Dry Shampoos-Everything you need to know
Category : Hair
Dry shampoos are a great idea if you want to extend your time between proper washes.
Some of the reasons to use dry shampoo include:
- If you would like to keep your blow dry and style for longer
- Woke up too late in the morning? Didn’t have time to shower, then dry shampoo can help
- When you go camping and there is less water available
- For us in Cape Town, who are under water restrictions, it’s a means to save water by not having to wash hair every day.
What is a Dry Shampoo
A dry shampoo is exactly what it says, a dry substance or powder used on your hair that does not require any water to use. The shampoo works on your scalp and hair by absorbing the oil, this makes you hair feel cleaner and looking more revived again. The function of a dry shampoo is not to really replace actually washing your hair, but to help increase the time between washes.
In fact if you do use the dry shampoo all the time without the regular cleanse, this could cause build-up of the product on the scalp. Eventually this will leave your hair dull and may irritate the scalp, making it itchy and uncomfortable. Your hair and scalp needs a regular proper shampoo and cleanse to help keep it healthy. Many recommend you use the dry shampoo a maximum of three times per week only.
Types of Dry Shampoo
There are a few different ways that you can apply the dry shampoo.
- Spray on dry shampoo: This is a mixture of solvents, fragrance, absorbing agents and aerosol propellants.
- Powder form: This is an actual powder you apply by shaking or dusting onto your hair
How to use Dry shampoo
Some who use the dry shampoo notice a white residue, this is normal. Just wait a few moments then work it through the hair with a comb, brush or your fingers. Many brands of dry shampoo have eliminated this effect; they have added tints to their products and a number of other benefits for each hair type.
If you are using the spray version of dry shampoo, make sure to shake before you use and to hold the canister about 30 centimetres from the scalp. Spray individual parts onto the roots, if you spray any closer it may over saturate your hair leaving it looking too wet and more difficult to comb through. Massage the product into your scalp, comb or brush your hair and style. If you are using the powder version, sprinkle or tap sparingly onto the roots of your hair.
Some local store brands of Dry Shampoo
Tressemé: They offer dry shampoo products from refreshing and cleansing to something that helps to add volume to your hair. They claim it leaves no residue in the hair giving it a clean and fresh feel.
Batiste: There seems to be a number of different dry shampoo products in this range. Some will add strength and shine while others are for extra volume. There are also different products for lighter and darker hair. All of them claim to leave your hair instantly clean and revitalised with a number of different fragrances available.
Colab: This is an active, transparent, light spray-on dry shampoo. It helps to condition the hair especially after a sweaty gym session or if you have been to the beach. The product also has UV protection.
Marc Anthony-2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo: Residue free product that cleanses and absorbs excess oil. It also adds volume and eliminates odour, and is great for all hair types.
Natraloe Dry Shampoo: This product is made with pure plant extracts and no harsh chemicals. It cleanses without damaging the hair. There are options for light and dark hair.
You can also always ask your own hairdresser if they stock their own brand of dry shampoo products. They will be able to give you the correct hair product for your hair type.
Want to try your hand at making your own DIY Dry Shampoo? Try this DIY Dry shampoo recipe.