dry shampoo homemade

Homemade Dry Shampoo

If you’re a busy mom like me or you just don’t have time to wash your hair as frequently as you’d like, here’s a dry shampoo that you can easily make and use to freshen your scalp and hair in just a few minutes. By avoiding overwashing your hair with regular shampoo, you’re also not stripping your hair of natural beneficial oils.

This natural dry shampoo only requires 3 ingredients, and you can tailor it to suit your hair colour. You can also add different essential oils depending on your hair type.

Ingredients and Supplies

  • 35-50 g arrowroot powder, depending on your hair colour
  • Up to 20 g of carob powder (for medium to dark hair)
  • 6 drops of essential oil of your choice. Here are my recommendations:
    • Rosemary or sage essential oils for all types of hair.
    • Lemon, bergamot, or tea tree essential oils for oily hair.
    • Lavender, sandalwood or geranium essential oils for dry hair or dandruff.
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Glass spice jar
  • Old makeup brush (optional)



  1. For light hair, pour the arrowroot powder into the small mixing bowl and add the essential oil(s) of your choice to the powder. Stir the powder to mix well.
  2. For medium to dark hair, add the carob powder to the arrowroot powder, approximately 1 teaspoon at a time until you get the colour that you’d like. Remember that it’s alright if the colour of the shampoo is quite a bit lighter than your hair colour. It will blend into your hair once it absorbs the oil in your hair. One you’re happy with the colour, add the essential oils and again mix well.
  3. Transfer into an old spice jar.
  4. There are two ways to use the dry shampoo.
    • The fastest way is to just sprinkle the powder onto your hair and then brush your hair to distribute the powder and to remove any excess.
    • For best results, follow this method:
      • Dip an old makeup brush into the dry shampoo, then tap it to remove excess.
      • Divide your hair into sections and brush your roots, starting at the crown and moving down your head.
      • After a couple of minutes, brush your hair.
      • Run your fingers through your hair and look for oily places you may have missed. Spot apply as needed, then brush again.
      • Ideally, give your hair 5-10 minutes to fully absorb the shampoo before styling, but it’s not necessary if you don’t have the time.
    • Remember not to over-apply as it can make your hair hard to work with and/or look chalky.


No time to make your own dry shampoo? Check out our premade Dry Shampoo!

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