Do Dry Shampoos Work?
Life gets busy and it can be tempting to use dry shampoos. While there’s nothing wrong with using a dry shampoo, it’s important to understand how they work, what they do, the advantages and the drawbacks.
As the name implies, dry shampoo is applied to dry hair. It’s typically applied to the crown and brushed or massaged through to the ends. It doesn’t actually clean hair. It absorbs oil, grease and dirt, disguising it rather than removing it.
Many people find it a convenient alternative between washes, after a gym workout, or other physical activity. It utilizes starch-based ingredients or alcohols that soak up or dry the oils. A fragrance is typically added to make hair smell fresher. People with hair that naturally produces more oil will obtain the biggest boost.
For those with drier hair that need a quick fix, look for a dry shampoo specially formulated for that hair type. The same is true for textured hair. Individuals with shades of brunette or black hair should be aware that dry shampoos can flake and produce the appearance of dandruff if too much is used or it’s not sufficiently worked into the hair. Seek a product that’s made for darker shades.
Curly hair can present special problems when using dry shampoo. Once the hair has been styled, it shouldn’t be disturbed once it’s dried. Use a light touch with dry shampoo and don’t brush or comb locks after the product has been applied to avoid having a mane that looks dry and frizzy.
When applying dry shampoo, make sure it’s disseminated throughout the hair. Depending on the hair type it can be gently massaged through the hair or combed/brushed. Remember that dry shampoo isn’t a replacement for regular hair cleansing. It’s a good idea not to utilize a dry shampoo for more than two consecutive days to avoid dry scalp and prevent clogging of pores. Be sure to wash it out as soon as possible.
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