The Best Natural Dry Shampoo & How to Stretch Your Hair Washing Days

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For as long as I can remember, I've had "interesting hair." When I was younger, I had this wavy, thickkkk, uncontrollable hair. And in elementary school I would always wear my hair up in a bun because I didn't know how to style it and neither did my mom. She had no idea how to control it. Then one day, a kid asked me why I always wore it in a bun. I didn't have an answer, I was incredibly shy and didn't want any attention on me. So I decided the next day that I would wear my hair down. My mom asked me, "are you sure?" and I said yes. That was the last time I wore it down for a while haha. I've since learned how to manage my hair and because I have so much of it, I like to stretch my hair washing days as much as possible. So I rely on dry shampoo A LOT. I wanted to share the best natural dry shampoo and products with you, so here we go.

This post was originally published September 13, 2019 and has since been updated as of March 2, 2021.

Why Dry Shampoo:

Dry shampoo is one of my go-to products because I really only like washing my hair one to two times a week. And by using dry shampoo, I am able to stretch those hair washing days more. Plus it helps keep my hair looking clean and fresh and styled. It is one of the only hair care products that I cannot live without.

How I use Dry Shampoo:

The way that I like to use dry shampoo is as needed. Usually, on day 3 or 4, I find that I need to use a little. Because I do work out most days and get sweaty, I rely on it even more.

In regards to working out, this is what I like to do:

  • Use a little dry shampoo in my hair before I work out. This helps to keep it a little extra dry I find.
  • After working out, I simply blow dry the roots with a brush. It sounds gross to do this, but it works. Basically, you just want to blow dry the roots as that is usually the part that is the most sweaty.
  • After blow drying the roots, I apply my dry shampoo and work it into my hair with my fingers.

That's it! I find doing these three things the most important in keeping my hair looking and feeling fresh longer.

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The Problem with Many Conventional Dry Shampoos:

Like many conventional beauty products, they are often made with synthetic and potentially toxic ingredients. In many dry shampoo products, you have ingredients such as fragrance, talc, dyes, parabens and phthalates. All of which can disrupt your hormones and cause other health issues. Specifically with dry shampoo, many times, the aerosol component causes issues not only for our health, but also the environment as well, as it is harmful to the ozone layer.

Another ingredient in conventional dry shampoo is cetrimonium chloride which is used to help banish hair static.

"This ingredient has been classified by the AFH Library as toxic, irritating and allergenic, not to mention lethal if orally ingested. The EU Cosmetics Directive only allows a maximum concentration of .1% to be used."

However, these regulations are not the same in the West.

Another ingredient to watch for is alcohol, which is used to help draw moisture from the scalp. However, this can lead to long term hair and scalp damage. As with other conventional beauty products, other ingredients such as silicones and siloxanes should also be avoided.

The Best Natural Dry Shampoo I Recommend:

When it comes to using natural dry shampoo, I have tried a few over the years. These are the ones that I personally use and recommend.

Kaia Naturals, Overnight Dry Shampoo:

I've been using this spray version for a while and I love how easy it is to apply. If you give it a shake, quite a bit can come out at once, so go light on the spray. This stuff works best when you leave it on overnight. Although, I have used it before a workout and then again a little after I blow dry it again and it works that way as well. As with any dry shampoo, you only need to apply it to the roots and then blend with your fingers and a a brush. I love that it comes in both blonde and brunette. Overall, I really like this product and I would re-purchase.

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Joyous Health, Dry Shampoo:

I have also been trying this dry shampoo out for a few weeks now and I LOVE it! When it comes to hair, Joy has some of the best, so I knew I could trust this formula. It works really well to absorb any oil and again comes in two shades for those with light and dark hair. And it also blends in really well, so you won't have any white roots! Plus, it also has such an amazing (and natural) scent to it. This one has a little sifter cap on it so you can just sprinkle as much as you need and go. I just lightly shake it on my roots, blend it with my fingertips and then brush it in. Overall, I liked this product and recommend it as well.

joyous health dry shampoo

Innersense, Refresh Dry Shampoo:

This dry shampoo is actually a foam instead of a powder. I was excited to try this one as I LOVEEE all Innersense products, you can read my review of the line here. Unfortunately, it didn't really work for my hair. It gave me some great volume but it didn't work to absorb the oil like I wanted it to. For that reason, I wouldn't repurchase it.

innersense dry shampoo

My Go-To Hair Products:

When it comes to styling my hair, I am usually a less-is-more kind of girl. It is more so because I am not great at styling my hair, I tend to just blow dry it straight. But, there are a few products other than the dry shampoos listed above that I really do love and recommend.

Innersense, I Create Waves:

I used this product a lot during the summer as my hair gets a little wavy, unruly and frizzy. So I sprayed some of this in my hair to create waves that were a lot more tame and manageable. I would just spray it on dry hair that was a couple days post-wash to revitalize it and give it some nice texture. And I also spray this on my roots right after washing it as well, which helps create some lift and volume.

Serum Spray, Josh Rosebrook:

This is my go-to spray after washing my hair to help reduce frizz and make my hair so much softer. Plus it also helps protect my hair against the heat from my hair dryer. The smell of this product is amazing!! I wish I could bottle it and wear it. I use it mainly for the heat protection but it also does a good job at making my hair a lot softer and smoother.

josh rosebrook serum spray

For my everyday shampoo and conditioner, I am still using and loving Innersense. You can read my full review of the line, over here.

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Do you have any questions about dry shampoo? What are your favourite natural hair care products right now? Let me know in the comments!

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Pam Licht
September 15, 2023
Thank you so much for this article. I love tofu but I’m still trying to learn how to use it. I tried the air fryer method but it came out very dry and rubbery. I did spray it with olive oil and spiced it. Maybe frozen tofu isn’t appropriate for air frying. I’m trying to cut back on oils but I’ll try your way! Thank you again ‼️
September 12, 2023
Hi Bridgette! Yes, you can use regular all purpose flour. Enjoy :)
September 5, 2023
Can you just use regular flour ?
August 21, 2023
My husband and I really enjoyed this! I had to sub thick spaghetti but otherwise followed the recipe. Such a fun, different pasta recipe!
August 20, 2023
This is a delicious decadent cake! Do much like a flourless chocolate torte. Only subs I made was a flax egg, and solid heavy coconut cream for the coconut butter. Definitely keep this recipe!
May 21, 2023
This is the one! I don’t know how many of these I’ve tried, but this one nailed it! Used dried dill and Kewpie Mayo and it was so good. I found you at last!
April 7, 2023
SO YUMMY!!! I've finally made a good baked oats with following your recipe :'). I didn't add the maple syrup or banana, instead a banana flavoured GoGoSqueeze lol! I believe adding the egg is the game changer, thank you for sharing!
March 27, 2023
Hi! That would be psyllium husk powder.
March 13, 2023
Psyllium husk or psyllium husk powder?
February 28, 2023
Thank you so much for this article. I will be 65 on March 4th and have have a struggled with my weight since age 8, my parents divorce. I have had disordered eating, anorexia, & BDD just to name a few. I have gained 45pounds in 2 years after leaving a toxic marriage of 30 Years. I am also embarking on a journey of self exploration & I am enough and not let the scales define my day or life.
February 15, 2023
This is a game changer! I always throw my tofu in the freezer when I buy it… but rarely remember to thaw it on time. And have always soaked it in hot water the sink, it takes f o r e v e r. Giving this a try right now - thank you!
Justine Louise
January 24, 2023
These turned out so good! I am excited to have quick and easy breakfasts that are not toast and bagels. Thanks for such a great recipe!
January 13, 2023
Hi Venetia! LOL, they definitely flatten a bit on the bottom as they cook, but that's kinda part of the charm I suppose haha
January 13, 2023
How do you keep the ball shape? Mine turned out like turkey igloos !!
January 8, 2023
Hi Michele. You add it in step #2 just to season the chicken a little.
Michele Baptiste
January 8, 2023
At what point did you add the kosher salt?
January 7, 2023
I love these recipes, cant wait to start cooking! Thank you for sharing!
January 7, 2023
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December 23, 2022
Thank you for this recipe. I modified it a bit because I wanted to have it for breakfast. I only used 1 1/2 tsp of sugar and used oat flour in place of AP flour. I omitted the chocolate chips and topped with an all fruit jam after it finished cooking. Delicious and nutritious. Love it!
Lisa kinnaird
December 10, 2022
Am going to make your Thai Meatballs in Red Curry Sauce!!
Gary And Debbie Houck
November 30, 2022
Great stuff!
November 19, 2022
I replaced the chorizo with the impossible sausage, and it was still delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
November 14, 2022
Thank you so much for sharing Jeanette! Aren't easy meals that look fancy the best ;)
November 14, 2022
Thanks Alexandra! My husband loves it too and he loves his cheese lol.
November 14, 2022
Thanks so much for sharing Josh! It's such a great weeknight meal. Enjoy it tonight :)
November 14, 2022
This recipe slays... since you've posted, I've made variations on it at least four times. Going to make it again for dinner tonight.
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November 10, 2022
Made this recipe for my boyfriend and I on Halloween! It is the perfect fall dish. It is easy to make vegan, nut & gluten free if you use gluten free pasta and do the sunflower seed substitute. My non-vegan boyfriend loved it so much they have asked me to make it again! It is so creamy & has the perfect crunch with the sage and pumpkin seeds.
November 2, 2022
Very easy, directions are clear, like recommended product names. Making this for dinner. Pre-dinner tasting fantastic flavours♥️♥️
September 21, 2022
Hi Marnie! You could use about 3 to 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast instead of parmesan.
September 21, 2022
Hi, how much nutritional yeast would you suggest instead of cheese?
September 21, 2022
Absolutely LOVE this recipe - it's delicious (especially for those that like a hint of spice)!! My finance and I are obsessed and it's become part of our weeknight recipe rotation. It has a limited number of ingredients, it's quick to make/cook, but despite all of that - looks and tastes like much more time was spent! Thanks for the great recipe Jaclyn!
September 3, 2022
Do these burgers taste at all like beef? Thank you.
September 1, 2022
Just tried your recipe. Holly Hanna..... was that good! I know how to cook but you must try this one. I'm new to the this way of cooking but now I'm a believer. Keep them coming and I'll be trying them. Thanks ! G
August 2, 2022
This was delicious!!! It takes some prep time but each portion is packed with flavour! Will definitely make again ❤️
July 31, 2022
I made this yesterday and HOLY MOLY it hit the spot!!! It’s been so hot and muggy out here, so I was craving something light, cool, and filling. This recipe did not disappoint. The flavor of the peanut sauce was delicious. It had been a while since I prepared something with such color and flavor, which made eating it that much better. I will definitely make this again and try your other recipes too!! 😍🙏🏻❤️
July 25, 2022
Hi Henrik! Thanks for letting me know you made them. Depending on the size of your food processor, it can be a lot to pulse all at once, so maybe working in batches is better. I'm glad you liked them and they firmed up for you :) Enjoy the rest!
henrik bechmann
July 25, 2022
Yep, they firmed up nicely. I'm freezing four, and looking forward to having the other four, dressed with sauerkraut, pickles, mustard, vegan mayo, onions, banana chiles, and maybe even ketchup. Yum!
henrik bechmann
July 25, 2022
Well I ended up baking them for 23 minutes (@400F). They're delicious! A bit soft, but I'm hoping they'll firm up when they cool. Texture is good too. Thanks for this!
henrik bechmann
July 24, 2022
Seems like a good and tasty recipe. But I had to add a generous half cup of water to get any kind of movement in the food processor. I substituted flax seeds for hemp (what I had). The mixture was a bit loose because of the water, but still formed nicely into patties. Baking for 15 min at 400F. Looking forward to them!
July 23, 2022
Hi Roxanne! So for the meatballs photos with feta, I just used regular olive oil. But for the one photo with the red looking oil, that was olive oil mixed with fried green onions and Aleppo pepper. I have that recipe in full on my Instagram account - if you head over there, you'll see it -
July 21, 2022
Hi! The topping on your whipped feta looked delicious. It appeared to be more than olive oil. Or maybe an infused olive oil? Do you mind sharing that recipe? I can’t wait to make this recipe. Appreciate the tip on room temp feta.
July 19, 2022
Make these now! Once you buy your ingredients, this is the easiest recipe to's so hands off! I started the beef in the instant pot an hour before we wanted to eat and prepped the toppings while all of that was cooking. I used stewing beef and a home-made taco seasoning. I didn't have any beef broth so I used half of a bouillon cube - worked just fine! The enchilada sauce was store bought (Frontera brand) and it was delicious. Highly recommend the Monteray jack cheese - I used some Violife mozzarella that I happened to have at home but I can see how the sharp taste would add to the overall flavour.
July 18, 2022
Hi Carolyn! I'm so glad you are loving my recipes, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I don't provide nutritional information as it doesn't align with my brand or how I personally choose to live my life, having had a disordered relationship to food in the past. I hope you understand :)
July 13, 2022
I love your recipes and have tried them! What would be GREAT is if you could include the nutritional value with calories. It would be beneficial to those of us trying to lose weight. Thank you, Carolyn
July 11, 2022
Just made this for my family today. I can’t have gluten or dairy but they can and this got a RESOUNDING stamp of approval! Love the simple ingredients and it tasted fabulous! Thanks for such nourishing recipes ❤️ 😊
July 3, 2022
Thanks for this! I came across this recipe very late in life, at a family meal. I liked it better than my mother's potato salad of my childhood, and better than my sister's which came from her in-laws. DH likes it very much. Win, win, win! Tip: if you don't want to steam up your summer kitchen nor fight the mosquitoes for the grill, pressure cook the potatoes!
May 12, 2022
I am on a short vacation and came across this recipe, looking forward in making this. It looks really good. Can’t wait.
Whitney Mullenax
April 22, 2022
I have these cookies in the oven right now (2nd time making them in a few weeks). They are perfection and will be a great gift for some coworkers tomorrow. I made the recipe as is, great texture! I saved some for me too, don't worry ;)
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April 15, 2022
I love the ingredients in these recipes… Can’t wait to start them all!!
April 14, 2022
Don’t sleep on this wing recipe. It is soooo good! I can see this being a staple for game days, casual dinners or honestly…any day. Such a crowd pleaser as well. Oh and please don’t skip the dip. It’s unreal stuff! I was grabbing random things in my kitchen to eat it with once the wings were done.
Christa Campbell
March 28, 2022
The simplest recipe to make a delicious desert! I left out the cacao and just made vanilla coconut flavor and it was heavenly. I plan to add different flavors in the future; cacao with Orange or raspberry essence, vanilla salted, caramel flour de sel- the options are endless. Glad to find a keto friendly treat that can be made easily at home.
March 24, 2022
When do you add the mushrooms back in the pot?
February 13, 2022
These were good! I've been curious to try making a miso dessert for a little while now, but wanted it to be grain free. I've found that almond flour based chocolate chip cookies always have some kind of nut butter, and since I just use peanut butter, it's like a PB cookie. The miso did a great job replacing nut butter and achieved a great, chewy consistency! It's definitely strong, although I'm sure white miso would have been more mild. I used dashi miso, which in hindsight sounds pretty gross.. the cookies were not at all fishy tasting, but just bold and kind of salty/savory. I think next time I'll try a little less miso. I have a tendency to use less sugar than a recipe calls for, but I definitely needed it in this one to balance the miso flavor. I just used regular butter too, not ghee.
Susan Renee Hennings
January 12, 2022
Yes, I like it a lot. Lentils are nutritious and inexpensive.
January 2, 2022
I’m just learning about adaptogens and trying to incorporate them into my “healthy arsenal”. Thanks for the info!
December 27, 2021
This is the first cinnamon roll recipe i've actually gotten to work! I let the dough rest in the fridge for 4-5 hours and then rolled and filled it, then let it rest in the fridge over night and it worked great for an early morning bake. I looked through the whole recipe and you never mention what temperature to bake at. It just says "place in your preheated oven to bake" I baked at 350. Also it would be really nice if the caramel sauce recipe was included here. All in all totally delicious, worth the effort, and I will be making this again.