Whether you’re a frequent traveler or someone with little time to spare, dry shampoo is a must-have to liven up dull locks. If you’re not familiar, dry shampoo is a type of powder that’s applied to the scalp to absorb excess oil and dirt, and leave your hair smelling clean and fresh. Dry shampoo typically comes in spray form, but may also come in loose powder form.
Of course dry shampoo doesn’t eliminate the need to wash your hair with traditional shampoo and water, but it’s a great option for between washings. If you have damaged hair or you’re prone to greasy hair and scalp, using dry shampoo limits the number of times you have to wash your hair each week. If your hair is dyed, dry shampoo also helps to preserve your hair color longer. Someone like me who loves to wear curls, braids or twist-outs, can get great fourth and fifth day hair by applying a little dry shampoo to the scalp. Dry shampoo is also a must-have for someone who can’t wash their hair frequently, such as a bedridden person or a person just starting dreadlocks.
As with traditional shampoos, there will be dry shampoos that you love, and those that you hate. Just keep in mind that a good dry shampoo won’t leave behind white residue or flakes. To get you started, here are some that I recommend, and what I love about them.
got2b Rockin’ It Dry Shampoo – Volumizing and long lasting (about $6 at Walgreens)
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo – Comes in an applicator bottle — instead of spray bottle — for direct application ($11-$21 at Sephora – depending on size)
Batiste Dry Shampoo – Available in a variety of scents (about $6 at Ulta)
Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo – Can’t beat the price (about $3 at Target)
Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Spray - Fortified with soap bark tree extracts; contains no parabens or harsh ingredients ($13-24 at Ojon.com – depending on size)
Try Before You Buy
If you’re not quite sold on the practicality of dry shampoo yet, get an idea of how it works by making your own. Since dry shampoo is just a powdered substance, regular baby powder can be used as an alternative. Pour equal parts baby powder and baking soda into a container and mix well. Sprinkle the mixture onto your scalp; then massage it into your scalp using your fingers. Allow the mixture to remain on your scalp for about five minutes; then turn your head upside down and comb or brush your hair from roots to ends.