Dry Shampoo as an Alternative
Dry Shampoo Considerations
What is the history of shampoo?
The word shampoo came from the Hindi word which meant head massage, typically using some form of hair oil. Prior to the invention of shampoo, hair was washed with ordinary soap. The process left a dull film on the hair. English hair dressers developed the early shampoos by boiling soap in water. Herbs added to the water provided shine and fragrance. The first known maker of shampoo was Kasy Hebert. Commercially produced shampoo was available from the early 1900s.
What is dry shampoo?
Dry shampoos are those which work without water. The shampoos are intended to absorb excess sebum or oil from the hair. Brushing the hair then removes the product and oil. Those with dark hair may prefer to use powders darker in color. Typically the powders are made of ingredients such as talc, starch, or silica. Aerosol cans as well as shaker containers serve as dispensers for the product.
When and why should one use dry shampoo?
First, settings with the lack of a water source prove to be ones perfect for use of dry shampoo. Camping comes to mind on that one. Secondly, finding oneself in a situation lacking in time to get dressed, such as oversleeping, presents dry shampoo as a good option. Finally, dry shampoo offers a good option for damaged hair as no heat source is then needed to dry the hair. Using dry shampoo exclusively every day is not suggested. Oil is absorbed by dry shampoo which helps but little doubt exists that water based experiences do a better overall job of thoroughly cleaning the hair.
What are the drawbacks of dry shampoo?
The shampoo can leave a dry residue. If a formula using white powder is used on dark hair, that residue is particularly noticeable. Although oil is absorbed, a 'squeaky clean' experience still awaits the good old liquid based shampoos. Dry shampoo prices higher than standard shampoos typically.
Where can one purchase dry shampoo?
Beauty supply stores, drug stores, and online sources all offer the product and numerous reputable brands appear on the shelves there.
What brand of dry shampoo is recommended?
Batiste, Oscar Blandi, Candy Fluff, and Klorane are recommended, top rated brands. Should money or shopping time issues exist, baby powder can be used in a pinch!
Clean, shiny hair completes a well groomed look. The well stocked bathroom cabinet arguably contains a favorite version of both traditional and dry shampoo. Both have their place in creation of the perfect look.