How to Make Natural Dry Shampoo (Talc Free Recipe)

Today I want to show you a quick and easy tutorial on how to make dry shampoo. I love this recipe because it is made using only natural ingredients, it's talc free and most of them are quite easy to find plastic free as well!

To make this dry shampoo, we will use a mix of three dry ingredients, all with different properties. A cleaning powder, an oil absorbing powder and an optional natural colouring powder: rhassoul clay, arrowroot powder and cocoa powder.

Natural Dry Shampoo Ingredients

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Understanding the ingredients

Rhassoul Clay

Rhassoul clay is a clay with wonderful properties. Rhassoul comes from the word “rhassala” which means “to wash” in Arabic. The clay has the ability to attract dirt and impurities.

Rhassoul clay is rich in minerals that improve hair's elasticity, soften it, and revitalise your scalp by unclogging its pores (souce: naturally curly). No wonder this clay has been used for centuries and is a stellar ingredient in skincare and haircare products.

Definitely a must in a dry shampoo recipe!

Arrowroot Powder

Our oil absorbing powder is arrowroot powder. If you want, you can swap this for corn starch. However, arrowroot powder is better because is much more lightweight.

The arrowroot powder will absorb some of that natural oil produced by your scalp, making your hair look less greasy.

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Cocoa Powder

If you have light hair, the dry shampoo can be used without adding a third ingredient. If not, the last dry ingredient we are adding is cocoa powder. This is optional but recommended if you have dark hair, like me.

Make sure to use 100% pure cocoa powder without any additives or milk in it. Just a few pinches of cocoa powder will colour the dry shampoo and make it blend with your hair colour.

Optional: Essential Oils

Cocoa powder has a wonderful cocoa smell. However, we might want to add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

I recommend using fresh essential oils such as lemon, grapefruit, lavender but it's really up to you!

Natural Dry Shampoo Recipe


This talc-free, natural dry shampoo is so easy to make, simply:

1. Mix all the powders together in a tin

2. Add five drops of essential oils, mix well and your dry shampoo is ready to use!

How to use natural dry shampoo?

To apply the powder, I find it quite easy to just dip the bristles of your hairbrush into the powder and brush your hair as normal. If you want you can also use a clean paint brush to apply the powder, and then brush your hair afterwards.

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I find that one application lasts a whole day! Any excess oil is removed thanks to the arrowroot powder and your scalp is cleansed by the rhassoul clay.

This recipe is so incredibly easy and useful. Tag me on Instagram if you try it. I love seeing your creations!

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