Before we moved to DC in June, I gave my hair stylist carte blanche and walked out of the salon with a sleek side-parted bob. She convinced me that the cut would be great for summer because it would take less time to blow dry and I wouldn’t suffer hot, sticky hair on the back of my neck.
The one thing I didn’t consider before letting her chop off my hair was how to style it in-between washings. When it was long, I could throw it up in a bun when it started looking greasy and go days without shampooing and conditioning. This was helpful because, as a mom with two kids, I have precious little time to shower on a daily basis, let alone blow dry my hair.
After my haircut, however, I could barely gather my straightened strands into a low ponytail. And despite it being short, I still needed at least 30 minutes to wash, dry, and style it.
So I started experimenting with store-bought dry shampoo to keep my hair looking clean and smelling fresh on the days I couldn’t find time to shower. Some worked better than others at absorbing excess oil, but almost all left a noticeable white residue in my dark hair.
Instead of splurging on designer dry shampoo for brunettes, I decided to try making my own using ingredients like Asa’s baby powder that I already had at home. Today, I’m excited to partner with Johnson’s to share my DIY dry shampoo for brown hair recipe. Honestly, though, I hesitate to call it a recipe because it’s SO easy to make!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Baby powder. Almost all the homemade dry shampoo recipes I found online included essential oils for fragrance, but you can save yourself the hassle by choosing Johnson’s baby pure cornstarch powder with calming lavender & chamomile or refreshing magnolia petals.
- Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Unlike natural cocoa powder (think Hershey’s), Dutch-processed cocoa powder has been processed with alkaline to neutralize its acids. According to my husband, that means it’ll be gentler on your hair because it’s pH-balanced like water.
- A small airtight jar or container. I found mine at The Container Store for less than $2.
How to make dry shampoo for brown hair:
- Combine two-parts Johnson’s baby pure cornstarch powder with one-part Dutch-processed cocoa powder.
- Mix with whatever you have on hand: a fork, a whisk, a random coffee stirrer from Canada, etc.
- Continue adding cocoa powder until dry shampoo reaches desired hue. Remember, it doesn’t need to match your hair color completely. You’re just trying to make it less white.
- Store in a small jar with an airtight lid.
How to use it:
The trick to applying dry shampoo is to tap it into the roots of your hair with a large blush or powder brush. (Tip: Before repurposing an old makeup brush, clean it with Johnson’s baby shampoo.) To prevent buildup, avoid applying it directly onto your scalp, and be sure to lift your hair in sections to get your mid and bottom layers, not just your part.
Gently massage the dry shampoo into your hair with your fingertips, then wait a few minutes, brush out, and style as usual.
Are you as lazy as I am when it comes to washing your hair? Do you have a favorite store-bought dry shampoo or would you try making your own?
PS: My quick and easy five-minute makeup routine.
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Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus
Definitely need to try this since it seems like all the DIYs out there are for blondes!
So great! Love how the gif turned out, too!
Whatttt I had no idea you could DIY your own dry shampoo! I’ll admit I’ve never tried it before but now I’m tempted to try this home concoction!
This is SO smart! I am a dry shampoo junkie all the way, my hair has gotten so long over the last couple of years and when people ask how I grew it, I swear shampooing less is the trick!
Haeley @ Design Improvised
Wow, who knew you could make your own dry shampoo? This is a very cool idea – and I love the animated GIF!
Awesome idea! I like that it’s for brunettes and not too white/powdery.
And a bonus – you can use the leftover cocoa powder to make some killer chocolate chip cookies 🙂
Is cocoa powder really okay in your hair for several days? I’m so intrigued! Do you have any issues with it?
Good question! I don’t think I’d leave it in for more than a day or two, and I also try to apply it as sparingly as possible. Dry shampoo can’t really CLEAN your hair, but it does take away some of the greasy appearance.
Marlene @ Jade and Fern
I am uninitiated in the world of dry shampoo but really need to try! I love that this recipe looks simple enough to try at home and doesn’t involve special ingredients. Cute gif!
Boot Chic Mom
This is great! I’ve been purchasing dry shampoo for a while now, can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing!