Do we need Dry Shampoo?

Suddenly Dry shampoos are everywhere and you are probably wondering if it is worth stocking them in your beauty wardrobe.

Kerastase Powder Bluff,  L’Oreal Paris Fresh Dust , Oscar Blandi, Label M, TIGI Rockaholic Dirty secrets are just some of the names you see around.

Earlier a professional and model’s secret, these powder based sprays are a great pick me up when you have no time to shampoo your hair or go to the salon. You also get powders but I find the spray more convenient.

kerastase dry shampoo
Powder Bluff by Kerastase

If you feel you hair needs a pick me up and you have absolutely no time to go to the salon or wash it, just spray the roots and brush out and voila it works.  (This is not a substitute for actual washing )

You will still need to wash the powder off your hair. Someone said you shouldn’t use dry shampoo more than three times in a  row but I suggest washing it off after one go. After all chances are you will use it on already -dirty hair.

dry shamoo loreal ad
L’ Oreal’s Fresh dust dry shampoo ad explains how easy it is to use
dry shampoo loreal pack
L’Oreal Fresh Dust ad and pack

Go to this well written article to see more about dry shampoos and shampooing in general.

On another note there is a “No ‘poo movement” as women discover that regular shampoo can cause a greasy build up.

The truth is most liquid shampoos have detergents in them – that’s the surfactant action that creates lather but it also strips hair dry and then causes an oily backlash on the scalp .

(It is not surprising that most detergent companies also make shampoos.)

What actually happens is you wash your hair everyday feeling virtuous.

But its gets stripped and then you see flyways and frizz. So you add styling serums or silicone-based oils to tame the frizz. It creates build up so you need to wash your hair again.

If you shampoo your hair twice a week you are good to go. You can water rinse it if you feel it is very dirty but don’t shampoo.

There are a few shampoos that don’t use detergents at all. They are likely to be baking soda based. If you know any please add a comment as I am  looking for some recommendations.

When you use them it can be unnerving, as they don’t lather so it is difficult or estimate how much to use  or how it’s working. (one coin shaped blob is enough)

If you live in India then do try a homemade shampoo of areetha or Indian soap nut available at all ‘kirana’ or local stores.

It has natural surfactants. Soak areetha seeds in a mug of water overnight and use the “shampoo”. You will get about four washes. Don’t use too much.

Some people recommend boiling the seeds and adding an infusion of amala and shikakai powder to enrich this shampoo.

I think boiling makes it too concentrated but you need to try a few combinations to find the best one for yourself.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. coralcrue says:

    I am slowly trying to switch off to natural methods of cleansing hair. I haven’t yet bought into the dry shampoo thing yet. I can’t imagine how you can spray something on dirt and get clean. Kind of reminds me of oven grease sprays. I know, totally two different things, but that’s all that comes to mind when I think of dry shampoos.

    1. Geeta Rao says:

      ha ha you are so funny! actually the analogy is correct as dry shampoo just attracts all the oil,dust and gloop which then brushes off to make your hair shiny and seemingly clean. do read the link -the writer sums it up perfectly.

  2. Dollie says:

    Pregnant Gujarat women aren’t allowed to wash their hair so they rub sandalwood powder into their scalp and then brush it off. I don’t know the actual reason why this is done but it does clean the hair and prevent odour too. I feel that can be called the original dry shampoo. (Have written a post on it on my blog)
    I had tried Areetha water when I was in my teens but it entagled my hair terribly. I think I’ll give it another shot again.

  3. veengupta says:

    Good analysis of shampoos and the problems with them. Dry shampoos are life savers on occasion. We used talc in the 70s. Usually handy in most restrooms if your hair looked flat you shook some onto the hair all over and then brushed it out. The sandalwood powder achieved the same result I am sure.

    1. Geeta Rao says:

      thanks so much. it is the same powder principle except in the old days powder may hv left a white all these are for different hair colours and in spray dispensers.

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