There is nothing worse when it comes to hair than dirty or greasy hair and washing your hair too often can leave your hair susceptible to dryness and breakage. This DIY and easy-to-apply dry shampoo, with only a few ingredients, can get rid of that greasy hair look and feel while switching to a natural product your scalp will love! Free of toxic parabens, fragrances, dyes, and chemicals that cause breakage, this recipe with delicious and healing essential oil scents, will be the perfect refresh that your days old hair will need!  

Dry Shampoo DIY 

Ingredients for light hair  

  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder  
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (you can go without this if you have white or very light hair) 
  • 5 drops essential oil combinations of your choice  

Ingredients for dark hair  

  • 4 tablespoons arrowroot powder  
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons cocoa powder  
  • 5 drops essential oil combinations your choice 

Ingredients for red hair  

  • 4 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 
  • A pinch or two of cinnamon 
  • 5 drops essential oil combinations of your choice

Essential oil recommendations   

  • For dandruff – lavender essential oil
  • For fragile hair – sage or thyme  
  • For greasy or oily hair – basil, cypress, lemon, orange  
  • For itchy scalp – Peppermint  
  • For hair loss – Tea tree or lavender 
  • Or any other essential oil scent that you love, that is skin safe  


  1. Add arrowroot powder to a small mixing bowl 
  1. For dark hair add a tablespoon at a time or for light hair a teaspoon at a time of cocoa powder. Stir it in, adding as needed depending on your hair color. If your hair has a reddish tint, add in just a pinch of cinnamon at a time, as you add the cocoa powder. Always start with less and add more until you reach your desired color.  
  1. Stir in the essential oils of your choice and stir until well combined  
  1. Transfer to an airtight container  
  1. Using a makeup brush for application, divide hair into sections and distribute evenly by brushing the powder into the greasy sections of your hair. You only need to apply to the greasy sections of your hair. Let the powder sit for one minute and then work from the roots down to the tips of your hair. Brush any excess powder out of your hair and style hair as usual.  
  1. You can also add the mixture to a baby powder or shaker bottle air-tight container and sprinkle on to the greasy sections of your hair if preferred. Then follow the same directions as above, once applied.  
    *Note – a little goes a long way. Do not use gel or hair spray before or during dry shampoo application. If using cocoa or cinnamon, use essential oil scents that complement them such as orange, cinnamon, or Dry shampoo is not a replacement for washing hair. It will absorb oils but does not remove dirt, buildup, and sweat. It does a great job for occasional use to treat greasy hair and to train the scalp to produce less oil. However, if used too frequently without washing, it can cause buildup on the scalp.  


If you loved this Dry Shampoo DIY recipe, here’s another clean skincare recipe you can try: Natural Weekly Damage Repair Hair Oil Treatment  


Check out the ingredient benefits for your skin!  

  • Arrowroot Powder – helps exfoliate and improve skin tone. It soothes rashes, sunburns, and other skin irritations.  
  • Cocoa – with healing properties, cocoa powder helps with skin cell renewal. Theobromine which is present in cocoa powder can increase blood flow to the skin’s surface bringing newer and brighter skin. The vitamin C in cocoa powder helps reduce hyperpigmentation, fade dark spots, and lighten any blemishes.
  • Cinnamon – rich in beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants, cinnamon helps treat hyperpigmentation and acne, plumps and lightens the skin, and decreases the signs of aging. 
  • Lavender Essential Oil – helps to calm inflammation in the skin and stress throughout your body. It soothes and diminishes blemishes and red bumps, while also detoxifying the skin. Lavender can help reduce the time needed to heal cuts, scrapes, or damage to the skin. 
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil – the anti-inflammatory effect of tea tree oil helps to relieve and soothe irritated and painful skin. Tea tree essential oil can aid in treating acne because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree essential oil can also calm swelling, redness, and inflammation. It may help to prevent and reduce acne scars, giving you smooth, clear skin. 
  • Orange Essential Oil – is beneficial for maintaining the appearance, texture, and health, of skin by supporting clarity, radiance, and smoothness. Packed with vitamin C, it can even out skin tones and brighten the overall appearance of the skin.