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Some days I don’t feel like washing my hair. In fact, if I’m not going to work, I usually just throw a ball cap on and go.

It’s my signature look.

For those in between shampoos, I use a little dry shampoo with ingredients from the kitchen. The dry shampoo is super simple and makes you smell like freshly baked brownies.

After researching the ingredients of conventional dry shampoo, I will gladly forgo the spray-on convenience and dust a little dry shampoo powder into my greasy locks.


Dry Shampoo typically contains the following questionable ingredients.


Fragrance is used to make products smell better and to cover the scent of other ingredients, which may have strong chemical scents. They disrupt hormone activity, cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity. 

Talc acts as an absorbent in dry shampoo; it’s a magnesium silicate that may contain asbestos fibers, increasing the risk of respiratory toxicity and cancer.

Parabens are widely used (85%) in cosmetics to inhibit bacteria growth. They mimic estrogen in the body causing Estrogen disruption.  Estrogen Disruption has been linked to the female cancers of the breast and reproductive organs.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
LPG is composed of three gases, butane, propane, and isobutane that act as the propellent in the dry shampoo.  These colorless, odorless gasses can give you headaches, mood swings, nausea.


Scrap the toxic chems and throw together some homemade Dry Shampoo.



3 TBSP Cocoa Powder

3 TBSP Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder

2-3 drops essential oil (optional)

Container of choice.  I used an old spice jar with a shake top.  After peeling the spice label off, you can rub lemon essential oil on the left over glue residue and it will come right off.

**I have dark brown hair so I put more cocoa powder in my dry shampoo to make the mix darker. The recipe above is for blonde to light brown hair.  You will want to adjust your color accordingly.


Mix equal parts and put on scalp. Brush. Viola!

Dry Shampoo Ingredients

Dry Shampoo

That’s it. Super easy.

If making Dry Shampoo isn’t your thing, here are a few examples of Organic Dry Shampoo that you can buy.

Hair Dance, Dry Shampoo Powder. 100% Natural and Organic

Dry Shampoo, Dark, UDSA Organic Powdered for Body, Volume and Styling, Best for Brunette (Brown), Red, Black Hair Colors

All Natural Vegan – Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo Powder