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The Secret of Dry Shampoo

Dry ShampooDear Audrey,

What are dry shampoos and how do you use them?

Remember the 70’s? That’s when dry shampoo made its debut in the form of Pssst! Pssst was the original dry shampoo that was developed in the 70’s to “refresh and rejuvenate hair by soaking up excess oil, removing product build-up and boosting volume”. Their ads state that “your hair looks feels and smells freshly shampooed because Pssst! cleans, deodorizes and conditions hair-without water!”  These days’ professional hair care lines like Redken, Kenra Batiste, The Big Sexy and AG Hair Cosmetics are all making Dry Shampoos.

How do they work?

Dry shampoo is a water-free way to freshen and restyle your hair when you don't have time for a leisurely scrub or wash. Dry shampoos usually come in one of three forms — an actual powder, a liquid that comes from a pump dispenser, or an aerosol spray.  You just sprinkle or spray the shampoo on your hair, wait a few moments for it to absorb the oil and other gunk that sticks to it and then brush or blot it out. Dry shampoo aerosols can be sprayed directly onto the scalp from a few inches away and likewise may need to be brushed or massaged through the area. The ingredients in dry shampoo soak up oil and dirt on the scalp. When your hair appears greasy, it’s usually just the roots (close to the scalp) that need to be refreshed. Applying a dry shampoo effectively soaks up any oil and dirt, leaving your hair looking refreshed and clean.

Is it right for me?

Dry shampoo enthusiasts insist that some of their favorite designer brands will give your hair a shiny, bouncy volume that's nearly as good a regular wash. Today’s hair care experts are suggesting that a daily wash-and-rinse with a detergent shampoo may strip away too much natural oil from your hair, which is bad news for those who wash daily. Over-washing your hair can dry it out and cause hair color to fade. Dry Shampoo is a great option for those who don’t want to “over-wash” their hair or are pressed for time and need to freshen up their style (after the gym, before a night out, etc.). Because the powder tends to lighten hair a bit, women who color their hair blond have found that using dry shampoo is a great way to camouflage dark roots, enabling them to go longer between coloring appointments at the salon.  Today’s modern women swear by dry shampoos!

Although it can be used to combat a multitude of hair emergencies, dry shampoo can’t be used on all hair types. Since it has to be brushed out very thoroughly, it’s not great for curly or coarse hair, and since the powder needs oil to cling to, it doesn’t always have the same effects on hair that’s extremely dry. Also, it tends to leave behind a slight residue, so women with dark hair should choose a dry shampoo specifically for brunettes, to avoid making their roots look dingy or gray.

A couple of Do’s for Dry Shampoo

  • Use it for hair emergencies

  • Use it to add volume

  • Use it for updos

  • Use it for great bangs

Stop by Westside Beauty Supply today and ask one of our Beauty Consultants to help you determine if Dry Shampoos are right for you.

Happy Styling!


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