The Dreaded Dry Shampoo. Holy crap, there are so many! When I was in cosmo school, dry shampoo was barely a thing and now it's everywhere and every brand makes one! I've had a lot of clients, friends and followers ask about dry shampoo. "Why do I use it? When do I use it? What kind is best for my hair? How do I prevent white filmy build up?"
Ok, lets start from the beginning. Dry shampoo is meant to help you go longer between shampoos (if you want to know why not shampooing daily is beneficial click here). Dry shampoo is a "waterless shampoo" that soaks into the oil on the scalp and provides a fresh scent to the hair. Usually, dry shampoo is meant to be used a few days after shampooing once you start to notice oil on the scalp. You can also apply dry shampoo multiple days in a row if necessary. I usually go about 2/3 days, then dry shampoo, go another 2/3 days, dry shampoo, a few more days and wash. (Yes, I only wash my hair once a week). One of the biggest SECRETS I've learned with dry shampoo is applying heat while you rub in the dry shampoo! This eliminates any white buildup or filmy coating and will activate the dry shampoo to soak up all of the oil it can. Once you've applied the dry shampoo, if you feel like you need more don't be afraid to add more.
There are 3 main types of dry shampoo and they all serve various purposes. They all usually contain some sort of "starch" material to soak up the oil. Some dry shampoos contain butane and high concentrations of alcohol which is bad news bears for the hair. Tinted dry shampoos are also available for clients with dark or gray hair and help to eliminate roots that look white or powdery.
We'll start with the most common: Aerosol Sprays. Spray dry shampoo is the easiest and most hassle free option, in my opinion. You just spray it on the roots and rub it in. The downside to the aerosol sprays is that I feel like they soak in the fastest which leads to the bottle being used faster... I get more longevity out of foam or powder.
As far as powder dry shampoos go, I like these the least although they soak up more oil. They can often times give you that white filmy look on your hair if you don't rub it in all the way and it is the messiest of the options. Basically you just shake the powder onto your scalp and rub it in. Imagine shaking baby powder all over your hair, which is essentially what you're doing... MESSSSSSSSY!
Foam dry shampoo was totally new to me. It's definitely the most scary going on, but it also truly "cleanses" the hair the best. It does take the longest to use, its pretty wet when going on but once it dries I like the results the best! You apply the foam to the tips of the fingers and massage into the scalp to use. I will admit, the first time I used it I freaked out thinking I had just turned myself into a wet greaseball.
WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU?
If you are looking for a QUICK dry shampoo, I recommend a spray. These are the fastest to use and the least messy. Although these last the least amount of time, if you are a "rusher" in the morning, aersol dry shampoo is for you! You can even keep some in your car to use on your commute. Just apply on the roots in the AM and massage in as needed. You can literally do this almost anywhere!
If you are looking for LONGEVITY out of your dry shampoo, I recommend powder or foam. They are going to take a little more time to put on, but you're not going to have to redo it every day. Once you put in the foam or the powder it should last you a few days without needing to reapply. Just be prepared to take longer with the application process, but you'll reap the benefits by not having to repeat each morning!
If you are looking for VOLUME, I would recommend a spray or foam. Usually, these coat the outer layer of the hair allowing it to appear thicker or even "stand up." The downside to the volumizing dry shampoo is that it creates that tacky hold or feel to the hair. While this gives you more volume, it also makes it harder to run your fingers through.
If you do play with your hair a lot, I recommend powder because it will help soak in the oils from your hands!
If you are looking for a TINTED dry shampoo, I would recommend a spray. These are AWESOME for clients who have grays or dark hair. The dry shampoo is usually a dark brown color when coming out of the bottle allowing it to blend better with your natural roots and prevent a filmy, white coating on the hair. There are some tinted powders, which has a messier application but longer effects- take your pick!
If you are looking for a CLEAN dry shampoo, meaning NO tacky, sticky feeling and NO white, powdery build up... avoid dry shampoos with Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate (ASO). This ingredient is the "powder" in some cheaper dry shampoos. It causes more tackiness and powder build up because you are spraying bits of aluminium on the hair- this doesn't naturally soak in the oils like corn starch does. We'll go more into detail on ASO next week!
Ultimately, you have to like what you are using. If you've found something that you love, then keep using it! If you haven't yet, I'd recommend trying the different kinds to see what works for your hair!
I hope you liked these tips to help you understand dry shampoo better! In my next blog I'll be testing out the following dry shampoos and giving you feedback! Stay tuned!
* Keep in mind dry shampoo DOES NOT replace shampooing. I recommend shampooing the hair with "regular" shampoo and conditioner once/twice a week. *
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