DIY Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders


There’s been a bit of talk lately — even in the mainstream — about how to use less chemical heavy hair care products. We’ve shared some no-poo recipes, hair rinses, and hot oil treatments here over the years and continue our quest to provide organic, good-for-your-hair options for those of us who want to look and feel fabulous without pouring toxic chemicals on our heads and into the water table.

Dry “shampoos” are not at all new. Created to work without water, 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 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.

Recently, a national television host commented on a story about a woman who had gone totally “no poo” for several years, saying that the woman surely must stink because she didn’t use commercial products.  Perhaps this television personality has never experienced the incredibly clean scent of organic lavender or the warm earthy aroma of organic rosemary and bergamot? Plus, these natural plant ingredients also offer properties beneficial to hair growth and general hair health.

I've created two different powders, one for lighter hair colors and one for darker hair colors (made with cocoa or carob powder), but you can make adjustments to suit your needs. No worries – 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! They are also a great option for camping trips and outdoor festivals.


DIY Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders


Organic 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 Lavender essential oils


DIY Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders


Rosy 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 pink rose powder

1 Tablespoon organic oatstraw powder

10 drops each organic Rosemary and Bergamot essential oils



Mix all the ingredients together, stirring well to combine.  Our powder containers are perfect for storing the finished powders, but any clean container will do. 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 drape your shoulders with a towel to keep the powder off your clothes).

Feel free to experiment with flower powders and essential oils to create your own signature dry shampoos—the possibilities are endless!