Exquisite Practice, Hair Revelations: Week 3

A quick (life-saving) all natural dry shampoo recipe – for men and women!

Let’s talk dry shampoo, shall we? My friend and I recently went on a shoestring trip through California and had I not brought my homemade dry shampoo, well, it would have been disastrous – for both of us. For years, my impression of dry shampoo was thus: take some baby powder, attempt to sprinkle it into your hair evenly (I’m not sure how) and sort of brush and swoosh until it doesn’t look like you’ve grayed overnight–and fail. I finally did a little research and for the past few months I’ve been making and using a homemade dry shampoo that is fantastic for two reasons: it contains only all natural kitchen cupboard ingredients and essential oils, and it can be made for light or dark hair (no 17th century powdered wig look!) Below I’ve recorded my recipe as well as the correct method for using it (you’ll be surprised), enjoy!

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DIY Dry Shampoo


¼ cup arrowroot flour (replace 2 tbsp of the flour with 2 tbsp cocoa powder if you have dark hair)

6 drops essential oil (I like a mixture of geranium and rosemary for a floral and woody scent)

A clean glass container or squeeze bottle

A makeup brush

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Mix the flour and oil together in your container.

There are a few ways to use this dry shampoo. You can either use a squeeze bottle to liberally sprinkle it throughout your hair, then comb it out over the sink; the flours will absorb the oils and then brush away. Alternately, you can use an old makeup brush to lightly apply at your roots and leave the shampoo in all day (this will also create a little body.)

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For years I passed up dry shampoo for a consistent, every-other-day full scrub down of my hair which, no matter how gentle the shampoo, stripped the oils, causing my hair to then over-produce those same oils. As it turns out, this is an unhealthy way to treat your hair! What I didn’t realize is that dry shampoo absorbs the extra oils without throwing the whole delicate balance off. You won’t be surprised to hear that I prefer homemade to commercially produced dry shampoos which are usually made with a laundry list of questionable ingredients and are far more expensive than the homemade stuff.

+As always, I’d love to hear about your experiences and answer any questions you have. You can reach me in the comments below.

Thank you to Bobby for letting me share our photos – check out his band Flying Hair (I know, perfect right?!) Thanks also to Jessica Hans and Charlie Ellis for taking most of the beautiful photos! Love to you all, see you next week!


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6 years ago

Thanks for the valuable information about the dry shampoo, I have been looking for a long days for this shampoo and I am very thankful to Bobby as he share the every information in the form of pictures.

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6 years ago

Great recipe. I’m super jelly of your long beautiful hair. Here is a dry shampoo I came up with a while back: http://www.craftylittlegnome.com/2011/02/25/make-your-own-dry-shampoo/

6 years ago

I probably use dry shampoo more than actually washing my hair. I’m always up for the challenge to see how many days I can actually make it before I absolutely have to wash my hair. I have noticed that it’s easier to style and feels healthier. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I actually bought some dry shampoo from free people that is similar to this very recipe and I love it!

6 years ago

I had no idea I was damaging my hair by washing it every 3-4 days! I start seeing oily roots after that 4 day mark so I must wash.

I will certainly be making this dry shampoo asap! Thanks!


6 years ago

It was very nice article for me.I hope you write more skin care tips for about beauty

6 years ago

Love the humor and all the fun details. Beautiful photos too!

3 years ago

I miss these kinds of posts…