DIY Dry Shampoo //

DIY Dry Shampoo With Essential Oils

Raise your hand if dry shampoo is your BFF! Because my hair is fine and wavy (and therefore tangles easy), I find I do better washing my hair 1-2 times per week.  In between washes, I like to refresh my style and give it more body with dry shampoo.  There are quite a few safe dry shampoo brands on the market these days, but honestly, it’s sooooo easy and affordable to make…Plus you can customize it to suit your specific needs.

DIY Dry Shampoo //


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What you will need:

1/2 cup organic corn starch or arrowroot powder

5-10 drops essential oil

Optional tint: 1-2 TBSP cocoa powder or cinnamon

Small bowl

Fine mesh strainer (metal)

Kabuki brush

Small glass jar


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To make:

Set your fine mesh strainer over your bowl and add starch, optional tint, and oils of choice.  If you have dark brown or black hair, try the cocoa powder.  If you are red or auburn, try cinnamon.  Blondes can get away with straight starch.  Use a spoon to stir and press the mixture through the strainer, ensuring there are no clumps and the oils are evenly dispersed. I find that Rapunzel corn starch has a finer texture than arrowroot powder, so I prefer it…Plus, it’s appropriately named, wouldn’t you say?


Transfer to a jar or bottle and apply as needed with a kabuki brush.  You could also try a bottle like this one.  I haven’t purchased one, but it says it can spray powder, so it’s worth a try.  Let me know if you do it.


Which oils should you use?


There are many options.  If your hair is greasy or oily, consider arborvitae, basil, cedarwood, cypress, juniper berry, melaleuca, peppermint, petitgrain, and rosemary.   If hair growth is an issue, consider cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, lavendar, rosemary, or ylang ylang.  If you have an itchy scalp, try cedarwood, lavendar, or rosemary.*  I chose to do 1-2 drops each arborvitae, cedarwood, peppermint, petitgrain, geranium, and ylang ylang and it smells good and feels invigorating.  #winning


*These recommendations are from The Essential Life, so if you don’t have a copy, I recommend picking it up.  It’s an incredible resource guide for essential oil use.


Well that’s it, friends!  Your very own dry shampoo in under 5 minutes at the fraction of the cost it would be to buy it.  If you want more DIYs, drop me a comment and let me know what you are dying to make.  If you are curious about oils and not sure where to start, I am here to help, so drop me a line and we’ll chat.   I’ve always got webinars coming up to help you use your oils to their fullest potential.



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