I’ve written before about my super easy, all natural dry shampoo recipe. It’s pretty great. It has two ingredients, and that alone is amazing, before you consider that it works. However, it has been brought to my attention that it’s not ideal for those with more enthusiastically oily scalps. So I set out to create something better.

So, somewhat unfortunately (though it makes sense), this deluxe dry shampoo has a few more ingredients. About three times as many, actually. But it sure seems to do the trick. Here are some of the ingredients I added, and why.

French Red Clay—Clay does an amazing job of pulling out and absorbing the oils in my face, so I figured it would do the same for hair. The clay I currently had was French Green Clay, which is not terribly close to my hair colour, so I invested in some French Red Clay, which is a beautiful russet brown/red colour.

Zinc & Titanic Oxides—These white powders help absorb oil and add a bit of opacity to the mix.

Brown Oxide—To get the entire mixture closer to my hair colour, of course.

Wheat starch and cornstarch—My first recipe had cornstarch, and it’s what does most of the absorbing. So I thought I’d try some wheat starch for some variety.

Deluxe All-Natural Dry Shampoo

2 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp wheat starch
2 tsp baking soda (USA / Canada)
1 tsp zinc oxide
1 tsp titanium dioxide
1 tbsp French red clay (choose a clay that somewhat matches your hair colour, they are available in black, brown, white, and many other shades here.)
1 tsp cocoa powder (eliminate for very light blondes)
Brown oxide, as needed, about 2tsp (or oxide of choice to match hair colour)
~15 drops essential oil of choice

Materials: 2 medium-sized mixing bowls, a metal spoon, measuring spoons, a fine mesh sieve

Begin by putting all the ingredients, minus the oxide, in a bowl and stirring them together. Use the back of the spoon to press the mixture against the side of the bowl to crush clumps and smaller particles.

Add the essential oil a few drops at a time, using the back of the spoon against the side of the bowl to break up the clumps it will create.

Mix in the oxide until the mixture is about the right color to match your hair (it doesn’t have to be exact).

Pass the mixture through the sieve, from one bowl to the other, using the spoon to press the clumps through the mesh. I did this about ten times, until I didn’t have to use the spoon to press anything through anymore.

Voila! A super fine, super effective dry shampoo! Apply with a large puffy brush, and be sure to tap off the excess.