The Dirt On Dry Shampoo (Why You Should Swap Yours)

Contributor: Courtney O'Conner
Photographer: Primally Pure
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Dry shampoo has become a daily staple in most women’s beauty routines. It extends the life of a style in between washes, helps to absorb excess oil and refreshes second (or third… or fourth) day hair. Dry shampoo is a dream for those of us who aren’t fans of showering daily (no judgement here), busy mommas who hardly have time to wash their hair, or for those with limp locks in need of a boost. But there are some serious dangers associated with conventional dry shampoos.

Let’s dive right in and uncover the dirt on dry shampoo.

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Dry shampoos you find at drugstores or even high end hair salons, often come in aerosol spray cans.  The health risks aren’t just related to the ingredients inside the can, but the way the product is dispensed. Aerosol dry shampoos use a chemical propellant that sprays out of the can, onto your hair and into the air. This colorless, odorless gas is called LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and is made up of butane, propane and isobutane. 

Yes, you heard right, propane.

Do you really want to be spraying a product on your hair and around your face that has an “EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE” warning on it? With ingredients lists containing LPG, it’s quite possible your dry shampoo – and your hairstyle – could go up in flames.

Especially with repeated exposure (did we mention dry shampoo has become a daily staple for most women?), these gasses pose serious risks such as respiratory issues, headaches, hormone disruption, organ (aka brain + liver) damage and not only cause long-term harm to the body, but are destructive to the environment and the earth, as well.

Several dry shampoos on the market today also contain talc, which is often contaminated with asbestos (a highly toxic mineral). While its oil absorbing properties may seem magical, its side effects are not. There are several health concerns surrounding the use of talc and can include skin irritations, organ system toxicity, respiratory distress and serious cancer risks.

The dirt doesn’t end there.

A couple more chemicals consistently found in traditional dry shampoos are denatured alcohol (seen on labels as “alcohol denat.”) and fragrance (if you’ve been around our blog for a while, you know that’s code for “chemical cocktail”). Both of these toxic ingredients can be irritating to your scalp, damaging to your hair and dangerous to your health.

Not only is your hair and scalp going to suffer from continued use of dry shampoo from an aerosol can, but have you considered where most of the product is actually ending up? 

In the air. That you’re breathing. 

And on top of that, you’re most likely spraying it in the bathroom (but if you are outside in an open field, remember, you’re potentially destroying the ozone layer). Small spaces + lack of ventilation = breathing in dangerous toxins. That’s where the real danger lies. You are breathing synthetic, harmful chemicals directly into your body.

Babe, your hairstyle is so not worth it.

Because of the dirt we dug up about dry shampoos, we knew we needed to create a non-toxic solution for our anti-shower, busy mom, fine-haired friends. So that’s exactly what we did.

Our 100% natural + non-toxic dry shampoo won’t cause your hair (or anything, for that matter) to catch on fire. We’ve formulated ours with oil-absorbing kaolin clay and arrowroot powder to freshen up any style while adding texture + volume. Scented with only organic essential oils of grapefruit (natural cleansing properties), lavender (soothes the scalp) and peppermint (stimulates hair growth), our dry shampoo leaves your hair smelling + feeling shower fresh.

Now you don’t have to sacrifice your health – or your hairstyle.