How To Make Dry Shampoo: Easy DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes For All Hair Colors

I used to spend a small fortune on Dry Shampoo. I mean, who can beat the convenience of instant fresh-looking hair on the go?

This DIY dry shampoo has been life-saving for me. We've all been there – waking up late and don't have time to wash our hair before running out the door, or hitting the gym, sauna or even just giving our hair a break. I personally go a few days in between washes and what I put in and on my body is important to me.

For so long, I was reliant on store-bought dry shampoos, buying cans every other week, it's expensive, filled with chemicals and did no favors for my hair. That's when I decided to make my own Dry Shampoo at home - and I haven't looked back since.

In this post, I've put together some easy and affordable DIY dry shampoo recipes for you to try at home, no matter your hair color.

Benefits of DIY Dry Shampoo

I love my DIY dry shampoo. While I continue on my journey to the cleanest possible lifestyle, this has been a turning point for me, and it's all-natural too.

Over the years, I've relied heavily on store-bought dry shampoo, the amount of money I have saved has been surprising, I found myself going through a bottle every other week, and that adds up fast. Not only is this dry shampoo, natural, and chemical-free, but it's also extremely travel-friendly and that helps when you no longer have to worry about packing aerosol cans, or hoping the next country you arrive to even has dry shampoo available.

I like to make mine in big batches, and my hair and wallet are healthier and happier for it.


Pros of Natural Dry Shampoo

  • Adds texture
  • Adds volume
  • Covers pesky grey hair
  • Extends time between washes
  • Improves the look of my hair
  • Eliminates greasiness
  • Smells amazing
  • More affordable than store-bought
  • More sustainable than store-bought

DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

dry shampoo recipe for brunettes

I have very dark hair so I was conscious of white residue being left on my hair. I've tried a few different techniques, but this homemade dry shampoo recipe is perfect for those with darker hair colors including brown and black hair. And before you shout "cocoa powder?!" just trust me! You smell like a fresh brownie every day. I like to make mine in big batches, so if you're looking to prep for the week, just double the batch.


  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 drops of essential oil (optional)


  1. Mix the arrowroot powder and cocoa powder together in a small bowl.
  2. If you want a pleasant scent, add a few drops of essential oil, lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary are my favorites
  3. Use a big fluffy makeup brush apply the mixture to your roots and blend in using your fingers or hair brush.

DIY Dry Shampoo for Blonde Hair

diy dry shampoo for blondes

While some blondes may not have to worry about white residue as much as us brunettes, some store-bought dry shampoos can leave hair looking dull, and who doesn't want to cut the chemicals and have healthier hair. This DIY dry shampoo recipe for blonde hair not only absorbs oil but also adds shine.


  • 4 tablespoons baby powder
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 5 drops of essential oil (optional)


  1. Mix the baby powder and arrowroot powder in a small bowl.
  2. Add essential oil, if that's your style
  3. Apply to roots with a makeup brush or your fingers.

DIY Dry Shampoo for Red Hair

diy dry shampoo for redheads


Depending on your shade of color, Redheads might also be trying to avoid white residue build-up. But with lighter hair than brunettes, we'll put the cocoa powder aside and use a nice in-between balance that works best for most redheads. Strawberry blondes might find the Blonde recipe works better for them.


  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
    2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
    5 drops of essential oil (optional)


  1. Mix arrowroot and cinnamon powder together in a small bowl.
  2. Add essential oil for a pleasant scent.
  3. Apply to roots with a makeup brush or your fingers.

Why is Supermarket Dry Shampoo So Bad?

While it's convenient to grab a bottle of dry shampoo at your local supermarket, it may not be the best option for your hair, scalp, or credit card balance!

Many store-bought dry shampoos contain harsh chemicals such as butane, propane, and alcohol, which can dry out your hair and scalp. These chemicals can also cause irritation and even hair loss if used excessively - yikes!

Additionally, many dry shampoos contain artificial fragrances that can cause headaches and skin irritation. These fragrances can also cause respiratory problems if inhaled excessively.

By using DIY dry shampoo recipes with natural ingredients, you can avoid these harmful chemicals and fragrances while still keeping your hair looking fresh and clean.


DIY dry shampoo recipes are a great alternative to store-bought dry shampoos. Not only are they affordable and easy to make, but they are also free of harmful chemicals and fragrances.

By making your own dry shampoo, you can keep your hair looking and feeling great without any negative side effects.

Give these DIY dry shampoo recipes a try and say goodbye to greasy hair!

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