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DIY Dry Shampoo

By Paige Schilt, August 7, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Schilt

DIY Dry Shampoo

Like a lot of people, I’ve been shampooing less.

I have naturally curly, color-treated hair, and my stylist says that shampooing too frequently can lead to frizz. I think she’s right, but I still worry that my hair will feel oily (or that less-than-fresh odors will emanate from my head).

A few of my friends swear by dry shampoo as a styling tool. These long-haired beauties say it pumps up the volume, adds lift and absorbs excess oil. My hair is short, and it always sticks straight up, but I was still curious about a product that could refresh my scalp between shampoos.

As I was studying up on dry shampoo, I discovered that Aura Cacia has a recipe made from pure essential oils and other ingredients that I already have in my cupboards. It was a perfect way to try something new without making a big commitment.

What You’ll Need

1/4 cup arrowroot powder (aka arrowroot starch or arrowroot flour)*

1 TB baking soda

5 drops Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oil

*Look for arrowroot powder in the baking aisle.

What to Do

Combine the ingredients in a container with a lid. Replace lid and shake to mix. Next, dip a large, wide makeup brush into the mixture. Carefully shake off the excess and apply to your roots wherever you need oil control and volume. Use fingertips to massage dry shampoo into your hair. Finally, comb through or blow dry from roots to ends. (As with all dry shampoos, absorption times may vary depending on hair color and condition.)


I’m a big fan of aromatherapy, so I loved the gentle lavender scent, and the powder mix did help my scalp feel refreshed. Volume’s not really my issue; if anything, I could use a little less (thanks, Mother Nature). So I also offered samples to a couple of long-haired dry shampoo connoisseurs. Here’s what they said:

The DIY dry shampoo worked great. I rubbed it on my fingertips and tapped it on my roots. And it took away the oily shine.”

My assessment is that the DIY dry shampoo is great for a quick pick-me-up, but not heavy duty enough for serious cases like myself. (I'm going on day four with no traditional shampoo!) My guess is that it will work for most dry shampoo users though, and I bet this recipe will make lots of people happy.”

Will you try the recipe? If so, let me know how it works for you!

Category: Whole Body, beauty




Cindy Balfour says ...
My question is: Are you showering without getting your hair wet? Does it work if you wet your hair to rinse out the sweat and then dry (air or dryer) and THEN put in the DIY powder? I am an athelete living in Florida (so my hair is often dripping with sweat). Age: retirement age. My thin, color-treated hair (almost shoulder length) gets flat and saggy by day 3 if I don't shampoo. (I try to shampoo only 2 days a week because my hair is normally dry) Should I skip the wetting of the hair even if my hair is soaked in sweat when I opt to use the dry shampoo?
08/07/2014 8:25:15 AM CDT
Sayra says ...
would this recipe work for long waivy curly frizzy hair??
08/07/2014 9:02:20 AM CDT
beth says ...
08/07/2014 5:33:05 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SAYRA - It definitely should. Make sure to use it mainly at your roots and let us know what you think!
08/08/2014 3:58:39 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CINDY - I would suggest using the dry shampoo when your hair is dry. This way the powder can absorb the oils in your hair making it look shampooed. If you still want to wet your hair, that should be fine, just wait to apply the mixture when your hair is dry.
08/12/2014 12:21:45 PM CDT
suz says ...
Excellent dry shampoo!!!
08/13/2014 2:50:51 PM CDT
judy fay says ...
i will try it, i have thick blonde oily hair
08/13/2014 4:14:54 PM CDT
Debbie says ...
I have brown hair and I add cocoa to a DIY dry shampoo I use so it blends better in my hair.
08/13/2014 4:18:46 PM CDT
kat says ...
I have dark brown hair, will the arrowroot make my hair look dusty and grey? Do you think unsweetened cocoa would work instead?
08/13/2014 11:41:10 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KAT - As others have mentioned, I think cocoa would be a great option to darken the powder a bit!
08/14/2014 2:33:36 PM CDT
summer says ...
dry shampoo recipie i found
08/15/2014 1:47:26 PM CDT
Suisse says ...
I am allergic to lavender. Can I use any other essential oils?
08/17/2014 8:36:24 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUISSE - The oil is just for fragrance so you can use any essential oil you would like!
08/18/2014 2:10:48 PM CDT
Kathy Cooksey says ...
Good tip! Thanks for sharing!
10/08/2014 8:36:50 AM CDT
coral says ...
want to give this a try
10/12/2014 10:23:24 AM CDT
Sue says ...
Cacao powder - such a great idea for dark haired beauties!!! Thank you!
11/04/2014 8:34:13 PM CST
Julie says ...
I have been looking at dry shampoo recipes for going camping and find I like yours the best. Many recipes call for talcum or ground clay - which can actually be dangerous. Im taking a doll-making class and the 1st step is to sand the unfired clay. A doll maker needs to take care not to inhale the very fine dust, as it can settle on the cilia of the lungs (silicosis) - and can't be removed. A mask would be a good idea to wear when using any dry shampoo. oll makers
04/21/2015 7:15:03 AM CDT
T K says ...
Is arrowroot powder anything like corn starch? If so, I use this same concoction as my deodorant! :)
07/15/2015 3:50:03 PM CDT
Juliet says ...
for the question from Cindy Balfour: adding dry shampoo to shower-wet hair will leave you with clumps & mess. I rarely shampoo due to the chems leaving my locks feeling like straw right after rinsing. Im in a humid southern state where sweat drenches you after ten min outside. My suggestion, start washing hair w one conditioner, let it absorb the daily sweat & use to massage scalp. Rinse & use a better moisturizing conditioner, one that boosts strength, anti-breakage, frizz-free, etc. finish showering and rinse hair briefly with cool water- dont rinse it all out- realize your towel will also absorb leftover product from wet hair & unless youve got an excellent leave-in conditioner, you want some softness to remain. Dry your hair in your daily manner, THEN use the Dry Shampoo Recipe. You can dab a loose powder makeup brush in the mix or place it in a container similar to a salt shaker and part sections of hair atop your crown then work into scalp with fingers . Style for volume by backcombing the hair at the root or even use the cool shot button on your hairdryer to help height without drying out the hair follicles with heat. When adding dry shampoo, always remember to start small- add a little at a time until you reach desired look. Just slapping it on the top of your head and working to fix it from there will be a mistake every time. You can also use this underneath your hair, at the nape on your neck to help absorb odor/sweat. Dont forget about sections of hair around the "George Costanza Ring" of hair (or think of edges of a crater on the moon): adding a dab every few inches will help rescue the day's odor and sweat as it occurs. Great recipe, thank you! I love lavender!
08/07/2015 10:03:27 AM CDT
Richard Stanley says ...
Can't wait to give this a try
08/16/2015 11:08:30 PM CDT