Dry Shampoo How-To

Dry Shampoo by Quiet Cricket Studio, Dark Tone

Once you’ve experienced dry shampoo, there’s no going back. We get a lot of questions from first time users about how to apply it, so here’s a little tutorial that covers some basics and a little more in depth for seasoned no-pooers (or low-pooers).

When you want to perk up your hair between washes, dry shampoo is the way to go. It absorbs the oil and grease produced by your scalp, and leaves you looking fresh. For those of us with finer hair, it has the added benefit of volumizing flat strands. Yes please.

How do I use it?

Tap the jar gently above your hair. Our dry shampoo is tinted to match natural hair tones rather than leaving a glaring white powder residue, but I still like to avoid my part when I apply it. Another trick is to lift the top layer of your hair and sprinkle the dry shampoo beneath it. Fluff your hair with your finger tips to distribute the powder around your roots and give your hair a little more oomph.

Will this leave residue?

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Yes. Anytime you put a product in your hair it will leave residue. That being said, our dry shampoo comes out in dust-sized particles (think of it as fairy dust!), and won’t leave noticeable clumps in your hair. It will still be soft and touchable, and leave you smelling faintly of lavender. As one of our fans said,

“My husband can’t stop smelling my hair!”

Dry Shampoo by Quiet Cricket Studio, Medium Tone

Some heavily synthetic products claim to leave “no residue” and leave your hair “cleaner than before”, but that’s just not the way dry shampoo works. It absorbs the excess grease, but there’s no such thing as a disappearing soap. We use only plant-based, natural ingredients that we feel good about putting on our bodies and back into the earth. Those ingredients do their jobs, and we appreciate them!

That being said, they’re not doing a disappearing act and are only meant to last you until your next wash, be that in a day, a week, or more.

Powder vs Aerosol

We love powder! In our view, aerosols come with two major drawbacks that seal the deal.

Over time, aerosols leave hair stripped and fried, which is exactly what we were trying to avoid by not washing it every day.

Aerosols contain alcohol, which dries out your hair. Plain and simple. The alcohol is used to suspend the powder base in the can, so that the powders come out in a mist when sprayed. Unfortunately, alcohol is really harsh on your hair, and can leave it fried if overused. Since it’s stripping your hair of oils, hair responds in the same ways it does when it’s over-washed. It overcompensates with oil production. If you use dry shampoo once in a blue moon, this probably won't be an issue, but if dry shampoo is a go-to standby in your life, alcohol as an ingredient is a deal-breaker. It’s also flammable, so there’s that…

Check your carbon footprint.

Aerosols got a bad rap in the 70’s when public awareness grew about their significant contribution to holes forming in the ozone layer. While aerosols can no longer legally contain CFCs if they're sold in the US, they have switched to petroleum based propellants with VOCs that are no good for global warming. There’s just no need for that.

Ancient powders steal our heart.

Dry Shampoo in the Making by Quiet Cricket Studio

Powders are gentler on your scalp and the environment. What sets ours apart is that we use aloe powder to hydrate hair while other ingredients absorb the excess oil and grease. It will leave your hair fluffy and soft, not stripped of its natural barrier. The jar it comes in is also refillable or reusable in whatever way you choose! If you’re interested in tips and tricks for reusing your jars, check out this cheat sheet.

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