp. The heinous buildup from dry shampoo can be tough to get rid of,
especially if you’re on a delicate cleansing routine. Dust it on using a blush
or powder brush at least half an inch from your scalp. It helps to part and dust it
section by section.

it out. Unless you want the ditch-wizard texture of dusty, matte hair, brush it

If you’re styling a beehive or a serious bouffant, then it’s helpful for
keeping backcombing rocking all night long. If you’re in a pinch, you can shake
some on in a bathroom, just fluffing and finger-combing will help you look like
less like Louis XIV.

just about the easiest, most useful DIY product I’ve made to date. I’ve got a
ginger friend that uses cinnamon instead of cocoa, but I haven’t tried it. I would
like to smell like a snickerdoodle, so I might...