Dry shampoo for natural hair is actually a thing. I wouldn’t have believed it a few years ago or even a couple of months ago, but not only do they exist, but they actually work! Disclaimer: I haven’t tried one yet personally, but as many of you know, I’ve been down after knee surgery and this was the optimal time to try it.
I didn’t and waited until I could shower longer and my knee healed up a bit, but if I had to do it all over again, I would have tried one. Knowing this could be of use to others, I decided to do some research and share my findings about this product and how Naturals can get in on the use.
What is this type of product?
Dry Shampoo is a type of hair and scalp cleanser used to reduce oil, grease, and dirt in the hair. It is applied when hair is dry and often used in-between washes for various reasons. They don’t need to be washed out and it is not a replacement for a traditional cleanser like a hair cleanser.
Their goal is to dry out the oils and moisture in the hair. Remember our natural coils and curls NEED that moisture so finding one that is specific to natural hair is crucial for maintaining a healthy scalp and tresses. Because it is super important to use the right ones, I’ve found a few that will get the job done for the Naturals.
Amika Perk Up Talc-Free Dry Shampoo
A dry shampoo formulated without talc or aluminum that refreshes hair by absorbing excess oil and adding volume. Perk Up Dry Shampoo is one of the only dry shampoos on the market formulated without aluminum starch or telltale, chalky talc. It will absorb excess oil without leaving behind a white residue, while sea buckthorn berry softens and nourishes your strands.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo
A charcoal-infused dry shampoo that detoxifies, refreshes, and balances for optimal scalp and hair health. Binchotan charcoal draws out impurities and buildup that may clog the scalp and hair follicles. A complex of clay, tapioca, and rice starches absorbs excess oil to extend the life of your style between washes.
Witch hazel and bamboo extracts help to balance future oil production. This dry shampoo is formulated with 99 percent naturally derived ingredients. Also, this is a Black-owned brand.
Living Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo
It’s powered by a triple-action cleansing technology that cleans beyond an ordinary product- for that fresh-out-of-the-shower feel. Fast-absorbing powders soak up oil and sweat, while Living Proof’s patented Healthy Hair Molecule allows the powders to be removed from hair – taking the dirt and oil with them. Odor neutralizers and a time-released fragrance keep hair smelling freshly washed.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for All Hair Types
Klorane Ultra-Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk eliminates oil, dirt and odors leaving hair clean, refreshed and full of volume with no white residue. Formulated with organically harvested Oat Milk to soothe and protect the hair and scalp, corn and rice starches deliver a powerful cleansing action to quickly absorb oil and clean hair in minutes without water.
Natural absorbent microspheres rid hair of excess dirt, oil, and odor, quickly absorbs oil to clean hair in minutes without water with ultra fine powders and no white residue.
Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioning Dry Shampoo
Shampoo and condition all in one with Carol’s Daughter dry cleanser for dark tones. Without petroleum and mineral oil weighing it down, this monoi enriched formula gives tresses the strength and hydration they need to look and feel beautiful.
ORS Herbal Cleanse Hair and Scalp Dry Shampoo
An in-between cleanser that keeps hair and scalp refreshed between regular shampoos. Ideal for those starting locs and wearing braids. Enriched with lavender oil to eliminate odors and sweet basil to help alleviate itching. Kind of a savior for those rocking box braids, cornrows, or other protective styles.
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, Dark Tones
This dry shampoo instantly cleanses and refreshes thanks to ultra-fine rice starches that absorb excess oil and product buildup. This product is formulated to maintain the natural richness of dark-colored hair and fragranced with the Moroccanoil signature scent—a blend of exotic amber and sweet florals.
Argan Oil: Hydrates and nurtures the hair with tocopherols (vitamin E), essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. Rice Starch: A natural absorbent that draws out excess oil.
Our favorite Dry Shampoos For Natural Hair
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