Dry Shampoo: Pros and Cons

Pros and cons of dry shampoo

Pros and cons of using dry shampoo

Beautiful hair always attracts the attention of others. However, sometimes people do not have time to wash their hair in case of urgent situations, for example, before an important meeting or event. Cosmetologists have invented a dry shampoo in order to solve this issue. There is a variety of dry shampoos, these days, in the form of pressed tiles, sprays or aerosol.

The composition of a dry shampoo

People started using dry shampoo from the ancient times. They sprinkled the hair with bran, talc, flour or crushed grain to make it look more voluminous and shiny; and those tricks were efficient. Today, beauty products allow us to look perfect in a very short period of time.

The composition of dry shampoos usually includes extracts of cereals, corn, rice cereals, oats, herbs that are able to absorb excess fat, clean hair and normalize the sebaceous glands. This method works similarly to a scrub and replaces the usual washing of the head with water.

Most of dry shampoos contain alcohol or starch. These components soak up the excess oil and grease in your hair, making it look fresher and cleaner.

How to use dry shampoo?

Pros and cons of dry shampoo

This product is suitable for both long and short hair styles; for either dark or light hair.

It is enough to spray the product near the roots in a distance of 30-40 centimeters(4-6 inches) from the head, then rub the components into the hair and scalp. Comb the hair afterwards if necessary. 

You can also use a dry shampoo to add some volume to your hair. Dry shampoo helps to get rid of greasy shine and update your hairstyle.

Pros and cons of dry shampoo

Disadvantages of dry shampoos: 

Despite a huge number of advantages of this hair product, dry shampoo still has its side effects. Unlike traditional washing products, it does not fully cleanse the hair from pollution, which indicates its lack of effectiveness. 

Even if you use dry shampoo often, hair specialists do not recommended to completely abandon the classic shampoo. The reason is that the constant use of spray or powder results clogging pores, which provokes fragility and hair loss, dryness and irritation of the skin. Furthermore, abuse usage of dry shampoo can lead to dandruff.

Moreover, stylists do not recommend using dry shampoo more than once a week. It is better to use it only in emergency cases, for example, when it is necessary to save time or there is no water. And it is better to wash your hair the next day after using a dry spray.

Advantages of dry shampoos:

Most of regular shampoos contain sulfates and other harsh chemicals which may be bad for the health of your hair.  However, using dry shampoo keeps your hair fresh-looking longer, therefore you do not need to wash your hair too many times.

Another advantage of a dry shampoo is that it does not contain alkaline components like regular shampoo. Alkaline can increase the negative electrical charge of the hair fiber surface and damage cuticle of the hair. 

Dry shampoo is convenient. It saves time and also easy to use. For example, you can apply it before an urgent meeting or a date, as well as after yoga class. Or use it during business trips or travel.

Also, dry shampoo comes in handy when you experience flu/cold, or when you can not take a shower due to some reasons.

Moreover, dry shampoo adds volume and texture to your hair, which is really beneficial if you have thin or fine hair.

Some manufacturers of dry shampoo add plant-based nutrients and essential oils to their products. In this case, good dry shampoo may act like a leave-in hair treatment spray.

DIY Dry Shampoo

If you decided to try using dry shampoo, you do not have to necessarily buy it. You can also make your own dry shampoo at home and achieve the same results.

Necessary ingredients include baby powder, talcum powder or corn starch and dry herbs. Mix the ingredients and distribute them over the hair.

You can, for example, add 5 drops of essential oil of your choice to the arrowroot or cornstarch powder and mix the ingredients well. Apply the mixture to your hair using a brush, or you can just sprinkle it onto your hair. Then, style as usual. You can keep dry shampoo leftovers in a small jar or container and use it again.

Another recipe for dry shampoo consists of a glass of corn flour or starch and a teaspoon of salt. Sprinkle the required amount of the product on the scalp and hair and comb the hair. 

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