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If you love dry shampoo, but don’t want to use a store bought aerosol can of questionable ingredients like isobutane, butane and propane – this DIY dry shampoo recipe is for you! There are some natural alternatives that you can buy pre-made, but making it yourself is a more frugal way to go. Really, it costs so much less to make it yourself; it only takes a couple minutes, and the dry shampoo lasts for months.

Basically, with dry shampoo we need a way to absorb the oil and make our hair look clean and pretty, a little more volume and lift doesn’t hurt either. Some natural products that absorb oil are cornstarch, baking soda, and arrowroot powder. By simply shaking 2-3 ingredients together with one of those items we can make a product that smells amazing, saves times, is on-the-go ready, and extends time between hair washings (which helps the hair stay healthier).

Essential Oils for Hair Health

Here are some suggestions of essential oils to add to your DIY preparations to get glowing, healthy hair.

Note, you cannot use any essential oil you want. Stay clear of aggravating, caustic “hot” oils like clove, oregano, lemongrass, and cinnamon.

See all our Homemade Hair Care Recipes with Essential Oils Here!

DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe


  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch
  • a couple tablespoons of baking soda [optional]
  • up to 10 drops of essential oils

For dark hair: add up to ¼ cup cocoa powder depending on hair color.

For auburn hair: For a red tint add up to a tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Put all the ingredients in a glass container with a lid.
  2. Shake well until everything is mixed.
  3. Apply with an old makeup brush.
  4. Tap the brush in powder and then on roots of hair.
  5. Let it sit for a minute or two before brushing/combing.

Trouble shooting your dry shampoo recipe:

  1. If you notice that your dry shampoo is starting to melt or is really clumpy, you might have used too much cocoa.
  2. If you have dark hair and don’t want to put cocoa in your hair, apply the dry shampoo before going to sleep at night. That will give the DIY dry shampoo time to absorb the oil and you can brush or comb it out in the morning.

Need something to help your hair stay in place? Try this DIY Hair Gel and DIY Hair Spray.


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