Note: I am not a doctor, herbalist, aromatherapist or chemist. I am just an everyday mom trying to figure out how to live naturally. This recipe is one that works for myself and my family. Please consult your doctor before using any diy recipe or essential oils to confirm that they are safe for you. This holds especially important if you are currently pregnant.
DIY Dry Shampoo – Made 2 Ways!
So many of my DIY products are self-care based (like this silky body butter with beeswax!). But this easy DIY dry shampoo recipe is a life necessity… especially for busy moms! Made in under five minutes this easy dry shampoo uses minimal ingredients and works for both light and dark hair.
As a super busy mom, my hair either gets flat ironed or put into a pony/messy bun. But rarely does it get washed (not just me, right?!).
Which means I have come to live off dry shampoo.
What I didn’t realize until last year was that it can be made multiple ways! I’ve always just used arrowroot powder but after a bit of experimenting, I’ve found that there is a much better way to rock this natural hair care hack.
Why You’ll Love These DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes
- Minimal ingredients
- 5-minutes to make
- Smells amazing
- Works for all hair
The main ingredient in this DIY shampoo is arrowroot powder. Arrowroot and cornstarch are pretty interchangeable but both work because they absorb.
When you rub the arrowroot powder into your scalp it helps absorb and pull the grease which leaves your hair a little bit lighter than it was before.
This means you can definitely use just arrowroot powder as a homemade dry shampoo.
Adjusting the Powder for Hair Color
The problem with just arrowroot is that it only really works if your hair is blond. Otherwise, you’ll look a bit dusty around your roots.
To adjust the DIY dry shampoo for your hair color, add in a bit of cocoa or cacao powder. My hair is light but not blond at its roots, so I add in a teaspoon of cocoa powder.
The darker your hair, the more cocoa powder you’d want to add though one teaspoon is a great start.
If your hair is reddish, cinnamon tends to work the best.
While the essential oils are not necessary, they do make the DIY dry shampoo recipe a bit more luxurious! I like to choose essential oils that both smell good as well as compliment my hair.
Both lavender and cedarwood essential oils have been shown to help hair grow and keep it thick. So, I tend to use those most often.
Geranium essential oil is simply one of my favorite scents which is a nice pick me up when I’m feeling greasy and unkempt.
Mix and match blend that you love personally but also know that essential oils are not crucial to the dry shampoo recipe.
Making It Into A Spray
I have forever used a powder for this recipe but within the last year, I’ve begun to use a dry shampoo spray. Both recipes work to grab the grease out of your hair. However, the perk to the spray is that it doesn’t make a big mess.
The dry shampoo powder tends to get everywhere when you use it whereas the spray keeps it confined to your head.
The spray uses witch hazel as a base which is a staple for a lot of DIY skincare recipes (like this DIY face toner). Witch hazel is an astringent which helps curb inflammation. For your scalp though it can help cleanse your scalp and reduce flaking.
How To Use It
Using this natural hair care product is as easy as 1-2-3 for both recipes!
- Use a brush to apply the powder to your hair at the roots (or spray the mixture)
- Massage the DIY shampoo into your scalp and let sit
- Brush it out
You really want o to make sure you’re getting the shampoo at the scalp or one inch from as this is where oils tend to build-up
The reason you let the dry shampoo sit for a few minutes is so that the arrowroot can do its job. I’ve actually even applied the powder before bed and left it in overnight and had amazing results.
Don’t Want To DIY?
I get it. Even with simple DIY recipes sometimes the effort is just too much (especially when you have littles!). Fortunately, I have an all-natural brand I use for just those occasions.
Don’t forget to pin these awesome dry shampoo recipes!
An easy DIY natural hair care recipe crucial for busy moms! Made in under five-minutes this DIY shampoo helps cut the oily build-up in minimal time. For both recipes, combine all the ingredients in the appropraite containers. Shake well. To use: use a makeup brush to distribute the powder along the roots (or spray the mixture). Massage into the scalp. Let sit a few minutes. Brush through. Grab the ingredients for the recipes from my DIY staples page.
DIY Dry Shampoo - 2 Ways
An easy DIY natural hair care recipe crucial for busy moms! Made in under five-minutes this DIY shampoo helps cut the oily build-up in minimal time.
For both recipes, combine all the ingredients in the appropraite containers.
To use: use a makeup brush to distribute the powder along the roots (or spray the mixture).
Massage into the scalp. Let sit a few minutes. Brush through.
Grab the ingredients for the recipes from my DIY staples page.
Keep life simple and still look glamorous when you haven’t showered with a DIY dry shampoo. Made two different ways to best suit your lifestyle this natural hair care recipe is a necessity for busy moms.
The Best DIY Skin Care Recipes For Busy Moms
If you’re looking for natural, simple, effective DIY skincare recipe check out DIY Skin Care For Busy Moms where I’ve created 21 indulgent but super easy DIY skincare recipes that are perfect for everyday moms. From homemade body butters to DIY face masks and energizing shower melts. These DIY skincare recipes share a few things in common:
- They’re simple to make (most are melt + pour + let sit!)
- They contain minimal ingredients
- Many ingredients are repeated throughout the book to make them cost-effective
- All-natural beauty products that are effective
Keep your skincare routine SIMPLE with these DIY recipes. I’ve also included video demonstrations for each section of the book as well as a download PDF of the ingredients you’ll find and of course my best tips.