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I Tried It: Raw Cacao Powder Dry Shampoo

I Tried It: Raw Cacao Powder Dry Shampoo | picklesnhoney.com #diy #dryshampoo #shampoo #cacao #cocoa #greenbeauty #homemade

After switching from store-bought deodorant to a simple homemade deodorant with awesome results, I decided I would green-ify my dry shampoo next. I’m relatively new to the addictive world of dry shampoos, as I normally just wash my hair when it starts feeling oily. This used to be every other day when I was using drugstore brands, but is now every 4-5 days with my beloved Rahua Classic Shampoo (plus Rahua Classic Conditioner when my hair feels dry). But after seeing a few people on Instagram talk about the magic of going 6-7 days between washes, I wondered if I too could stretch my mere 4-5 days (lol) into a glorious full week sans shampoo.

First I tried bentonite clay (it left a very obvious dusty white cast on my dark roots), then my RMS Un Powder (surprisingly decent but expensive), and then the food-grade ingredient that’s supposed to be perfect for dark hair like mine: raw cacao powder (cocoa powder would be similar). I always have cacao powder on hand, it’s inexpensive, obviously non-toxic, and I would smell like chocolate. Wins all around…right?!

Nope. My results were AWFUL. I know people swear by cacao powder as dry shampoo, but for me, it made a huge mess of my bathroom counter and floor no matter how carefully I applied it (via small sifter or fluffy foundation brush). Also:

  • It stained my scalp in a weird and obvious way.
  • It tinted my dark hair slightly red?
  • I always managed to dust it all over my face. (Some people use cacao powder as bronzer, but that wasn’t what I had in mind.)
  • It made me perpetually smell like hot chocolate (the novelty of that wore off very fast).
  • I had to put a towel over my white pillowcase at night to prevent stains.
  • I needed to double shampoo my hair to get it to completely rinse out on day 7.

In the end, I did gain 2 more days between washes, but those 2 days were 100% not worth it.

Afterwards, I was so disappointed in my little cacao powder experiment that I caved at Sephora and bought a dry shampoo spray for brunettes from Moroccan Oil, which worked great minus the horrible ingredients and artificial fragrance. (I came to my senses and tossed it in the trash shortly after, with $16 less in my bank account.)

Currently, I almost never use dry shampoo because if I feel like I need to wash my hair, then I wash my damn hair. Simple as that.

All of that said, if you can’t live without dry shampoo in your life and you want to be more mindful of the ingredients, I did actually get really good results sprinkling a little of my RMS Un Powder directly on my roots and massaging it in. It’s a very fine silica powder that’s oil-absorbing and so long as I’m light-handed, it doesn’t leave a white residue, even on my dark brown hair.

P.S. You can find my previous “I Tried It” posts here.

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  1. Alexa says

    ” I wondered if I too could stretch my mere 4-5 days (lol) into a glorious full week sans shampoo.” hahaha You are too funny! I play the same game with my hair: can I go just one more day? …maybe? A top-knot is a life-saver for me. 😉

    1. Yes! I rock the messy bun too!

  2. Katie says

    Oh my gosh, same! I had the exact same results as you. It was NOT worth it! Why does no one talk about this?? I only ever see glowing reviews.

    1. It is sort of strange that most people are so glowy about it…I wonder if we all just want to like it? I was definitely bummed it didn’t work well for me.

  3. Jessica says

    I haven’t ever heard of this but then again I have blonde hair so… 🙂 I imagine it would make quite a mess though! I don’t use dry shampoo and don’t really understand the hype. Why not just wash your hair?!

    1. haha It is sort of ridiculous that we don’t just wash our hair as needed. 🙂 But as someone with long hair, I do understand trying to get an extra couple of days between washes. Washing/conditioning tacks on a good amount of extra time to my shower routine, and it definitely uses a lot more water. I let my hair air dry so that part is a non-issue for me, but I’m sure the time it takes to style is also a big factor. Guys have it WAY easier in the hair department. 😉

  4. Oh darn, I saw your post and was hoping to see a positive review, I really wanted to try it. thanks for your honesty though haha

    1. I wish the cacao powder had worked better, Bella! Some people love it…so maybe it’s still worth a try if you have some on hand?

  5. Sam says

    Give Acure dry shampoo for brown to dark hair a try! I usually HATE dry shampoo – it usually doesn’t take away the greasy feeling and just leaves my scalp itchy – but this one is actually pretty good!

    1. So funny you should mention that Acure dry shampoo. I tried it a few months ago, but my hair is so dark, even the stuff for brown hair was too light! The ingredients were great though.


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