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Homemade Herbal Dry Shampoo

Many dry shampoos contain harmful ingredients or ingredients that have a very high or low pH value, such as baking soda and various clays, which are extremely alkaline and not good for the health of your scalp and hair.  This all natural DIY dry shampoo is super easy to make (really you just need 2 or 3 ingredients) and carefully designed to be extra gentle and effective on your hair and scalp.  

Its also really great in a pinch!  (pun intended) :) Perfect for those days when you’ve got to skip a shower or are out camping in the woods, a little sprinkle of this magical herbal powder will absorb the excess oils on your hair and scalp and is pleasantly volumizing!  It smells heavenly, too ;)

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As a side note: This stuff saved me many a time while I was transitioning to “no poo” – i.e., transitioning away from using store-bought shampoos (I now use a rye flour wash for shampoo and love it!) – and I still use it regularly to help stretch out the times in between my hair washes.  And while I’ve found dry shampoo to be the perfect solution for quickening the transition to low poo or no poo, it should also work just as effectively for someone using normal, commercial shampoos who just needs to skip a shower here and there and doesn’t want to look like a greasebomb :/

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The herbs in this recipe (fennel, chamomile and cinnamon) are totally optional.  I use them mostly because they smell simply heavenly!  A few drops of your favorite essentials oils would work, too.

4 oz. light rye flour

2 oz. arrowroot powder

2 oz. cocoa powder (for dark hair)

1 T fennel seed (optional)

1 T chamomile flowers (optional)

1 T cinnamon (optional – Note: cinnamon is a skin irritant for some)


Measure out and place rye flour and arrowroot in a bowl.  If using cocoa powder and cinnamon, add those as well.  Using a spice grinder, powder the chamomile flowers and fennel seeds and add to rye flour/arrowroot powder.  Stir everything well, a whisk is helpful, and place in an airtight container.

To Apply

Simply sprinkle a pinch here and there in the oily spots of your scalp, rub and massage it lightly into your hair and roots and then turn your head upside down and shake any excess powder out. Brushing afterwards will also help remove oils in hair as well as any excess powder.  Some folks prefer to apply the shampoo using a blush brush or make up applicator.

NOTES: Take care with the dark hair formula as it may stain clothing!  If you are not sure which formula is right for you, keep in mind that the light hair formula can be used on darker hair, but the dark hair formula does not work well on lighter hair.

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If you decide you don’t want to go to the trouble of making this dry shampoo yourself, or you don’t have the ingredients lying around, it is available for purchase (domestic US only for now) in three different sizes over in my etsy shop >>HERE<<

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To our wild wisdom within, 




4 Responses to Homemade pH Balanced DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe, Gentle on Hair and Scalp

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