I have been on the hunt for a good dry shampoo for the last couple of years. I used to wash my hair everyday, but that was hard on my hair (and my scalp). So my routine is now every 3rd day. My hair and scalp both seem happier with the change. But it does mean I do have to deal with some not so great hair days. Dry shampoo can help reduce the greasiness of your hair without having to take the time to wash and style it. In essence it is a grease sucker.

The first dry shampoo I tried wasn't technically dry. It was a wet mist in a spray type bottle. I thought this was great because it also helped me tame my bed head and re-shape my style. But it had a really really heavy fragrance. And my hair felt a bit sticky from it.

The next one was given to me at a fashion event. It worked great, but was in an aerosol spray can. These cans have been linked to possible damaging effects to the environment. Plus, it just seems like a lot of production needs to go into one little container which I use for a few months and then have to figure out how to recycle  (they aren't accepted in many city recycling curb side pick-up programs in BC). And this one also had a strong fragrance.

So I was stumped. Then I read a piece on Cornstarch as Dry Shampoo on Already Pretty (if for some unknown bizarre reason you are not following her blog start now - like today). My problem is that the cornstarch is white and my hair is dark (well most of it anyway). But in the comments to this post came the solution = cocoa. Mix the corn starch with some cocoa which darkens it colour. And the fragrance is chocolate. So I smell delicious!

Another plus is the cost. Since I already had these items in my kitchen it was sort of like a free beauty care item. And of course the best benefit is that I know exactly what goes into it and into my hair - no toxic unpronounceable ingredients.


The challenge I had with my new found pantry dry shampoo solution was it is messy. I tried the fingertip application (as Sally does in her post above). But I often needed it in more places than just my bangs. Then I stumbled upon an old make up brush and it works perfectly. Although I still need to be a bit careful and lean over the sink to ensure I don't get any on my outfit.

Now I am on a quest to find some dark cocoa. I am sure it will be equally appreciated as a slightly darker dry shampoo and in my baking.

Do you use dry shampoo? What works for you?