DIY Chocolate Mint Dry Shampoo

We all love dry shampoo. Dry shampoo means I can hit the snooze button one more time. Dry shampoo means I can go to work without my hair being wet in 20 degree weather because I overslept and didn’t have enough time to dry my hair. Let’s face it, dry shampoo is there for us in out most desperate time of need.

However, dry shampoos often come in aerosol cans and can really dry out the scalp and leave us with a lot of product build up. This can leave you with a really dry irritated scalp. The ones we love seem to hurt us the most.

Lucky for you, it doesn’t have to be this way! You can make your own dry shampoo at home with ingredients you already have at home and still have clean looking hair that smells good without a fresh wash.

I found this recipe in the Autumn 2017 issue of Willow & Sage and decided to try it out and I liked it, so I decided to share it here with all of you.

What you need:

  • Arrowroot Powder
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Peppermint essential oil


For this recipe, the arrowroot powder is going to be what soaks up all the oils in your hair. You could use cornstarch if you don’t have arrowroot powder, but arrowroot powder has more benefits than just being a good oil absorbent.

Arrowroot powder is known to treat dry itchy skin, so it will work sooth your scalp while soaking up all those extra oils. This makes it a much more beneficial ingredient than just cornstarch.

The Cocoa powder is going to be used to “dye” the arrowroot powder so that it doesn’t make you hair look ashy. A problem I always face with powdered dry shampoo is that it doesn’t mix with my dark hair. It is always super obvious that I just dumped a bunch of white powder into my hair no matter how much I try to brush it though.

The amount of cocoa powder you add into the mixture will depend on your hair color. I added one tablespoon thinking it would be enough since I have light brown hair, but it was still too light for me, so its probably something you will have to experiment with, but always try to keep more arrowroot powder than cocoa.

The peppermint oil is going to give the smell of your hair a refreshment while also nourishing your scalp. As I noted in my post about essential oils, peppermint oil is really good at stimulating your scalp and preventing itchiness.

If you have light hair and aren’t adding in the cocoa powder, I don’t see why you can’t use a different essential oil if there’s a different smell you are looking for, but for scalp care I really recommend the peppermint.

When mixing together I mixed 3 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, and about 7 drops of peppermint oil into a bowl and stirred with a spoon until it looked like everything was evenly distributed.

The article said the shelf life is two years, so feel free to make a larger batch by doubling or even tripling the portions if you find necessary.

Once I put it on my scalp I could already smell the cocoa and peppermint and it was tingling my scalp a bit. It smelled really good and felt relaxing. After I brushed it through my hair was shiny smooth, and smelled fresh.


Try it out for yourself and have fun making so you can sleep in a little tomorrow!



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