While shampooing is vital for maintaining the health of your hair and scalp, over-shampooing your hair can dry out your tresses and accelerate the fading of your hair color. And, like your face, overwashing can cause the sebaceous (oil) glands on your scalp to produce more oil to compensate for the loss, resulting in even greasier roots and drier ends.
But don’t worry! You can get away with walking around with lived-in hair. Dry shampoo is your secret weapon on those in-between-wash days. Let’s look at its benefits, how it works, and when to use it to your advantage.
Dry Shampoo Benefits
As mentioned, dry shampoo is an excellent way to keep your hair looking and smelling fresh between washes, so you don’t have to worry about dry strands, faded color, and greasy roots.
Additionally, it’s a go-to product when you’re short on time, traveling, running errands post-workout, feeling under the weather, or dealing with an injury that makes regular shampooing challenging.
How Dry Shampoo Works
The buildup of dead skin cells, sweat, oil, and product residue in your roots creates a habitat for odor-causing bacteria. Instead of relying on water, dry shampoo harnesses the power of starches, clays, and other ingredients in a powder or spray form to absorb excess oils while adding volume and a fresh scent.
Shampoo Powder vs. Spray
Which dry shampoo type you choose is entirely up to you. The main difference between the two is the application process and the ingredients used. We created an entire post on this topic that’s worth a read, but for the sake of comparison, here’s the basic rundown.
Shampoo Powder: Refresh your strands with Better Natured’s 99% naturally-derived*, non-aerosol dry shampoo powder. It’s designed to absorb oil between washes and boost the life of blowouts, it leaves no trace of white residue behind — just that feel of freshly lathered hair in no time ﬂat.
Our Fresh Dry Shampoo Powder is responsibly formulated according to the ISO Global Standard 16128, with 99% naturally-derived ingredients. This means that plant and mineral-based ingredients and water, which have undergone limited processing, make up at least 99% of the formula. The 1% purely science ingredients are synthetic ingredients necessary to ensure the efficacy and stability of the formula.
*We hold ourselves to high standards and use the Global ISO Standard 16128 which defines naturally-derived as a plant or mineral derived material and water which is found in nature and has undergone limited processing. In the Better Natured® line, the percent naturally-derived varies from product to product and ranges from 86% to 99%.
Shampoo Spray: Aerosol dry shampoo can be easier to apply, but the ingredient list isn’t as straightforward as the powder variety. While you still may see tapioca starch on the label, you’ll also find panthenol, propane, isobutane, and phenoxyethanol, to name a few. Another common ingredient is alcohol, which helps to evaporate any excess oil on your scalp without over-drying it. While sprays share the same common goal as powders, some consumers may want a more straightforward, natural formula.
Considerations When Using Dry Shampoo
There’s no denying dry shampoo possesses qualities we can all benefit from, but there are a few things to remember before powdering or spraying your bad hair day away.
Dry Shampoo Doesn’t Actually Clean Your Hair
While it’s true that dry shampoo makes your hair look, feel, and smell cleaner, “shampoo” is just a play on words. Only a true liquid shampoo mixed with water can effectively cleanse away dirt, product residue, excess oils, and odors from your hair and scalp.
Don’t Overdo It
Dry shampoo is not meant to replace a good suds session. In fact, when used too many days in a row (or too much at once), you risk your hair feeling more like a powdered wig and having a residue form on your scalp. So when exactly should you use dry shampoo? Head on down to our next section.
When to Use Dry Shampoo
Considering the numerous benefits of dry shampoo, there’s never a wrong time to shake or spritz a little on your roots. Here are a few scenarios when this product can come in handy.
When You Need to Eliminate Odor
Whether your tresses are starting to smell like yesterday’s spinning session or your hair picked up the scent of the game day chili you were preparing, dry shampoo can help absorb excess odors when shampooing isn’t an option.
When You Want an Alternative Styling Aid
Updos such as the ballerina bun (Balletcore is trending!) are easier to execute with next-day hair, but if you feel your roots are greasy, sprinkle on a bit of Fresh Dry Shampoo Powder to absorb excess oils and add additional volume.
When You Want to Add Volume
You don’t have to wait until your roots are greasy to use dry shampoo. It’s also helpful for adding volume and texture to freshly washed tresses — especially if you plan on styling your hair in an updo.
When You Want to Prolong Your Blowout
A good blowout can cost as much as a haircut, so you don’t want to wash that cash down the shower drain too soon! Along with soaking up excess oils, dry shampoo also brings back the volume achieved right after your style, giving you that salon-fresh look and feel for a little bit longer.
When You Want to Absorb Extra Moisture
Whether you don’t have time to wash your hair in the morning or like to work out on your lunch break, dry shampoo is the ultimate go-to for absorbing extra moisture — even when you’re on the go. It’s also an excellent addition to your carry-on bag so you can refresh your tresses after an overnight flight.
Whether craving beachy waves, touchable softness or a sleek style, look for naturally-derived products, such as our collection of vegan styling aids from Better Natured®. You won’t find any nix list ingredients such as parabens, silicones, phthalates, mineral oil, or dyes. Each product is also color-safe.
There’s never been a better time to stock up on your haircare needs. April 22nd is Earth Day, so conserve water and celebrate your strands with our Fresh Dry Shampoo Powder!