What You Need to Know About Dry ShampooWhat is Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoo is not magic in a can, although it can do wonders for your hair between regular shampoos.  Let’s face it, there are times that a shampoo and blow dry are not possible, like if you are camping, or even if you are headed out for an evening, and time does not allow for a full shampoo.  Dry shampoo contains ingredients that will help to remove residue from your hair, which give it that greasy or flat look.  Just as the name implies, dry shampoo works to cleanse the scalp without the use of water.  The name says it all, it is a way to absorb oils and remove dirt from hair and can be a real lifesaver in the right situation.   


How To use Dry Shampoo Properly

A common mistake is to over-do it, so be aware of that up front.  You can always add more if needed, so why waste it?  Depending on which dry shampoo you opt to purchase, it will come in a powder form to sprinkle into the hair and scalp or a can to spray on the head or a pump.  Regardless of which form of dry shampoo you use the goal is to distribute it well, rubbing into the scalp so that it absorbs excess oils.  Spray, shake, or pump into hair, then rub gently into scalp.  Massage your scalp, then comb through your hair.  Once your hair is coming back to life, comb or brush out the excess shampoo.  Be sure to rub and brush well to remove all powdery substance.  Pay close attention to the directions on the label and be sure to match the shampoo to your specific hair color.  A white powdery spray can be a challenge to remove from dark hair unless the label specified otherwise. By thoroughly rubbing the dry shampoo into the head and hair, followed by combing or brushing out excess, you should see great results.


How Much Will I Pay For Dry Shampoo?

Not unlike regular shampoo, prices vary widely among dry shampoos.  You can pay as little as around $3 at your favorite drugstore, or you can opt for a more expensive brand where salon shampoos are sold.  A medium-priced dry shampoo should do a great job and for around $10-$12. 


Natural Alternatives

If you prefer going a more natural route when using dry shampoo, you have options that will get the job done.  Look for a dry shampoo that clearly reads organic, then read the list of ingredients.  Many will contain ingredients you probably have in your closet at home, such as cornstarch, or baby powder.  If you have the time and desire to do so, you can make your own natural dry shampoo at home.  A homemade dry shampoo should contain cornstarch or baby powder as a primary ingredient.  You can add a spray of a light perfume to add a pleasant, clean scent, or try rubbing a nice smelling dryer sheet over hair; an added benefit is it will reduce static in hair. 


Does Dry Shampoo Work?

The answer, in short, is, yes, it does.  It does not replace a regular washing of the hair in the shower. However, it will improve the look of hair and can be a great option when you are in a hurry.  Be sure to read labels and follow instructions for the best results, and don’t forget to brush or comb out the excess dry powder from hair or it will remain and distract from your pretty do.


Benefits of Dry Shampoo

There are great reasons to opt for a dry shampoo in place of water-based shampoos.  The first, and most obvious, being time.  You can easily spend an hour washing, drying, and styling hair that is washed with water and shampoo.  Dry shampoo can take 5 minutes or less and you are done.  So, if time plays a factor, dry shampoo is hands down a winner.  The benefits don’t stop there.  Dry shampoo has added benefits that can actually lead to better-conditioned hair.  The continuous use of water and shampoo, followed by the heat of a blow dryer and other heated hair tools can take their toll on hair.  By skipping a water shampoo and going with dry, you save your hair at least one time of being scrubbed, combed wet, blow dried, and styled. Your hair thanks you! 


Is Dry Shampoo Safe for Color Treated Hair?

Not only is dry shampoo safe for color treated hair, but there are also some added benefits as well.  No matter how great the hair color is that is on your hair, the fact is every time you wash it with shampoo and water that gorgeous color fades.  Essentially, using dry shampoo in place of water shampoo will help hair hold that color a little longer. However, always read the label for specific information regarding color treated hair.   


Bottom Line, Should I or Shouldn’t I?

There really is no reason not to use a dry shampoo in between regular washes.  On the other hand, there are numerous reasons to use a dry shampoo, so it would probably benefit you to invest in one.  Read online reviews and research what would be the best dry shampoo to try for your hair type.  Don’t expect a squeaky-clean head of hair after a dry shampoo is applied, but you can expect that greasy look to dissipate.  Your hair will look more alive and have more bounce and body, and no one but you will know you didn’t use water shampoo to get your special look.  Dry shampoo can be a great option for most people and can save wear and tear on that all so delicate hair.  Try a sample size, or better yet several sample sizes to determine which brand works best for you and your hair. 

Of course - when it’s time for a wet shampoo, you can choose one of the excellent shampoos available from Dr. Yates right here on this site: Thickening Shampoo, Hydrating Shampoo, or our Reset Clarifying Shampoo - depending on your hair’s needs.