Dry Shampoo Dupe – Cornstarch!

Yes, the title is true, I have found a dry shampoo dupe  – cornstarch!   I know, it’s weird…cornstarch?  This is the stuff that hangs out in my pantry and every so often I will bust it out when a recipe calls for it, but really that isn’t too often.   The thing that cornstarch is amazing at doing is absorbing oil.  Oil absorbing?  Sounds like something my dirty hair could use.  I also have to add that I in doing my fair share of research corn starch is one of the main ingredients in numerous dry shampoos on the market. Dry shampoos that are  wayyyyyyyyyyy more pricey.

Now let me back up on how this trick was first mentioned to me.  I was shoe shopping and the girl helping me was wearing this  amazing hat, which I quickly complimented her on.  She mentioned that she didn’t have time to wash her hair that day and she couldn’t find her cornstarch.  I must have given her an inquisitive look because she quickly followed up by telling me what a great alternative cornstarch was to dry shampoo.  I took note and decided to try it.  I have to say that I now almost exclusively use corn starch as my main dry shampoo source because it works crazy good.  Not to mention the price difference is an added bonus.  A container of corn starch usually runs anywhere from $3-$5 for a 16 oz container, while higher priced powder shampoos run anywhere from $20-$30 for 2-3 oz. of product.  Here are a couple of examples where corn starch is one of the primary ingredients, Alterna Cavier Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo and Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder Dry Shampoo.

Here are some of my tips on how to use this stuff.  I keep a tub of Argo cornstarch in my vanity along with my other makeup essentials.  Whenever I use it, I simply dip three fingers into the powder, shake off any extra and dab it into the roots of my hair making sure to blend it in well so you don’t see any white powder.  I continue this process until I am happy with how it looks – sometimes this is a 30 second process and other times it takes a bit longer.  It all really depends on how dirty my hair is, but don’t judge – we have all been there. 🙂

I have to admit that I was hesitant to try this since I was so in love with mainstream dry shampoos, but I highly, highly recommend that you try it.  Remember to utilize the tips noted above and hopefully you will fall in love with the results as much as I have.

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 7.37.12 PM


  1. Mobile Beauty Team | 29th May 16

    I love this!
    Our clients love dry shampoo to create texture for big hair.
    I will have to tell them this tip.
    Great post!

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *