How To Make Your Own Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver when you are short on time. It freshens up dirty hair and you can make it under 5 minutes!

While you could opt-in for a pricey, dry shampoo from the drugstore, they are normally loaded with chemicals that are not good for your skin and health.

We will show you how to make your own dry shampoo for a fraction of a cost, at home!

DIY Dry Shampoo

One batch of this powder will last a long time since a little goes a long way. What is more, it is budget-friendly and made with ingredients you may already have at home!

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  • Arrowroot powder – This is a common pantry ingredient and a powerful oil-absorbing one at that. People add it to body butter to minimize the greasy feel. You can imagine how easily it can reduce the grease on your scalp as well!
  • Tapioca or cornstarch – This is another pantry ingredient that helps to absorb the oil from your roots and leave your hair feeling refreshed. You can use more arrowroot powder if you have none of these.
  • Bentonite clay – A natural cleansing powerhouse, bentonite clay can absorb all sorts of toxins, excess oil, and help to balance the health of your scalp.
  • Essential oils – These are optional but can give your powder a lovely scent or help you soothe scalp/hair ailments. You can also use a few of these and make an essential oil blend of your preference:
    • Lavender for hair growth and itchy scalp
    • Peppermint for better circulation
    • Rosemary for hair growth and itchy scalp
    • Cedarwood for dandruff
    • Thyme for hair loss
    • Clary sage for hair strength
    • Lemongrass for dandruff
    • Tea Tree for itchy scalp

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Dry Shampoo Powder Recipe

  • 75g Arrowroot Powder
  • 40g Tapioca Powder or Cornstarch powder
  • 25g Bentonite clay
  • 4g essential oils of your choice (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon natural coloring powder (see below)

How to apply?

  1. Take a clean makeup brush (it is easier than using your fingers)
  2. Apply the mixture to the roots and parts of your hair that are most greasy
  3. Massage the powder gently into your hair
  4. Let the powder sit for a few minutes to fully absorb the oil 
  5. Brush your hair as usual

Customize your Shampoo for different hair color

  • Black hair: activated charcoal powder
  • Brown hair: cocoa powder
  • Red hair: cinnamon powder or a bit of hibiscus powder
  • Blonde hair: arrowroot powder


  • Do not use too much powder or it will be difficult to brush out
  • Do not use dry shampoo instead of a full wash more than two times a week as it causes a buildup in the hair
  • Store it in a dry container away from the shower
  • Boost your hair color by adding different natural color powders into the mix

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