Ok, I must admit it, dry shampoo is one of my best friends these days. Trust me, if you’re a mom you get it! Sometimes you get 5 minutes to do something with your hair, and shampooing is out of the question. Can I get a witness?! In comes one of my favorite little green beauty products, the beloved dry shampoo. These days it’s pretty much a fix all for any hair problem. If your hair’s oily, it sops it up, if it needs volume, it gives you a lift, they even make your hair smell good…hello! So basically you can look like you shampooed and spent the 20 minutes on your hair, but you really didn’t. And everyone said Amen!
As you can see I have a serious relationship with my dry shampoo-what can I say, it delivers. These days there are so many options when it comes to a non-toxic/clean dry shampoo! So it’s easy to ditch your old toxic dry shampoos to the curb. And trust me, you don’t want to use that stuff. For starters, most of them are aerosol, which sprays all those chemicals around even more. Not to mention they are filled with chemicals like isobutane, butane, propane, talc, and fragrance-just to name a few. Pretty crazy huh? Nothing like dousing your hair in some propane and butane-time to get the fire started(in case you didn’t know, that’s what they use to start campfires). Don’t even get me started on talc, we all know the largest problem with talc is breathing it in. So I’m pretty sure an aerosol spray with talc in it is a no go! Those are some of the chemicals I found in the most popular mainstream dry shampoos.
So since we won’t be using the mainstream dry shampoos, what do you use? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I pretty much have tried every natural dry shampoo on the market, and have narrowed it down to my favorites…ok by narrowing it down I mean six, but they’re all a little different, so cut me some slack. Everyone is different on what they like in a dry shampoo too, so you need options. I wanted to give a few tips on dry shampoo application too. I know it might seem self explanatory, shake the container over your hair and spread around, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. One tip I’ve picked up along the way is to start from the bottom layer of hair and gradually work up. This way you can brush the product, and blend it easily into all your hair before you get a big white powdered spot on the top section of hair. I also really like using a bristle brush that gets the product evenly distributed throughout the hair, as opposed to a brush with bristles that are farther apart. I really like this teasing brush. If you have thick/long hair you may like a brush a little larger like this one. If you aren’t sure you can handle just sprinkling throughout your hair, try putting some in your hands first, and turn your head upside down and work it throughout hair. This also ensures your not going to get white powdered sections anywhere. Ok, enough chit chat, let’s get to it.
MY TOP GREEN BEAUTY PICKS FOR DRY SHAMPOOS:
This was one of the first dry shampoos I tried. It has won awards, and for good reason. It not only smells good, it’s scent is OLO’s signature scent of coconut/vanilla/island goodness-at least that’s how I describe it. So not only does it make your hair smell good, but it also gets rid of all the excess oil. It comes in the typical powdered/sprinkle container. You can get it in a small travel size or a larger size. It’s definitely white in color, so might not be the best pick for dark hair. I would sprinkle it throughout my hair and brush through. I recommend this dry shampoo for blondes, reds, and light browns. It’s an all around winner! Head to my Instagram for a chance to win one of these babies! $12
Ok, all you dark haired ladies, here’s your dry shampoo. Bambu Earth has two dry shampoos, one for light hair and one for dark. The dark formula looks similar to a very light cocoa powder. Perfect for helping blend better in dark hair, which is often the complaint I hear from most dark haired gals. It smells just like the name suggests, like lavender and chamomile, it’s not a heavy smell, but light and airy. It only comes in the 4 oz. size. I also really like the holes in the container top on this one too. They’re smaller, so you don’t get a ton of product at once. I haven’t tried the dry shampoo they carry for light hair, but I imagine it’s a similar formula. If you’re dark haired, and have been searching for a dry shampoo, this is your ticket! $22
This was the very first dry shampoo I tried, I mean my container is still the old packaging…hello! It’s a great dry shampoo for those looking for something that is budget friendly but still works. It’s also easy to find at health stores, which a lot of people love. The new container actually comes in a one hole squeeze shaker. My sister has bought the new container and I’ve played around with it before and really like it. The ease of use is a lot easier than the previous container. It has lavender and chamomile in it, but it’s not strong at all. The scent is very subtle. It’s also white in color. They recommend applying it in your hands, and then distributing throughout hair, but it’s really your preference on how you apply as I mentioned above. This one gets the job done, and saves you money at the same time. You can find this at Whole Foods, most health food stores, Pharmaca and of course online at Acure.com. I know right now it’s on sale at my Whole Foods for $7.99 and also Pharmaca for the same price-can’t beat that! $9.99
This is a newer one I’ve tried, and I can’t get enough of. First of all it smells amazing! What does it smell like? Let’s just say the islands, think vanilla, coconut, tropical goodness…if that’s a thing. It comes in a different container than most. It’s a pointed tip container, and you turn the cap on top to open the spout. Then you just apply wherever you need it. I do like the application because you can target specific areas quite easily, but I did have to be careful because I noticed it would easily get on my shirt. I think because it’s so concentrated in that one area. Let’s talk about the shimmer. You can see the shimmer if you pour it directly in your hand, however once it’s in my hair I didn’t notice any shimmer. But I love the idea of a bit of shimmer in my hair! This one not only cut the greasy locks, but also gave me volume. This isn’t like the Captain Blankenship dry shampoo that gave me a grit or texture feeling in my hair. It’s more light and airy volume. They also recommend letting this set before styling. A fun dry shampoo for someone looking for something different! They also have this in formulas without the shimmer. Shop Zabana Essentials Shimmery Dry Glow Shampoo here and use coupon code: FEB16 for 15 % off your entire purchase through March 1st. $9.95
This is my newest edition to my dry shampoo collection. I received it in my Organic Bunny Box. It came in a very small container. I looked on their site, and they currently don’t sell a container smaller than 4 oz. but they are coming out with a 1 oz. very soon it says. The smell isn’t super strong, really mild. It also isn’t white in color like you might assume, but more of a grayish/taupe color. Great for even darker browns in my opinion. They do sell a dry shampoo for those who have even dark brown hair, which they call midnight hair. I love how this applies, and it gives my hair volume! I keep reaching for this lately. The only downside is the price. As I mentioned above, they only have a 4 oz. container and it’s $29.99, kind of steep for a dry shampoo. However, it definitely performs. They do have trial sizes for the midnight hair dark brown formula and for the lavender/bergamot scent, but just not the grapefruit/orange scent yet. Keep checking back for the smaller travel sizes. Shop Green & Gorgeous Organics here and use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 15 % off your purchase. $29.99
Well that sums up my top non-toxic dry shampoo picks. See any faves? Shop them all with their discount codes under their description. What’s your fave non-toxic dry shampoo?