Why Use Dry Shampoo? Fab Hair, Fewer Washes

   By divinecaroline  Mar 07, 2011

By now, you probably know that washing your hair every single day is somewhat less than ideal, since rinsing away dirt and grime also results in rinsing away beneficial oils that keep hair supple and healthy. Besides being undesirable from a hair-health standpoint, washing each and every time your hair feels a bit gnarly is sometimes just plain inconvenient. For those in-between times, a dry shampoo may be the answer.

Shake It On, Brush It Out
A “dry shampoo” is really just an oil-absorbing powder that, when applied to hair, can soak up excess grease and dirt without necessitating getting the hair wet. The user sprinkles or sprays the powder onto her scalp, works the powder in for a minute or so until it can absorb some of that oil, and then brushes the excess away, leaving cleaner, fresher hair. Although they’ve existed since the ’70s, dry shampoos have gained popularity in recent years for being an easy, low-maintenance way to extend the time between washings.

They’re not just great for giving hair a break between shampoos, though?they’re also good choices for times when a shampoo simply isn’t practical. A quick brush of dry shampoo can refresh hair after a workout, saving time in the locker room. It can also replace shampooing in between blowouts, keeping that “just-styled” look a bit longer. Because the powder tends to lighten hair a bit, women who color their hair blond have found that using dry shampoo is a great way to camouflage dark roots, enabling them to go longer between coloring appointments at the salon. Dry shampoo can also be a good pick-me-up after a long flight, between work and an evening date, or for anyone who finds that her hair gets a little stringy or limp by the end of the day. Because it adds fullness and texture to hair, it’s even great to use as a styling product, especially to help updos stay in place.

Although it can be used to combat a multitude of hair emergencies, dry shampoo unfortunately can’t be used on a multitude of different hair types. Since it has to be brushed out very thoroughly, it’s not great for curly or coarse hair, and since the powder needs oil to cling to, it doesn’t always have the same effects on hair that’s extremely dry. Also, it tends to leave behind a slight residue, so women with dark hair should choose a dry shampoo specifically for brunettes, to avoid making their roots look dingy or gray. A dry shampoo (or a homemade approximation, such as cornmeal, baby powder, or talcum powder) can’t completely replace a real cleansing rinse, of course, but it’s great for getting out of a follicular tight spot.

Three to Try

Bumble and bumble hair powder comes in shades, so it’s perfect for those with dark hair. ($35, Bumbleandbumble.com)

Frederic Fekkai’s Au Naturel Dry Shampoo contains 95 percent natural ingredients and is formulated to neutralize odor. ($23, Fekkai.com)

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo has a pleasant lemony scent and is a great low-priced option for those who aren’t sure whether dry shampoo will be a good fit. ($7.99, Ulta.com)


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katherinesarah by katherinesarah | Rapid City, SD
Jun 01, 2011

The Tresemme one works pretty well for me (for a drugstore product). I love how dry shampoo works!

Kristi by Kristi | WASHINGTON, WV
Apr 26, 2011

You know what works just as well and is a product you already have in your bathroom? Baby powder. I use it all the time.

LifebyCynthia by LifebyCynthia | SAN DIEGO, CA
Apr 23, 2011

I don't know...I'm a bit of a skeptic. After reading some of these comments I will have to admit that I am intrigued.

itshillarybitch by itshillarybitch | columbus, GA
Apr 11, 2011

Kenra has a really good dry shampoo available at any salon for rougly 12 dollars. it's great. it doesn't get your hair wet, yet it takes out all the moisture and leaves a nice light scent. :)

mustlovemakeup91 by mustlovemakeup91 | San Diego, CA
Mar 23, 2011

I love dry shampoo. it works like magic.

LibertyL5 by LibertyL5 | ST PETERSBURG, FL
Mar 18, 2011

I'm very excited to try out dry shampoo! Does anyone know exactly how it works?

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Mar 12, 2011

I remember when I was little adults talked about using powder and "dry shampooing", back in the day of shampoo and sets, and carried little plastic fold up bonnets in their purse for the says it rained. I never thought I'd be interested in trying one but since I've changed my hair style and use a flat iron more often, after spending 45 min or money at the hair dresser for a blow out... if I can cut the number of hours a week I'm spending doing my hair or not "processing" my hair as often hence keeping it healthier looking , I'm glad to see dry shampoos make a come back and I think it's time to try one.

Colodreamer by Colodreamer | LOUISVILLE, CO
Mar 11, 2011

I've only used the Bastiste. It is amazing! Love how easy it is to get ready for the day with this product. Haven't tried it after a workout yet though.

joy9281 by joy9281 | TOLEDO, OH
Mar 10, 2011

I have never even heard of this before I really would not mind trying this one.

joya08 by joya08 | MUNDELEIN, IL
Mar 08, 2011

very interesting!

Saintfae by Saintfae | Strafford, MO
Mar 08, 2011

Interesting. The only time I've tried one was when I had my twins and I hated it; it didn't seem to work. I keep the rest of the bottle they sent home with me in my emergency kit. You never know.

leahwithanh by leahwithanh | Raleigh, NC
Mar 08, 2011

Oh, Bastiste...where have you been all my life? It's totally affordable, works wonders (I've tried other brands that don't comb out fully or aren't very effective...) and has lots of uses. Mostly it's good for freshening my hair on those off days when all I really have to do is run to the grocery store, but it also adds volume and texture for styling and teasing purposes. My next step is to stock up on travel-sized bottles so I can carry it on planes; it's indispensable for traveling!

LHarris by LHarris | Las Vegas, NV
Mar 08, 2011

I need this! I am going to order on right now!