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Happy Saturday, natural skincare lovers!

Arsy here again from Rubies & Radishes. I have yet another DIY recipe for you today! This DIY Dry Shampoo is one of my most used products. I’ve been using it multiple times a week for over a year now.

Confession time! I hate – like, really hate washing my hair. It’s not the easiest to manage. If I don’t do anything to it after I wash it, I have a frizzy mess on my hands. And who has time to spend an hour blow drying and straightening? Not this mama!

Luckily, since following many of Liz’s tips here and in her eBook, I wash my hair so much less. I used to be an everyday washer and now I get away with once or twice a week, especially when I add this DIY Dry Shampoo to the equation.

This DIY Dry Shampoo has also really helped cut back on how often I have to put a flat-iron to my hair. Which, in itself, has helped my hair look and feel much healthier.

I’ve seen DIY Dry Shampoo recipes floating around Pinterest for years. I’ve tried a bunch. Many of them didn’t work very well for my dark brown hair. After tons of experimenting, I’ve found what I believe to be the perfect ratio of ingredients for dark hair.

(If you have light hair, cut back on the cacao powder in this recipe and increase the arrowroot powder to make up for it.)

For an added nutritive boost, I LOVE adding essential oils to my dry shampoo! It adds a wonderful scent and it can have benefits for your hair too!

The proportions below are based on the potency of high-grade Essential Oils.
If you’re ready to add EOs to your routine, start here.  

Got issues with dandruff? Try 3 drops of Tea Tree (also known as Melaleuca)

Got dry scalp issues? – Try 3 drops of Cedarwood

Got oily scalp issues? – Try 3 drops of Peppermint

Issues with hair loss? – Try adding 3 drops of Lavender or Frankincense

Want soft hair that smells nice? – Try adding 3 drops of Lavender


DIY Dry Shampoo {for dark hair}

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
3 tablespoons cacao powder
3 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)


  • In a small bowl, mix arrowroot powder, cacao powder and essential oils. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer to an air-tight container and store in a cool, dark spot. The medicine cabinet in the bathroom works well.

How to Apply

I’ve found that this dry shampoo works best when you apply it with a make-up brush like this one. Dip a clean makeup brush into your dry shampoo. Then lightly tap to remove excess powder.

Section your hair, and brush your roots with your brush. Allow the powder to set for a few minutes. And then run your hands through your hair and shake it up. This helps spread the powder and shakes any excess out.

Then go ahead and brush and style, as you normally would.

*Note: These recipes were developed using Young Living Essential Oils, which Liz also uses and recommends. I have found that store bought oils are not as potent, so you may need to increase the drops to 6 to 8 drops of essential oils or until the scent is right for you.

About Arsy of Rubies & Radishes

860471_491417287586024_2036908225_oPaleo foodie Arsy Vartanian is a cookbook author and blogger. Arsy lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and their beautiful daughter, Indyanna. Arsy has written two cookbooks that make it easy to cook whole, nutritious food —The Paleo Foodie Cookbook & The Paleo Slow Cooker. Arsy blogs about real food and all-natural skin care on her blog