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How to Make Your Own Natural DIY Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a quick and easy solution for refreshing your hair when you don’t have time for a full wash.


When you don’t have enough time for a full wash of your hair, using dry shampoo is a simple and quick way to give your hair a new look. However, a lot of the dry shampoos you can buy in stores contain chemicals that are bad for you, and they can be quite pricey. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to make your own dry shampoo at home by utilizing all-natural ingredients that are kind to both your wallet and your scalp.


  • 1/2 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (for dark hair) OR 2 drops of essential oil (for light hair)
  • Optional: 2-3 drops of your preferred essential oil for fragrance (lavender, peppermint, etc.)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cornstarch or arrowroot powder and cocoa powder (if you have dark hair) OR essential oil (if you have light hair).
  2. Mix the ingredients together until you achieve a consistent colour.
  3. Optional: add 2-3 drops of your preferred essential oil for fragrance.
  4. Store the mixture in a container with a lid.

How to Use

  1. Part your hair into sections where you want to apply the dry shampoo.
  2. Using a makeup brush or your fingertips, apply a small amount of the dry shampoo mixture onto your scalp.
  3. Gently massage the dry shampoo into your scalp, making sure to distribute it evenly.
  4. Wait for 2-3 minutes to allow the dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and dirt.
  5. Brush or comb your hair thoroughly to remove any excess powder.


  • If you have very oily hair, you can add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to the mixture. Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help to control oil production on your scalp.
  • If you have blonde hair and prefer not to use essential oils, you can substitute the cocoa powder with a small amount of baking soda. However, be careful not to use too much baking soda as it can be harsh on your scalp.
  • If you have very dry hair, you may want to add a tablespoon of finely ground oatmeal to the mixture to help moisturize your scalp.

Benefits of DIY Dry Shampoo

  • Saves money: DIY dry shampoo is much cheaper than store-bought products.
  • Natural ingredients: You know exactly what ingredients are going into your DIY dry shampoo, so you can avoid harsh chemicals and unnecessary additives.
  • Easy to make: You can whip up a batch of DIY dry shampoo in minutes with just a few simple ingredients.
  • Convenient: You can keep your DIY dry shampoo in a small container in your purse or gym bag for on-the-go use.


Making your own dry shampoo at home is a simple project that won’t break the bank and will help keep your hair looking clean and healthy. You can make a dry shampoo from scratch using only a few natural ingredients, and it will be perfectly suited to your particular hair type and styling preferences. Therefore, don’t be afraid to give it a shot; both your mane and your wallet will be grateful that you did!

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