Easy DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe

by Chrystal Johnson on March 25, 2014

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diy-dry-shampoo.jpgUnfortunately, our hair tends to build up oils. This makes our hair look greasy and just plain unattractive! No one wants oily hair, right? Well we also don’t want to wash our hair every day!

Here are a few reasons why we don’t want to shampoo our hair every day:

  • Sometimes we’re just purely lazy
  • Sometimes we have it styled a certain way and want to wear it the same the next day
  • Washing your hair too much can strip your hair of the necessary oils it needs, making it very dry

You’ve probably seen dry shampoos popping up a lot more recently. Not only can buying all these dry shampoos to find the right one get expensive, but some of them purely don’t work or only help a little bit. Some may even make your hair look worse!

A friend shared this homemade, DIY dry shampoo recipe, so I wanted to pass it along to you! It absorbs all the unwanted oils right up and you only need a few inexpensive ingredients, so you have nothing to lose in giving it a try.

Easy DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe



  1. Mix all of the ingredients in your spray bottle.
  2. Spray directly onto oily parts of your hair, as needed.
  3. Work it in with your fingers and watch the oiliness disappear.
  4. Tip: It also helps if you run the blowdryer over the areas where you have sprayed (and goes for any dry shampoo). Being that this recipe is a spray, it is wet. Therefore, there is always a little bit of dampness still left, which could make your hair appear more oily. However, if you just simply run your blowdryer over it real quick, that problem is solved!

Do you have a favorite dry shampoo?

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Amber March 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Thanks for another great tutorial. I love having dry shampoo on hand!
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2 Amanda March 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

Thanks for the recipe! Have you tried this with arrow root powder instead by any chance?


3 Chrystal Johnson March 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

No I haven’t, but I think it should work.


4 Kylie March 26, 2014 at 11:24 am

I need to start using this more! My hair does not like being washed every other day.
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5 Suzanne March 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I am definitely trying this!! I have a dry shampoo but I don’t like it at all and in the past I’ve used baby powder, but it’s hard to get the white out if I accidentally use too much. I only wash my hair about 2x/week anyway, but maybe this could get me down to 1x/week?
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6 Kelly March 30, 2014 at 9:12 am

Thank you for the great recipe. I will be giving this a try for sure! ~Kelly

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7 Eva@Whole Food Mom on a Budget March 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I love this! If this is a spray, do we call it “wet” shampoo? ;) I wash my hair every other day and sometimes try to make it three days without shampooing. This would come in handy!
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8 Chrystal Johnson March 31, 2014 at 10:50 am

It’s a dry shampoo because you use it when your hair is dry ;-)


9 Courtney Killpack March 31, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Pinned this – thanks!
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10 Kelly April 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Love making my own products so I know what is in them. Thanks for sharing,
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11 Blair @ The Seasoned Mom April 2, 2014 at 4:55 am

Love this idea! With a new baby, I quickly realized that I don’t get to wash my hair every day! Dry shampoo has become my good friend. :)
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12 Ronda Waters @ the.refurbished.life April 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

This is brilliant, Chrystal! Thank you!
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13 Maria Kitching April 4, 2014 at 3:06 am

I love dry shampoo, couldn’t live without it. Might have a go at this.
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14 Jessi Fearon (@TheBudgetMama) April 5, 2014 at 6:06 am

Thank you! I’ve been looking for a dry shampoo that I can make. It costs way too much to purchase.

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15 Erin {Delightful E Made} April 5, 2014 at 6:26 am

Love this idea!! My hair stylist encourages me to only wash my hair 2-3x per week, and this is the perfect go-between on non-shampoo days. Have pinned! ~Erin
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16 Zhenya @BeingZhenya April 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Interesting recipe! I wouldn’t put rubbing alcohol in my hair though!
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17 Letisha Frischkorn April 9, 2014 at 3:20 am

Thanks for the recipe! Indeed its a great tutorial. I love having dry shampoo on my hands!
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18 Desiree @ The 36th Avenue April 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Thank you so much for sharing… I am pinning!
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