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Best Ever Natural Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe

Best Ever Natural Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe

This natural homemade dry shampoo recipe is void of cornmeal and instead uses ingredients like arrowroot powder, colloidal oatmeal, cosmetic clays, and herbs.With Floyd Fest next week, I’ve been working on my checklist of all the things I need to take with me – including those things that will simplify my stay as well as make things easier on me. This includes going for my first ever session of acupuncture the day before I’ll be sleeping on the ground for three straight nights in hopes it will keep my fibro calm during my stay. Additionally, as there are only a limited number of shower stalls available at Floyd Fest and, from what I hear, lines for those showers the entire stay, one product I definitely have on my list other than unscented baby wipes is dry shampoo.

I’ve tried some different versions of a homemade dry shampoo recipe, including ones that called for using spices like nutmeg or cinnamon for a darker shampoo, but the strong food fragrance put me off – especially since I’ll be camping outdoors and don’t want to attract insects. In the end I came up with my own homemade dry shampoo recipe that is void of cornmeal and instead uses arrowroot powder, rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, cosmetic clays, essential oils and herbs. Not only does it work beautifully, but it also adds volume and a lovely lavender fragrance.

Best Ever Natural Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon


3 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour White
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul (Red Moroccan) Clay
1 Tablespoon lavender blossoms or (lavender flower powder)
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
1/2 ml rosemary extract


Because I tend to have red highlights in my hair I chose to use red Moroccan clay in this recipe. If you prefer you can substitute with Fuller’s earth clay. You can also sub the arrowroot powder with Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour. (Although Bob’s Red Mill makes an all natural arrowroot starch/flour as well.) For darker hair you can also add 1/8 – 1/4 of a teaspoon of brown iron oxide.

Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flowers in a glass measuring cup. Then, using a different graduated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils and rosemary extract, measure out and add these to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon, then slowly pour into a coffee bean grinder and mix well. This will turn your lavender blossoms into a powder and evenly distribute the essential oils and extract. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. or one 8 oz. jar or container.

To use simply apply to hair – a makeup brush actually works wonderfully for this and cuts down on spillage – and lightly massage into hair with your hands. (If you used brown iron oxide pigment, avoid your scalp area as it can stain your scalp.) Then brush through and go! I found this recipe works really well, smells heavenly, and it even added some nice volume to my fine, straight hair.

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  • Mariselys

    July 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    This is great! I have a dry shampoo but it contains alcohol : ( Once I buy the rosemary extract I’ll definitely make it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anne-Marie Faiola

    July 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    What an interesting recipe, I’m going to have to try it out! =)

  • Kim @ 2justByou

    July 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this, Rebecca! =0)
    I don’t currently have all these ingredients, but I’ll work on getting them so I can try this recipe!

  • Melanie

    March 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I was wondering why do you use the rosemary extract? And if i can substitute it for Rosemary EO.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      March 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      It helps to extend the shelf life of the product. You can omit it, but it’s different from rosemary eo.

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