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DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes with Arrowroot Powder

Shaker full of homemade dry shampoo powder surrounded by rose buds

There’s been a lot of buzz lately around DIY and natural hair care products. We’ve shared some no-poo recipesDIY hair rinses, and hot oil treatments before for those of us wanting to look fabulous without using harsh chemicals, and now we are in love with these herbal powders!

Dry “shampoos” are created to work without water, and there has been a long history of people using powdered herbs, grains, and natural cosmetic clays to remove excess oil and dirt build-up. These natural ingredients absorb the oils and remove it when brushed out, without causing damage to the hair or scalp. Dry shampoos can also be a good option for folks who want to shampoo once or twice a week, using the powders in between washings to keep hair fresh, soft, and manageable. They also come in handy when packing for camping trips and outdoor festivals! 

Three wooden spoons full of pastel powders for dry shampoo

We've created two different powders, one dry shampoo for dark hair (made with cocoa or carob powder) and another for lighter hair colors, but you can make adjustments to suit your needs. Both these shampoo blends are built around a base of organic arrowroot powder, a super lightweight starch that becomes pretty much invisible once applied, so you won't need to worry about looking as if you fell into a giant sack of flour as you go through your day! 

Homemade dry shampoo powder in blue bowl with wooden spoon


Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipes


Rosemary Cocoa Shampoo Powder (for darker hair)



  1. Mix all the ingredients together and stir well to combine.
  2. Transfer finished blend into a dry container and store away from moisture (to reduce clumping). Our powder containers are perfect for storing the finished shampoos!
  3. Use as necessary.

How to Use Dry Shampoo

Shake or sprinkle powdered shampoo blend along the crown of the head, working through the scalp and hair to pick up any excess oils or debris. Depending on the texture and thickness of your hair, either brush or shake well to remove the excess. This is best done before you get dressed so you don’t end up with any powder residue on your clothes (you can also drape your shoulders with a towel to keep the powder off your clothes).

Feel free to experiment with organic herb and flower powders and essential oils to create your own signature dry shampoo!

Want more natural and low-maintenance hair care?

Learn How to Go Shampoo-less!

You may also enjoy:

 DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes Pinterest Pin from Mountain Rose Herbs


Topics: Natural Body Care, Recipes, Specialty Ingredients


Written by Jana on August 14, 2018

Jana DiSanti is a marketing writer, editor, and strategist who holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sustainability. She has also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and enjoys exploring techniques that help people change their everyday behaviors to make better use of our precious environmental resources. She's spent her career promoting businesses that strive to better the world, and she loves how passionately her Pacific Northwest community supports that mission! She firmly believes that rethinking our food systems is essential for worldwide human and ecological health, and she is thrilled to help support Mountain Rose Herbs in providing responsibly sourced herbal offerings to its customers. Off-work hours will find her hiking, camping, and mushroom-hunting in Oregon's wild areas, volunteering at her local farmer’s market, or cooking, gardening, and corralling chickens at home.

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