DIY Dry Shampoo

We’ve all been there; running out the door at the last minute with dirty, greasy hair because the alarm didn’t go off again and you didn’t have time to wash it. Or maybe you’re just feeling lazy and a few extra minutes to snooze sounds much better than going through the process of washing, drying and fixing your hair. If these scenarios sound all too familiar, then this DIY dry shampoo is for you. Not only is it easy and cost-efficient to make, but it smells amazing, is nourishing to the hair and scalp, and most importantly will help you fake that just-washed look. Dry shampoo is a great alternative to washing your hair everyday, as washing your hair too often can strip your hair of natural oils it needs. Sound too good to be true? Well keep reading and you will find out just how simple (and fun) it is to make your own DIY dry shampoo.

Natural Products for Your Hair

Bentonite Clay

If you have very oily hair, bentonite clay should be your go-to ingredient for dry shampoo. Bentonite clay is highly absorbent and strips the hair of those unwanted oils. It also removes toxins from the skin, which can help soothe the scalp of irritations.

Essential oils

It’s no secret that essential oils have some great benefits for hair. Not only do they nourish the hair, but they also make your locks smell divine! Lavender is a common essential oil used for hair due to its ability to soothe the scalp of irritations, rosemary essential oil can stimulate the hair follicles, promote growth and thickness, and peppermint essential oil can treat lice and dandruff as well as promoting growth. Lemongrass and tea tree oil are other great choices, as they can both repel insects, and their antiseptic properties make these oils cleansing to dirty hair.

Cacao powder (optional)

For brunette gals, sometimes normal dry shampoos can be a little too light, resulting in a gray or white powdery effect that doesn’t look very natural. If you have brown hair, add a little cacao powder to darken the dry shampoo to match your hair. Add a teaspoon at a time until you reach a color similar to your hair. Those withvery light blonde or platinum hair will want to skip this step.

How To Make Our DIY Dry Shampoo


  • 4 tablespoons of Bentonite Clay
  • Cacao powder (optional-as needed)
  • 10-15 drops of Essential Oils
  • Non-metal mixing bowl and spoon
  • Airtight jar for storing


  1. Place the bentonite clay in the bowl.
  2. Add the desired amount of cacao powder. Keep adding a teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired color.
  3. Add 10-15 drops of lavender, rosemary and peppermint essential oils and mix thoroughly.
  4. Transfer the dry shampoo into an airtight container for storage. This will keep for around six months.
  5. To use your dry shampoo, simply sprinkle a little dry shampoo on your roots and anywhere your hair looks oily. Using a makeup powder brush, spread and blend the powder into the hair.
  6. Always make sure to shake or mix your dry shampoo before use as sometimes the powders can separate.

When you just don’t have time to wash and dry your hair, this dry shampoo is a great solution to get rid of oiliness or odor. It can also be used alternatively with your normal shampoo regime to keep hair healthy and avoid over-washing. This dry shampoo makes great gifts, especially for that one friend who is always running late. Make sure to do a patch test to before using any natural products to check for skin sensitivities.

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