Dry shampoo is a powdered substance used to clean the hair when you want to extend the length of a blowout or when it is not practical to use water and traditional shampoo.
Overwashing your hair can dry it out and cause hair color to fade. To preserve your color and maintain moisturized, sleek hair, it is best to wash your hair only 2-3 times per week. Additionally, if you’re strapped for time and you need to freshen up your locks (after the gym, before a night out, etc.), dry shampoo serves as a fantastic option. Modern, busy women swear by dry shampoos!
How does dry shampoo work?
The ingredients in dry shampoo soak up oil and dirt on the scalp. When your hair appears greasy, it’s usually just the roots (close to the scalp) that need to be refreshed. Applying a dry shampoo effectively soaks up any oil and dirt, leaving your hair looking refreshed and clean.
There are basically two types of dry shampoos: ones that come in a loose powder form and ones that come in an aerosol (spray) form.
A. LOOSE POWDER
Powder dry shampoos can be applied directly on to the scalp from the bottle and either brushed through or massaged in using your fingers.
METHOD 1 of 3: Apply Dry Shampoo
- If you use a spray bottle of dry shampoo, hold it 6 inches (15.2 cm) from your head and spray. Hold it far enough away so that the shampoo settles evenly over your head.
- If you wish,brush your hair so the dry shampoo is distributed down the length of the hair shafts. Focus mostly on the roots, but if the rest of your hair needs freshening up, add a little more to the tips.
- This might get messy, so do it over the sink or be ready to sweep or vacuum when you’re done.
4.Let it settle in. Wait 5 to 10 minutes for the dry shampoo to absorb the oil from your hair. If you have particularly oily hair, it may take a little longer.
5. Comb the excess shampoo out of your hair. Turn your head upside down and brush out all of the powder. You can use a hair dryer to help the process along.
METHOD 2 of 3: Make Dry Shampoo Work for You
1. Know when to use dry shampoo. Dry shampoo gives your hair the appearance of being clean, since it absorbs the oil that can make hair look dirty. Find the washing routine that works for you, whether it’s three times a week or less, and use dry shampoo every day in between.
- Use dry shampoo after a trip to the gym. Dry shampoo can also come in handy when you’ve exercised and don’t have time to take a shower before returning to work or school.
- Use dry shampoo after a long airplane flight or a travel day. It’s convenient to carry a small bottle for times when you don’t have access to a shower.
- Don’t use dry shampoo more than a few times in a row before washing your hair with regular shampoo and water. Since dry shampoo doesn’t clean skin flakes and other debris from your hair, it’s necessary to use water regularly.
2. Use dry shampoo on dry hair. If you try to put powder on wet hair, it will get clumpy and look a mess. Don’t use dry shampoo until your hair is totally dry. It works on grease, but not water.
3. Don’t rub dry shampoo into your scalp. Dry shampoo can accumulate on your scalp and make it itch. If you’re using spray-on shampoo, hold it several inches away from your head so you don’t spray it directly on your scalp. Sprinkle homemade dry shampoo over your head from a height of several inches.
4. Add a few drops of essential oil. If you want your hair to smell fresh and clean, like it does after washing it in the shower, try smoothing a few drops of essential oil into the middle and tips of your hair after you’ve given yourself a dry shampoo treatment.
- Lemon and other citrus oils work well for this purpose. Make sure you concentrate them at the ends, so the roots of your hair don’t look oily again.
- Try eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil or rose oil if you don’t like citrus scents.
METHOD 3 of 3: Create Dry Shampoo from Scratch
1. Look in your cabinets. You probably already have the ingredients you need for dry shampoo. A mix of powders and starches works well to absorb the oil from your hair. Choose from the following options:
- Baking soda. This also helps to minimize odors.
- Corn meal
- Corn starch
- Ground oatmeal (if you use this, grind it to a fine powder in your food processor)
- Talcum powder or baby powder
2. Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Depending on what you have in your cabinet, mix equal parts of as many of the above ingredients as possible. The mix of course ingredients and powders helps absorb as much oil as possible.
- If you’re missing an ingredient, substitute a like ingredient. For example, if you don’t have baby powder, double the baking soda. If you don’t have ground oatmeal, double the corn meal.
- Make sure the ingredients are well mixed. If you want to make sure they’re ground even finer, you can run them through your food processor together. (Be sure to clean it well if you use baby powder.)
- To make scented dry shampoo, mix it with dried flowers or herbs (e.g. roses, lavender, hibiscus, violets, mint) in a jar, close the lid, and set it in a dark cupboard for 2-4 weeks. The scent will mix with the dry shampoo so that when you use it, your hair will smell good.
3. Pour the mixture into a spice shaker. An old, clean salt or pepper shaker, or any shaker that was used for a spice, is the perfect dispenser for dry shampoo
B. AEROSOL OR SPRAY FORM
Dry shampoo aerosols can be sprayed directly onto the scalp from a few inches away and likewise may need to be brushed or massaged through the area.
Yes! Dry Shampoo is simply a powder/aerosol that absorbs oil and dirt, so it doesn’t contain sulfates or other chemicals that would harm a keratin treatment or brazilian blowout. In fact, it’s a great idea to use dry shampoo if you have had a keratin or brazilian blowout, since it is ideal to avoid washing your hair for several days after the initial treatment.