I’m a daily user of dry shampoo and my favorite is the Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, which I’ve been using for eons. It works wonderfully for me but it irks me that I have to hold my breath every time I use it as I don’t want my lungs clog full with this powder. I was looking for a more natural alternative and after some experimenting, am happy to have finally made a dry shampoo right from ingredients in my kitchen!
Key ingredient is oryza sativa or rice flour
There are many homemade recipes for dry shampoo but I wanted something fuss free, with ingredients I can purchase right off the supermarket. I first tried using corn starch but found it isn’t ideal. I also tried using baking soda but wasn’t too impressed either. I knew I was missing one key ingredient, oryza sativa, or rice flour – a key ingredient used in the commercial dry shampoos. However, the only rice flour I found in Cold Storage was an organic brand and I was reluctant to purchase it as it cost around S$8 and I wasn’t sure it would definitely work.
Cheap rice flour from Bangkok
But I found my magic ingredient in Bangkok instead for a cheap price of ~ S$2. People probably thought I wanted to purchase this to make some rice cake but little did they know that I intended to use it on my hair. Given its natural properties to absorb oil, this is one good ingredient to be used as a dry shampoo. By itself though, I didn’t find it so great and so I thought – why not mix with the other two ingredients I’ve tried on my hair?
Clabber Girl Corn Starch
So I took out this can of corn starch from my kitchen cabinet and then started mixing some of it with the rice flour. Okay, slight improvement but I feel something was lacking. The texture was too silky soft, compared to the commercial dry shampoo I use. So I ventured forth and added the baking soda into the mixture.
Clabber Girl Baking Soda
Okay, while I do like baking soda and the multiple uses it provides, this is one ingredient I would advice you to use with caution on your hair. Baking soda can bleach your hair over time and also, if you’re not careful, it might burn your scalp. So I don’t add a lot of this but just enough to get a slightly gritty texture from the mixture. In addition, I made sure I did not apply the mixture to my scalp or roots but just in the body and ends of my hair to get rid of the grease.
Avoid getting the powder onto your scalp
A good container for this DIY dry shampoo powder is those pepper shaker. I didn’t use that though. Instead, I poured the whole mixture into an empty Klorane dry shampoo bottle and used that to apply. Instead of spraying the mixture directly into my hair, I sprayed the mixture into one of my palms and then applied the powder to my hair, with my head tilted down. That way, no powder gets to my scalp. This homemade mixture of equal parts of rice flour and corn starch with a small amount of baking soda worked as effectively as my Klorane dry shampoo!
Instead of baking soda, another ingredient that might help is kaolin. However, this ingredient is not readily available in the supermarket and you’ll need to get it from specialized source. But if your hair isn’t too oily, then probably the rice flour and corn starch can do a decent job to keep grease at bay. Yeah, stop that unsightly greasy hair from being plastered to your forehead already!