August 30, 2022

DIY non toxic, low waste dry shampoo

This recipe has been a go to for years. So many of you have written to me as I’ve shared it on social media and said it’s a game changer.  It is for me! It really effectively refreshes hair and makes a greasy look go away as giving it extra volume with minimal and safe ingredients, and it can be low waste on packaging. I love the frugality and ease of it, as well as the simple, safe ingredients, well sourced ingredients. Many less safe ingredients can slip into our routines through personal care products and it’s something I’ve been working on minimising for years.

You can adjust the ratio depending on your hair colour, add cinnamon, or omit cocoa, but it also darkens as you put it into dark hair. I use a colour blend lighter than my actual hair but it darkens as I blend it in so don’t think it’s off if it’s lighter than your hair – just experiment!

applying the dry shampoo with a makeup brush

UK friends, I use the cocoa from Good Club as a great package free, fair-trade and organic option which is SO hard to find. You can get a free starter pack from them with THIS link which is a super helpful bundle! 

Dry shampoo

A very easy, 2 ingredient substitute for dry shampoo spray
Prep Time5 mins


  • 1 Makeup brush for application
  • 1 Glass Jar for storage


  • Arrowroot or Corn Starch
  • Fairtrade Cocoa (optional depending on your hair colour)
  • Cinnamon (optional depending on your hair colour)


  • Mix together small amounts of the different powders in a glass jar.
    As a guide: Use about 1 tablespoon each of cocoa and arrowroot for medium dark brown hair - this is what I use. Use just arrowroot for blonde hair, add cinnamon for a more red tone, or closer to a 1:2 arrowroot starch to cocoa for darker hair.
  • If you want you can add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender to the mix - I don't usually bother!
  • Part your hair and dab in a makeup brush with a small amount of the powder and apply some to the roots of your hair. Tip: tap the brush on the lid of the jar to remove the excess before applying it.
  • Continue to part your hair in different places to apply dry shampoo to the roots.
  • Comb through your hair, or use your fingers to distribute the powder.
  • Add more where it's needed.
  • Style and you're done!

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