Dry shampoo has become a lifesaver for a lot of men and women. Now you can quickly refresh your hair before an important event or an unexpected date, even if there is nowhere to wash your hair or there is no time. Today, the cosmetic market has a huge selection of dry shampoos: for example, designed for toning or styling. On the one hand, great, right? However, on the other hand, this situation is familiar to many: dry shampoo made hair even dirtier than before, which is why you still had to get into the shower or walk all day in a cap or scarf. In addition, there are many rumors in the beauty market that dry shampoo is harmful to hair and scalp. Today, together with How to Green beauty editor Karina Andrianova, we analyze the myths and truth about dry shampoo and also tell
What is Dry Shampoo?
Dry shampoo is a powder or spray that camouflages dirty hair. Yes, it masks them but does not clear them. It creates a feeling of cleanliness by absorbing oil from the surface of the hair, but cannot replace a classic shampoo. In general, after applying dry shampoo, it is advisable to wash your hair on the same day or the next morning. Some also use a styling product because dry shampoo adds volume and makes hair more manageable.
Despite the fact that such a tool seems to us a relatively new concept, the first mention of it dates back to the 15th century. Then the population in Asia applied powdered clay to their hair. And the first modern powdered dry shampoo appeared in the 1940s in New Jersey.
How to Choose Dry Shampoo
First of all, dry shampoo is tested for absorbents. These are the main components in the composition, which give the hair a clean look. These include natural starches such as rice, potato, corn, and oat, as well as flour, clay, and talc. Natural starches are the best choice, but comedogenic talc should be avoided.
The latter is recognized as a possible carcinogen, which may increase the risk of developing uterine and lung cancer. For example, Johnson & Johnson has been sued by more than 1,000 women who claim that J&J talc products caused them uterine cancer. The cosmetics giant has already lost several court cases. One of the latest verdicts came in July of this year when the state of Missouri ordered the company to pay a total of $4.7 billion to twenty-two women.
However, there is not enough scientific evidence to ban talc in cosmetics, so manufacturers can add it to their products. The only thing they need to make sure of is that the talc does not contain asbestos, a series of fine-fibered minerals. Keep in mind that this component is considered natural, so natural cosmetics manufacturers also add it to their products. Therefore, it is better to choose trusted manufacturers who are convinced of the safety of talc, that is, the absence of asbestos. In any case, you can choose dry shampoos marked talc-free (does not contain talc).
How to Use Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo should be used between the days you wash your hair, preferably no more than four times a month. Too much use of the product will more likely lead to problems with the scalp, and not with the hair. Among the consequences of excessive application of this remedy are irritation and dandruff. In addition, your hair will constantly seem to be clean (which it is not), and this can lead to infrequent shampooing. Also, note that dry shampoo only copes with natural pollution, that is, if you have previously used products with chemicals, such as varnish, or generously lubricated your hair with oils, you will have to wash your hair. Be sure to also carefully read the instructions on the packaging of the product.
Dry shampoo should only be used on dry hair. Such a tool interacts with fat but is not friendly with water. We advise you to choose a dry shampoo in the form of a spray – it is easier and faster to use. Apply the product only to the roots and contaminated areas, and not along the entire length. For more information Global Pediaa.
To use the spray, shake the can several times and apply it to combed hair roots from a distance of 15-20 centimetres. Spread the product with your fingers and leave for five minutes, then comb your hair thoroughly. Some dry shampoos require a lot of combing, so don’t be discouraged right away: it may just take longer to brush your hair to achieve the desired effect. If you bought the product in the form of powder (powder), then its application will take a little longer. Throw a towel over your shoulders or make sure you don’t mind getting your clothes dirty. Comb your hair and divide it into sections. Shake the package, then open it and start applying the product to the roots of the hair, moving towards the tips. Leave on hair for approximately 15 minutes. Then lower your head over the bath and comb your hair well. No need to reuse dry shampoo throughout the day or several days in a row. The same rule applies to styling: the hair gets heavier every time you apply dry shampoo, so the effect of volume will quickly disappear.
The main rule in the use of dry shampoo is not to use it too often and read the composition. It is best to find a product based on natural starch and avoid talc among the components. If you’ve started using dry shampoo all the time, remember to wash your hair as often as you did before you bought the product. Also, do not forget that dry shampoo does not work on wet hair and if you have already used other styling products.