Maybe you just styled your hair and a drop of water completely erased all of your hard work. Maybe you don't have the time required to “lather, rinse, repeat” and dry your hair every day. Or, maybe you know that 'pooing your hair too often strips it of the beneficial oils that keep it healthy.
With all of that in mind, you may want to try dry shampoo!
What is dry shampoo anyway?
Dry shampoo works by soaking up the sebum that is released from the scalp. In case you didn't know, sebum is "an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands." (Thanks, Internet!)
Anyway, the dry shampoo soaks that up then travels down the hair shaft without removing the good oils. It works on men and women with every hair type.
Finding the right dry shampoo
If you have fine hair: Try the powder form to add some volume and texture without weighing your hair down.
For those with thick hair: Unless Marie Antoinette is your style icon, aerosol is the way to go to have all the cleanliness none of the extreme volume. Note that aerosol is certainly the most common form of dry shampoo, and it absolutely works on fine and curly hair too.
For those with curly hair: There is a new kid on the block! Dry shampoo paste begins with the goopy texture we all know and love, but it quickly turns into powder when rubbed. This was created so that you could apply the formula precisely with your hands, without ruining your curl pattern with a brush.
Next, make sure to use the right shade for your hair color! There are different tints and the right one can enhance its hue. As with all products, you may not find the perfect one right away. It may take a few tries… stay patient!
Two-step application process
- When applying the aerosol product, hold it roughly six inches from your head to avoid inseparable build-up. Don't worry if the product appears white: it’s working its magic!
- Wait three minutes and then brush through your hair; for the curly hair types using a paste, rub the scalp thoroughly with your fingers.
Pro tip: To add volume to your hair, avoid applying it to the top of the head. Instead, lift a layer of hair and spray underneath to the root.
Pro tip: Some people prefer to use dry shampoo before going to bed. This gives it the maximum amount of time to do its thing, and any excess will be shaken off naturally during your slumber.
But be careful!
We, at Zone, would be remiss if we didn't remind you that there is no perfect product, and dry shampoo is not without its cons.
- Always read the label: Some dry shampoos contain alcohol, butane, isobutane, or propane— chemicals that may make the hair more brittle over time. If you prefer to know exactly what you're feeding your scalp, there are many easy-to-follow recipes online at your disposal.
- If you have scalp problems like dandruff or psoriasis, please avoid dry shampoo altogether, as it will only exacerbate the problem. Over-accumulation can also lead to clogged pores— disrupting normal hair growth, pimples, and in extreme cases… cysts!
- You should wash your hair after 3 uses or once a week to keep your hair and scalp healthy and of course clean!
The key takeaway is this: Do not rely too heavily on dry shampoo as its effectiveness and convenience unfortunately does not equal the benefits that a traditional wash will give you - hygiene and scalp health always come first! Overall, though, it is a miracle product to have when you want to look polished on those hectic days! Or just Mondays, let's be honest.
What are your thoughts on dry shampoo? Do you have any tips and tricks? Sound off in the comments below!