How to DIY an Easy Dry Shampoo

Vanessa Dixon
by Vanessa Dixon
8 Materials
10 Minutes

I don't usually wash my hair more than twice a week, even with a natural shampoo. I've found dry shampoo essential on those days when my hair isn't looking its best but I don't have the time or I don't feel like washing it. We all have days like that, don't we?

As the idea was to be more low maintenance while still keeping things natural, I started looking around for a DIY dry shampoo recipe I could make at home that was really easy to whip up.

As I have dark hair I add some cacao powder to the mix that has the added benefit of making my hair smell of chocolate. If your hair is lighter I would definitely suggest you leave the cacao powder out, because it can dull your hair.

Tools and materials:

  • Arrowroot powder OR organic cornstarch
  • Cacao powder (optional)
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Measuring cups or spoons
  • Small bowl or jar and teaspoon for mixing
  • Jar or shaker bottle for storage
  • Old make-up brush (optional)
  • Comb
Dry ingredients

1. Dry ingredients

For the regular dry shampoo DIY recipe, you'll need either a 1/4 cup of aluminum free arrowroot or a 1/4 cup of organic cornstarch. 

For the DIY dry shampoo for dark hair, use 2 tablespoons of arrowroot or cornstarch plus 2 tablespoons of cacao powder.

Essential oil

2. Essential oil (optional)

You can optionally add 5 drops of an essential oil of your choice. I love the smell of lavender so I use that. Cedarwood and ylang ylang also work well.

Mixing ingredients

3. Mixing

Place the dry ingredients in a small bowl or jar. Add the drops of essential oil if you're using them.

Mix well with a spoon until all the ingredients are blended together.

DIY dry shampoo

4. Storage & use

You can store the mixture in an old jar or powder container. I put mine in an old spice jar with a shaker lid.

DIY dry shampoo

Either shake the powder on to your roots, work it in with your fingertips and comb it through your hair.

Alternatively use an old make-up brush to apply it. Style as usual.

DIY dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is great if you're transitioning to "no-poo", that is not using shampoo at all, or from a commercial shampoo to a natural one without surfactants.

Your hair can look oily for two or three weeks until it adjusts to the new regime, and dry shampoo can really help during that time. 

I love this recipe because it's so easy to make, it's all-natural and really convenient to use.

If you have any other DIY dry shampoo recipes, please share them in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Arrowroot powder OR organic cornstarch
  • Cacao powder (optional)
  • Essential oil (optional)
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