Dry Shampoo Recipe for Dark or Light Hair

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For those days when you need just a little more time between washings, dry shampoo saves the day. But commercial options have so many dangerous toxins! Skip the chemicals and whip up this dry shampoo recipe instead.

Dry shampoo recipe

Easy DIY DIY dry shampoo

There was a time in my life when dry shampoo was something that was nice to have, but not a necessity. Those were the days when I could spend pretty much as much time as I wanted on any project or activity, without interruption. I even had time to take a leisurely shower and wash my hair, whenever I felt like it.

Then I had two three kids. Boy does that change things! My days now revolve around diaper changes, naps, constant toy and mess cleanup, as well as endless requests and questions. Everything is so much busier, and my former life seems like a distant memory.

I definitely would  not trade my life now with my two gorgeous children (and one more on the way!) for anything. One other thing is also for certain: now I consider dry shampoo to be an absolutely necessity.

Even if you’re not a parent of small children, this dry shampoo recipe comes in really handy for busy days, traveling, and camping.

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How do you make homemade dry shampoo?

Arrowroot powder is great for absorbing sweat and oil. Kaolin clay is very oil absorbing, and adds texture. Sometimes, if I’m going to put my hair up, I’ll add a little of this dry shampoo recipe to add some extra texture and improve hold.

It’s completely optional, but I always enjoy adding some hair friendly essential oils whenever I make this dry shampoo recipe. My favorite is peppermint, since it has great hair benefits, and goes right along with my shampoo bars, which I show how to make here.

Another good option would be bergamot, which is also beneficial for hair.

Customize DIY dry shampoo for any hair color

If your hair is lighter, those ingredients I talked about above work wonderfully on their own. If your hair is darker, like mine is, adding some cocoa powder in place of part of the arrowroot powder is a good idea. It helps the dry shampoo not make your hair lighter. I’ll include recipes for both options below.

As a side note, the cocoa powder option for dark hair smells absolutely delicious when you add peppermint essential oil to it. It smells just like a peppermint patty!

You can also experiment with other essential oils that have hair benefits. Bergamot, lemon, and rosemary are all great essential oils for hair. 

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Dry shampoo recipe directions



  1. Add dry ingredients to mixing container and combine well.
  2. Add essential oils and mix thoroughly.
  3. Use a funnel to put mixture in a glass shaker jar.

DIY dry shampoo recipe

How to apply dry shampoo

I like storing my dry shampoo in a glass shaker jar, like this one. It makes it really easy to shake the right amount out and use it.

My method for using this dry shampoo is to shake a little into my hands, rub my hands together, bend over, and use my hands to work it through the roots of my hair.

You can also separate your hair into sections and sprinkle a little dry shampoo straight on your hair, and then brush in. A little goes a long way.

After that I brush it a bit to continue to work it in, and then style my hair. Usually in a messy bun. Because, mom life.

Does homemade dry shampoo work?

Yes it does! I’ve been using this simple, natural recipe for years. 

It effectively absorbs oils and adds texture. Whether you shake it on or use your hands to apply, it really blends right in. 

I think you’ll be surprised and really happy at how well it works!

Why make natural dry shampoo? The problem with commercial dry shampoo

Why not just pick up some dry shampoo from the drugstore? Well, conventional dry shampoo is one of the worst offenders when it comes to dangerous chemicals in personal care products (source).

These include heavy metals, talc, and other toxins that disrupt hormones and can cause cancer.

Thankfully, it’s really easy to make this dry shampoo recipe at home. It works great, and is completely safe and natural.

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Arrowroot powder, organic

Cocoa powder, organic

White kaolin clay

Plant Therapy organic peppermint essential oil

Glass shaker jar


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Yield: 4 fl. oz.

Bumblebee Apothecary Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo recipe

For those days when you need just a little more time between washings, dry shampoo saves the day. Skip the chemicals and whip up this dry shampoo recipe.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 8 tbsp arrowroot powder, for dark hair, do 5 tbsp arrowroot powder and 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp white kaolin clay
  • 24 drops essential oil


  1. Add dry ingredients to mixing container and combine well.
  2. Add essential oils and mix thoroughly.
  3. Use a funnel to put mixture in a glass shaker jar.


7 thoughts on “Dry Shampoo Recipe for Dark or Light Hair”

  1. Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time. I have dark hair and I’m constantly surrounded by indoor animals, so I’d like to avoid cocoa, is there something else I could use to darken it?

  2. Hey okay so – can you use Bentonite clay instead?

    Love this and thank you for sharing!!! Just a young woman trying to be better for myself and the environment. Starting to get good and needing to branch out to my daily products. Do you by chance have a great mascara recipe DIY?

    • I haven’t tried it, but it sounds like it would work! That is a great idea to have it in spray form. If you try it, let me know how it works!

  3. This recipe looks so simple. I will definitely try this! Thanks for sharing!
    I completely agree with you regarding the use of dangerous chemicals in many commercially available beauty products. I didn’t realize it until I started compounding hair care and skin care products myself.


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