DIY Dry Shampoo for dark hair


A lot of you messaged me about wanting the recipe for the DIY dry shampoo. So here it is! I have never used a dry shampoo before neither bought one from the drugstore but I knew there are ways to do this at home. Last week I had one day where I had to look my best but with limited time. Usually I do not blow-dry my hair so letting it dry naturally  after washing it was not an option. Then I looked around on the internet for recipes and all of them had arrowroot powder in the ingredient list, thing I did not have in my house, neither wanted to purchase from the store. So I came up with my alternative.

Dry shampoo is excellent for styling hair if you need a quick fix and have no time for styling. I have dark hair, not black but chataigne and I usually wash my hair every 2-3 days. Dry shampoo will extend your time between showers by another day or two, depending on the thickness of your hair and how you intend to style it. In my opinion you shouldn’t wash your hair everyday because it will unbalance pH levels, and dry out the ends of your hair and the scalp as well.

The basic idea of a dry shampoo is to apply an oil absorbing substance at the root of your hair to absorb the oil and leave it looking clean. Commercial dry shampoos  can be pricey and usually contain toxic ingredients like isobutane, butane or propane that’s why I chose to make it myself and save some money too.

This DIY dry shampoo is so easy and fast to make and I can guarantee you have these ingredients in your house in the kitchen somewhere.

DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda

What to do: Mix the cocoa powder with the baking soda. Store in a small jar and apply with a make-up brush or simply with your fingertips.
Cocoa powder is amazing if you have darker hair because then your roots won’t look like you have dandruff which can happen if you don’t massage well the baking soda. I like to lift up my hair in layers and I use my fingers to sprinkle the ‘dry shampoo’ and massage my scalp for a few seconds until the sebum gets absorbed. I applied more to spots that seemed more greasy, like the crown of the head.

This is the first time I made this, and let me tell you I did not expect this to work at all. Here you can see a before and after picture and I confess I did not want to wash my hair that night, that’s how good and manageable my hair was haha. The before picture was on my 3rd day since I did not wash my hair. The after picture is 10 minutes after I applied the dry shampoo. The lightening is a bit different but you can see the volume added at the roots in the second picture. The hair looked impeccable for the next 2 days and I am sure it would have resisted even more but I had to wash it. When you try this you will want to have more cheat days like this.


Now I want to hear from you. Did you ever try a recipe with baking soda and if yes do you have dark or blonde hair? Do you use dry shampoo? Please share below!

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