Green Beauty Buyer’s Guide | Natural, Organic + Non-Toxic Dry Shampoos

Sometimes, ain’t nobody got time for that! We’re talking washin’, dryin’ + stylin’ yo hair when… you’ve over-slept, you’re dashing out the door fashionably late, or water isn’t readily available (huh-hum, glamping).

This beauty-wonder has been around for centuries, but recently reappeared on the scene since so many beauty experts began recommending that we wash our hair less-frequently. Washing our hair daily also washes away beneficial, natural oils that keep our locks + our scalp in tip-top shape.

Dry shampoo is perfect for using between washes to pump up the volume + keep it fresh. It works by absorbing excess oil from your scalp + hair, + making it almost appear + feel freshly washed again. Despite the name, it’s not however, meant to take the place of regularly washing your hair with water, but more as a means of lengthening the days between washes, or to use in a pinch. So, if you haven’t tried it yet – what on earth are you waiting for, girl?!

How To Use It

There are a few ways to apply this baby, so see what works best for you! Focusing only on the roots, always use the less is more approach + say buh-bye to gross, greasy hair!

You can…
  • Shake it directly onto you hair, right out of the container.
  • Shake some into your hands + sprinkle it on your roots.
  • Shake it into your hand + apply it with a clean makeup brush, for the best control, + coverage.

Your best bet is to apply it the night before to let it settle in for as long as possible. If you don’t have time for that, it will still work – just give it as much time as you can the day of. Then, brush it through the length of your hair to evenly distribute. Flip your head upside down, + use a blow dryer to rid your hair of the excess powder.

People with darker hair {like me!} may find that it can leave a whitish or grayish cast if it’s not already tinted. One little tip I swear by is to add some Cocoa or Cacao Powder to the pre-made, or homemade mixture.


  • Acure Organics Argan Stem Cell + COQ10 Dry Shampoo  – This is one of my faves + I love that it’s easy to find at my local Whole Foods Market at a great price! Ingredients: Organic Corn Starch (non GMO), French White Clay (Kaolin), Oat Flour,  Slippery Elm Bark Flour, Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Lavender essential oil, chamomile essential oil. 
  • Lulu Organics Hair Powder  – Haven’t tried this brand yet, but really want to – because I’ve heard such wonderful things! Ingredients: corn starch*, white clay, baking soda, rice powder*, horsetail powder*, essential oils*. *Certified Organic, talc-free, gluten-free + vegan. 
  • Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo – Haven’t tried this one yet, but really want to as I’ve heard amazing things about it! Cassava root absorbs excess oil. Fuller’s earth clay improves scalp health + Star anise encourages hair regrowth. Ingredients: Fullers Earth, *Tapioca Starch, Star Anise, Vanilla Extract, Citric Acid. *organic. 


 Snag an easy-peasy recipe you can make at home for both light + dark hair, here.

 Have you ever tried any of these? If not, what natural dry shampoo are you using?



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  • Reply
    September 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I love skinnyskinny!! I’ve only tried grapefruit cardamom, but it smells divine and doesn’t leave that weird residue on my hair, nothing but volume for days! I tried Lulu a while back and it didn’t work out in my brownish blackish hair, but that might’ve been because I was new to dry shampoos at the time and probably used to much.

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    September 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    This sounds great! I have used baking soda to get build up out of my hair when I wet shampoo, but have never tried dry shampoo. I might have to give it a shot!

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    November 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    What can you say about Alba botanica shampoo?

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    November 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    The rose + black pepper product sounds wonderful! I will try this very soon.

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      November 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Jeanette, I Love it! <3

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    Barb rachner
    June 22, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    What healthy (NON-CANCER causing) shampoo & conditioner do you recommend for thinning hair & hair loss? 25-year old

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      July 11, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Hey Barb! Hmmmm… not sure. I’m not a doctor, but from my own experience – that’s usually more of an underlying health issue. Personally, I’ve had Hypothyroid / Adrenal issues + was loosing a lot of hair {like handfuls!} + once I started to get that in check… I stopped loosing hair. So, you may want to have that checked out! A good site to look into if that’s a possibility is Stop The Thyroid Maddness. My current go-to for natural Hair Products is ACURE ORGANICS. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help! Good Luck! XO <3

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    Noelle Lynne
    January 28, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Love this list of organic dry shampoos!, Glam Organic Goddess is so great!


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    Dianne Crow
    April 12, 2016 at 1:59 am

    I have tried many dry shampoos. All of them made my scalp itch. Can you recommend one or more that maybe won’t irritate my scalp??


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      April 13, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Hey Dianne! Aw, so sorry to hear that :( Have you tried any totally natural ones yet? If so, which ones? <3

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    Dianne Crow
    April 13, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Danielle, thank you for getting back to me. No I have not tried any of the natural ones. Is there one or two you would recommend?

    Thanks Dianne

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      April 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Dianne! Sure! I would recommend any the 3 I mentioned above. Keep me posted! xo <3

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    Alexandra Porrata
    May 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Are you ladies using the THINK DIRTY app from the EWG? Wondering what you think of the tool. I have been using it while shopping and to clear out my toxic dangerous products. All your recommended products are rated as very very safe.

    • Reply
      May 31, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Hi Alexandra! I think the Think Dirty app is a great starter tool, but it can sometimes be hit or miss in terms of ingredients, or current product formulations – so it shouldn’t be the only thing anyone relies on, in my opinion. It’s really the only tool of it’s kind at the moment though. Hope that helps! <3

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