DIY Dry Shampoo with Essential Oils


Whether you’re in a hurry, or just want to extend the time between washes, dry shampoo is a lifesaver. This DIY Dry Shampoo with Essential Oils  will help you avoid toxic chemicals from most store-bought brands and transform dirty or greasy hair into fresh, healthy, and voluminous looking locks.

Dry Shampoo arrowroot powder essential oil

What is Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo, in powder or spray form, absorbs excessive amounts of oils in the scalp and hair that tend to give it that “greasy” look. Dry shampoo leaves your hair looking fresh and voluminous despite skipping the suds. Unfortunately, most store bought brands contain harmful and toxic ingredients that can damage the hair and cause breakage. Enter in: DIY dry shampoo! This recipe is super easy to make, inexpensive and provides healing benefits from the added essential oils.

Essential Oil Benefits

Lavender and Peppermint essential oil deliver healing properties that help nourish and moisturize the hair, prevent hair loss and even aid in growth. Their powerful antiseptic properties also help treat dry scalp, improve circulation and reduce dandruff. I used DoTerra essential oils for this recipe, but also love and use Young Living and Rocky Mountain Oils.

Dry Shampoo with Essential Oils


  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

  • 1-6 teaspoons cocoa powder (for brunettes)*

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil**

  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil**

  • Glass jar or glass shaker bottle

  • Makeup brush, to apply


  1. Add arrowroot powder and essential oils to a small glass jar or glass shaker bottle (I used an old spice jar), put lid on and shake to disperse oils throughout.

  2. Once ready to use, apply dry shampoo onto DRY hair, focusing on the scalp and roots. Use makeup brush to apply evenly.

  3. Let powder sit so it can fully absorb any grease and oil.

  4. After about 10 minutes, brush powder throughout hair with a comb and style accordingly.

  5. Say hello to fresh, voluminous, and healthy hair that will smell amazing.

Notes: *cocoa powder works great for people with dark hair, simply add unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon at a time until the desired color is reached. **I use and trust the following essential oil brands: DoTerra, Young Living, and Rocky Mountain Oils. Other brands may work, but I would suggest checking with the manufacturer to make sure the oils are safe for topical application. 

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