Taming Your Mane: The Essential Dry Shampoo How To

17 February 8, 2017 - Bath & Beauty, DIY, Hair Care

When you’ve hit the snooze button one too many times, or you only have five minutes to spruce up before going out, a good dry shampoo is a girl’s best friend.

Washing your hair daily,  and even the weather can leave your locks prone to dryness and breakage. Nevertheless, without washing, our strands can naturally start to look and feel flat, dull and greasy.

But before you rush out to the nearest store to empty your wallets for expensive dry shampoo products, check your pantry! This easy DIY recipe is free of dyes, perfumes and harsh parabens, and uses ingredients you already have at home.

All you need is corn starch to help absorb excess oil, baking soda and a few of your favourite essential oils! You can experiment with your own blend to find a scent and combination that works best for you. But if you’re not sure where to start, we suggest CedarwoodRosemary, and Tea Tree essential oils. Commonly used to support a healthy feeling scalp and the appearance of your hair, these lock loving oils will keep you looking and smelling fabulous.

Tip: Add plain cacao or cocoa powder for dark hair. Try Orange or Peppermint essential oil as these scents pair well with warm chocolate scents.

DIY Essential Oil-Infused Dry Shampoo

DIY Essential Oil-Infused Dry Shampoo


  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop Tea Tree essential oil
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, for dark hair only


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Scoop mixture into a container of your choice. Empty salt shakers work great!
  3. Sprinkle on roots of hair and massage into scalp.
  4. Leave for 2–3 minutes to absorb hair’s natural oils.
  5. Brush through hair.
  6. Style as usual.

Love this DIY? Let us know how it worked for you and what combination of essential oils you like to use for your hair!

This post is also available in: French



  • Debbie February 10, 2017 - 5:08 am Reply

    Can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for the fantastic advice!

  • Faith N February 23, 2017 - 8:15 am Reply

    I love this recipe. It’s great in a pinch. I use the cocoa powder because of my dark hair. It’s a bonus smelling like chocolate too 😁

  • Crystal June 23, 2017 - 6:45 pm Reply

    I am going to try this one! I did up a quick version without measuring or any oils and it worked ok but smelling like chocolate all day made me want to eat it all day to.

    • Leanne August 21, 2017 - 4:52 pm Reply

      Do you replace the cornstarch or baking soda with the coco powder or add it in addition to those?

  • Laura Murphy November 1, 2017 - 11:32 am Reply

    Leanne. In addition.

  • bisbal November 23, 2017 - 3:33 am Reply

    Good trying, it looks easy. I would like to recommend Faciano Dry Shampoo too. It removes grease super great.

  • The Hair Central November 30, 2017 - 7:07 am Reply

    Finally! I found one good DIY dry shampoo with precise measurements. I’m just curious, adding these 3 kinds of oil from the recipe won’t irritate the scalp, right? To those who have already tried, can you share us your observations?

    • Kayleigh August 2, 2018 - 3:41 am Reply

      I use Cedarwood and Rosemary regularly on my scalp without issue. I’ve never put tea tree oil on my own head, but I’ve heard of others doing it and not having a problem 🙂

  • Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy June 22, 2018 - 6:45 am Reply

    Can I pin this post on my Pinterest board!? My followers will love it. Your amazing insightful information about DIY Essential Oil – Infused Dry Shampoo entails much to me.

  • Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires September 28, 2018 - 2:10 am Reply

    I always appreciate when people share short and exciting posts like that. Definitely will try your DIY essential oil-Infused dry shampoo!

  • Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit January 23, 2019 - 4:50 am Reply

    Many thanks for the great and quite informative article about DIY essential oil-Infused dry shampoo!

    • admincanada March 5, 2019 - 9:46 am Reply

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the read Kara! Would love to know if you’ve tried the tip and how it worked for you!

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