My DIY Arrowroot Powder Dry Shampoo

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I’ve been all about DIY hair products these last few weeks. While I have plenty of experience with DIY skin care, hair care always took a backseat. But I’ve made it my mission to become a hair care expert! 

So this week, I set myself the task of learning how to make DIY arrowroot powder dry shampoo, and It’s been a fantastic success. It’s infinitely easier than making liquid shampoo; I’ll tell you that for nothing! 

arrowroot powder dry shampoo

What Is Arrowroot Powder Dry Shampoo?

Despite the word ‘shampoo’ being in the name, technically, dry shampoo isn’t a shampoo at all. It doesn’t actually cleanse the hair of excess oils but absorbs it. It’s kind of like a refresh so that the hair looks cleaner and more vibrant for longer. 

DIY dry shampoo is a great product to use when trying to minimize how much you wash your hair. Excess washing can make the hair fragile, dull, and more challenging to style. So instead, consider using an arrowroot powder dry shampoo when you want to wash your hair, but it’s too soon after your previous wash. 

Furthermore, alongside our powdered absorbing ingredients, we’ll also use a safe essential oil for scalps. This aids us in making the hair smell a little fresher, but essential oils also have some great therapeutic benefits. 

Let’s take a look at our different ingredients in more depth. 

Ingredient Spotlight: The Secret Powder of Absorption

making arrowroot powder dry shampoo

Arrowroot Powder

This is our leading powdered absorbing agent. It’s completely natural, which is an absolute boon for this recipe. But it can actually make hair look and feel fuller and more voluminous, as it adds texture and volume to the hair at the root. 

I’ve found most people get on fine with Arrowroot. It’s very gentle, so irritation is unlikely, and therefore should be fine for those with sensitive skin and scalp. 


Perhaps one of the best absorbing powders available to us. However, we’ve also included it in this recipe because it’s a fantastic deodorizer. 

Have you ever kept a small jar or pot of bicarb in the fridge or seen someone do this? This is because it helps keep your fridge smelling fresher. The same principle applies here, but instead of the refrigerator, it’s our scalp! 

It really does help to keep your hair smelling fresh between washes. 


Clay is a fantastic absorbent and helps our arrowroot powder suck up all that excess oil in the hair. However, it’s also very detoxifying and will also absorb impurities and toxins from the skin. 

Furthermore, clay is excellent for helping to balance the skin, and the scalp is no exception. If your scalp naturally produces a lot of oil, the clay in this recipe will help to reduce this. 

Because clays can have strong pigments, I’ve also found that it’s a great option as a natural dye. Without the clay, this recipe would be completely white. While it’s still OK to use this in dark hair, it requires more work to brush it through. 

By including a little bit of French pink or Australian red clay, the combined mixture is more of a soft brown, which will blend into darker hair colors more easily. 

Lavender Essential Oil

I’ve opted for lavender essential oil because it’s easy to get hold of, relatively inexpensive, smells lovely, and provides therapeutic benefits for our scalp. Lavender is deeply healing and also protective of our hair and skin, helping to reduce oxidative stress in the scalp. 

However, you can go for any scalp-safe essential oil that you like the smell of. Peppermint or sweet orange is a great choice. 

Whatever you do, avoid any phototoxic essential oils (these mainly include certain citrus oils, such as lemon and lime). As our head is at the very top of the body, it gets the most sun exposure, and therefore, we would be highly susceptible to a phototoxic reaction. 

Nevertheless, EOs that have been steam distilled are absolutely fine. Check with the manufacturer or supplier of your essential oils to see if the citrus oils they stock are steam distilled. 

Substitution Guide

  • Arrowroot: You could use tapioca starch or cornstarch if you prefer. Both are great alternatives as an absorbent powder.
  • Baking Soda: You can substitute with cornstarch or finely ground oat flour. Both are gentle on the scalp and are good oil absorbers.
  • Kaolin or Bentonite: Fuller’s earth clay or another clay substitute such as French green, red, or pink clay would be good choices, too.
  • Essential Oil: Any essential oil of your choice. Peppermint, sweet orange, and rosemary would be excellent alternatives. Try experimenting with your favorite blends! To avoid sensitivity, always follow their recommended usage rate. Also, try to avoid phototoxic citrus oils, such as lemon or lime, unless they are steam-distilled. 
arrowroot powder dry shampoo

Arrowroot Powder Dry Shampoo Recipe

I set myself the task of learning how to make DIY arrowroot powder dry shampoo, and It's been a fantastic success.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 100 grams
Author: Angela Wills

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  • In a bowl, sift the arrowroot powder, baking soda, and clay.
    60 g Arrowroot Powder, 5.5 g Kaolin Clay, 32 g Baking Soda
    In a bowl, sift the arrowroot powder, baking soda, and clay.
  • Mix until well combined.
    Mix ingredients until well combined.
  • Sprinkle in the lavender essential oil.
    0.5 g Lavender Essential Oil
    Sprinkle in the lavender essential oil.
  • Stir the ingredients thoroughly to ensure an even mixture and that the essential oil has been fully disbursed.
    Stir the ingredients thoroughly
  • Store the dry shampoo in a container or powder spray bottle with a lid. A container with a shaker top or a clean and empty spice jar with holes in the lid would make for easy application.
    1 Powder Spray Bottle
    Store the dry shampoo in a container or powder spray bottle with a lid.

How To Store

arrowroot powder dry shampoo

So, you have a few options for storing your arrowroot powder dry shampoo. You can straight up put it in a glass jar or pot. If you do this, all you’d need to do is scoop a little out with your hairbrush and apply it to the hair (see above for a step-by-step how-to). Don’t overdo it! Less is more, and we can always add more if we need it anyway (but we can’t take it out).

However, if you want to take things a step further, you can use it in a powder spray bottle. You won’t find these everywhere, but you should be able to get one online.

It just makes application a little easier. You simply spray the powder onto the root of the hair and then brush it out towards the tips. I find that you generally get better distribution with a spray bottle.

Final Thoughts

That’s all I have for you today. I hope this recipe has been insightful! While I wouldn’t say DIY arrowroot powder dry shampoo is a replacement for regular shampoo at all, it’s definitely helped me reduce the amount of washes I do.

If you’re the kind of person who absolutely wants to wash their hair less but feels like you can’t for whatever reason, this could be your answer to delaying that wash.

Let me know if you have any problems with this recipe in the comments below, but I’m sure you’ll be absolutely fine. This is actually one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever whipped up. But I’m here to help if you need it!

Thanks again, and see you again soon with another savvy recipe!

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Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting

Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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