Your lipstick doubles as a blush. Your petroleum jelly turns into a highlighter. Don’t you love beauty products that multi-task? And without question, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of multi-taskers is your dry shampoo. This mighty marvel is so valuable when you’re crunched for time and out and about, meeting professional and social priorities with, well, hair that isn’t oily.
Here we are talking about this underrated product, which deserves immense gratitude from all working adults.
What is a dry shampoo?
It is a type of hair product that claims to reduce oil, grease and dirt in your hair. Unlike wet shampoos and conditioners, a dry shampoo can be applied to your hair while it’s dry, which is how it gets its name.
Dry shampoo doesn’t need water to be washed out of your hair. It’s typically applied to the crown of your head and other areas where oil and shine may visibly collect. It is a blessing after a sweaty workout or for even extending the life of a salon blowout.
However, dry shampoos are not really shampoos, since they contain no cleansing agents. Rather, they have powders (and sometimes alcohol) that act by absorbing or diluting the excess sebum on our hair. This results in cleaner-looking hair, without an actual wash.
These products are available in loose powder, aerosol, or mousse form, all to be applied to dry hair (never on wet hair). They come in several varieties, e.g. tinted to be less visible on dark hair, volumising, scented, organic, etc.
Your scalp is covered with hair follicles, which don’t just sprout hairs, but also produce sebum, the natural oil that softens your scalp and gives hair its texture.
Sebum serves an important purpose in our body. It softens hair and helps protect the skin underneath it. But when you’re working up a sweat, spending time outside, or even going about your day, oil and sweat from your scalp collect in your hair making it look unruly, unkempt and dirty.
While a certain amount of oil on your head is normal, an oil buildup gives your hair a greasy appearance.
Dry shampoo uses alcohol or starch-based active ingredients to soak up the oils and sweat from your hair. Removing the oils from your hair makes it appear cleaner. Most dry shampoos also include a fragrance, which makes your hair smell fresh between washes, which is a plus point. And who doesn’t like hair that smells good?
Washing, blow-drying and styling your hair on a daily basis can be time-consuming. Moreover, it might not even be good for the health of your hair. That’s when this product comes handy.
Benefits of dry shampoo
1. It makes life easier
Adulting doesn’t really give us the time to wash our hair and sometimes life just gets in the way leaving your mane looking gnarly and matted. Dry shampoo gets rid of the grease in your hair and scalp without the need for water.
This is great for when actual washing is inconvenient, like when you’re travelling or have a toddler who won’t let you out of his sight for more than a minute. Moreover, it’s perfect for those in-between days and if your hair is the type that doesn’t agree with daily washing.
2. You can use it anytime, anywhere
Get your hands on a travel-sized bottle of dry shampoo, tuck it into your handbag and have fresh smelling hair whenever and wherever you like. For example, if you go to the gym during lunch but don’t want to go back to work with greasy hair, a quick brush of dry shampoo will revive your locks in no time.
Dry shampoo is also great for when you’re heading off to dinner after a long day at work or after a long flight when your hair needs that extra boost.
3. It minimises hair damage
Dry shampoo saves you from having to wash your hair every day which also means not pouring harsh chemicals on your head daily. It avoids the beneficial oils being scraped off the head which is healthy. We suggest, when you wash your hair in the morning, apply dry shampoo before bedtime. The powder will absorb the excess oil as you sleep.
4. It gives your hair more body
Dry shampoo instantly makes your hair look thicker, which is great for those with fine or thinning hair. If you usually rely on volumising sprays, go for a dry shampoo instead. It will do the double duty of not only absorbing excess oil but also keeping your hair from going flat.
5. It saves your colour from fading
Unlike regular shampoo, dry shampoo doesn’t strip your hair of colour. It’s particularly useful if you colour your hair blonde, as some dry shampoos can leave a whitish cast that lightens hair and hides dark roots. This allows you to go longer between visits to the salon and ultimately saves you money.
6. It helps your blow-dry last longer
Dry shampoo helps you save money by extending the life of your blow-dry. Because of the volume it offers to your hair, many stylists, as a result, use dry shampoo to keep hairstyles in place longer.
7. It’s good for the environment
Washing your hair less frequently means you’re using less water and adding fewer chemicals to the environment. It also means you’re not using up energy to heat your bath water or to blow-dry your hair.
However, remember that dry shampoo works for most people by absorbing oils and hiding dirt or grease between washes. But contrary to its name, it’s not a replacement for washing your hair. Continue to wash your hair as often as you need to, and don’t use dry shampoo on your scalp for more than two consecutive days.