If you’re looking to extend the time between hair washes or want to fake voluminous hair (especially in this weather that makes our scalp turn greasy quickly), dry shampoo is a solution.
Meant for short-term and occasional use, dry shampoos come in two forms. The first and more common type of dry shampoo is alcohol-based, comprising alcohol and starch-based active ingredients in an aerosol spray. It works by absorbing excess sebum and sweat from your hair, making your hair look cleaner and fluffier in a jiffy.
However, if you’re concerned about the possible side effects of alcohol-based dry shampoo, you might want to try the second type of dry shampoo that’s alcohol-free — it contains just the starch-based active ingredients without denatured alcohol, and works pretty much like a salt shaker as you dispense the product onto your roots. Alcohol-free dry shampoo uses less packaging, and is more travel-friendly since it does not contain volatile compounds associated with aerosols.
How to use dry shampoo
Whichever type of dry shampoo you pick, you’ll want to target the oily parts of your scalp while avoiding the ends of your hair. If you’re using a spray, keep the canister at least 15cm away from your scalp. Let the product work its magic for a few seconds before massaging it into your scalp with your finger pads. Repeat till you have achieved the desired levels of cleansing. Comb or brush a few times to remove any residue.
Besides mopping up excess sebum and sweat in this humidity, dry shampoos are also handy for soaking up excess application of hair oils and greasy hair products. Note that while dry shampoos are super convenient, they are by no means a substitute for the good old way of washing your hair with shampoo and water. Experts advise against using dry shampoos too often or for extended periods, as doing so might lead to hair breakage, clogged follicles and hair loss.
Here are our 10 favourite dry shampoos to achieve clean, voluminous hair at the moment.