How Does a Dry Shampoo Work?


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Every few years, a new beauty product gets introduced into the market and takes all the beauty enthusiasts by storm. Dry shampoo has been one such “revolutionary” product that most of us cannot imagine going up without a good dry shampoo in our kitty. Not only does it saves us time from washing hair everyday, it also freshens up our mane so that it looks lively. It cleanses and refreshes our hair on days when we cannot use traditional wash with shampoo and water. But, have you ever thought how does dry shampoo really do the magic in minutes? Read on to know how dry shampoo works and the principle behind it.

Dry Shampoo Work

What Is Dry Shampoo?
Dry shampoo is a powder or fast-drying liquid spray that provides a water-free option for cleansing your hair. It removes excess sebum and other oils and freshens your hair, leaving it clean and lively. Both dry and spray-on dry shampoos work the same way. Also, it comes in paste form, and some are available in different shades so that you can match your dry shampoo with your hair color. Also, you can make your own homemade dry shampoo which contains the same ingredients that commercial products have, but the only difference is that store-bought ones have a uniform texture than the homemade ones.

Why Use a Dry Shampoo?

Apart from the obvious situation where water isn’t available, dry shampoo can come to your rescue for any of the following reasons:

  • Preserves hair colour/dye for longer by saving it from frequent hair washes.
  • Extends the effects of blowout.
  • Gives hair good volume and makes it easier to style.
  • Saves time.
  • Minimizes hair damage since natural oils aren’t stripped with shampoo.
  • Eliminates bad odor, freshens hair and scalp.

How Dry Shampoo Works?

Dry shampoo works by absorbing oil and leaving a white or chalky residue on the hair which can be brushed away from the hair. After brushing your hair, it will appear clean and fresh. In homemade dry shampoos, people generally use corn starch, baby powder, oatmeal, and clay as main ingredients. Here’s are a few natural ways to prepare dry shampoo on your own if you do not want to use chemicals – follow this recipe.  A spray-on dry shampoo from the market would generally contain chemicals such as isobutane, propane, denatured alcohol, aluminium starch octenyl succinate, butane, fragrance, isopropyl myristate, silica, and cyclopentasiloxane. Only hydrophobic soils like natural oils and oil-based styling products are absorbed by the dry shampoo. Dry shampoo will not remove actual dirt, dry skin flakes, and other chemicals that can make hair look and feel greasy, so most stylists recommend using dry shampoo between regular shampoos to reduce chemical damage to hair or for unexpected emergencies like, for example, if you’re traveling or if you are hospitalized, or if the weather is too cold for a hair wash, dry shampoo can help to refresh your hair and scalp.

So, even though dry shampoos are effective time-savers, they can never replace your regular shampoos when it comes to good health of your hair. It cannot completely replace the whole lather, rinse and condition hair cleansing routine. So, if you’re reaching for the can for the third or fourth consecutive time, it’s time to hit the shower!

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