3 Step Dry Shampoo

Essential Oil Dry Shampoo

(Photo cred: Parks Photography)


3 step dry shampoo. Simple ingredients with 3 simple steps (or just 2 if you’ve got light colored hair).

I particularly love this recipe because I have all ingredients needed on hand at any given time. Thanks to Thrive Market and Young Living for convenient online shopping that ships direct to me.

Why is it important to use non-toxic dry shampoo?


Did you know the average woman uses 12 products a day, which can equate to over 100 different chemicals daily? From moisturizer to hairspray and bath gel to mascara, we cover our skin and lather our hair with products that contain ingredients we can’t pronounce, much less understand what they are, how they work, and what effect they could potentially have on us. 

Daily in my Nutrition Response Testing practice we see people test for chemical toxicity. These problems come from the products we are using in our homes and work environments. The average non-toxic dry shampoo contains many ingredients, including these top 6 you’ll never want to see on your label:

—>talc, silicones (siloxane, octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane), alcohol, cetrimonium chloride (lethal of orally ingested), phenoxyethanol, liquid petroleum gas, butane, propane, and isobutane.

Headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, reproductive and developmental issues, and respiratory toxicity are just a few issues one may experience whilst playing with one’s hair. We have enough toxicity in the world, who needs to add more to their morning routine?

Using a non-toxic dry shampoo product is a game changer for last minute mornings.  Personally I use dry shampoo to cut oiliness. My hair is fine and thin, and I have to wash it at least every other day. If I make it to the third day I am pushing it and dry shampoo is the only way I’ll get it through.

Are there non-toxic dry shampoo options?


There are! I have seen several brands at Whole Foods and the natural foods co-ops. Even Target is carrying more and more brands that are catering to conscious creation of their product.

Acure, Inner Sense (foaming option), Lulu Organics, and Beauty by Dry Earth are all brands you can find on Amazon.

Funny story about Acure…I was packing for a trip (last minute Nelly here) and didn’t know we were out of our homemade dry shampoo. Knowing I’d be spending time at the beach, dry shampoo was a great option for me, so I ran to the c-op and grabbed the small bottle of Acure dry shampoo. Turns out the hurried packing resulted in forgetting to bring deodorant, sooooo, I not only used the dry shampoo as, well, dry shampoo, but also as deodorant powder.  And it worked wonders.

(Photo cred: Parks Photography)


How do I make my own dry shampoo?


  • 3 Tbsp arrowroot powder 
  • 1-3 Tbsp cocoa powder (you can omit if you have very light or white hair) 
  • 5 drops of essential oil of choice

This recipe was created by my cousin, Michelle Larson, a My Healthy Beginning oils guru. Her love for finding ways to bring natural and healthy living into her home combined with my desire to share that with the world is a match made in heaven.

Find a container that you love. I am an old tin and jar junkie so I’m always looking for a way to use what I’ve collected. And I think it’s more fun to get myself ready when I love what I’m using.

In a small bowl gently mix the ingredients together. If you’re not using the cocoa powder, just use a small funnel to pour or scoop your arrowroot powder directly into the container, cover, and shake. I don’t include the cocoa powder at my house as we’ve all got lighter hair.

Then add in your essential oils of choice. My favorite is a blend of rosemary and peppermint. When I was first introduced to Aveda in my teens it was through their rosemary mint shampoo and it was my favorite. This at home blend with essential oils is both grounding and energizing and makes me feel like I just walked out of a salon. Now, whether my cornsilk hair is cooperating or not is another story.

Store in your medicine chest or on a shelf in your bathroom for easy use.

What essential oils will you use in your first batch of dry shampoo?


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