DIY Natural Dry Shampoo

DIY Dry Shampoo is a great natural alternative to store bought dry shampoo. If you’re trying to become more ‘Zero Waste’, then making your own dry shampoo is a great option.

Zero Waste + Natural DIY Dry Shampoo Is Great For People Wanting To Be More Zero Waste + Save Money

Β For many years I used the stuff in aerosol cans and hated them. The smell and the awful grey tones to my dark hair, ruined the dry shampoo experience for me. I started experimenting with bicarb when I went ‘no poo’ and found it didn’t leave my hair quite as white as the shop bought stuff. But it was still a problem.

With my hospital admissions becoming more and more frequent, my need for dry shampoo increased. When you’re stuck in bed for days on end, and still unable to shower after 2 weeks laying in hospital, your hair looks very gross. Which in turn just made me feel a million times worse. It was one thing looking like a corpse because of being so deathly pale, but it was another to feel like a greasy corpse.

After a conversation on Instagram with Nurturing Soul, I started using cocoa powder, which was originally suggested to warm my pale face up (it makes an amazing bronzer!).

It was absolutely amazing colourwise for my dark hair, but I did find that it wasn’t as good at absorbing oil. Fast forward a few years, I’d gone back to the spray cans for hospital because the cocoa wasn’t working as well as I’d hoped. I then discovered arrowroot powder and thought, ‘I wonder what will happen if I mix the two?’. Turns out they work bloody well together. Finally, I had a natural dry shampoo that smelt amazing AND blended in well with my dark hair. Huzzuh!

Zero Waste & Natural DIY Dry Shampoo

Below is my DIY Dry Shampoo ‘recipe’, and although I mention arrowroot powder, you can use bicarb. I just don’t it as it irritates my scalp, making it red and dry.

If you’re fair/blonde, you can just use straight up arrowroot powder. No mixing required.

However, if youre like me and have dark hair then, cocoa powder mix will get rid of that tell tale greyish tone to your roots. Plus it smells divine.

Ingredients Needed For Making DIY Dry Shampoo:

  • A jar or container to store your dry shampoo in
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Plain cocoa powder


Using your jar or container, you can mix your powders together. Use these ratios below:

For blonde/light hair –

Plain arrowroot powder is fine. Nothing else needed!

For light brown hair –

1 tbsp arrowroot powder to 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder.

For medium brown hair –

Equal ratios: 1tbsp arrowroot to 1 tbsp cocoa powder

For dark brown/black hair

Equal ratio of 1tbsp arrowroot to 2 tbsp cocoa powder.

The above ratios will give you mixes that vary in darkness, which I personally find help blend the powder into the roots better. To lighten or darken the ratios further, just increase/decrease the cocoa powder.

DIY Natural Dry Shampoo For Brown Hair


You can use a pepper pot to distribute your powder onto your roots, or use a makeup brush. I use an old, cheap makeup brush that I’d once given to my son when he expressed an interest in the texture of the bristles. I use a natural bristle brush to work the powder down the hair a little further, so that ALL of the excess oil is absorbed. But just do whatever works for you.

DIY Dry Shampoo In Glass Jar

If you’ve got red hair make sure to check out my DIY Dry shampoo for red hair!

Did you like this DIY Dry Shampoo recipe? Do you make your own hair/bodycare?

Let me know in the comment section below – I love to hear from you.

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  1. Kathy Attwood
    14th September 2016 / 10:38 am

    This works great! Soooo much better than the branded aerosol I was using before. I add a drop of sweet orange oil. Smells just like chocolate orange! Devine x

    • 15th September 2016 / 5:50 pm

      Aerosols have such a fake, awful smell to them. I will never go back to using them.

  2. 14th September 2016 / 11:34 am

    That’s really a helpful recipe! I’ve been thinking about refusing to buy dry shampoo in spray bottles, but as you mentioned, it is difficult to find an equivalent. Actually I did not even hate those spray bottles, but they produce so much waste πŸ˜” I already tried baby powder and dry shampoo from Lush, but I will definitely try to mix my own dry shampoo. Thanks! πŸ˜‰

    • 16th September 2016 / 11:07 am

      You can make a spray using witch hazel and bicarb in a spray bottle. I hope this version helps you xx

  3. Christype bartle
    14th September 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Ooh may have to try this. My hair gets so greasy if not washed every night so would be fab to not have to do that x

    • 16th September 2016 / 11:12 am

      Let me know how you get on lovely xx

  4. 15th September 2016 / 11:03 am

    This sounds great, love the idea. I definitely want to try this. I hate the spray ones too, don’t like how they smell but they’re so useful too, this could be a great alternative x

    • 16th September 2016 / 11:09 am

      Useful but expensive, wasteful and smell awful – bleugh. Let me know how you get on lovely xo

  5. 16th September 2016 / 10:27 am

    Wow, I’d really love to try this (without cocoa powder as i’m very light blonde). Thanks for the tips! I’m definitely going to try cocoa as a bronzer though, I like to look less ghost-like sometimes and the smell must be delicious! Xxx

    • 16th September 2016 / 11:10 am

      Plain arrowroot powder will be fine for you. Yes, do try it! It smells amazing and I find it doesn’t give me that orange look some bronzers do. xx

  6. Heather Link
    16th September 2016 / 1:55 pm

    This is awesome! I also hate the spray dry shampoo and have given up on the idea.

    • 16th September 2016 / 7:27 pm

      I always hated how it made my hair look dull and grey. Oh and flakey scalp, ugh xo

  7. 17th September 2016 / 5:18 am

    Wow, thank you for sharing this! I went No Poo last year but only for a few months as I found it so difficult to adjust to, but I think I should give it another try. And it’s so good to know there are DIY Dry Shampoos out there too! Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

    • 17th September 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Have you considered going ‘low poo’? So the stuff you use is more natural, no SLS etc? I use a shampoo bar (Soap for hair) followed by a herbal tea rinse or ACV infused with essential oils. My hair feels so much better for it.

  8. Gabriela
    17th September 2016 / 5:01 pm

    So interesting!! I usually just use baby powder. I’ll try this next time.

  9. Staci Samuels
    17th September 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Pinned this to try! I hate what the aerosol does to my hair!

  10. Alice
    21st September 2016 / 11:32 pm

    This is interesting, I must give it a try! Nothing worse than grey hair from dry shampoo!


  11. 28th September 2016 / 4:45 pm

    I will absolutely be making this! I can’t wait hehe πŸ˜€

  12. 3rd October 2016 / 6:29 pm

    I’ll be stocking up to give this a go once I go shopping. As well as the fake smell of aerosols, they are also quite expensive and start to affect my asthma. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. 13th November 2016 / 9:56 pm

    I love how you have found a way round finding a better solution for spray can dry shampoos… admittedly I have no use for dry shampoos having curly hair. x

  14. 14th November 2016 / 3:05 am

    This sounds great, I don’t get on with the cans either as they just make my hair turn another colour! So this is something I’ll consider instead x

  15. 14th November 2016 / 7:08 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS! I am SO happy to read this post as I am such a dry shampoo fiend like you as I get so busy that it gets my hair through the week. I bet it does smell fab AND love that it is natural too!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  16. 14th November 2016 / 9:48 pm

    I am always using dry shampoo, I hate it, but I need it! This is SUCH a great alternative!

  17. 15th November 2016 / 10:18 am

    I would never think of making my own dry shampoo but this sounds so good.

  18. Anosa
    17th November 2016 / 4:36 am

    I am not one for dry shampoo somehow my Afro doesn’t agree with it but loving this DIY

  19. 17th November 2016 / 2:15 pm

    I love dry shampoo and I love making my own stuff sometimes too. So I’d definitely try this out in the future. Great post.

  20. 29th November 2016 / 8:54 am

    Fantastic recipe for dry shampoo. All natural and nothing damaging to health or lungs! x

  21. melissazia90
    29th November 2016 / 11:04 pm

    What a brilliant idea, I never thought about making my own dry shampoo! will keep this mind in future

  22. 31st March 2017 / 12:22 am

    I love this! I currently use a mixture of cornstarch and cocoa powder as my dry shampoo, but I’ll definitely try out arrowroot next time. I haven’t bought dry shampoo in over a year now and it’s amazing how much money it saves you!

  23. 4th April 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Neat idea! πŸ™‚ I haven’t made a dry shampoo myself (or even used a purchased one!) but I am now trying to get rid of using ‘regular’ shampoo and switching to rye flour. Hope it goes well! πŸ™‚ But I might try this dry shampoo someday, just have to find that arrowroot. πŸ˜‰

  24. 26th July 2017 / 11:57 am

    Oh this is great, can’t wait to try! Wondering if all the polyphenols in cocoa will do scalp some good, too.

  25. SophiaFaith1983
    6th December 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Great article. I have never used dry shampoo let alone made it before! I might have to try making it and seeing how it works in my hair routine.

  26. Rhianna Elizabeth Murphy
    30th March 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Oh my goodness THIS WORKS SO MUCH BETTER THAN I EVER EXPECTED. I do have red hair so it doesn’t quite match but it just kind of looks like my roots are coming in, which is muuuuch better than a bunch of grease in my hair. I’ve been washing my hair every day for a while now and I’ve been trying to wash less but it’s quite difficult not to because in between washes, my hair is incredibly greasy and I can’t stand it. Today is day one in my current cycle of not washing and omg my hair looks completely clean. I parted my hair into different sections and applied it with a brush until I got most all of my hair and my hair looks good. It even has more volume. I love this!

    • 18th May 2018 / 3:22 pm

      I have a recipe for red hair, too!