DIY Dry Shampoo

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DIY dry shampoo

You know how it goes. The alarm rings. You jump right out of bed and smile at the sunshine coming through the window. You wander down the hall to the bathroom and take a luxurious long shower. As you finish getting dressed you spouse brings you a steaming cup of coffee, just the way you like it. Then you walk into the living room ready to face the day and smile at the children playing with their toys calmly waiting for breakfast…

Wait, wait, wait, that’s not at all how it goes…

Somebody starts wailing and your spouse pushes you out of bed, so he can hit snooze a couple more times. You find the woken child and try to soothe them as you stumble into the kitchen hoping to find the answers to life somewhere under the pile of dishes you left from last night. Coffee sounds too good to be true and you wonder if you will actually get to take a shower today…

That’s more like it.

Let’s be real. Moms don’t often get to take showers when they need want them. It’s just a part of life. And that season of life will pass quicker than you know. (Or so they say, I’m still in the midst of it!)

Personally, I’m ok skipping a shower most of the time but I feel completely frumpy and out of sorts if I can’t get my hair washed. Granted it’s so much better now that I use natural methods of washing, but after a day or so I get a little oily around the edges. Thankfully, there is a solution to keeping decently clean looking hair when it comes to part time showering.

DIY Dry Shampoo!

The recipe is simple and you probably already have the ingredients on hand. It’s super cheap and is much better than any store bought version. It takes less than a minute to mix it together.

All you need is cocoa powder and arrowroot powder (corn starch or tapioca powder work great too!). An optional addition is essential oils to enhance the scent and nourish your scalp.

dry shampoo ingredients

To apply it to your hair use a make-up brush to dab it on or just sprinkle it on and brush it in. I like using a make-up brush, it goes on with less mess and is easy to do.

The size batch you make is up to you and depends on the size storage jar you have. I use a regular half-pint mason jar. But a recycled jar would be perfect!

DIY Dry Shampoo



  1. Measure ingredients in to a jar.
  2. Close the lid and shake until well mixed.
  3. Apply to roots with make-up brush or sprinkle it on as needed.

See? It’s not at all complicated to have clean looking hair each day! Even if you can’t get a shower in, but want to avoid the greasy hair look this is your solution.

If you have blonde or light colored hair you can adjust the ratio of powders. Use more of the arrowroot powder and less cocoa powder to achieve a lighter dry shampoo. (Depending on your skin color, you could even play around with different shades as a facial powder too!)

application brush

So next time you stumble out of bed to tend to the little ones, don’t fret about not getting a shower, your hair can still look fabulous!

Have you tried a dry shampoo?

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4 thoughts on “DIY Dry Shampoo

  1. Is the coco powder just to darken the arrowroot powder or is there a specific reason for using coco?

    1. Hi Kelli! Yes, the cocoa powder is to darken the arrowroot powder. If you have light hair you can use just arrowroot powder or less of the cocoa powder. Thanks for asking!

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