3 Ingredient Natural Homemade Dry Shampoo

If I can make my own version of something, I will do it. I don’t know if it’s me trying to be frugal or my rebel nature – likely the latter, as it is usually the culprit! 😉 – so when I figured out this recipe I was pretty proud of myself!

This dry shampoo works great, smells awesome even if you don’t use essential oils plus it’s literally 2 ingredients (less if you are light haired!), and all of 5 seconds of prep!

As with most things that I make myself, this started with a need, first I wanted to start taking my showers at night, to save time in the morning. But for years I had been taking my shower in the morning because I had a deep rooted fear of having greasy hair.

Maybe it’s getting older, or all of the mindset changes I have made in the past couple of years, but I did not care as much about that anymore. I did however want a way to add volume to my hair and not have it weighed down all day while I waited to have my shower at night.

I contemplated buying conventional dry shampoo, but when I realized all of the toxic ingredients in them, plus the fact that they all come in aerosol cans, that decision was a big NO for me!

Then I started researching natural dry shampoos, and found a few, and realized the ingredients where crazy simple, and for a fraction of the price I could just make my own!

So I did a little research for a recipe, but I could not find any that didn’t have obscure ingredients, and in my impatient nature, I wanted to make it RIGHT NOW! Haha! So when I didn’t find any recipe I thought would work, and for which I had all of the ingredients on hand, I decided to develop my own.

After a couple of bouts of trial and error, I came up with the recipe below, and I have been using it almost daily ever since!

And although I wash my hair every day, I tested it just for my loyal readers, and I can tell you it lasts 3 days easily between washes!

All you are going to need is a kind of starch, and cocoa powder if you are dark haired.

It’s a 1:1 ratio, or straight starch depending on your hair colour. Then if you want it to smell like something then you can add about 1 drop per tablespoon of powder of essential oil to the mixture.

Mix well, and add to your container of choice. Here I used an old spice jar, so I can either sprinkle it into my hair, or – my preferred method – use an large makeup brush to apply directly to the roots of your hair!

So to reiterate, here is how I prep my dry shampoo…

3 Ingredient DIY Dry Shampoo

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  • 1/8 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 4-8 drops essential oil (usually lavender, mint, and rosemary)


Simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl and store in an air tight container. I use an old blush brush to apply to my roots, then scrub my scalp with my fingers as I would when washing my hair. Then I brush my hair, and style as usual.

This dry shampoo stands up well to all day wear, and won’t run from sweat or rain! Don’t over apply! A little goes a long way, and if you put too much it can make your hair look dusty! For best results apply the night before.

That’s it! Enjoy the frugality, and hope it makes your rebel heart happy! 😉

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