How to make dry shampoo

How to make dry shampoo

  • Working Time: 5 – 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 – 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup dry shampoo
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Estimated Cost: $15.00

Homemade dry shampoo can be whipped up quickly and easily using a few simple ingredients you’ll find in your pantry—a fact you might have not imagined as you browsed the wide variety of commercial dry shampoos available.

Dry shampoo works by introducing an absorbent powder (arrowroot is best but cornstarch works almost as well) to the scalp by either shaking it onto the scalp or applying the powder with a big blusher makeup brush and then brushing it through. Dirt and oil particles attach to the powder and come out of your hair when you brush, leaving the scalp feeling cleaner. As a bonus, the process usually adds volume to your hair as some of the powder is left behind.

It may seem intimidating to make your own if you’ve noticed there are different dry shampoos for darker hair colors, but it’s as easy as adding an extra ingredient to the mix. There might be some initial experimentation with exactly how much of the color ingredients to add, but the advantage is that you can get an ideal color match to your hair when you DIY—something commercial dry shampoos can’t do.

Dry Shampoos for Different Hair Colors

The biggest trick to making your own dry shampoo is matching it to your hair color. Because the main oil-absorbing ingredient is arrowroot powder or cornstarch, both of which are white, a very simple dry shampoo recipe with these ingredients will work best on light blonde or white hair (or bleached and colored fantasy colors), but will stand out and be obvious for anyone with darker hair.

That’s why you’ll see a few ingredients on the list below that are specific to certain hair colors. If you are between colors, a little mixing might be needed to get the color just right for you. However, since you apply dry shampoo to your roots and then brush it out (which is how the oil gets removed from the roots of your hair), there’s some wiggle room and it doesn’t need to be a perfect match.

If you have dark blonde hair, for example, you might want to use mostly arrowroot powder with just 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder mixed in. If you have brown hair with a lot of red tones, you might want to mix 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder and 2 tablespoons of cacao powder into your arrowroot, clay, and baking soda mixture.

If your hair is dark brown or black, you’ll be using activated charcoal to darken the powder so that it doesn’t leave a telltale white layer behind—but be aware that a little charcoal goes a long way.

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How to make dry shampoo

How to make dry shampoo

A homemade dry shampoo recipe that’s simple, inexpensive, all-natural, and wonderfully effective! What else could you ask for in a homemade beauty product?!

How Often to Wash Hair?

There was a time in my life when I was one of those people who washed my hair every single day. I took a shower every morning, dried my hair, and straightened it with a flat iron. I did that all through high school and college, even though it took me at least half an hour each day. Looking back, I can’t believe how much of my life I’ve spent drying my hair.

Part of the reason that it used to take me so long to do my hair is that my hair is thick. Seriously, hairstylists marvel over how much hair I have. (That’s always a hard thing to reply to, by the way. Do I say thanks? Are they even complimenting me? Are they actually kind of complaining because my hair is more work? I can never tell.)

After a few different hairstylists styled my hair and then said something like, “Wow, I hope you don’t wash this every day! That would take so much time!” it occurred to me that perhaps I really should start skipping a few showers.

Wash Every Other Day

So I did. I started washing my hair every other day. It was a little oily at first, and sometimes it was really hard to make it through that second day without giving in and washing it. But I was determined to give it a good try at least, and within a few weeks my hair had adjusted to my new schedule and was hardly getting oily at all between showers.

In fact, it went so well that I started fantasizing about going even longer without washing my hair. Could I wait three days? Four? A week? I had won back so much time in my life, and if anything, it made me detest styling my hair even more.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo was the obvious solution to my problem. When a friend suggested it to me I went and picked up a can from Target immediately. It did NOT impress me. It smelled weird and it felt weird, and those are two deal-breakers for me when it comes to products that I use on my body. (I don’t even want to think about what the ingredients were. I’m sure they weren’t all-natural!)

Still, I was intrigued by the idea of dry shampoo, and it occurred to me that I could probably make some form of it on my own. Thus began my quest to develop a natural homemade dry shampoo!

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True confession: I do not wash my hair everyday. Another true confession: I do not wash my hair every other day. And I don’t feel weird about it either. Now I do get some funky looks when I tell people that I go up to a week without washing my hair. (Not like I go around telling people, but…) After years of spending way to much money on store-bought dry shampoo, I now make my own at a fraction of the price – and using natural ingredients. Read on to learn how you, too, can make dry shampoo!

How to make dry shampoo

How to Make Dry Shampoo

I know what you’re thinking. A WEEK?! Yes, I really do go about a week on average between hair washings. My hair is halfway down my back and washing every day not only makes my naturally wavy hair super dry and coarse, but the thought of blow drying my hair every. single. day. makes my eye twitch.

How to make dry shampoo

Sometimes I’ll go four or five days, sometimes six. The thing is that when you wash your hair everyday you are stripping away the oils that your scalp has produced since the last time you washed, forcing your scalp to produce more oils to compensate. When you wash your hair less frequently, you are training your scalp to produce less oils. The longer your hair goes between washings, the less oil your body produces (and the less greasy it looks). WIN-WIN-WIN!

If you are blonde, you’ll find this recipe even easier. If you are a brunette like myself, you may want to add the optional ingredients so you’re not a walking powder puff. Try it without the optional ingredients first, and add into the recipe as needed.

How to make dry shampoo

Dry Shampoo Recipe

1/4 cup Arrowroot (any brand)
1/4 cup Baking Soda
Cocoa powder or Cinnamon (optional, for brunettes)
Essential oils (optional)

How to make dry shampoo

Using a container with a lid (such as an old chili powder shaker/seasoned salt shaker) add in your arrowroot and baking soda. Replace the lid and give the canister a good shake to mix. If you are a brunette, add in about a teaspoon of cocoa powder and mix again. If this isn’t dark enough, add a bit more (just be careful not to go crazy with it) until you get a nice warm brown shade. You might use the dry shampoo a time or two before adding more and more cocoa.

If desired, add in a few drops of essential oil. Use tea tree oil for flakes or to repel lice, lemon for an invigorating scent, or lavender for its calming effects and other qualities. And you just made homemade dry shampoo, my friend. Wasn’t that easy?!

How to make dry shampoo

How to use homemade dry shampoo

On day two of your hair care routine, shake a bit of the powder mixture into the lid of your container. Working from ear to ear, apply dry shampoo in sections with a large makeup or powder brush directly to your scalp (this will soak up the oil your hair naturally produces).

How to make dry shampoo

Apply your dry shampoo in the morning, or during your nightly ritual before heading to bed. When you wake in the morning give your hair a good brushing and you won’t be able to detect your dry shampoo – or the remnants of your greasy hair – at all! I love how easy my hair is to style when I haven’t washed it in a few days, and I love how much money I save by making my own dry shampoo, and I really love that I’m not spraying this list of chemicals on my hair (ingredients of arguably the most popular dry shampoo brand; Batiste)

Butane, Isobutane, Oryza Sativa, (Rice) Starch, Propane, Alcohol Denat, Parfum (Fragrance), Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Linalool, Distearyldimonuim Chloride. 😮

How to make dry shampoo

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How to make dry shampoo

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Save your hair from over-shampooing and washing with this DIY dry shampoo tutorial! It’ll make your hair stronger and healthier while removing any grease, oil, and product buildup.

If you’re washing your hair every day (or even every other day), you might be surprised that find out that excess product could actually be damaging those luscious locks of yours. While shampoo is made to remove oil and dirt, using too much of it can strip your hair of its natural oils, making your scalp dry and your hair greasy or lifeless. That’s why this DIY dry shampoo is a lifesaver – it removes oil, grease, and excess buildup to give you long-lasting, salon-style hair any time of the day.

While this homemade dry shampoo does make your hair less oily, it’s not a replacement for a deep cleanse. However, it can be used after a sweaty workout or on days where you’re simply too lazy to do your entire shampoo, conditioner, and blowout routine. And best of all, dry shampoo will make your hair stronger and healthier in the long run!


  • ¼ cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 2 tbsp Rhassoul clay (or bentonite)
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • Essential oil of your preference

Note: In this tutorial, we are using an anti-stress essential oil, which is a mixture of Limonene, geraniol, and citral. However, you can use whichever aroma you like best (lavender is another excellent choice for beautiful smelling hair).

Optional for Dark/Brown Hair:

  • 1-2 tsp Charcoal powder or cocoa powder (cocoa powder must be unsweetened)

Note: In this tutorial, we will use charcoal to create a dry shampoo for dark hair. This makes a dark powder that will blend better with those darker shades or tones.

Other Materials:

  • Bowl
  • Jar with a lid
  • Spoon

How to make dry shampoo


  1. In the bowl, pour the ¼ cup of cornstarch, 1 tbsp of baking soda, 2 tbsp of kaolin clay.
  2. Add 5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice to the dry mixtures. If you want something with less smell, then add less. If you prefer a stronger scent to your homemade dry shampoo, then feel free to add more. In this DIY dry shampoo video, we are using essential oil specifically for anti-stress (a combination of Limonene, geraniol, and citral). However, you can add any type of essence or aroma that you prefer.
  3. Using a spoon, mix the powder and essential oils until everything is blended together.
  4. If you are making DIY dry shampoo for dark hair, then you will want to add charcoal powder. This will darken the color of the homemade dry shampoo so you won’t see the powder when it’s in your hair. If your hair is a lighter brown, you can probably just add 1 tsp of powder. Those with darker hair may want to add another tsp of powder for a darker shampoo. If charcoal powder is not available, you can also use cocoa powder (just make sure it’s unsweetened
  5. Mix the powder together with a spoon.
  6. Once the DIY shampoo is thoroughly mixed to your desired shade or color, then transfer to a jar or any other container of your choice.

How to Use DIY Dry Shampoo:

  1. When you need a quick freshening up, then you can apply the dry shampoo to your roots. Take a makeup brush (we think a large blush brush works best for coverage) and lightly dip it into the jar with the dry shampoo.
  2. Get rid of excess powder by tapping the brush in a sink or the edge of the jar.
  3. Lightly tap the brush on the crown of your head, along the hairline, or on your part. You can lift up different sections of your hair and tap or brush the powder towards the root for maximum effect.
  4. Let the dry shampoo sit for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute to soak up all the oils of your hair or scalp. It needs time to absorb before you brush it out.
  5. Using your fingers, lightly massage the dry shampoo into your hair. You can also use a brush to comb and evenly distribute the powder throughout the strands.
  6. By now, your hair should feel light and less oily, just as if it was washing that morning!


Why purchase expensive and strong-smelling dry shampoo at the store when you can make it with just a few simple ingredients in the comfort of your home? This homemade dry shampoo tutorial is the best way to keep your hair oil-free while also preventing damage that can arise from washing it too frequently.

Once you’ve mastered the DIY dry shampoo game, then you can try our DIY laundry detergent tutorial or our DIY body soap tutorial . If you’re looking for more hygiene tips, check out our tips for preventing skin damage while showering .

Dry Shampoo is any item that refreshes hair without water, making it a must-have for people on-the-go.

This wonder product usually contains corn or aluminum starch to soak up visible grease at the roots—the telltale sign that hair hasn’t been washed.

Although available in many forms, it is most commonly found as an aerosol or loose powder. After being massaged into the roots, dry shampoo gives the appearance of cleaner hair.

Those who are too busy to wash their hair every day, or purposely avoid washing with liquid shampoo for hair care reasons, tend to love dry shampoo.

“The great thing about dry shampoo is there’s no wrong way to use it—it’s one of the most versatile products in the hair care world, and formulas are evolving to multitask,” says Pureology artist Emily Alders.

Which is the Best Dry Shampoo

What you consider the best dry shampoo will depend on your needs. But for a truly versatile option, look no further than Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo.

Washing hair too frequently can cause a new hue to fade faster, so it’s wise for those with color-treated hair to become BFFs with a dry shampoo. There’s just one problem: certain dry shampoo formulas can leave strands feeling dry and gritty and make hair color look dull.

Enter Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo. This lightweight, residue-free multi-tasker contains rice starch and works on both natural AND colored hair. Featuring AntiFade Complex and UVA/UVB sunscreen, it helps hair color last. And on clean hair, it adds movement and texture, making hairstyles like updos easier to achieve.

Is it OK to use dry shampoo everyday? How many times a week should you use dry shampoo?

Dry shampoo comes with a plethora of benefits, but overuse can cause problems. Too much of the product can leave a buildup of residue on the scalp, clogging hair follicles and limiting hair growth. That’s why most dry shampoos should only be used once between hair washes.

With Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo, pesky residue is less of an issue. “Because Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo is a lightweight formula, you don’t have to worry about product buildup,” Alders explains. “But as with any styling product it’s always a good idea to apply a little at a time until you reach your desired look.”

How To Use Dry Shampoo: If You Need To Refresh Your Hair

To make the most of your next spray, take a peek at Alders’ dry shampoo pro tips and pointers on how to use dry shampoo correctly.

Step 1. Hold the dry shampoo four to six inches away from hair and spray it directly at the roots. Start where hair feels oiliest (for most women, that’s along the hairline, the nape of the neck, and the crown of the head), spritzing one section of hair at a time.

Pure Artist Tip: “Because Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo is a lightweight formula, you don’t have to worry about product buildup. But as with any styling product it’s always a good idea to apply a little at a time until you reach your desired look,” says Alders.

Step 2. Using your fingertips, massage the product into roots and scalp so that the oil-absorbing action can take place evenly across the head. For extra lift, try flipping your head upside down while massaging the product into hair.

Pure Artist Tip: Looking to correct a kink or flatness in your hair from sleeping on it funny or finishing a sweaty workout? “After applying the dry shampoo, take a blow-dryer and blast cool air at your roots to help change the direction of hair or build volume,” says Alders.

Step 3. Smooth out hair with a brush or comb, or grab your hot tools for a restyle.

Pure Artist Tip: “If you notice your ends are feeling dry or they’ve lost their shape, try adding a little bit of On The Rise Root-Lifting Mousse to them and restyle,” says Alders.

Five More Pro Tips On How To Use Dry Shampoo:

1. Add Hold And Texture to Fresh Hair:

Clean hair, especially if you have fine or silky texture, doesn’t always hold a style well. Before attempting a braid, waves, or a messy bun, try lightly spraying dry shampoo evenly throughout hair for some added grip. “Hair will still look fresh and you’ll get a little bit of that touchable grit that’s helpful when holding a shape,” says Alders.

2. Make A Blowout Last Longer:

There’s nothing more exasperating than washing your hair, blowing it out, and applying product—only to realize you’ve gone overboard with that shine spray or heavy moisturizing serum. If hair is starting to feel heavy due to an overly generous squeeze of styling cream, spray it into trouble spots to soak up some of the damage.

3. Help Bobby Pins Stay In Place:

Add grip to slippery bobby pins or clips that don’t want to secure hair by spritzing them with dry shampoo before popping them in.

4. Prevent Oil Buildup:

Looking to shorten your morning routine? Apply Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo at night before bed to wake up with less oil and grease. (The same goes for heading to the gym—a spray before your workout can cut back on some of the damage control you’ll have to do when class is over.

5. Help Repair and Protect Your Hair:

It sounds counter-intuitive but applying a little dry shampoo on ends that feel dry can take away some of their static and brittleness. “Because Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo is a non-drying formula and has other conditioning ingredients, your ends will feel softer,” says Alders.

With UV ray protection built in, Pureology’s dry shampoo also protects color-treated and natural hair from sun damage —a major bonus during the summer.

To see more hair care and styling tips like how to use dry shampoo and get sneak peeks at new hair product launches, follow @pureology on Instagram!

How to make dry shampoo

If you were to enter my bedroom four years ago and rummage in my drawers you would have been SHOCKED. (What? Oh, eek, sorry! Not THOSE drawers! And not shocked like THAT!) What I mean is, if you were to investigate my dressing table, you’d have found evidence of a certain addiction.

I was so afraid of being without this item that I stockpiled it. And I believe it’s not just me.

There is evidence that this addiction impacts many women and that it is reaching epidemic levels in our society. The signs are all there, in any high street pharmacy, huge boards screaming things like “10 for the price of 8!”

The product? Dry shampoo.

You would never have caught me without it. I had huge cans of it scattered in different rooms, and a mini one to fit in my handbag. I loved the stuff. I’d never be caught unawares by an “Oops, it WAS a hairwash day!” realisation.

But my relationship with dry shampoo ran deeper; I loved the volume it bought into my life. It made me happy.

I gave up traditional shampoo 3.5 years ago and discovered that the urban legend that hair begins to care for itself is totally true. But as well as delving into the world of alternative hair washing methods, I began experimenting with all-natural dry shampoo alternatives too.

My addiction to dry shampoo is no more, primarily because giving up shampoo made my hair far, far more voluminous and less inclined to get greasy.

But it is still nice to have some on hand, for those occasional days I have when I wake up with hair a bit on the oily side.

How to make dry shampoo

The recipe:

There are lots of alternatives to use – arrowroot powder or corn flour are common “oil absorbers.” But I use rye flour as I like the fact that it is pH balanced. I want to irritate my scalp as little as possible.

If you have light hair you can simply use rye flour straight up. But mine is darker so I colour it with a little cocoa powder.

2 tablespoons of rye flour

1 tablespoon of cocoa

Sift it well – rye flour is chunky – until you have a well mixed, very fine powder.

The experience:

Ideally you will dust your scalp just a little – enough to absorb the worst of the oil, but not enough to dry out your hair completely or to make it look like you’ve just sprinkled flour on your noggin. You could use a cocoa shaker or a big make up brush. I pinch my husband’s shaving brush and it works like a dream.

I brush it on the under layers of my hair, as opposed to straight on top. This way it is barely detectable.

It doesn’t have the ease of use of a spray can, and while it smells yummy, it doesn’t give me that “LIFE IS SUDDENLY A WHOLE LOT BETTER” chemical goodness up my nostrils that I used to buzz out on.

The results:

This homemade version doesn’t bring me the volume that half a can of dry shampoo used to, but my hair has a bounce and a boost, and is not longer flat against my scalp.

It is also still shiny, meaning I got the right balance in absorbing a little of the extra sebum (the wonderful, protective oil our bodies produce to coat our hair shaft, commonly called “grease”) but not wiping it out completely.

For a more detailed look at my “Before” and “After” take a look at my Youtube Video:


If you are interested in eliminating unnecessary, potentially toxic, ingredients from your life this homemade dry shampoo could be a serious winner for you.

Let me be proof that a life with bouncy hair is possible without drawers full of secrets. You’ll be able to give up your Dry Shampoo Anonymous membership in no time!

Plus, the biggest dry shampoo mistakes to avoid.

How to make dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is pretty wonderful. Typically made with a starch component, dry shampoo is used to eliminate and absorb sebum, the scalp’s natural oil that makes hair look greasy after a day (or two, or three) of no washing. “The components of starch absorb the oils to give a grease-free appearance and feel,” which is useful when prolonging your blowouts and keeping hair oil-free between washes, says Gio Bargallo, colorist at Rita Hazan in New York City. ” It can also be used in hairstyling to create volume and body.”

So yes, it’s basically a miracle product — but only when it’s used correctly. Whether you’re using an aerosol spray, powder, or foam dry shampoo, there are some pretty common mistakes we all make that can lead to dandruff-like flakes, ashy roots, and dull and dry hair. If you know how to use dry shampoo correctly, though, it can save you so much time and energy spent hair styling. This is how to use dry shampoo the right way, according to the pros.

How to make dry shampoo

Use the right color for your hair.

If you have dark brown hair and use a traditional dry shampoo, you’ll wind up with dull roots and an unflattering white cast to your hair. On the flip-side, if your hair is blonde and you pick a dark shade, you’ll end up with discolored roots. Instead, pick a tone that matches your color most closely. Some tinted formulas can even double to camouflage gray roots in a pinch.

How to make dry shampoo

How to make dry shampoo

How to make dry shampoo

How to make dry shampoo

Shake it up.

Before even opening your dry shampoo, shake up the bottle to evenly distribute the formula. The starch in aerosol formulas can settle at the bottom between uses, and shaking it ensure that the formula is well-blended for best results.

Don’t spray too close to your scalp.

On dry hair, “hold the dry shampoo four to six inches away from the head and spray directly at the roots,” says Ardree Merriweather, Lead Educator at Drybar. You can spray up to 12 inches away from the roots, which allows the oil-zapping starch to properly exit and land evenly on greasy roots. When using a powder formula, sprinkle it near your scalp but avoid applying product directly to your part, which can make hair look chalky and prove difficult to remove.

Keep it moving.

“Do not spray continuously in one section,” says Merriweather. If you do, you’ll end up with a spot of product at the roots that’s difficult to disperse. Instead, use a sweeping motion to cover roots in an even, thin layer of product. “Moving back and forth in a swaying motion [ensures] you don’t over-concentrate an area,” says Bargallo.

Only apply dry shampoo where hair is greasiest.

Don’t spray dry shampoo all over your head — just stick to the top couple inches. Chances are that the bottom of your hair isn’t greasy, so applying an oil absorber all over can just make your hair stiff and lackluster. Instead, “identify the parts of your hair that are oily [by] sectioning the hair to expose the scalp and roots,” says Bargallo.

Don’t use too much product.

When your hair is greasy, a good dose of dry shampoo can make it look fresher, but apply too much and your hair will look dull and discolored. “Overusing dry shampoo is a common mistake that can make your hair dry, gritty, and stiff,” says Merriweather. “To avoid these issues, it is best to use a small amount and massage it through the root.” Start with a little spritz dry shampoo, then wait a few minutes, and then add more if you feel like your hair is still too greasy.

Let it sit.

After you spritz on dry shampoo, don’t immediately brush or shake it out. Instead, give the product a chance to work into your hair and really absorb the oil at your roots by letting it sit for a couple minutes before you massage it in and brush or comb it through.

Massage product into the hair.

After letting the product soak into your hair, use your hands to work the dry shampoo into your scalp. If you don’t, it just sits on top of your hair and isn’t able to do its job. Working the product into your hair also helps nix any telltale chalkiness, too. To get rid of white residue, you can use a brush to comb product through or a hair dryer to blast roots and help remove excess product once it’s had time to do its job.

Don’t use it every day.

“You can use too much dry shampoo,” says Bargallo. Despite its name, dry shampoo doesn’t actually clean hair, but rather adds starchy buildup to absorb oils. Bargallo says that using dry shampoo too often can be bad for your hair by clogging your follicles. This weakens hair’s strength, potentially leading to hair loss and skin issues like infections, dermatitis, and acne.

Instead, give your scalp a chance to breathe between washes: Our pros recommend only using dry shampoo one to two times a week. “For really oily hair, you can use dry shampoo two to three times a week,” says Merriweather.

Try using it at night.

GH’s Beauty Director, April Franzino, says that while dry shampoo can be applied any time your hair needs a boost, using it at night plays a big role if its efficacy. “We like using it before bed,” she says. “Hair will absorb it as you sleep and look refreshed in the morning.”

How to make dry shampoo

Although dry shampoo can be a savior, it also has a tendency to leave my scalp feeling clogged up and often leads to more hair loss when it’s rinsed out. So in an effort to eliminate clogging of my scalp (and my bathroom cabinet), I tapped clean beauty expert Jana Blankenship to get her insights on how to recreate dry shampoo at home for every hair color (including brown and dark hair). “Instead of aerosol dry shampoos that contain ingredients like synthetic fragrance and butane and are bad for the environment,” says Blankenship, “you can easily whip up a product in your kitchen that will work just as well and is better for your health and the health of the planet.” And the best part of it all? These magic DIY dry shampoo recipes will keep for up to two years. Continue reading to get a DIY dry shampoo recipe that matches your hair color whether you’re dark, light, gray, red, or somewhere in-between.

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For Dark Brown or Black Hair: Activated Charcoal Dry Shampoo

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For darker shades of brown or black, Blankenship suggests adding activated charcoal powder alongside raw cacao powder to help you hone in on your specific shade. As with all other ingredients in these mixtures, activated charcoal has benefits beyond absorbing excess oils from your scalp and roots. This superpower ingredient for darker strands will cleanse and detoxify. If you’re experiencing any dandruff or redness, activated charcoal may aid in relieving your woes as well as blending this mixture together to appear natural.


  • 1 tbsp activated charcoal powder
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (add more or less to match the exact coloring for your hair)
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp bentonite or kaolin clay
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 30 drops lavender or lemongrass essential oil
  • measuring cup
  • small metal funnel
  • shaker container, glass or metal lid, or repurposed salt or spice shaker


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a measuring cup and mix using a whisk or fork.
  2. Use a funnel to transfer the mixture into your repurposed shaker or spoon it into a shaker container. Tighten your lid.
  3. Sprinkle generously onto your roots as needed.
  4. You can rub the mixture in with your fingers or a brush. Another recommendation from Blankenship: use a hair dryer to disperse quickly throughout the hair.

For Red Hair: Cinnamon Dry Shampoo

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Making a DIY dry shampoo for red hair doesn’t equate to using your red hued spices. Most bright red spices are in the pepper family and can cause some irritation at the scalp. Instead, Blankenship offers a more neutral solution: Cinnamon. “Cinnamon powder naturally blends into red hair while masking the color of other ingredients,” she says. Cinnamon has also been rumored to increase blood flow when applied to the scalp which can have a multitude of benefits such as hair growth and hair loss prevention.

Not to worry, this magic ingredient won’t leave you smelling like dessert. “Lavender or Lemongrass essential oils can add a lingering bright scent to hair,” says Blankenship, which explains why she recommends these oils for any hair color DIY dry shampoo. To apply, repurpose an old salt or spice shaker and fill it with a combination of the ingredients listed below.


  • 1/4 cup cinnamon powder (add more or less to match the exact coloring for your hair)
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp bentonite or kaolin clay
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 30 drops lavender or lemongrass essential oil
  • measuring cup
  • small metal funnel
  • shaker container, glass or metal lid, or repurposed salt or spice shaker


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a measuring cup and mix using a whisk or fork.
  2. Use a funnel to transfer the mixture into your repurposed shaker, or spoon it into a shaker container. Tighten your lid.
  3. Sprinkle generously onto your roots as needed.
  4. You can rub the mixture in with your fingers or a brush. Another recommendation from Blankenship: use a hair dryer to help disperse quickly throughout the hair.

For Blonde, White, or Silver Hair: Arrowroot Dry Shampoo

How to make dry shampoo

The cornerstone to all of the DIY recipes below is arrowroot powder or cornstarch, which is nearly invisible when applied to lighter hair shades like blonde, white or silver. “Arrowroot powder and cornstarch can absorb oil and add volume while easily blending into the hair,” says Blankenship. No matter how thick or thin your hair is, either one of these two pantry products is sure to get in where needed and get straight down to business.

While it’s nice to simply mask our oily roots, adding Baking Soda is also imperative to ensure good hygiene and scalp health. Baking soda will not only absorb excess oils, but according to Blankenship this magic ingredient will also fight odor and freshen the hair and scalp.

After mixing together the ingredients below, repurpose an old salt or spice shaker to apply.


  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp bentonite or kaolin clay
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 30 drops lavender or lemongrass essential oil
  • measuring cup
  • small metal funnel
  • shaker container, glass or metal lid, or repurposed salt or spice shaker


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a measuring cup and mix using a whisk or fork.
  2. Use a funnel to transfer the mixture into your repurposed shaker or spoon it into a shaker container. Tighten your lid.
  3. Sprinkle generously onto your roots as needed.
  4. You can rub the mixture in with your fingers or a brush. Another recommendation from Blankenship: use a hair dryer to disperse quickly throughout the hair.

For Brown Hair: Cacao Powder Dry Shampoo

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When it comes to finding your exact shade of brunette, Blankenship says turning to organic cacao powder will blend easily into brown hued strands, appearing very natural while still masking the color of any other ingredients. Cacao is also loaded with nutrients like iron and protein that nourish the scalp and hair follicles and promote strong, healthy hair.

Excess oil can appear to be much more visible on darker hair colors, but Blankenship thought of this when creating a DIY dry shampoo recipe for all hair types and colors. She incorporates Bentonite or Kaolin Clay to serve as a mask for any visible grease. “These ingredients can mattify the hair as well as add volume,” she tells us. See her recipe and instructions below.