March 16, 2010

DIY: cornstarch dry shampoo

Most of you may be aware of all the hype around dry shampoos. In my opinion, they are an amazing beauty breakthrough. Not only do they save us time in the morning, but they also help to prevent colored hair from fading, and they are greatly effective to soak up oil (which is my main concern).

But before discovering dry shampoos, I couldn't go a single day without shampooing, or I'd be a hot mess next morning. I've started to get really concerned about this problem when I started dying my hair (in high school), because I noticed the shampoo was making my color fade so quickly (especially when I was dying my hair burgundy... it turned a bright orange in like 2-3 weeks!), so I've started experiencing with various things I found in my kitchen to act as an "oil-soaker". Today I wanted to share with you my latest (and most effective) discovery: cornstarch!

Cornstarch is one of the main ingredients in a lot of dry shampoos. Strange, for a product that is mainly used for thickening gravy and sauce and making pudding, isn't it? The important thing is that it works!

You will need:


a paddle brush

 First of all, take a look at what my hair looked like before I used cornstarch:

1. You only need a little quantity of cornstarch, as it can be quite messy. Simply put some cornstarch on your fingers and dab it on the oily parts of your hair. Then, use your fingers to lightly work it into the hair. Let it sit for around 5 minutes.

 You can see that I used too much cornstarch. But eh, it was my first try!

2. Brush the cornstarch out with a brush (I use a boar bristles brush). You will have to brush very thoroughly to get rid of all of the product if you don't want to be stuck with white residues all over your hair. And tadaa!

If you look closely, you can see that there's still residues in my hair. As I said, it's very important to brush very thoroughly.



So yes, it's a very simple and quick way to get rid of the oil in your roots. Plus, I noticed that it gives little volume to my hair. I don't think I will buy any more dry shampoos after discovering the magic of cornstarch, as it's available in many dollar store for only 1$. But I will definitely continue to experience with more products in my kitchen, and I will share with you (=


  1. Sounds like a great idea! I've never tried dry shampoos but i've wanted to. I think i'll just try this instead though :)

  2. before, i just use baby powder.
    maybe i should try this baking powder. thanks!

  3. oh wow. never thought of using cornstarch. i should probably try this out seeing as i need to start budgetting my "buying habit" and a dry shampoo alternative would be really good ;)

    thanks heaps for posting this up ! looks like it works a treat ;)


  4. Hi Ms. Gaby! am your new follower =D wow, i never thought of using cornstarch on my oily hair.i'm gonna try this out.thanks for sharing! oh btw, thanks for following too^^ have a nice day!


  5. Thanks for letting us know Gaby :) I haven't tried any dry shampoos and have only used baby powder once in a while. But since I have corn starch in my kitchen, I'm going to try it tomorrow or the day after. It worked sooo well for you!

  6. My hubby was surfing the web one night and discovered a bunch of people going "no-poo." They completely stopped shampooing their hair. They say six weeks of greasy and then the hair balances itself out and they just rinse with baking soda once a month to keep the hair smelling fresh. I am afraid to try it, but wonder if it wouldn't do my curly locks a favor...this might be the way to get thru it!

  7. i use baby powder gaby :) it works pretty welll too!

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  9. I usually take care my hair because i consider we can project a good image specially when we have a meeting with our partner or when you need talking about some busines. Actually i am participatin in costa rica investment opportunities and i need to look very good.

  10. thanks so much! this is going to save me (and my oily roots! :) lisa