Dry shampoo is a staple for me, considering I only wash my hair about 2 times a week, sometimes just once a week. I started using Handmade Heroes about two years ago, and then ventured out and tried two other brands; Acure Organics and Captain Blankenship.
Dry shampoo absorbs oil and removes grime without water, so you can extend the time between hair washes making them very convenient. They can also add volume and deodorize.
Popular dry shampoos come as aerosols and contain harmful chemicals and preservatives. Below are three clean and cruelty-free options that I have used. At the end of this post, you will come across some of my hacks on using dry shampoo for best results and troubleshooting.
For all three of these, I noticed a little goes a long way, so a bottle should last you quite a long time no matter which one you choose!
Handmade Heroes Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo
• Certified vegan & cruelty-free by PETA.
• Packaged in a BPA-free #1 PETE recyclable bottle.
• Affordable: Around $12 for 2.4oz
• Blonde version available!
Acure Organics Dry Shampoo
• Made with USDA certified ingredients.
• Vegan & certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.
• Packaged in a #2 HDPE recyclable container.
• Affordable: around $10 for 1.7oz
• “All hair types,” and blonde version available. Acure seems to be going through a re-branding phase and the packaging varies depending on where you purchase it.
Captain Blankenship Dry Shampoo
• Made With Organic & Wild-Harvested Ingredients
• Vegan & Certified Cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, “We test on ourselves and friends and never on animals.”
• Ships in recyclable packing and shipping materials. Many of the brand’s products are packed in recyclable glass (not this dry shampoo however, but it does come in a recyclable package).
• Pricey – around $18 for 2oz
Ingredients: Organic Arrowroot Powder, Kaolin Clay, Rice Powder, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, Organic essential oils of Rose Geranium & Palmarosa.
Captain Blankenship’s dry shampoo is a delicate, fine, white powder. (Wins best packaging in my book, I love the beautiful colors & design.) It has a very faint, pleasant smell. This is perfect for someone who doesn’t want to add much scent to their hair, but still does a great job deoderizing and leaves hair smelling clean. Although the stark white can be daunting, it does blend well and takes care of the oils, mattifying hair. It also adds a bit of texture and volume, and doesn’t leave any stiffness or extra weight behind. It is on the pricey side, but it is available in a 2oz or 4oz container. As stated before, you only need a small amount to get results, so it will last you quite some time.
Other Natural Dry Shampoos To Try:
I have not tried these myself, but I have heard good reviews!.
for the pooch!
Hacks for Dry Shampoo:
1. Sprinkle into your hand so you have more control of how much powder is used in areas, making it easier to rub in without having a pile in one spot.
2. Still having trouble with the perfect application, use a makeup brush to apply and blend the powder.
3. Accidentally get too much dry shampoo on your hair? It’s ok, it happens! Just use a blow dryer to blow out the excess.
4. Part your hair and apply it close to your roots, this is where your hair is the greasiest. Gently massage the dry shampoo in by pushing it up and out. Then comb through to distribute the powder throughout your hair strands.
5. Apply at night and let the powder absorb excess oil and sweat by morning.
6. Don’t want to spend the money on brand name dry-shampoo? Aluminum-free baby powder or organic arrowroot starch/flour will do the trick!
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