Dry Shampoo DIY

How often should you wash your hair? Well, of course it depends on the type of hair you have. This is a great reference: How Often Should I Wash My Hair? and here’s where dry shampoo comes in. It is a great resource to use in between washes to keep your hair looking, smelling and feeling good, without damaging it.

When you do wash your hair with shampoo, remember to use healthy products, here’s a quick guide:



  • 2 TBSP of arrowroot powder or cornstarch. They absorb oils. You can use 2 of either one of them or 1 TBSP of each.
  • 2 TBSP of cocoa powder. This is optional, only for dark hair
  • 1/2 TBSP of cinnamon powder. This is optional, it adds a brown tinge, not as the cocoa powder, but you might want to play with the amount you add if you have lighter hair
  • 5-6 drops of essential oils. You can use Lavender oil, Rosemary oil and Peppermint oil (2 of each)


Put the arrowroot or cornstarch powder, cocoa and cinnamon powder (if you’re using them) and essential oils into a food processor. If you don’t have one, you can do it with a fork, just make sure you mix it very well. You should get a very powdery combination. After it’s ready, put it in a glass jar. Do not leave it open, or the volatile aromatic compounds of the essential oils will evaporate.

To use your dry shampoo, use a clean old makeup brush. You can apply the mix to the roots and oily parts of hair. Leave it for 2 to 3 minutes and then dust off the excess.

Keep in mind

The shelf life of this DIY is about 6 months. It’s better to make the same recipe in small portions often than to make it as a huge batch and then have it gone bad. When you do it in small batches (like in the amount listed above), you can also try different variations and see what you like better (cornstarch or arrowroot powder, cinnamon or cocoa powder, or different essential oils)

You’re all set! If you need help with getting essential oils, just send me a message. Once you make your scrub, tag me to see your results @thechangecomesfromwithin

I loved this recipe, here are some pictures and short videos of the first time I made my own dry shampoo. If you want to know about more DIY recipes, click the picture below:

Remember to keep learning and changing from within,



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