Best DIY Dry Shampoo for Light & Dark Hair

A few months ago I got in trouble from my hair stylist.  I had been one of those people washing my hair every day (every. single. day.)  And as I was getting older, this everyday hair washing habit was drying out my hair.

I needed to find another way to get that clean, just-washed feeling that I loved every morning.  I experimented with creating several different versions of homemade dry shampoos and came up with a recipe that I absolutely LOVE!

Turns out it’s even better than my old wet shampoo ways!

  • adds volume, making it look like I have more hair
  • gives an instant lift to my roots and oily hair
  • keeps my hair healthier by extending time in between shampoos
  • smells amazing
  • a big time saver and simplifies my life
  • portable and easy to use everywhere – great for busy mornings, after the gym, camping, travel, before nights out, etc.
  • all natural!!

 

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

What’s in this homemade dry shampoo?

rice flour – absorbs oils, improves manageability, and increases hair elasticity

arrowroot powder – light, soft, and absorbent – all of which helps it absorb excess oil and leave hair feeling silky soft

colloidal oatmeal – relieves irritation, calms itchy scalps, moisturizes (humectant that pulls moisture from air), helps thicken and strengthen hair, and works to help make hair less brittle and more elastic

kaolin clay  or Moroccan red clay or French red clay– fine, light, highly absorbent clay that soaks up excess oil.  This is the hardworking powerhouse of this dry shampoo.

note:  Kaolin clay is great for all colors of hair.  Moroccan red clay and French red clay are great for redheads or brunettes with red highlights.

baking soda – absorbs oils from your scalp making it look like your hair has just been washed

cacao powder – (optional) use to darken dry shampoo when making for brunettes and redheads

rosemary essential oil – smells fantastic plus it helps prevent excess oiliness on the scalp and reduces inflammation in hair follicles

peppermint essential oil – smells great!  stimulates your scalp, energizes your mind, and helps wake you up

 

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

How to make homemade dry shampoo for blondes, brunettes, and redheads?

step 1:  add 3 tablespoons of rice flour to a glass bowl

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

step 2:  add 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

step 3:  add 2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

step 4:   add 1 tablespoon kaolin clay (Moroccan red clay or French red clay for redheads)

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

step 5:  add 1 tablespoon baking soda

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

step 6:  add 1 tablespoon cacao powder (omit for blondes)

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

step 7:  add the following essential oils

15 drops peppermint essential oil

15 drops rosemary essential oil

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

step 8:  mix well

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

step 9:  scoop into an 8 ounce glass jar

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

 

Here’s the Dry Shampoo Recipe One More Time

Mix the following together and store in a 8 oz glass jar:

3 tablespoons of rice flour

3 tablespoons arrowroot powder

2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal

1 tablespoon kaolin clay (or Moroccan red clay for redheads)

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 tablespoon cacao powder (omit for blondes)

15 drops peppermint essential oil

15 drops rosemary essential oil

 

best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

How to use dry shampoo?

  • apply dry shampoo with a poofy makeup brush
  • tap off the excess from the makeup brush (a little goes a long way)
  • apply to your roots and the oily parts of your hair
  • lightly massage into hair with your hands
  • Voila!  It’s like a grease eraser for your hair.

 

Ready to make this dry shampoo?  Here’s where I get my ingredients for this recipe:

click here for rice flour 

click here for arrowroot powder

click here for colloidal oatmeal

click here for kaolin clay (for blondes and brunettes)

click here for Moroccan red clay (for redheads)

click here for cacao powder (for brunettes and redheads)

click here for 8 oz glass jars

click here for poofy makeup brush for applying dry shampoo

 

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best dry shampoo recipe -- adds volume to hair, gives instant lift to roots, & it smells amazing! customize for blondes, brunettes, & redheads

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Is oat flour the same as colloidal oats?

They’re very similar. Colloidal oats are just more finely ground than oat flour.

I’m a brunette with red highlights; kaolin clay or morrocan red clay?

If you want to emphasize the red highlights, then I’d use Moroccan clay.
If not, then I’d use the kaolin clay.
And either way, I’d also use cacao powder (or cocoa powder).
Please let us know which one you try and how it works for you.

This looks amazing and I was so excited to try it out that I used lavender instead of rosemary because that is what I had in the house. I have done some research and it looks like it still might work ok, just wanted to get your thoughts on the substitution. Thanks Nat

Lavender would smell great! It would be nice and relaxing, too. And some people report that lavender helps with dry hair and promoting hair growth. Please let us know how it works for you.

Hi Sarah, your right it does smell amazing but my hair is oily so I’m not sure if it hindered the effectiveness of shampoo or not. Still works great but I think I’ll buy some rosemary oil and try your original recipe the next time.

Would you add more cacao powder for dark brown hair?

Yes, thanks, that’s great call out. Adjust the amount of cacao powder for your hair color. Light brown, use less cacao. Dark brown, use a little more.

What if your hair is ridiculously dry? I’ve never had oily hair a day I never my life…..

I have dry hair as well. That’s actually why I created this recipe and started using dry shampoo. Turns out part of the reason for my dry hair was over-washing it. (The other reason for my dry hair is that I have curly hair, and most curly hair tends to be dry) The over-washing part though I could do something about. I stopped washing my hair every day and that has helped a lot with the dryness.
A couple other things have helped a lot, too – recipes will be coming soon for my hair serum and hair spray. Keep an out for those new blog posts soon.

Suggestions for an alternative to Rosemary? It is avoided per recommendation for epilepsy.

lavender or chamomile would be great instead of the rosemary

Do you think an effective sub for kaolin or Moroccan clay would be bentonite? Thanks! 🙂

You could give it a shot. However, I’m not sure that it’s a good substitute. Bentonite clap swells a lot more than kaolin clay. I think it may swell too much from any oil or water on your hair and scalp, and that it could create clumps.

Will this work on someone w/ an oily scalp but dry hair? I’m sure it’s dry from over washing?

Yes, it’s great for that.
The dry shampoo soaks up the oil at the scalp, which means you don’t have to wash your hair as often, and over time, washing your hair less helps it to not be as dry.
In addition to using the dry shampoo on your scalp, you can also use a leave in conditioner and/or hair serum on your ends to help add moisture back to your hair.

I have a sensitivity to baking soda, would omitting that make out any less effective? Thanks.

You’ll be fine omitting the baking soda. You may want to use a little more arrowroot powder in place of the baking soda; that makes a great substitute and will keep the shampoo absorbent but not too drying.

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