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What is Dry Shampoo?

Posted on July 09, 2015 | 2 comments

What is dry shampoo?

A lot of you may be wondering "what in the world?". We know this concept is foreign to not only many naturals but many women of color. The idea of possibly being able to cleanse your scalp without water sounds a little bit crazy. Well we have investigated and we're here to lay out the facts. What is dry shampoo? How does it work? And is it a feasible option for women with natural hair?

Modern liquid shampoo wasn't even invented until the 1930s. Before this time women were using soap and soap products to cleanse their hair. Not long after (only 30 years) dry shampoo was introduced to the market in the 1960s. Dry shampoo usually comes in an aerosol can and can be sprayed on the scalp to absorb oil and excess build up without having to wash your hair. The original intention was to allow women who didn't have time to wash their hair to be able to rid their scalp of excess build up without doing so.

Dry shampoos all have different ingredients but they are mainly based off of products such as corn starch, baking soda, and unsweetened cocoa powder. These ingredients act as absorbents and dry up the excess oil on your scalp. The directions are basic. All you do is sprinkle the dry powder mixture or spray your scalp with the aerosol (dependent on which form of dry shampoo you purchase). Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and then comb through your strands to work the product in to your hair for a lasting effect.

Now that we've explained what exactly dry shampoo is and how it works the ultimate question is, is dry shampoo a feasible option for women with natural hair? We say yes and no. In the natural state of natural hair, meaning afro, twist out, Bantu knots, etc. Dry shampoo would be hard to work in to your scalp without taking some extra time or leaving residue which you would then have to wash out of your hair defeating the entire purpose of using a dry shampoo. On the other hand for styles such as braids dry shampoo could be great. Women usually wear braided hair styles such as box braids or Senegalese twists for anywhere from 4-8 weeks without being able to wag their hair. Aerosol dry shampoo would combat the oil build up and would be easy to work in to those styles because your scalp is exposed.

Of course using a product as foreign to natural hair as dry shampoo requires both trial and error. Judgment of whether Dr shampoo is effective on natural hair would also have to be determined on a case by case basis because of the numerous amount of textures the natural community contains. It doesn't hurt to try something new so do a little bit of research and decide whether this would be a good option for you. It may even save you some time through out your busy week.

Have you tried dry shampoo? What did you like/not like about it? Share below....:)


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  • Kelly J

    That’s awesome Senella! Never thought about it for someone with dreads/locs. Thanks for sharing.

  • Senella James

    Yes, I have been using “Dry Shampoo” Product for the past 3 years with my Dreads. In between my fesh hair retwist, when my scalp start itching I use the bottle oily type, I pour it on my scalp and let it set for amount one minutes and then take a wash cloth and rub my scalp where I placed the oil. After this process my scalp feel clean and fresh. Its great for people who just starting their dreads. Because you can not get your hair wet during the locking process.


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