All About Dry Shampoo and How to Pick the Best One

All About Dry Shampoo and How to Pick the Best One

Dry shampoos are fantastic because they make the impossible possible.

I have horrible hair. Well, it depends on your point of view. Some call my hair *awesome* thank you very much, but if you were given it for a day, you’d probably agree that it’s actually horrible.

It’s really thick: super thick and curly. The thing is that it’s not quite tight enough to be kinky, which would be much more manageable and stylish.

What’s an exact picture? It’s pretty much looks exactly like the locks of Merida, that Disney princess with crazy curly red hair, except that it’s brown.


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It comes from the same place she does, thank you dear Scotland, (actually maybe Sweden, but whatever,) and it was probably valuable at one time as I’m sure it allowed my ancestors to survive through the Ice Age. For real.

If I didn’t use conditioner like a mo-fo, I’d have serious, disorderly white-girl dreads in a day. Maybe two. (For the record, real dreads: yes. White-girl dreads: no).

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And so, having it blown straight every so often feels like WOW. WWWWOWWW!

But the problem is, I also love to break a sweat on a run a few times a week. And so straightening this beast feels pointless, as I’m going to wash it all out anyways.

The Discovery


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In comes dry shampoo. I can’t believe this stuff!! It’s fabulous, and I’m SOOOOOO late to the game, it isn’t even funny.

How long have dry shampoos been around, like centuries? Yes, they’ve been keeping us clean for hundreds of years.

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Someone writing on Wikipedia claims that using something other than water to clean our hair goes all the way back to 15th century Asia, when clay powder was used. Powders also turn up in the 1700s when dealing with wigs, as we all know.

So, by some twist of fate it wasn’t until today, in 2017, that I learned of the option of cleaning my own hair without water. This post by was being promoted someplace on my computer and it got me thinking.

And so, I’m going to let you in on my research.

How It Works

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Dry shampoos are estimated to be used by about 15-20% of people who have hair. They work by making your hair less greasy, and often use a base of cornstarch or rice starch. You spray the stuff on from an aerosol can, but you can also get it in a non-aerosol format, to sprinkle on your hair.

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Some people feel that regular wet shampoo strips away too many of our natural oils, and that by using dry shampoo, you could possibly keep your hair healthier, as it allows you to do a wet wash less often.

The Best Money Can Buy


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What are the best brands? Harper’s Bazaar and both recommend Batiste  and  Living Proof, among others. Sephora has many dry shampoo options, and regular everyday brands like Moroccanoil and Pantene also carry them.

What to Look For

Many dry shampoos leave a white residue behind in your hair. This can be annoying no matter what your hair color is, but particularly if it’s darker. Be sure to get something that matches your color.

What to Avoid

In contrast to those who feel that dry shampoos are good for your hair, some people feel the opposite. It’s argued that using dry shampoo too often can cause dandruff and will actually dry your hair out. Use it in moderation.

What to Celebrate


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You can now sport that blow out hair style for a few days longer. No one will be the wiser that not a single strand has been washed since Sunday. Here’s to doing less work!

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