Natural Hair Mag

What Exactly Is Dry Shampoo?


NHM Model Marie

Now I never tested this product and frankly, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the concept of dry shampoo, but it’s actually a trend that has been gaining some traction in several years now.

Typical shampoo involves a bunch of suds massaged onto the hair and scalp for a good wash. People whose natural hair is bone straight are more likely to wash far more often than people with kinky and curly hair types. In fact, states that the curlier your hair is, the longer you can without a wash. Folks with straight hair are not so lucky because the natural oils from the scalp trickle down the hair shaft, making their hair feel oily and limp.

Dry shampoo comes in a spray can. Some popular brands that carry dry shampoo include Herbal Essences, Dove and Suave. While these brands state anyone can take advantage of dry shampoo, I have yet to find a natural hair care brand catering to women of color.

Using dry shampoo is simple. Unlike traditional shampoo, you spray the shampoo on your scalp, not all of your hair, allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes and then you rinse.

A quick look on shows that several brands of dry shampoo have excellent consumer ratings. Several report that their hair felt just as clean as getting a regular shampoo done. The only problem I have with dry shampoo are the ingredients. If you are a product buff like myself, you would be taken aback by the ingredients used in some dry shampoos.
For instance, let’s check out Suave’s Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo. The ingredients are as listed: Isobutane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butane, Fragrance (Parfume), Isopropyl Myristate, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrolyzed Keratin.

Did you read that list? Did I just see PROPANE?!

So, if you are not big on ingredients, you will more than likely be safe using some dry shampoos on your hair. The reality is that it takes A LOT of chemical to cause health problems and considering many naturals do not shampoo as often as women with straight hair, you will be ok.

Still a little too close for comfort for me! However if I can find one without all the chemical crap in it, I’ll gladly do a review for you ladies!

It may be worth addressing some natural hair care companies for such a product though. With the popularity of ACV and baking soda rinses often times replacing shampoos, it could be worth having a dry shampoo in your hair care arsenal.
As long as they keep gasoline out of it!
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