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DIY Hair De-Greaser

DIY Hair DegreaserFor those of you who deal with oily hair, this DIY is just for you!  I have an oily scalp, big time.  I normally need to wash my hair daily, especially in the summer.  I really wish I was one of those people that could get away with shampooing once a week!  Washing daily dries hair out (all though not the scalp) not to mention the time it takes!  I’ve tried my fair share of dry shampoos.  I’ve not found one that works like it’s supposed to, plus they are FULL of chemicals! So what’s a girl to do?

I just happened to be on Pintrest and ran into a blog post by One Good Thing By Jillee.  She had made a DIY spray for the hair to soak up oil.  The recipe was so easy I tried it right then.  This is a GREAT DIY.  It took me not even 5 minutes to make and it allowed me to skip my shower Saturday night and even have good looking hair for church on Sunday.  The pic is of me Sunday afternoon!  As you can see, it really worked well!

Hair De-Greaser

2 TBSP. Corn Starch

2 TBSP. Rubbing Alcohol

1/2 cup Water

Add these ingredients to a spray bottle and shake!

DIY Hair DegreaserHow to Use:

  1. Spray solution to the oily areas of your hair.  You don’t need to use much.
  2. Blow dry until the hair is dry.
  3. Repeat if necessary.
  4. Style as usual.

hair degreaser 1Let me explain the above pics.  The first pic was taken after I had used the de-greaser on the top of my head.  I so wish I would have taken a pic of how greasy the top of my head was!  I really didn’t think it was going to work so I didn’t bother taking a pic!  You can see the greasiness underneath my hair though.  The 2nd pic was later that afternoon after I had applied the de-greaser to all my roots and blasted my hair with the blow dryer.

I love this DIY.  It was so easy and allowed me to skip the shampoo for at least one day!  Who knows, I might have been able to push 2 days with a reapplication the next morning!  This will really come in handy in the winter when hair is dryer and the middle and ends need the extra oil from skipping a couple of shampoos!

Happy Friday everyone!!

xx, Jenni


  1. I have the same problem! This recipe looks awesome, and I’m also quite fond of Acure’s dry shampoo. I’ve also used straight baking soda before, or baking soda with Lavender EO. There are some DIY dry shampoos with cocoa in them (for brunettes), but I would feel weird about having a chocolate head.

  2. I am in the process of the “no-poo” method and was wondering if you knew if this dry shampoo is ok to use while my hair is in the transition phase and very oily?

    • Amanda-I don’t think it would-I have considered “no-poo” due to my oily hair and from what I understand, most of the time, oily hair comes from commercial shampoos drying out your scalp causing your scalp to compensate and produce more oil. No poo solves this problem. Using alcohol will dry out your scalp and probably do the same thing you are fighting against. If oily scalp isn’t too much of an issue then you might be ok. I hope this makes sense!

  3. Hey Jenni, I whipped up a batch of this spray, but used arrowroot instead of cornstarch. I haven’t been able to try using the spray, since the arrowroot never dissolved and just sits at the bottom of the bottle like sludge. I’ve tried vigorous shaking and mixing to try to incorporate the sludge with the liquid, but so far, have been unsuccessful. I thought that arrowroot & cornstarch could be used interchangeably. Any thoughts?

  4. Just a quick comment, and I love your site. You might try simple grain alcohol instead of the rubbing alcohol, which is toxic. Vodka is safer and does the same thing.

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