To Dry Shampoo Or Not To Dry Shampoo?


Facts about dry shampoo that will change the way you wash your hair, err the way you don’t.

Confession time, I once judged people who used dry shampoo.

Back in the early 2000’s, I knew of several people who used dry shampoo. They praised the magical, powdery substances that supposedly “cleaned” your hair so that you didn’t have to. I flat out thought it sounded disgusting. That was before I worked full-time, or had a child. Ten years later I woke up one day, looked at my half greasy hair and thought to myself, “Oh shit, I wish I had some of that dry shampoo stuff!”.

So began my love-hate relationship with dry shampoo. There is no doubt the stuff works (if you use a reputable product), but there are a few things that still irks me about it. Like the fact that is white, and I have red hair, so it doesn’t always blend perfectly. Also the smell, why does it always have to smell? To add to my list of health paranoias I have read a ton that suggests using the stuff isn’t healthy for you or your scalp.

Recently I have discovered some pretty interesting facts about dry shampoo that I had no idea were even scientifically and humanly possible. Along with changing my opinion on which brand to use a few of my paranoias were also dispelled. So I figured I would share some common dry shampoo myths and discuss whether they are fact or fiction…

Myth: Dry shampoo is a new, revolutionary product. FICTION. There is actually evidence to suggest that people in Asia used clay powder in their hair as early as the late 15th-century. The first reference to dry shampoo was in the United States during the late 1700s.

Myth: Dry shampoo is just like washing your hair. FICTION. You’re pretty much just absorbing the oil on your scalp and not cleansing the entire length of your hair. Any odors or dirt that in there won’t actually be washed and rinsed out by dry shampoo. See below for more…

Myth: Dry Shampoo absorbs oils from your scalp and doesn’t just mask them. FACT. Dry shampoo is literally just a dry substance (alcohol/starch) that cleans your scalp without the use of water. Nothing magical, it works by absorbing oil from your scalp and making it look and feel freshly washed again. Key here is that it just makes it LOOK freshly washed.

Myth: Dry shampoo can cause your hair to fall out. FICTION. It’a more about your habits than the actual dry shampoo here. Because of the “feeling” of having clean hair, most people leave dry shampoo in their hair for several days, some for up to a week! This habit isn’t exactly great for your scalp and hair growth. So potentially you could suffer hair loss but umm, maybe just wash your hair from time to time?

Myth: All dry shampoos are created equal. FICTION. Some are more likely to sauce scalp sensitivities, while others are actually quite natural, and smell pleasant. They also range in price from $8 to $40 and you get what you pay for.

Myth: For dry shampoo to work it must contain chemicals. FICTION. More and more products are calling themselves “dry shampoo” these days, and frankly giving it a bad reputation. There are several brands that actually use natural ingredients such as star anise, vanilla, and clay.

Best dry shampoos on the market today…

The #1 recommended dry shampoo I have come across is Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo. It is 100% natural and also comes in an aerosol-free, eco-squeeze dispenser. There are many other natural options out there, including these which I have either tried myself or heard great things about. Do you have a favorite of your own? Do you opt for all natural or are you ok with a few chemicals in your formula? Which works best?

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