Natural, dry shampoo products are a great sustainability hack to conserve water and a great way to save time in your busy day. For dry shampoo newbies, in essence dry shampoo is a water-free application product that cleans the hair and scalp of excess oils and beautifies the hair, making it look and feel freshly washed.
If this sounds intriguing, keep reading because we share with you four organic, natural, toxin-free products so you can dry shampoo your tresses the right way.
The Origins of Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos have existed since the ‘70s but they’ve gained popularity in recent years. Frequent shampooing can strip moisture from certain hair types (coarse, curly, thick, fragile, etc.) so dry shampoo lets you go longer between washes without suffering matted or oily roots. Also, if you regularly schedule hair salon appointments and you want it to last as long as possible before shampooing, with dry shampoo you can add a few days to your blow-out.
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The problem with Dry Shampoo
Since dry shampoo returned to fashion there are many new products on the market. But unfortunately most of these products either have toxins that are harmful to you or are harmful to the environment.
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The most popular dry shampoo products that negatively impact the environment use an aerosol application. The texturizing, volumizing, make-everything-look-better in one spray is great for convenience but has a significant environmental impact. The LPG’s (Liquid Petroleum Gas) Butane, Propane & Isobutane toxic aerosol ingredients are harmful to the ozone layer and without it, NASA has theorized increased rapid climate change via rising temperatures.
Also many popular dry shampoo products use talc and other potentially harmful chemicals to you. For example, Talc is used in dry shampoo formulas because of its excellent absorbent abilities but talc has been linked to cancer due to the asbestos fibers sometimes found mixed with other ingredients. Over exposure to these substances can pose health risks such as respiratory toxicity as well as cancer. This is especially dangerous if dry shampoo is used daily as the sole alternative to washing your hair with shampoo and water (which it should not).
Where to find natural, Dry Shampoo products
There are safer and more responsible dry shampoo products that avoid the use of aerosol and any toxic and harmful ingredients. Below we’ve listed four organic, natural, toxic free dry shampoos that come in gel and powder form for every hair type and lifestyle, including vegan.
Captain Blankenship’s Nontoxic Dry Shampoo
Mermaid Dry Shampoo $24.00 (photo: courtesy Captain Blankenship)
For all hair colors and textures: Captain Blankenship’s nontoxic dry shampoo is made with organic and wild-harvested ingredients, including organic arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, aluminum-free baking soda, and essential oils. The powerful combination of organic powders is said to mask grease and give hair major volume.
Fat and the Moon Organic Lavender and Cocoa Dry Shampoo
Lavender and Coco Dry Shampoo, $14.00 (photo: courtesy Fat and the Moon)
For dark tresses: A completely organic, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and sulfate-free, dry shampoo. The cocoa adds a rich smell and color, while clay absorbs excess oil and promotes shine. The lavender essential oil aids in scalp health and makes this product’s smell soothing.
LuLu Organics’ Lavender + Clary Sage Dry Shampoo Powder
Lulu Organics Hair Powder, $28.00 (photo: courtesy LuLu Organics)
For blonde and brunettes: This light powder is paraben-free, talc-free, and contains natural ingredients like white clay, organic rice powder, organic horsetail powder, and essential oils.
Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo
Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo, $14.90 (photo: courtesy Drop Dead Gorgeous)
For brunettes and dark tresses: The vegan ingredients and essential oils in Drop Dead Gorgeous dry shampoo deodorizes and refreshes a post-workout scalp. The Kaolin clay, rice powder, charcoal, and cocoa absorbs and eliminates excess oils, leaving hair fresh, bouncy, and voluminous.