Dry Shampoo; a tiny little miracle working that comes in a powder, mousse or (my personal favorite) aerosol can. Not only does a formulation of chemicals perform a bit of magic to eliminate the overproduction of oil from your hair and scalp, which causes the grease look, it also reinvigorates volume, and extends hairstyles by a day or two. It has saved at least 30 minutes in one’s morning routine and has saved a few from missing their mandatory morning meeting.
According to reportlinker.com’s Daedal Research from May of 2017, the Dry Shampoo trend has a projected growth as far into 2021. The major factors contributing to the market growth are the continuous innovation of hair care products, rising haircare spending by the US population speciﬁcally the Male US population whom are “suddenly” gaining interest in grooming, and of course, the ever change trends of the US fashion industry are also a leading contributor. So, who are the top dominating, stiﬀ competitive, leaders when it concerns Dry Shampoos in the US market according to reportlinker.com’s Daedal Research from May of 2017, Church & Dwight (Batiste), L’Oreal, Proctor & Gamble, and Unilever.
The US Population is shifting towards favoring all-natural ingredients due to user’s becoming more and more aware of the harm caused by unnatural ingredients therefore talc is starting to become less favorable. If you are uncomfortable using a talc-based Dry Shampoo there are a variety of other ingredients to choose from which are listed below.
Natural Ingredients as alternatives to Dry Shampoo:
- Arrowroot Powder
- Chickpea Powder
- Baking Soda
- Oat Flour
- Rice Flour
- Corn Flour
- Clay in powdered form (French green, white, or kaolin)
- Ground flowers (Calendula blossom, rose petals, lavender buds)
- Need herbs
“Everything is dry shampoo now, even some synthetic dry styling products dispensed by chemical reaction between aerosol volatile compounds are also named dry shampoo. These unsafe products contain synthetic ingredients that are left on the scalp for days and even weeks, causing pollution and eventual damage to the scalp mantel, as well as to the environment and the ozone layer.” – Fabian Lliguin, Amazon Beauty co-founder
There are a number of claims stating that dry shampoo makes your hair fall out, your scalp break out, and keeps the scalp and roots of your hair clean; part of the statement is true. Dry shampoo, if overused, does cause “build up” which causes the hair follicle to be overused, and ﬁlled with dirt causing the follicle to become inﬂamed. If this issue is not dealt with, it can cause an infection, and as a result, the hair follicle’s way of cleaning itself is to release the hair from the root. Which in laymen terms means, if you solely rely on using Dry Shampoo versus actually shampooing at least every two/three days, you will ﬁnd your hair thinning later in life, and you WILL ﬁnd that your scalp will have pimples. So the only part of the claim that is not accurate is that Dry Shampoo cleans your scalp; it does the exact opposite!
Nothing is worse than a pimple on your scalp, especially if you ever comb over it. OUCH! This condition causes the hair follicle to overly produce oil because that is how our pores clean and protect themselves. Remember, our skin is a living, breathing organism. If you are going to decide to use Dry Shampoo, I recommend shampooing and conditioning your hair every Third or Fourth day to prevent an excessive amount of build up. Using a Cleansing Shampoo once a month will remove any product build up from your hair and scalp, as well as provide a little relief to help your scalp ﬁght against potential and likely breakout.
Should you decide to use Dry Shampoo, but you don’t want to spend the extra $5-35 on purchasing it, you can always make your own. There are tons of DIY Dry Shampoo recipes on Pinterest and they can all be made at an aﬀordable price.
In conclusion, where Dry Shampoo may be harmful to its users, we can’t deny it’s also a time-saving necessity for those who are prone to waking up late, running late, or just plane lazy. Your hair and scalp’s chemistry may change when you start using Dry Shampoo, but so long as you follow your hairstylist’s advice, like AN EVVEMICode Approved EXPERT, on how to properly maintain the condition of your hair and scalp while using the Dry Shampoo, you should remain in the clear.
Remember: Cleansing Shampoo and maybe even a repair treatment for the ends of your hair once a month should help to prevent break outs, build ups, and breakage. Here’s to happy, healthy hair!