The latest type of shampoo to hit the market is the dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are shampoo formulations in powdered form which are meant to be used without water. They are to be sprayed onto scalp and hair directly. They absorb oil and make the scalp or hair devoid of oil. They come in handy when you are in a rush and do not want to wash your hair. Also, for people whose hair becomes oily time and again, dry shampoos are a boon. They are a convenient option for people who cannot afford to wash their hair on a daily basis owing to health issues.

However, only a couple of dry shampoos are available in the market and all of them are a tad too pricey for common people. So, here’s a budget friendly, DIY, home-made alternative for a dry shampoo that will serve all the purposes of a proper commercially available dry shampoo.

For this, you would need just 3 things.

  • Loose powder / talc
  • Cotton / buffing brush (optional)
  • Comb / hair brush


  1. Divide your hair into sections.
  2. With the help of either a cotton swab or a buffing brush, apply a generous amount of loose powder or talc onto your scalp. You may use your fingers in case you do not have cotton swab or buffing brush.
  3. Repeat this procedure until the entire scalp is covered. You may apply powder to your hair also, if they look oily.
  4. Wait for the powder to absorb all the excess oil from your scalp and hair. This will take not more than 2 minutes.
  5. Now take a hair brush or comb and comb your hair repeatedly. While combing, make sure to press down the bristles of the brush a little harder onto the scalp. This will ensure all the powder is brushed out.
  6. Make sure the whiteness of powder is gone completely.

You will notice your scalp is completely oil free! Your hair looks bouncier and fluffier as well.


  • It is a more economical substitute to commercially available dry shampoos.
  • The whole process is very easy and needs not more than 5 minutes.
  • It is comparatively easier to use. Commercial dry shampoos come as sprays and might be a little cumbersome to handle.
  • Hair would appear fluffier and devoid of oil.


This DIY dry shampoo might end up drying your scalp and making your hair frizzier. So, after you are done with the occasion or party, make sure you apply a leave in conditioner to make up for the moisture loss. You might use the age old grandma’s remedy of conditioning with coconut oil before the next wash also. This will counter balance any loss of moisture that might have taken place. Apart from this, there are no side effects as such.

So, when the pros and cons are assessed, this DIY dry shampoo emerges as a winner as the pros outweigh the cons!

Happy dry shampooing folks!