How To Make Dry Shampoo (Blondes, Brunettes, & Redheads)

by | Sep 3, 2016 | Hair Care, Natural Beauty & Cleaning

Namaste Crunchy Homemakers,

About 3-4 years ago I went through a phase of not washing my hair, this lasted for about 6-9 months…now some of you would think that this is super disgusting while others…”ehh I’m not surprised Ashleigh”.

But throughout this period of time, I got to see how often my scalp would produce oil and was amazed at how many times my hair was actually normal…the beginning was kinda a train wreck and of course there were random days of oily horror, but luckily I had a little secret weapon for those days!

I started using baby powder on the really bad days until I had come across an article listing all the nasty chemicals inside a simple baby powder (Luckily for Ava, she never had a powdered butt)!! I ended up switching to organic cornstarch and eventually over to Arrowroot starch/flour.

These two are great alternatives to baby powder. As the months passed by, I slowly started to create my own little recipes to make it smell pretty as well as strengthen the hair and, thanks to pinterest, I learned that apparently this was no secret to others and actually had a name called…Dry Shampoo! 

how to make dry shampoo

So today allow me to give you my recipe for a nourishing Dry Shampoo for you to use on the days where your hair is a bit too oily! 
A few tips that I’ve learned along the way:
  1. Be careful not to add too much Dry Shampoo on your actual scalp, as it can cause your head to become a little itchy.
  2. A makeup brush and comb are helpful to brush the powder onto your hair without it going all over your clothes! (Although wrapping a towel around your shoulders isn’t a bad idea either)
  3. When washing or rinsing out your hair be sure to scrub your scalp to get the dry shampoo off and prevent it from caking on. (It doesn’t take very long to get it off your hair if you used the brush 😉 ) 


Dry Shampoo for blondes
Dry Shampoo for brunettes
Dry Shampoo for redheads
DIY Dry Shampoo
A natural way to rid your hair of oil and grease in a super quick manner.
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  1. 1/4 cup arrowroot starch or organic cornstarch
  2. 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  3. 1 tbs ground ginger
  4. 10-12 drops of EO (listed down below)
  5. For darker hair add cocoa powder (about 1 part arrowroot 1 part cocoa)
  6. For Red or Orange hair add numeric and/or beetroot powder (again 1:1 ratio)
  1. Mix in the starch and spices together in a small bowl.
  2. Next add in the drops of EO and mix in once again.
  3. Pour into a container with a air-tight lid and then pat yourself on the back because you just did it!
  1. Here is a list of beneficial EO to choose for your hair!
  2. West Indian Bay (Pimento racemosa) - This EO is great for controlling dandruff, oily hair as well as strengthening for the hair.
  3. Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) - This is great for oily hair. (Not recommended for nursing or pregnant women)
  4. Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) - Also great for oily hair. (Not recommended for hormone-dependent cancer, or if you're pregnant, or nursing)
  5. Green Myrtle (Myrtus communist ct cineole) - Great for oily hair.
  6. Yang-Ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina) - Great for oily hair as well as strengthening for the hair!
  7. *Contact your midwife, doctor, or practitioner for EO not recommended while pregnant or nursing, for more information.
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Be sure to snap a photo & hashtag #omlivin during or after making this recipe! I would love to know how it turned out for you!

There are many more EO’s that are good for oily hair but these are my favorites! Please please be careful using EO’s always research to make sure it’s right with you ESPECIALLY if you ever use EOs on children, for their little bodies are not as strong as their minds! 


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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Ashleigh is a mother & wife who enjoys blogging in hopes to change this world for the better. Wanting to heal others inside-out as well as healing our planet Earth. Her passions include balancing the mind through meditation, knowledge & conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating, alternative medicine, & yoga, and the soul through up cycling, gardening, & sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, follow OmLivin’ on instagram, twitter, pinterest or check her out on Google+ for more.

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  1. Jenna Shipley

    I tried this as a brunette and was surprised to see it actually work. I’ve tried a few other recipes and they just never really worked for my hair. Pinning this for sure!

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      I am glad to hear it worked for you! My hair is in the middle of a dark blonde/light brunette and both recipes and I could totally tell a difference in them. Crazy just a few extra ingredients can make all the difference!


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