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.
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.
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.