DIY Recipes

Easy DIY Dry Shampoo

This one’s for the moms out there. You know, the ones who don’t get to shower as often as they’d like. The moms who rock the ponytail or the messy buns because kids don’t care if you have clean, cute hair. They care that they’re fed. I’d been wanting some dry shampoo for a while, but with my quest to remove toxins from the home, I knew it was probably best to DIY this one. I had used some store bought dry shampoo in the past and it made my scalp horribly itchy. Maybe I used it incorrectly, but I’m more inclined to think it was something in the ingredients, given my sensitive skin.

This dry shampoo is VERY easy to make and use. It has simple ingredients that can be found in your kitchen, so there’s no need to rush out and find all of the ingredients. It helped my hair look (and smell) fresh and clean, even when it had been a few days between showering.

Besides the ingredients, you will need a small glass container with a shaker top, such as a salt shaker. I’ve seen a pack of two at the Dollar Tree. You don’t HAVE to use one of these, but it’s definitely the easiest way to apply the powder. You will also want a funnel, unless you just love cleaning up a powdery mess from your table.

As do most of my DIY recipes, this recipe also includes therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living. If you don’t have any and would like to get some, these oils can be purchased here. The essential oils are an optional addition, but they do serve a purpose. For example, this recipe includes tea tree, rosemary, and cedarwood, which are amazing for skin, scalp, and hair follicle health. I use tea tree on my face daily for healthy skin, and I have cedarwood and rosemary in a “mermaid hair” DIY spray that I make (Maybe I’ll share that super simple recipe with you some day soon).


If you don’t like the scent of these oils, or if you want to experiment with other gentle, skin supporting oils you can do that as well. Lavender and peppermint together are a great combination. 3-4 drops of lavender and one drop of peppermint would be both soothing and invigorating.

For dark hair, this recipe also includes cocoa powder. However, I’ve found that unless you have platinum blonde hair, it makes sense to add a small amount of cocoa powder even for blondes. To me, it helps the powder take on a more natural look. I’ve got colored hair, so I typically add a little more than the listed 2 tbsp, but it’s a good starting point. From there, you can add more cocoa powder to match hair as needed, or even use a little less if desired.


DIY Essential Oil-Infused Dry Shampoo


  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (dark hair) – use more or less to match hair color as needed
  • 2 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop Tea Tree essential oil


  • Combine all ingredients, stir well
  • Place the ingredients into a container of your choice – I prefer a glass salt shaker, but a baby powder bottle works well too. Use a funnel to minimize the mess
  • Sprinkle onto the roots of the hair and massage into scalp
  • Let this sit for 2-3 minutes to allow it to absorb your hair’s natural oils
  • Brush through hair thoroughly

And there you have it! If you make this recipe, drop a comment below and let me know how it turns out!

Keep on sparkling!

– Kate

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6 thoughts on “Easy DIY Dry Shampoo”

  1. This is great! I am going to try this, so many of my friends swear by dry shampoo and I’m so hesitant to buy it. I have all these, thanks for the tips.


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