Dry shampoo came about as an excellent alternative for people who are sometimes too busy to wash their hair or for those people who are just too lazy to wash their hair every second day. It works great in emergencies when you are running late. But what exactly is this magical substance and how does it work? Let us first understand what dry shampoo is made of.
How does dry shampoo work?
Both dry shampoo and spray-on shampoo works by absorbing oil onto a substance that can easily be washed or removed out of your hair. But, only hydrophobic soils, like natural oil and oil-based hair products are absorbed by the dry shampoo. It does not remove dead skin, actual dirt or other chemicals that make your hair look greasy.
Also, it’s only the alcohol that evaporates; other ingredients stick around, leaving a light residue on your scalp. That is why experts recommend using dry shampoo only occasionally (or only in case of emergencies) between regular shampoos to prevent chemical damage to hair.
Why Use Dry Shampoo?
If it can cause damage to the hair, why do people still use it? There are several reasons why people prefer dry shampoo over traditional shampoo in certain conditions, and the most common ones are listed below:-
- Takes lesser time than washing and drying hair- Getting late for a meeting and no time to wash your hair? Dry shampoo is the answer.
- Reduces stripping of color- Say you are going to a party and don’t want your hair to look greasy, but you also don’t want the color you applied yesterday to fade, what do you do? Yep, you guessed it right, dry shampoo.
- Freshens hair when coming from a sweaty or smelly situation- If you just got back from work and are too tired to take a shower, but your hair feels sweaty and gross, dry shampoo would probably be your go-to solution.
How to Apply a Dry Shampoo
Sprinkle the powder onto your scalp and massage it for at least one minute. Then use a brush or a wide-toothed comb to brush it down your hair if you would like, but this step is not necessary. (Some beauty bloggers recommend it and some don’t)
Pros of Using Dry Shampoo
Cons of Using Dry Shampoo
Do It Yourself- Dry Shampoo
Yes, you read it right, you can make home-made dry shampoo because the ingredients used in commercial dry shampoos are not too hard to find.
You just need a substance to absorb oil from your hair. You can use, corn starch, baby powder, rice starch, orris root, oatmeal, and clay. But if you are using clay, make sure it’s not contaminated with undesirable minerals or metals, or maybe just use some other ingredient from the list above.
To obtain a fresh scent, you can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to one of these powders.
Fun Fact of Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo isn’t just for people! Dry shampoos can also be used on furry pets, though the functions and ingredients of these pet products are a little different than the ones intended for humans.