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DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes

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A quick way to "wash" your hair on days you technically have to skip the suds.

In my dreams . . .

Little elves clean my house every night while I’m sleeping, and I wake up with an hour to get ready every morning. In reality, leaving the house often means dressing three kids plus myself in 15 minutes before jumping in the car. Showers are oh-so-optional on those occasions, but that doesn’t mean I have to put up with oily, lifeless hair – and you don’t, either!

Today I’m going to share my secret weapon for “washing” my hair on days I technically have to skip the suds. It’s called dry shampoo, and it can transform greasy, lifeless hair into locks that are fresh and full of body.

What is dry shampoo?

Basically, it’s is a powder or spray that works by absorbing excess oils on your scalp and hair, leaving your hair looking freshly washed. It’s good for all hair types – oily, normal, and even dry when used sparingly. I use it as an alternative to traditional shampoo when I’m camping, traveling, or just super busy.

A quick way to "wash" your hair on days you technically have to skip the suds.

Dry Shampoo Recipe For Dark Hair

    • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch
    • 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 3-5 drops of essential oils (optional – lemon, peppermint, rosemary, bergamot, lemongrass and lime are good options)

Dry Shampoo Recipe For Light Hair

    • ¼ cup of arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (You may or may not need this depending on the color of your hair. If it is very light or white you might want to skip it)
    • 3-5 drops of essential oils (optional – lemon, peppermint, rosemary, bergamot, lemongrass and lime are good options)


Add arrowroot powder/cornstarch, cocoa powder and, if desired, essential oils to a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined, then transfer to an airtight jar for storage.


How To Apply Dry Shampoo

Before we get started, let me share my best dry shampoo tip with you: LESS IS MORE. Over-application can make your hair difficult to work with and/or look chalky. When used properly, though, it creates beautiful texture.

To Apply: Dip your makeup brush in dry shampoo, then tap to remove excess. Divide hair into sections and brush your roots, moving from the crown of your head down. Allow the powder to set for 2-3 minutes, then brush your hair from root to tip. This helps to distribute the powder throughout your hair as well as remove any excess.

Now, run your fingers through your hair and look for oily places you may have missed. Spot apply as needed, then brush again. Ideally, you’ll want to give your hair 5-10 minutes to fully absorb the shampoo before styling, but if you’re in a rush go ahead and style immediately.

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65 Responses to DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes

  1. DIY "Breathe Easy" Aromatherapy Inhaler – MommypotamusMommypotamus | says:

    […] toddler shoe, vanilla beans, Dermabond (because, boys!), and foundation powder that doubles as dry shampoo for days when grabbing a shower just doesn’t happen. And of course, essential oils, because […]

  2. Todzak says:

    I liked what it did for my hair DEFINITELY!
    But the arrowroot powder made my scalp feel itchy

    Gonna try the organic cornstarch.

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