DIY Natural Dry Shampoo

I don't know about you, but next to coffee and leggings, dry shampoo might just be the lifeblood of motherhood for me.

DIY Natural Dry Shampoo

I was never much of a dry shampoo lady in my younger years. I grew up washing my fine hair on the daily as I relaxed in long hot showers. However, in my older, wiser years where I have added motherhood and a full-time job into the mix of life, I understand that none of that is particularly good for my hair, skin, environment or time management. 

So out with the daily hair with the dry shampoo! I tried the powder kinds. And then the aerosol kind. I even got so sick of it all that I resorted to using only talc-free baby powder for a while...but that ended up looking like I had just dumped a bowl of flour on my hair. So I finally decided to walk the natural DIY route with dry shampoo.....and I LOVE IT!

Okay, fine. I didn't love the first batch I made. But over the months, I have totally refined the recipe into my perfect little personal blend. It soaks up the oil on my hair and brings my thin, fine locks back to life between hair washings. It truly is a lifesaver on those extra crazy mornings of trying to hustle a family out the door and get my butt off to work on time.

DIY Natural Dry Shampoo

Best of all, it is made with ingredients I have kicking around my kitchen. No fancy ingredients ordered from Amazon required, just a little digging through your kitchen cupboards.

The key to this DIY dry shampoo, I have learned, is the application. You can't just dump it onto your scalp, as you will end up with clumps and chalking looking hair. The secret, I learned, to applying DIY natural dry shampoo is using a makeup brush. It doesn't have to be a special makeup brush, just one that you can dedicate to your dry shampoo so that you don't find yourself with clumps of makeup in your hair or dry shampoo in your makeup. I just use an old one I had kicking around.

So why is this the way to go for dry shampoo application? Applying dry shampoo with a make-up brush allow you to "paint" the dry shampoo onto the greasy sections of your hair without overloading your locks with powdery product. When you dump large amounts of the powdery dry shampoo onto your greasy scalp, the shampoo is going to clump and look like dandruff (that's no good). Of course, if you find that you accidentally apply too much dry shampoo in one spot, you can usually just rub it in and comb the clumps out...not big deal.



  1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot powder/cornstarch in a small bowl until all clumps are broken down.
  2. If you have light hair, you can stop there! If you have darker hair, add cacao powder/cocoa powder a little at a time to the dry shampoo until you reach a tone that will disappear into your hair. (I use 2 1/2 teaspoons to make a shade that matches my light brown hair). Mix cacao/cocoa powder in until dry shampoo is all one color and there are no clumps.


  1. Once your dry shampoo is all mixed up, dip a makeup brush into the powder. 
  2. Tap the side of the brush on the side of the container your dry shampoo is mixed in to shake off excess powder.
  3. Apply along your part and roots, "painting" the dry shampoo along the greasy sections of your hair. Apply throughout hair wherever needed.
  4. Rub the dry shampoo into your hair and scalp a little with your fingers. Give a little shake to get excess powder out and style as usual! 


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DIY Natural Dry Shampoo