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I absolutely love makeup and beauty products. I like being a girly girl, and I do my hair and makeup daily. It makes me feel fabulous.

But as Mr. Picky Pincher and I have been on a journey to conscious living, I’ve realized that many of the products I know and love are awful for my body and finances. I’ve slowly but surely been replacing my commercial makeup and beauty products with natural and cheap alternatives, like my DIY makeup remover.

My other sin?

Dry shampoo.

While my hair is thick, it also gets greasy. I tried styling it in ponytails and wearing headbands to hide this oily fact, but to no avail. I eventually found dry shampoo, which saved many a workday morning when my hair was not cooperating. It quickly and easily hid the telltale grease from my scalp, buying enough time to get through the day.

I didn’t think twice about this angelic spray from the heavens until Mr. Picky Pincher looked at the ingredients and said,  “Hey, did you know there’s butane in this stuff?”

I didn’t believe him and checked the multiple bottles dry shampoos I had in my bathroom (don’t judge).

I was horrified. The dry shampoos had ingredients like butane and propane in them—and I was spraying this stuff all over my head several times a week! That was enough for me to trash my dry shampoo and look for an alternative.

And I found one so good that I will never, ever go back to commercial dry shampoo ever again.

How to Make DIY Dry Shampoo

As with many Picky Pincher DIY fixes, this solution is simple. It only has two ingredients. Well, make that three, if you count the container you store it in.

You will need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Essential oils
  • A container with a lid

Surprised? Did you know that cornstarch is excellent for absorbing moisture and oil? It makes the breading on my friend chicken crunchy and the hair on the top of my head non-greasy—it’s a household cure-all. I can’t get enough of this stuff, and I love how cheap it is.

It’s very simple to make this dry shampoo.

Just put the cornstarch in a lid with a tight container, add a few drops of essential oil for scent, shake, and you’re done!

I put mine in an old baking soda container, since it had a tight plastic lid. It’s not the most beautiful thing to look at; I plan on covering the can with scrapbooking paper once I get the motivation.

For the scent, I add lemon essential oil. It gives it a light, airy scent reminiscent of storebought dry shampoos. I think citrus notes work better for covering the musky smell of greasy hair.

To apply, simply dip two fingers into the powder and carefully run it through your hair. You will need to do this a few times, depending on how greasy your hair is. Make sure to comb through your hair afterwards to distribute the dry shampoo evenly. You don’t want a lot of it sitting on your scalp.

If you find that you have a powdered wig look going on, dampen either your finger or a brush and run over the white area.

I prefer to apply dry shampoo the night before so it’s sufficiently absorbed and there are no white spots.

Why DIY Dry Shampoo?

So why go through all the fuss of making your own dry shampoo? There are many reasons, but I’ve boiled it down to two.

1. Chemicals, chemicals, chemicals

Did you know there’s a bunch of crap in dry shampoo that is flammable?

While that shouldn’t be a surprise, it was to me. The propellants and other ingredients in dry shampoo are not good for your skin, eyes, and lungs. Why are we spraying butane all over ourselves? There’s no sense in adding more chemicals to your body—we’re already exposed to so much to begin with.

The propellants in these products have also been shown to age skin faster. Hmm, greasy hair or advanced crow’s feet and health problems?

Avoid both by just making your own damn dry shampoo.




2. The money

While your health is first and foremost, it’s gotta come down to the money, too.

Most dry shampoos cost about $6 a bottle for 5 ounces, giving you a cost of 83 cents per ounce.

With the Picky Pinchers method, cornstarch costs 92 cents for 16 ounces, giving you a cost of about 6 cents per ounce. That means the Picky Pinchers DIY dry shampoo is thirteen times cheaper than storebought dry shampoo.

I wouldn’t have switched to this method if it were less effective than the storebought options. In fact, I think our DIY recipe is more effective than products I’ve bought in the store.

So why pay more for an item at the store that is more expensive and less effective? By making dry shampoo yourself, you cut out the middle man and pocket more of your own money.

The Bottom Line

There are so many easy substitutions we can make in our lives to save money. While the money-saving part is always nice, it’s great to use products that are better for your body. This dry shampoo has successfully replaced a product that was unhealthy and expensive—for zero tradeoffs in quality! All it takes is that first baby step, like using more affordable products, to save money, pay off debt, and live free.

We want to know: Have you done beauty or makeup switcheroos to save money?

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