DIY Natural Dry Shampoo For Red Hair

DIY Dry Shampoo for people with red or ginger hair - made from natural clays and arrowroot powder

When I published my DIY dry shampoo recipe a while ago, a few people asked “but what about those of us with red hair?”. For some bizarre reason, I only thought about blonde and brunette folks. Whoops! So, for my beautiful red headed readers, here’s a DIY dry shampoo recipe for you.

DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe For Red Hair

Below are three ratios for red hair using arrowroot powder and clay. You can use bicarbonate soda instead of the arrowroot powder if you want to. Just use what’s readily available to you.

Ingredients For DIY Dry Shampoo:

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Red clay
  • Jar/container to keep the mixture in
  • Couple of drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)


Simply mix your arrowroot powder and red clay together. If you want to add an essential oil, you can do so. Only add a few drops for a light scent and mix well. I find it’s easier to mix your dry shampoo in the container that you’ll use for storage.

Use red clay and arrowroot powder to create a natural DIY dry shampoo for red hair

For Light Red Hair –

2:1 ratio of arrowroot powder and red clay

For Medium Red Hair –

1:1 ratio of arrowroot and red clay

For Dark Red Hair –

1:3 ratio of arrowroot and red clay. Or, just use plain red clay

The mixes above will give threeshades of red; dark, medium and light. You can easily mix a colour to match your hair by adding more/using less arrowroot powder to the red clay. For a mahogany colour, try adding some cocoa powder to the mix. And for hair that’s dyed and has quite a bright orange tone to it, experiment with tumeric powder. There’s no right or wrong way to mix up a matching shade!

I used French Red Clay in this recipe, but if you’re looking for a more vibrant, deeper red, try Red Montmorillonite Clay.

Using The DIY Dry Shampoo

Apply directly to the roots using an old makeup brush. Face powder, blush and kabuki brushes work really well. You could even use an old pepper pot to sprinkle on the roots and work in with hands. The clay and arrowroot powder will absorb the excess oil. After you’ve applied, just massage your scalp and then brush your hair. Ta-da!

To make a dry shampoo for blonde or brunette hair, check out my DIY Dry Shampoo post!

Have you made your own dry shampoo before?

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  1. 16th July 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Oh wow, I am so impressed that not only have you made up your own recipe but have altered it for different hair types too.

    • Tamsin
      18th July 2017 / 1:10 am

      Thanks! You should definitely try it out xo

  2. 16th July 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I don’t know if i’ve been living under a rock but I didn’t even know diy shampoo was a thing. As they say everydays a school day!

    • Tamsin
      18th July 2017 / 1:11 am

      Glad you learned something new here 🙂 xo

  3. 16th July 2017 / 9:25 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I haven’t seen anyone come up with something like this before; it really is perfect for red heads as the dry shampoos out there just don’t cater to them xxx

    • Tamsin
      18th July 2017 / 1:13 am

      That’s half the problem, isn’t it. Colour matching is an issue. Hope this recipe helps xo

  4. 17th July 2017 / 6:45 am

    I’d never thought about making my own dry shampoo so I might have to give this a go as I have dyed red hair and find shop bought dry shampoo’s don’t tend to match colour wise very well x

    • Tamsin
      18th July 2017 / 1:12 am

      It’s one of the reasons I made my own. Dry shampoos, even the coloured ones, aren’t great. They’re always so grey! xo

  5. 21st July 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I’ve never thought of making my own dry shampoo before! I have blonde hair so I’ll have to see if I can find a similar DIY for that on the interweb 🙂

    Louise x

  6. Dani
    25th July 2017 / 3:31 pm

    This is a great idea – would’ve been useful when I had red hair and I’m sure I will one day again in the future.
    I couldn’t live without dry shampoo 🙂

    Dani x