DIY Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo


DYI Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo

No poo, it seemed like the way to go.

People reveled in the amazing benefits of washing your hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. One of my friends even embraced only using water.

I jumped on the bandwagon years ago. At first it was amazing, I loved how my hair felt. It was less greasy and full of body, which is saying a lot for my straight, oil prone hair and scalp.

Sadly I was soon I was left with split ends from the top of my head to the roots. It took my hair over two years to recover from the damage. My friend Kristen over at Smithspirations wrote about her experience which mirrors mine.

I ditched “no-poo” for natural shampoo and slowly saw my hair recover. A couple years later I jumped back on the no-poo movement, this time with a twist.

I tried washing my hair with honey, tea, and eggs… yes you read that right, eggs. Just ask my friend who’s fiance met me for the first time when I admitted to having “scrambled” eggs in my hair. (Side note I still wash my hair with eggs once or twice a month.)

It was also around that time that I discovered the wonderful world of dry shampoo, thanks to the awesome Beth of Red and Honey.

This is the time is where the alternate title for this post comes into play, I could have titled it, “Hi, my name is Katie Mae and I wash my hair with chocolate.” 

Do I sound a bit crazy yet? I you already knew I brushed my teeth with dirt so, tried washing my hair with eggs, so should chocolate really surprise you? If you didn’t think I was a crazy, crunchy lady before…. 😉

This simple DIY two ingredient dry shampoo is made with just arrowroot and cocoa powder. You mix them together, dab on your hair, brush, and move on with your day.

I agree that our hair needs a break from daily washing. Thanks to dry shampoo I am able to shower every other day and use the dry shampoo to liven up my hair a bit on the off days.

The base is arrowroot powder, cocoa powder is added to preference. The recipe below has the amount of cocoa powder that matches my light brown hair. Use more or less for your preference.

DIY Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo

1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder (more or less to fit your hair color)

Add both to a small jar. Screw on the lid and shake well. Allow the shampoo to settle before opening.

Methods of application:

  • Pinch with your fingers and sprinkle on. Brush your hair to spread the dry shampoo evenly.
  • Makeup Brush- Dip the brush in a jar, tap gently to remove access. Brush across your hair starting at the roots, covering any oily spot. Brush with your hair with your regular hair brush spread the shampoo evenly.

DIY Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo 2

Have you used dry shampoo before?

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. I have never tried Dry Shampoo before! When I convince myself to finally do it, I’ll use this – thank you!

  2. Love dry shampoo. It’s such an ideal solution on busy mornings.

  3. I love your recipe! So helpful in a pinch! 🙂

  4. I totally want to do this! Thank you for the easy to follow instructions!

  5. Wow this is so interesting! I have never tried anything like this before. Very cool!

  6. I’ve never used dry shampoo and this seems like a great ‘recipe’ to start with. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Fabulous! Pinned!

  8. I have graying blond hair. I’m thinking chocolate might not be a good match. What would you recommend?

  9. I use dry shampoo, too. I’m curious as to what kind of natural shampoo you use? Do you make it yourself or buy it?

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