How to Make Natural DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

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As a busy mom, it is a must to have a dry shampoo recipe you love. I love being able to make my own natural DIY dry shampoo recipe at home so I know exactly what ingredients are in it – and I can save money too! Read more to see the benefits of making your own natural DIY dry shampoo for dark hair.

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DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair Recipe

I used to wash my hair every day. When I would go to the gym and be covered in sweat, I really felt like I had to. My hair dresser always told me that it was healthier for my hair if I could wash it only once a week.

There are more and more people moving to a no-poo hair routine (not using shampoo to wash hair, but baking soda and vinegar usually).

Women are finding that making a dry shampoo can make their hair stay oil-free longer and they can go longer between washes. 

Excessive washing of your hair can strip your naturally occurring oils from your scalp and can also change the natural pH of your scalp. When you wash your hair less, overtime you may find your hair is less oily than before.

I have noticed that washing my hair less often has decreased how oily it is between washes.

When I use dry shampoo, I add it to the roots of my hair and scalp to help soak up any extra oils.

It is also a little easier to style hair that isn’t freshly washed. When I would get my hair done for a formal, my hair dresser always told me to skip a shower so my hair was a little dirty. You can use this dry shampoo to add that extra texture your hair may need to help styles stay longer.

Making your own DIY dry shampoo at home couldn’t be easier.

You need just a few supplies (I order the essential oils and arrowroot online typically). I also bought the shakers that I use to keep the homemade dry shampoo in on Amazon (I’m a little addicted to online shopping).

DIY Dry Shampoo


Here is the recipe for my super easy and simple homemade DIY Dry Shampoo:

DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe for darker hair


1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (use more or less to get to the right color you want)

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

5-10 drops lavender essential oil (I also have used Rosemary Oil because of it’s hair growth benefits)


Mix everything well and keep in a shaker . You can use an empty shaker like a Parmesan cheese shaker or just use an empty baby powder shaker. Use by parting your hair and shaking the powder as close to the roots and scalp as possible. Use your fingers to work the shampoo into your scalp. You can also use a larger makeup brush to apply right on your scalp.

What is Arrowroot Powder?

Arrowroot powder is a starchy substance that’s extracted from the root of a tropical plant known as Maranta arundinacea. It’s gluten-free and can be used as a direct substitute for cornstarch for folks with corn allergies. It has no flavor of its own, so can be used to thicken any sauce, soup, or stew without altering the taste. It’s also often used in baking. Arrowroot powder is also a popular replacement for flour in gluten-free recipes.

Hair Boosting Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil

I have been making my own diy dry shampoo for darker hair at home for a while, but I started reading more about different oils that could actually promote hair health and I learned about rosemary essential oil.

Rosemary essential oil has several benefits for hair growth and health:

1. Stimulates Hair Growth:

Studies have shown that rosemary oil performs as well as minoxidil, a common hair growth treatment, but with less scalp itching as a side effect.

2. Prevents Hair Loss:

Rosemary essential oil can help prevent hair loss by promoting cell division and dilating blood vessels, which stimulates hair follicles to produce new hair growth.

3. Treats Dandruff and Scalp Irritation:

The oil’s high nutritional value and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent ingredient for nourishing the hair follicles and soothing the scalp. It’s also known to help with dry or itchy scalp.

4. Improves Blood Circulation:

The oil is known to improve blood circulation, which can promote healthy hair growth.

5. Prevents Premature Graying:

Regular use of rosemary oil helps stimulate pigmentation process in the hair and can prevent premature graying.

Remember, before using rosemary oil, it’s important to ensure you’re not allergic to it. It’s always a good idea to do a patch test first. Also, essential oils are potent and should be used with a carrier oil for direct application to the scalp.

How long do you go between washing your hair?


Most people want their hair to be as healthy as possible. But what they don’t realize is that styling tools and hair products actually cause our hair to break and damage more easily. 

What’s even more important is not so much what you put ON your hair, but inside your body that helps you grow healthier hair from the inside.

More Resources about Healthy Hair

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Check out my DIY Baby Powder {Talc Free} 

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  1. I have heard of the whole “no poo” thing, but haven’t tried it. This looks interesting, and so easy to make! We do make our own shampoo bars now and I have found that my hair is a lot less oily than it used to be! I usually wash my hair every other day or skip 2 days at the most.

    • I tried “no poo” for a little while. I only use this to extend the time between wet washing my hair (but it really does work to tame the oily hair!) I also love that it adds texture so my hair actually looks better on days I don’t wet wash it. Thank you so much for commenting!

  2. I love dry shampoo but never considered making my own, what a fun idea. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

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  4. It is just now that I know there is dry shampoo. It is a very new thing for me that is definitely to try as I have some oily problem with my hair. I have to wash it every day. Thank you for sharing Pintastic Pinetersting Party.

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