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Cocoa Pwdr

The latest hair care trend is no-poo or kicking shampoos to the curb! Dry shampoos are one way to do it. Wondering how to prepare a dry shampoo at home?

Every other day, we hear one trend or the other being launched or lauded or discovered. It is hard to stay updated about all the changing trends in skin and hair care, though the ones that are really good often catch our attention with the buzz they create. One such trend is dry shampoo, though it has been around for quite a while.

So, what are dry shampoos?

As the name suggests, dry shampoos don’t require you washing your hair for cleansing it. It is usually dry shampoo in powder form, or wet-dry in spray form with rubbing alcohol or vodka as base.

As always, commercially available dry shampoos cost a fortune and also include harmful ingredients like propane, butane, etc. So, why not make one yourself without all these harmful chemicals for a few pennies? Worth the effort right?

There are different ways to prepare a dry shampoo and I have listed a few easy ones you can prepare from ingredients in your kitchen without much ado.

Ingredients (Dark Hair)

Starch – 2 Tbsp.
Cocoa Powder – 2 Tbsp.
Essential Oil – 5 Drops

Cocoa Pwdr


You can pick any starch – cornmeal or cornstarch (though both are the same, in some places, cornmeal often comes with the husk) or arrowroot powder.

Depending on your hair color, add cocoa powder, I use equal quantity of cocoa powder or more because I have dark brown hair.

In a mixing bowl, add the starch, cocoa powder and essential oil. Give it a good mix and use as needed.

Tips to Tweak the Recipe

You can also use clay, oatmeal or even talc instead of starch. When using talc, you can skip the essential oil.

You can any essential oil, I prefer peppermint or lavender. Alternatively, you can use our Argan oil instead of essential oils!

Ingredients (Light Hair)

Starch / Oatmeal or Clay – 2 Tbsp.
Baking Soda – 2 Tbsp.
Salt – ½ Tsp.
Almond – 2 Tbsp (finely ground) (For Oily Hair)
Orris Root Powder – 2 Tbsp.
Essential Oil – 5 Drops


In a mixing bowl, add the base you’ve chose (starch or clay or oatmeal), cleansing agent you have chosen (salt or baking soda or ground Almond) and fragrance (essential oil or orris root powder) and mix well.

Use as needed.

Tips to Tweak the Recipe

When you have light hair, you can do with only starch or talc. You can also use salt or baking soda for better cleansing. You can skip the cleansing agent and just stick with clay or starch or talc alone, if you prefer that way.

How to Use Dry Shampoo?

Use a sprinkler to sprinkle the dry shampoo all over your scalp. Now, use an old brush to brush through and remove the dry shampoo completely. Remember: The dry shampoo will come off when you brush along with dirt and residue. Make sure you brush more than just a few times to get all the shampoo off your scalp and hair. When you’re done brushing, your hair will look fresh and clean – absolutely no greasy feeling.

Why Use a Dry Shampoo?

When you don’t have time to shower but have a party or important meeting to attend, when you just want a quick fix for oily hair or scalp or when you can’t use shower (not feeling well or cold, etc.), dry shampoo works best to avoid a bad hair day.

When Not to Use a Dry Shampoo?

If you have dry hair or scalp or if you have dandruff or are prone to dandruff or scalp issues related to dry scalp, you must not use Dry Shampoo. Dry Shampooing though is the current rage, it is not an alternative for normal shampooing – it doesn’t condition your hair. So, you will have to shampoo every once in a while. Black or very dark hair also makes using dry shampoo (powder-based) impossible, though spray-based ones might work for dark hair.

Stay tuned for the spray recipe ;). We will be adding it soon. Don’t have time for DIY Recipes? Try HY Vitamins Hair Care Range for unparalleled haircare. All their products are made using organic Argan Oil and natural ingredients.