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5 DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes with Essential Oils That Actually Work

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Since working from home (almost 10 years now), I usually wash my hair just 2-3 times per week. I hated using dry shampoos (ugh, the chemicals) until I found a DIY dry shampoo recipe that was easy to make, smelled great and worked even better!

When you wash your hair more frequently than that (I used to be a daily hair washer), the scalp gets dry and produces oil, making your hair oilier. It’s actually better for your hair to wash it less frequently.

With these simple DIY dry shampoo recipes, you can go longer between hair washes.

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So, What is Dry Shampoo?

Basically, it’s 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, busy or just lazy 🙂

Why Make My Own Dry Shampoo Instead of Buying It?

I make my own because it’s easy to make, inexpensive and all-natural. Many dry shampoo products contain ingredients such as talc, parabens, phthalates, isobutane, which have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption. (See more on this below)

What’s the Difference between the DIY Dry Shampoo Powder and the DIY Dry Shampoo Spray?

Well, other than the fact that one is a powder and one is a spray, there’s not much difference. It really comes down to preference.

Both have healthy nutrients for your hair, both smell great and absorb oil, while adding volume.

I’m sharing a few DIY dry shampoo recipes with you. First both DIY dry shampoo powder and DIY dry shampoo spray, so you can use what you most prefer.  For the DIY dry shampoo powders, I’m sharing a few recipes depending on your hair color. 

All are easy to make with ingredients you already have in your pantry or can grab from Amazon or the local Walmart.

How to Make DIY Dry Shampoo Powder

This is the best DIY dry shampoo powder recipe that I’ve found that actually works and is easy to make.  It’s great to give your hair a boost on days you aren’t washing your hair. The dry ingredients (the arrowroot powder and the bentonite clay) absorb excess oil in your hair and can help give your hair more volume.

DIY Dry Shampoo Powder Recipe

DIY Dry Shampoo Powder Recipe

Easy DIY dry shampoo recipe with essential oils for beautiful, healthy hair using the benefits of essential oils.


  • • 4 tbsp. arrowroot powder (If you have dark brown or black hair, use 2 tbsp. arrowroot powder and 2 tbsp. cocoa powder – smells yummy, too!)
  • • 1 tbsp. bentonite clay
  • • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • • 3 oz. shaker bottle


Add all ingredients together and pour into a shaker bottle, like this one (yes, it’s a cheese shaker, but hey, what works, works!)

Cover and shake well to mix.

To apply, I like to use a fat round makeup brush. I just load the makeup brush with some of the powder, then tap it back in the container to remove any excess powder. Next, I brush it on my roots, starting around the forehead hairline and through the roots. Be sure to get the area where you part your hair covered well.

A little bit of the powder goes a long way. You can add more, as needed, but it’s not that easy to brush out of you have added too much powder.

Once you’ve applied the DIY dry shampoo powder, let it sit for 2-3 minutes. This gives the DIY dry shampoo time to absorb the oil from your roots and scalp and let the nutrients in the essential oils absorb into your scalp.

Finally, brush your hair as you normally would.  This will distribute the powder evenly throughout your hair.  Once done, you won’t be able to see it!

How to Make DIY Dry Shampoo Spray

If you prefer a dry shampoo spray, you’ll love this recipe.

This is the one that I use more often than the DIY dry shampoo powder as it is easier to just spray and go than to mess with powder, in my opinion. It is similar to mermaid spray which I LOVE and use everyday for healthy hair and to promote hair growth:

Mermaid Spray


Add all to 16oz glass spray bottle and fill remaining bottle with water or for an extra boost, Royal Hawaiian Hydrosol. Your hair will thank you!

This is a great one to throw in your purse or gym bag. It works great to give your hair a boost and refresh after a workout or run or anytime your hair starts to feel a bit greasy. The witch hazel or vodka helps to deodorize hair and add some more volume to the roots.

DIY Dry Shampoo Spray Recipe

DIY Dry Shampoo Spray Recipe

For those that prefer the convenience of a DIY dry shampoo spray, this recipe is perfect.


  • 1. 2 tbsp. arrowroot powder (for dark hair, use 1 tbsp. arrowroot powder and 1 tbsp. cocoa powder)
  • 2. 2 tbsp. witch hazel or vodka.
  • 3. 1/2 cup water.
  • 4. 4 drops lavender essential oil.
  • 5. 2 drops rosemary essential oil. (I like to add a couple of drops of Cedarwood essential oil, too)
  • 6. 8 oz. glass spray bottle.


Combine all in glass bottle

Gently shake to combine ingredients

Spray on hair

Wait 2-3 minutes then brush or style as you usually would!

Some Bonus DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes for Different Hair Colors:

To truly customize your DIY dry shampoo for your hair color, adjust the above powder recipes using the following guide.  You may need to try one, adjust, and then try again to best match your hair color.

Grey/silver hair: Mix with bentonite clay

Light blonde hair: use only arrowroot  powder

Strawberry blonde hair: mix with cinnamon powder

Medium brown hair: mix with cocoa powder

Dark brown hair: mix with cocoa powder and activated charcoal

Auburn hair: mix with cocoa powder, cinnamon and activated charcoal

Red hair: mix with cinnamon powder

Black hair: mix with activated charcoal

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Bonus DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes

The below recipes are great if you don’t have the above ingredient on hand, yet or just want to try something different.

1. Salty & Corny

  • 8 tablespoons Cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of salt 
  • Add coloring powder based on list above

Blend the cornmeal until it reaches a fine, powder-like consistency. Add the 1 tablespoon salt and mix well. Add essential oils as desired.

2. Oats & Soda

  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoon of baking soda
  • Add coloring powder based on list above

Combine the oatmeal and baking soda until it reaches a fine consistency. Add essential oils. Massage this onto your oily roots and brush off any excess from root to tip.

3. Corny & Nutty

  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon orris root
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground almonds

Mix the cornmeal, orris root and finely ground almonds very well. Add essential oils. Be sure to brush your hair well before applying this DIY dry shampoo recipe to your hair to ensure the mixture doesn’t clump or bunch up on your hair. Apply the all-natural dry shampoo and brush off any excess.

When to Use DIY Dry Shampoo

One tip is to use the DIY dry shampoo powder or spray at night before bed.  It settles into the hair while you sleep and as you roll over or get in those crazy sleep positions, the powder and spray will distribute throughout the hair more evenly.

Essential Oils to Add to DIY Dry Shampoos for Hair Health

To promote hair growth

4 drops Lavender essential oil, 2 drops Cedarwood essential oil, 2 drops Rosemary essential oil

To boost hair strength

4 drops Lavender essential oil, 2 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

To help with oily hair

4 drops Lavender essential oil, 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

FAQs About DIY Dry Shampoos

Can I use baking soda as a dry shampoo?

Some beauty store or store-bought formulas, use baking soda in their formulas. It works well for some people but can cause scalp irritation for others. Because there are so many other ingredients that work just as well, I haven’t experimented with using it in my recipes and therefore can’t offer any guidance on how much to use in a batch.

Can I use baby powder as a dry shampoo?

Yes, but I’d use a talc-free one, like this organic baby powder because of the dangers of talc.

Johnson & Johnson is fighting more than over 15,000 lawsuits which purport that the talc in their products was contaminated with asbestos. Many plaintiffs later developed cancer which may have been linked to the exposure to the talc.

While Johnson & Johnson claims the product is safe they recently recalled some of their baby powder products due to “trace” asbestos contamination.

Additionally, the other main ingredient in some popular baby powders is “fragrance,” which can include a variety of endocrine disruptors.

Let us know which of these recipes you love most!

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