As a woman with fine hair, the second I tried dry shampoo I was swooning. Not only was the oil gone, but my hair’s texture was the stuff of dreams. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for busy women, active women, and women who prefer the way their hair looks a day (or three) after a shampoo.


If you aren’t familiar with dry shampoo, picture yourself running late to meet your girlfriends for dinner post-yoga and sans shower. Or, throwing in that top-knot before work and the sides are looking a little too slick to be safe. With dry shampoo you not only dry out the oil and add fabulous texture to your hair in minutes, but you save some water, too.

However, we don’t need to use chemicals to dry up oil and get that gorgeous volume.

Our skin is our largest organ — what it comes in contact with (pollution, chemical cleaners, beauty products, fragrance) eventually makes its way into our bloodstream and can manifest as acne, mood swings, thyroid issues, developmental and reproductive harm, autoimmune disease and even cancer. Most beauty and personal care products on the market, including our beloved dry shampoos, contain known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and other toxins, so skip the chemical-laden dry shampoos and make your own out of a few ingredients so safe you can eat them. And they smell so good that you’ll want to.

… so skip the chemical-laden dry shampoos and make your own out of a few ingredients so safe you can eat them.

Making your own beauty products is empowering and easier than you may think. It’s also a commitment to being accountable for your health, and it’s a way you can connect a bit more not only with yourself, but also with those you gift with homemade goodies (hint, hint).

All you need to make your own dry shampoo is a container (an empty salt shaker, a recycled seasoning jar with a shaker top, a store-bought shaker, or a glass jar with a lid) and a large makeup brush to apply. Feel free to double or triple these amounts to fill the container you’ll be storing it in.

Lavender Scented Dry Shampoo (Light Hair)
2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder (aka arrowroot flour or arrowroot starch)
7–8 drops of lavender essential oil

Lavender Scented Dry Shampoo (Dark Hair)
1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon of cocoa (or raw cacao) powder
7–8 drops of lavender essential oil


For extra drying and texture power (even though arrowroot is already super absorbent), you can add ½–1 tsp of white Kaolin clay to each formula. You can also use any essential oils you like to scent your shampoo. Try:

  • Rosemary + Vanilla
  • Vetiver + Rose
  • Vanilla + Mint
  • Orange, Lemon + Vanilla
  • Rosemary, Cedar + Vetiver (a very handsome combination that would also work well for the men in your life)

To apply:
There are a few ways to apply dry shampoo. Try each to see what works best for you.

  1. Using a shaker, either put some shampoo into the palm of your hands, rub together and apply to oily parts of your hair close to the scalp, or tap shampoo directly into the parts that need some love. Pat down and use fingers to tousle and if necessary, use a brush or comb on hair until all the powder is absorbed.
  2. I like to use a makeup brush for application because it gives me great control. Just dip brush into powder, tap the extra off and dab the oily parts of your hair close to the scalp. Tousle, brush, and pat until hair is looking clean and oil-free.


Concerned about other chemicals that may be lurking in your beauty routine? Visit the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Care Database to see how your beauty products hold up when it comes to safety.

Images via Heather Crosby


  1. How people can use those aerosol sprays of dry shampoo with all those unknown ingredients in it is beyond me! I love absolutely love the different variations with this dry shampoo recipe! I gotta try the salt shaker option too!

  2. I don’t know what I would do without dry shampoo (I use Acure Organics dry shampoo), and I LOVE the makeup brush applicator tip! I always feel like the oil from my skin/hands is acting counterproductive to the powder on my scalp, so that sounds like a great solution. I have both arrowroot powder and lavender essential oil on hand so I will be making this when I run out next!

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