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How does Dry Shampoo Work? & What Is in Dry Shampoo?

How does Dry Shampoo Work

Typically, dry shampoos are applied to the oily roots and brushed out. It is important and necessary to avoid rubbing the dry shampoo into the scalp because this can cause dry skin and itching.

On days you can NOT use traditional shampoo and water, dry shampoo refreshes and cleans your hair. Here is a look at whether dry shampoo works or not and what it does actually.

What Is Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoo is a fast-evaporating liquid or a powder that works into your hair, removing excess sebum and other oils and freshening the scent of your hair. Although homemade dry shampoos are less likely to get an uniform texture than commercial products, a dry shampoo from a store contains much the same set of ingredients as a product you make yourself.

Why Work with A dry shampoo?

Besides the obvious situation where water is unavailable, for any of the following reasons, you may want to use a dry shampoo.

  • Reduces color stripping by traditional shampoos
  • Makes styling much easier
  • Extends the life of your expensive blow-out
  • Takes less time and effort than washing and drying hair
  • Freshens hair in the event you are coming from a sweaty, smoky, or otherwise smelly situation
  • Minimizes hair damage because natural protective oils are not stripped

 How Does Dry Shampoo Work?

Dry shampoo does its job by absorbing oil onto a material that can be blown or brushed out of your hair. You can use oil-absorbing ingredients, including baby powder, corn starch, clay, orris root and oatmeal, to make homemade dry shampoo. Here’s the main portion of ingredients from a popular commercial spray-on dry shampoo:

propane, isobutane, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, denatured alcohol, fragrance, silica, cyclopentasiloxane, isopropyl myristate, and butane

Dry shampoo only absorbs hydrophobic oils, such as oil-based styling products and natural oils. Skin flakes, dirt, and other chemicals, which can make hair feel and look greasy, will not be removed by dry shampoo. So, for unexpected emergencies or to reduce chemical damage to hair, most hairstylists recommend using dry shampoo in between regular shampoos. To get fresh, clean hair, most people still need to utilize normal “wet” dry shampoos.

 

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