DIY Dry Shampoo for Light and Dark Hair

DIY Dry Shampoo for Light and Dark Hair

Dry shampoos have been all the rage lately, and I can understand why… A beauty product that makes your hair look clean when it hasn’t been washed in the past three days is a tremendous time saver!

The basic idea of a dry shampoo is to put an oil absorbing substance (like arrowroot or cornstarch) on the oily parts of your hair to absorb the oil and leave it looking clean. This is also very helpful if you’ll be styling hair and need it to hold. Dirty hair holds better than clean hair, but it doesn’t have to look dirty.

Commercial dry shampoos  can be pricey and contain things like “isobutane, butane and propane.” Make your own instead! You’ll not only save money since homemade versions are about 95% cheaper, but you won’t be putting explosive chemicals on your hair.



  • For light hair 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch
  • For dark hair 2 tablespoons arrowroot/cornstarch + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3-5 drops of essential oil of choice (optional)
  • An old salt shaker



  1. Put the drops of essential oil into the arrowroot or cornstarch and mix well with a spoon.
  2. Store the mixture in a salt shaker, you can add some uncooked rice to prevent caking if you live in humid weather.
  3. Sprinkle a small amount of the mixture onto dry scalp and hair. Let sit and then brush off.


This should absorb any oils in-between washes but also add volume to your hair. Too see if you are washing your hair too often check out this blog post.



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