Why should you be using dry shampoo?

How often are you washing your hair? If you are like me, the answer is not often at all! Washing and drying my hair is on of my LEAST favorite things to do. Which is shocking, right? (because I am a hair stylist) But… it’s true.

I go as long as I can in between washes. Which, on average, ends up being once every 4-6 days. On the days in between, I rely heavily on my DRY SHAMPOO!

Dry shampoo has become more mainstream within the last couple of years. But did you know that it has actually been around since the 1970’s? One of the very first ads for a dry shampoo featured the iconic model TWIGGY! There are many different kinds of dry shampoos on the market, and choosing one can be a daunting task. It is a bit of trial and error to see which brand works best for you. Usually, the key to finding success relies somewhere between personal preference and actual product makeup.

There are powders, aerosols, tinted ones, and even, (thanks to Pinterest) DIY ones. Remember, the main purpose of a dry shampoo is to absorb excess oil and odor from the hair, primarily the root area. But it is also a great styling tool for adding volume and texture.


Here are some simple DO’s and DON’Ts of dry shampoo:

DO spray product about 6 inches away from the roots.
DON’T use on wet hair.
DO let product ‘sink in’ for a few minutes before gently raking it through.
DON’T freak out if it at first appears WHITE! let it settle in (see above)
DO spray some in before bed. Let the dry shampoo work its magic while you sleep!!


A few of our favorites that you can find at Bow & Arrow:

Davines – dry cleansing mist (aerosol)

Kevin Murphy – Fresh.Hair  (aerosol)

Captain Blankenship – Mermaid dry shampoo (organic loose powder)


So take a break from frequent washing… your scalp, hair and sanity will thank you.

-Jenny  @jennyballantynehair 

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