DIY: Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders


There’s been so much excitement buzzing around lately for DIY and natural hair care products. We’ve shared some no-poo recipes, 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 powders!

Dry “shampoos” are created to work without water, and there has been a long history of people using powdered herbs, grains, and clays to remove excess oil and dirt build-up. These natural ingredients absorb the oils and remove it when brushed 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 are also a great option for camping trips and outdoor festivals!


DIY: Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders


We've created two different powders including one for light hair colors and one for dark hair colors (made with cocoa or carob powder), but you can make adjustments to suit your needs. These powders become invisible once applied, so you won't look as if you fell into a giant sack of flour as you go through your day! 


DIY: Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders


Lavender & Sweet Orange Shampoo Powder

½ cup organic arrowroot powder

½ cup French green cosmetic clay

1 Tablespoon organic oatstraw powder

1 Tablespoon organic lavender flower powder

1 Tablespoon organic chamomile powder

10 drops each organic sweet orange and lavendeessential oils


Rosemary Cocoa Shampoo Powder

½ cup organic arrowroot powder

¼ cup baking soda

½ cup organic cacao powder or organic carob powder

1 Tablespoon organic rosemary powder

1 Tablespoon organic oatstraw powder

10 drops each organic rosemary and bergamot essential oils



Mix all the ingredients together and stir well to combine. Our powder containers are perfect for storing the finished powders! Shake or sprinkle 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 (or you can 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!

Organic Rose Buds from Mountain Rose Herbs