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how to make spray shampoo


For the first 30 years of my life, I washed my hair daily. Every blasted day. My thick hair was somehow greasy and frizzy at the same time. Combing it out after washing it took about 8 minutes, and blow drying took close to 12 minutes, then either straightening or curling took another 10-20. Every freaking day! Because I had to! It looked greasy around my face. It separated and kinked and just looked BAD unless I washed it. So I did. Every dang day.

Last fall, I stumbled across a pin for dry shampoo. It was a revelation! I heard the angels sing! So I tried it. MIRACLE! I sprayed it around my greasy hairline, blew it dry and viola! Normal looking hair!! So I started washing it every other day… then every third… and now occasionally every fourth (shh! don’t tell!). To say it has changed my life is a total understatement.  I have skimmed off probably 2-3 hours a week that I used to spend washing, combing, blow drying and styling. Now I can get up and be out the door in like …20 minutes. Its wonderful.

I tweaked the recipe a bit, and here’s what I came up with:

Spray Shampoo (aka dry shampoo)
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
3/4 c. water
5-7 drops melaleuca oil (optional, but it really helps keep your scalp happy between washes)

Use a funnel to pour all ingredients in spray bottle. Shake vigorously before each use (the cornstarch will settle at the bottom). Spritz spray shampoo on roots around hairline til damp, then blow dry with round brush to soften and style.


I have blond hair and this works for me perfectly, but it might be slightly noticeable on darker hair. It can make darker hair look a bit gray/dull. I’ve seen people suggest adding cocoa powder to help with that.

Be careful where you spray. This stuff leaves little powder spots on mirrors, walls and clothes. It’s not permanent or anything, but it can make a mess.

Check your skin and ears when you’re done to make sure you rub away any random cornstarch spots.

Now its your turn to re-claim 2 hours of your week!

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Friday 26th of September 2014

Rubbing alcohol is a liquid.


Wednesday 24th of September 2014

Hi! Just a question that might sound silly... Is rubbing alcohol liquid or gel? (Sorry, english is not my mother tongue and I don't live in the US ?)


Saturday 8th of February 2014

I'm very dark haired. You mentioned using cocoa powder, how much of it?

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Monday 10th of February 2014

Hmm, I don't know, maybe a tsp? Never needed to try it ;)


Tuesday 4th of February 2014

Is the melaleuca oil for scent? Could you use any type of essential oil?

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Monday 10th of February 2014

I add the melaleuca for my scalp. Tea Tree oil is supposed to be great for keeping your scalp happy. :) I'm sure you could use any other essential oil and it would be fine.

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Friday 31st of January 2014

Do you reshake the mixture before spraying each time?

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Friday 31st of January 2014

Yep, it settles in the bottle, so you do have to shake it up before you use it. Good question ;)

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