It’s is best not to wash your hair too often so that your scalp can restore it’s natural balance and produce the perfect amount of sebum for healthy hair. Twice a week is my goal. Between washes I like to use something to keep oily roots at bay and also to give my hair some added lift and volume!
I am actually in the process of creating a small line of products which I can’t get into too much detail about just yet because it’s still in the beginning stages (if you follow me on instagram you have probably seen some teaser photos + videos) but I have some haircare items I have concocted recently. In the process of creating I came up with this really easy to make dry shampoo and volumizing powder (it really does add instant lift to your roots!).
My Mom has been using this powder for the past few weeks and told me her “hair has never looked or smelled better!” and that is coming from someone who is really picky about her haircare products and who tends to have limp and hard-to-volumize hair! After seeing her results and mine I knew I had to share this simple and effective recipe with you all.
I have purchased dry shampoo’s in the past and liked them all but I actually prefer this recipe I created myself. You can tweak the ingredients based on your preference for scents and such but for this recipe I will be using the following ingredients:
- Arrowroot Powder
Is the perfect base for any dry shampoo and does wonders at soaking up excess oils from the roots.
- Raw Cacao Powder
Not only does cacao smell absolutely wonderful, it works very well for brunettes because it doesn’t leave any streaks. It also is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are great for the scalp and hair.
- White Kaolin Clay
Kaolin Clay is rich in silica and can also detoxify hair along with restoring moisture to dry and brittle hair. The clay will also help to get rid of excess oils.
- Lavender Essential Oil
Not only is the scent of Lavender instantly relaxing and intoxicating but it’s actually great for the hair and helps to promote a healthy scalp.
*You can purchase most of these ingredients at your local health food store or on my favorite bulk-ingredient site Mountain Rose Herbs.*
Mix together all ingredients in a bowl until completely blended. This is the finished result:
Notes & Ingredient Substitutes:
- I use one tablespoon of each powder and 5 drops of Lavender EO.
- Instead of Arrowroot powder you can use Cornstarch and/or Orris Root Powder.
- Instead of Raw Cacao you can use Cocoa Powder. If you don’t have light to medium brown hair skip the cacao powder altogether and use yellow cornstarch or extra Arrowroot Powder.
- You can use any essential oil of your choice. Lavender is my favorite because it’s calming and smells delicious. Other great EO’s for this mixture would be: Sage, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Neroli, Peppermint.
How To Apply The Powder:
- To apply this powder I use a foundation brush. It helps to evenly distribute the powder to the roots. I dip the brush in the mixture and apply to sections of my hair (focusing on the roots). I then leave the mixture on my head for a few minutes. I start to massage the mixture into my hair as you would with any regular liquid shampoo. Last but not least; Stand over the bathtub or go outside and flip your head down, comb through your hair with your fingers and gently shake off any remaining powder. Flip your hair back up, brush through and you’ll see that your hair is thicker and your roots should no longer be oily (if they were before). Your hair will smell like a field of Lavender Flowers!
If you end up making this mixture PLEASE let me know how you like it. With the Holidays not too far around the corner, this would be a wonderful gift to give to loved ones! I would love your input 🙂
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46 thoughts on “DIY | Dry Shampoo + Volumizing Hair Powder”
I will definitely be trying this! I may have the worlds most oily hair- i wash it every morning and its visibly oily by 5pm. Its also very fine and chemically highlighted so skipping a day between washes just isnt pretty.
Do you have any tips on growing hair longer? After having my daughter 1 yr ago, i lost a lot of hair which is now growing back but my hair looks so thin right now and i dont want to cut it all off. I eat extremely healthy and take an iron and krill oil supplement, do you recommend anything else?
Thanks so much!
You will love this powder if you have really oily hair – it sinks up the oil immediately.
Do you wash your hair with SLS-free shampoo? It might be oily because you are overwashing it. Our sebum production gets all screwed up when we wash our hair too much. My tips for growing longer hair (aside from diet) would be: Coconut Oil hair masks (once or twice a week), Jojoba Oil (use it as a leave-in or wash-out conditioner) and Neem Oil. Also: take Fish Oil supplements. Make sure they are the purest possible, eat lots of greens and make sure you are drinking pure water and herbal teas!
Another good supplement to take for your hair is biotin.
Do you have a recipe for blonde hair?
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This sounds amazing, I’m definitely trying it! 🙂 I’ve been struggling with my hair routine since I like to wash my hair more often than I should and I haven’t found a perfect natural shampoo option yet (I have very oily-prone hair). I think this dry shampoo sounds like a perfect way for me to transition to washing my hair less. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you 🙂 I think you will really enjoy it. Dry Shampoo’s are really a wonderful way to skip washes for a few days if not more. This particular blend is great for oily hair because it has Arrowroot powder and Kaolin Clay which both help with excess oils and when used together work even better. I think you will notice you won’t have to wash your hair as much if you use this powder regularly! Let me know what you think of it when you try it, please! xx
Britanie, have you heard of Redmond clay? do you have any idea if that would work in place of Kaolin clay? Redmond clay has lots of minerals in it which would be good for hair but but im not sure if it has the same oil absorbing properties? also i have Redmond clay on hand but not Kaolin Clay so i was wondering if it might work the same. thank you! LOVE your blog!!
I have heard of Redmond clay and I would imagine it would work the same way for absorbing oils. Kaolin clay is good because it’s well tolerated by most but you could definitely try it! also I am so happy you love my blog, that means everything! 🙂
Britanie, the thing I love about your recipes is that they’re duplicable and use potent, simple-to-find ingredients (I’ve got just about all of these already!) This one is no exception. What a great idea. I love the addition of cacao for the scent. OH YUM 🙂
Thank you Sarita 🙂 I really try to make my recipes do-able and not too overwhelming. The cacao makes it smell amazing and it has so many benefits. if you try this recipe please let me know if you like it xx
Thank you for creating a natural hair powder! I tried for years to find a natural aluminum free powder that volumizes and soaks up oil. I finally gave up until now. Trying your recipe today!
I think you will really like this. Please let me know what you think!
Britanie you are my wonder woman :)…i loved this post.I will have to try it out .IS THIS WAS THE ONE THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ON FACEBOOK( the one that would make hair soft as silk! ).Loving this new look of the blog and Header 🙂
You are the best. Seriously. This actually isn’t what I was talking about on facebook, that was about a face oil I am working on! I am soo happy you like my new layout and header xx
I’m going to make this this weekend. I wash my hair only once a week with a shampoo bar and usually I’m fine and don’t get too oily but sometimes it tends to get oily, and I’d love a natural replacement for the typical dry shampoos and the volume powders I’ve used in the past! xo.
Yay! Let me know what you think babe. I think you will like this. You can go several (if not more) days without washing and it gives great volume 🙂
I’m definitely going to pick up the ingredients and try this. I love the idea of adding raw cacao or cocoa. The white powdery nature of most dry shampoos always makes my dark hair look dulled and, well, powdery. Thanks so much for sharing! Also, great hairbrush in the last photo – I have the same one! 🙂
the Raw Cacao is awesome.. it actually can add slight highlights to your hair over time and it helps to not make the powder ever look white like many dry shampoos. That hairbrush is my favorite!
Woah this looks amazing, gonna try this tomorrow!
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Awesome, please let me know what you think!
I love this recipe! It works really well for both my sister and myself 🙂 I can’t believe I never bothered with dry shampoo’s before, but I’m glad I went with your recipe.
That’s awesome! I am so happy that you and your sister like the recipe 🙂 xoxo
It is nice to keep hair healthy always.
Great recipe, I tried it and absolutely love it! worked just as you said – thank you!
How does the oil mix in with the dry powders? Is the oil necessary?
I just wonder, can I just use oatmeal and cocoa powder (i have super oily hair) but do u think that it will work fine?
btw its great 🙂
I made the mixture too, but I don’t use 3 ingredients you use: Kaolin Clay, Arrow Root Powder, and Lavender EO. I only take a spoonful of corn starch then mix it with Cacao Powder. 😀 It works on my thick oily hair. ❤ Anyway, thanks for the inspiration of adding essential oil. I think it'll be nice to have a fragrant dry shampoo. Will try it later.
Hi there! I want to make this today. Can i use the clay in Aztec Secrets instead of Kaolin?
This recipe looks super cool! I have light, coppery red hair. Would this recipe work for me, or would I need to tweak it for my red hair? Thanks for posting!
Thanks so much!
Thanks for posting photos of how to apply dry shampoo powder. I am somehow pondering on using DIY shampoos or the no-shampoo method to give it a try. I am quite curious about how people are raving that their hair looks and feels great using this method. Great work!
Has this worked for people just as a volumizer? Like the Big Sexy Hair brand? I have baby fine shirt hair.
What ingredient provides the volume?
Be very careful when using the kaolin. Silicosis is caused by the fine clay particles settling on the cilia of the lungs – it can not be reversed. Use a mask!
I love this!! I am so happy I found your website, although my wish list has grown in too many directions. I am definitely inspired by you and my skin and hair are showing improvement so quickly!
I am going to try this today! Thank you very much! I needed a recipe that included the ingredients I already have and this does!!