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During the 15th century, people in Asia used to apply clay powder to clean their hair.
The shampoo was traditionally made from corn starch or rice starch. They are of two types, mainly, spray can or powder like. They can be made at home (DIYs) and some are even made from animals.
- What is dry shampoo?
- How does dry shampoo work?
- Removes oily-ness and glutinousness
- Fluffy hair
- How to use dry shampoo?
(Pro tips added)
- Basic 6 steps
- Depending on
- Hair styling and texture
- Waves, braids, messy bun and more
- Holding on bobby pins
- Overnight magic
- Hair type
- To repair, protect and refresh
- Hair styling and texture
- Few do’s and don’ts
- Is dry shampoo bad for your hair?
- Homemade versions
What is Dry Shampoo?
It is like shampooing on-the-go!
It is unisex and can be used by everyone. It is applicable on all kinds of hair – frizzy, smooth, thick and thin and for every hair length – bob, long and medium.
The dry shampoo cleanses your hair of any unwanted grease and stickiness. It is completely dry, not water or any liquid based. It also doesn’t need any liquid solution for application.
Dry shampoos are manufactured in aerosol cans.
Use it on your hair, especially on the more oily areas and you’re all good-to-go. It refreshes your hair by absorbing any extra oil and excess serum, accentuates hair fluffiness and cleans your scalp, giving it a slight touch of fragrance.
There are two forms of dry shampoo – spray and sprinkle!
The first variant is made with starch, clay (kaolin, a soft clay, from the hills of southeast China) and alcohol. This is the spray kind.
The second is in powder version, which constitutes all the above, but without the alcohol content.
The other common constituents are LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), magnesium stearate and laminaria saccharina extract (made from brown algae).
How Does Dry Shampoo Work?
Removes oily-ness and glutinousness
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Whether applied in a sprinkling powdered form or through a spray can. The alcohol and starch ingredients mix and soak up the excess oil and any glutinousness, from your hair.
They coat your hair strands, which brings us to the next vital process.
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The dry shampoo adds a certain volume to your hair. The active starch coats the hair strands, covering the natural oil present. Thus, giving it a matte-like dry texture. As a result, it reduces any inter-tangling and gives a wave-like volume to your hair.
How To Use Dry Shampoo?
Before diving in, for different categories and uses, let me introduce you to the basic 6 steps of using a dry shampoo.
Basic 6 steps –
- Shake the bottle well.
- Hold it about four to six inches away from your head. (Pro tip- first apply on the more oily, greasy areas).
- Part your hair in small sections and spray it or apply (powered form) on roots directly, taking one section at one time. (Pro tip – If required, as you cover the hair sections, you can use it on each layer after layer).
- Let it stay for some time. Don’t rush to the next step.
- Massage it in using your fingers. A good massage will ensure that the shampoo has spread evenly and will absorb oil effectively. (Pro tip- if you want more volume at your hair roots, massage with head bent towards foot. A good scalp massage also improves blood circulation and helps hair growth.)
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- Use a brush to comb it smooth.
Different Categories Depending on –
Hair styling and texture
Waves, braids, messy bun and more
You can do various kinds of styling – whether you’re making braids and you want them to look sleek for long or, you’re in for a messy bun to a beehive bun or, you wish to go for a wavy look etc.
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But before this all you need to do is spritz the dry shampoo all through your hair and then pick up any style you wish to. It makes sure that your style stays in place, ensures a good grip and the hairstyle lasts longer.
In case, you have applied excessive serum, soak that up by throwing in some dry shampoo.
Holding on bobby pins
Before using any such pin, spray the pin with dry shampoo. Then, attach it onto your hair. That’ll prevent it from being unstable or gliding on your hair.
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Especially helpful for those who have extra greasy scalp. Apply directly on roots and let it stay overnight. By morning, the dry shampoo will have absorbed any extra oil from the scalp. The hair will resist oil build up. So, when you wake up, the amount of oil will have lessened to a great degree. Then you can style your hair as desired.
After the dry shampoo sits in and you have massaged the scalp well. Next up, do not comb your hair or brush through it. That’ll only make the curls appear worn-out and frizzy. Skip this step and you’re good to go.
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Spray it from the roots to the middle portion of the hair strands. This will boost volume by lifting the hair roots – making flat fine hair look fuller.
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For normal texture hair, the application is more or less the same as in the basic steps, mentioned above. But for a combination hair to either curlier side or finer side, the process will differ a bit.
If you have static brittle tips.
Often the roots are moisturized enough. It is the tips and lower length that causes a problem. For such phases, spraying dry shampoo specifically on those areas can get rid of any brittleness on and around hair tips.
Few Do’s and Don’ts
- Do shake well before use
- Do brush hair after use
- Do let it stay a bit before combing
- Do understand your hair texture and then use accordingly
- Don’t just spray on top of your hair
- Don’t spray from too close a distance
- Don’t use very regularly
- Don’t use on damp hair
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Is Dry Shampoo Bad For Your Hair?
Depends on how you use it!
Nevertheless, there are few things one must know about dry shampoo –
Frequent over-use will lead to hair drying and, intensive drying may lead to higher probability of hair breakage and a loss of natural moisture content. Basically, rampant unnecessary usage will result in scalp damage such as, itchiness, redness, flaky texture and an overall irritated scalp.
The attraction of faster clean hair can essentially make us stick to dry shampoo wash. But, too much of anything is not good !
The scalp has hair follicles that, when not cleaned properly, by following a proper hair care routine can lead to microbial build-up around the hair follicles. Prolonged unused of proper hair cleaning agents and unchecked use of dry shampoos, therefore can have harmful results.
Additionally, redundant use of dry shampoo can lead the product residue to build up around hair roots. Which is why, it may cause clogged pores that impede new hair growth. It doesn’t provide moisture or brushes the scalp for cleaning microbial-build. Hence, can cause aggravated displeasure, hair fall and difficult scalp conditions.
For those who love coloring their hair, like my little sister, more than needed use of dry shampoos can cause issues. Without paying attention to conventional hair showers and cleansing hair care regime, the dry shampoo will start to cloud your colored hair. Resultantly, make the hair color appear dull and cloudy. Much like a blurry vision!
The essence is to use a dry shampoo in the correct manner!
Some individuals use baby powder as dry shampoo. Some have even tried arrowroot and baking soda.
There are then, a plenty combination of some of these things, for eg., rice flour and cornstarch etc. It is homemade so people go as they like!
Dry shampoo works great, no doubt there!
Then again, one must use careful observation of their hair type and hair texture. Every hair is different. What might work for me, might not for you. And, vice versa. But they work good when you’re in a rush or during days when you may not feel uptight for a rock hard hair-care routine. Continuous use, without an understanding of how and when to use it, can bring in harmful effects. That, one has to be careful about.
They are good to use and rather, give great results when used in the right manner and procedure. There is dry shampoo for men and women. If you own a dry shampoo, let us know your opinion on this. And, if you don’t own one or are planning to, we are always happy to hear about your experiences.
All the best.