Super Easy DIY Dry Shampoo

At this point, I’m sure you’ve all heard of the magic product that is Dry Shampoo. It’s magic, in a bottle. Enough said.

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As someone who has fairly fine hair and tends to work out and get sweaty daily, I don’t love having to wash my hair every single day. As I’m sure all of you can agree, it’s a pain in the ass, not great for your hair and a royal waste of precious time. So, when I was introduced to Dry Shampoo over 7 years ago, I truly thought it was a gift from the heavens. It allows you to still have good looking hair, without actually having to wash and dry your hair? Sign me up.

Now at the time, I wasn’t too interested about the ingredients that were going on my body. I was becoming more in-tune and focused on the foods I was eating and what was going on in my body, but I really didn’t care about the ingredients going on my skin. It was my lovely mother who opened my eyes to that. At the time, she was enrolled in a 6-week course that was teaching her about living a clean lifestyle from the inside-out. Every week she was coming home with new pieces of information, and – as I was living at home at the time – I was seeing first-hand the results of her learnings. Gradually I noticed a transformation in my parents, their home, food, cleaning products, containers, use of the microwave, sugar consumption, and lastly, the products they were using on themselves. It was truly a life-changing course for her and our family.

As time went on and I further educated myself on both internal and external ingredients, something that I always overlooked was my dry shampoo. I’m not sure why, but it never really occurred to me that the ingredients in store-bought Dry Shampoos could be toxic. And surprise, surprise, they are. We’re looking at ingredients like propane, isobutane, added fragrances, and parabens. All toxic, and all completely unavoidable.

So – I had to find a replacement product. Lots of people had told me about some on the market that was ‘clean’, but to honest, I wasn’t sold. So, I did my research, I found some recipes and I created my own. I’ve never looked back.

It’s super effective, much cheaper, easy-as-pie to make, completely natural and non-toxic AND you can truly use it every day without worry! It’s a win-win.

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But first, let’s chat about the main ingredients you will find in store-bought Dry Shampoo’s:


Added as a propellant to any product that ‘sprays’ – think hairspray, dry shampoo or spray sunscreen. It is highly irritative to the skin, eyes, and lungs and can be very toxic to the organs. If there is really no need for it, then ditch it!


Another propellant like propane, but this one is substantially worse. Again, highly toxic to the organs and is even restricted in some cosmetics for its toxic behaviour.

Added Fragrances

Probably added to mask the propane and/or isobutane, whenever you see the word ‘Fragrance’ listed, it could mean any number of added chemicals or toxic ingredients. It’s very difficult to tell what the ingredients are, which is very scary. If you can, stay away. Added fragrances can lead to allergies, immunotoxicity, irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) and organ system toxicity.

So, here is my super easy recipe for DIY Dry Shampoo. The container I use can be purchased from the Dollar Store as a spice jar (comes in a pack of 3), or you could just use an old spice jar. Just make sure you give it a good clean first. As for the Essential Oil, use whatever your heart desires. My current favourite to use is the Arbonne Harmony Blend - It’s a blend of orange, lavender, rosemary, and ginger and smells SO fresh and incredible. But really, any of your favourite Essential Oils will work.

Make this bad boy this weekend, throw away your current crappy Dry Shampoo (oh hush, you won’t miss the $10) and don’t look back. Make sure you see the tips below for different colour hair and let us know what you think. Happy DIY’ing!

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