How to Make Dry Shampoo with Wilder Quarterly Editor, Abbye Churchill

At Wilder HQ, we know a thing or two about roughing it in the wilderness. Beautiful, long hikes and camping trips rarely provide an opportunity for a luxurious bathing experience, we opt instead for bringing dry shampoo into the great outdoors. It is easy to carry and a breeze to use — plus, this make at home version uses all-natural ingredients so your tresses will be free of harsh chemicals and preservatives.

We made this special recipe for Free People, using a festival-ready blend that’s perfect for your trek to Pitchfork, Bonnaroo, or our annual favorite, All Tomorrow’s Parties. Naturally-derived arrowroot powder is harvested from the herb Maranta arundinacea and orris root powder (Iris germanica) is from the iris plant and gives off a powdery, floral scent. Both can be purchased at herbal apothecaries like Mountain Rose Herbs online, but if you’re in a pinch, baking soda will work, too. We love the addition of ylang ylang and jasmine essential oils to this combo for seductive, sultry locks. You’ll smell fresh — even sans shower.

What you’ll need to make one ounce of dry shampoo:

3 teaspoons arrowroot powder

3 teaspoons orris root powder

25 drops essential oil (optional)

Mixing bowl


Tea Towel

Spice shaker or airtight container

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Measure your powders.

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Select your essential oils. We like the combination of equal parts ylang ylang and jasmine.

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Add your powders to the mixing bowl and whisk together to mix.

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While stirring with the whisk, slowly add the essential oil to your powder mixture. The essential oil will absorb into the powder so be sure to mix well!


Cover your bowl with a tea towel and allow the potion to sit overnight while the oils absorb into the powder.

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In the morning, transfer your dry shampoo into an airtight container. To use, dab a few sprinkles at the roots of your hair and massage in with your fingertips. Brush through your hair to remove any excess.

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8 years ago

I don’t have arrowroot powder. Ohhhhh well :/ will get some now! :)

8 years ago

I love this post! Dry shampoo is definitely on my list of beauty essentials because it saves me so much time in the mornings and prevents my hair from getting dry and brittle. I love that this allows me to make my own at home. Thank you for sharing!


8 years ago

I love using arrowroot powder instead of baking soda or corn starch because they are such fine powders! Great post

8 years ago

you can drill holes in the bottom with a diamond cutting drill bit OR put an inch or two of pebbles/small stones at the bottom of the jar..the roots WILL rot without some kind of drainage ;)

6 years ago

I love this..