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I recently heard someone reference using tapioca starch for dry shampoo – enter the rabbit hole of DIY dry shampoo that then occurred.

I wash my hair about twice a week, so my relationship with dry shampoo is deep.  For the past week I’ve been using my own mix of three ingredients for dry shampoo as a little test to see if it works.

I have to say, for brunettes, this formula is kind of amazing.  Most dry shampoos are aerosol cans (this is usually my go to… although I probably should have been using this) leave a white residue in your hair that you can then brush out or blend in to absorb natural oils.

The cacao in this combo makes it brown and so much easier to blend in!  NO worries if you’re not a brunette – you can skip the cacao part.


1/4 cup tapioca starch

2 tablespoons cacao powder

5 drops essential oil (I used peppermint)

I combined these ingredients in a small plastic container, simply shook it up, and then use a clean makeup brush to apply the product to my roots.

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One of the best parts of this DIY combination (other than the amazingly low cost), is that is TSA-approved!! I always struggle to carry-on travel-sized dry shampoos. I buy the travel-sized can but it’s empty after just a few trips, and then I end up using last minute baby powder – it’s a whole thing.

I put some of this mixture in a small container and I’ve already traveled with it easily. Now I just leave it in my toiletries bag, and I’m set. Love it.

Have you ever made your own dry shampoo? I’d love to hear! Some people use arrowroot powder instead of tapioca… I think it’s just whatever you choose to use. Thanks so much for reading! XO –

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12 thoughts on “DIY Dry Shampoo

  1. This is brilliant, thanks! I always struggle with the white ‘evidence’on my dark hair so the cocoa is genius. Than you! Love, Carien x

  2. So smart of you! I’m the google queen and never have thought to google this. I’m most definitely going to give this a try.

  3. Great post! This is a great dry shampoo recipe! I also make my own dry shampoo but I add arrowroot powder and baking soda to mine rather than tapioca starch, which i hear cornstarch works great too.


  4. I’ve been using just arrowroot powder and cocoa powder for my brown hair and it works amazing! Better than aerosol in my opinion (and cheaper too I think)!

  5. This is wicked! I’ve never heard of making it with tapioca starch before. I use cornstarch baby powder in my hair everyday. It is tough as a brunette tho because it does leave white residue if you don’t get it all out.
    You have such lovely taste 🙂
    – xo Britt

  6. Love this! Even with dry shampoo, how do you manage to keep your hair looking amazing after working out? I exercise too and I am just such a mess after class that it doesn’t seem any amount of dry shampoo helps. Any tips??

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