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Top tips on using Dry Shampoo

You've probably heard of Dry Shampoo by now but if you're not sure exactly what it is, what it does and how to use it, we can help!

Dry Shampoo is made mainly of oil absorbing powders.  It may also have botanicals or fragrance and if it comes in an aerosol can it will also include alcohol and butane, isobutane or propane.  The oil absorbing powders may include:  arrowroot, cornstarch, clays, baking soda and rice flours.  When applied to the hair, these powders soak up oils and dirt without getting the hair wet.


Dry shampoo has been around at least as long as the Elizabethan era (1600's) when bathing was scarce.  In the US, it dates to at least the 1800's when it was used to freshen up wigs.  The first commercial dry shampoo, Minipoo, was marketed in the 1940's to women for "surprise dates" or when sick in bed!

lavender powder in dry shampoo


Washing your hair every single day really isn't good for your hair.  It will strip it and your scalp of natural oils that are needed to keep your hair shiny and healthy.  There's also the time commitment of washing every day and using heat to dry it just adds to the damage.

In comes dry shampoo!  Using dry shampoo is a great way to give your hair a break for an extra day or two.  It's helpful to absorb sweat after a workout.  If you've had a blowout, it can help extend the style just a bit longer.  Going camping, bring your dry shampoo for a refresh.  It can even add some texture and volume to your hair.

Using dry shampoo does not replace the need to wash your hair with actual shampoo and water.  Depending on your hair type and the oiliness of your scalp, you should still wash 1-3 times per week.  Washing your hair and massaging it with shampoo, removes oils, dead skin cells and any product build up.  We recommend using dry shampoo no more than 2 times between washings.

The reasons to use a powdered dry shampoo over an aerosol are many!

  • They are better for you and the environment since they don't use propellants like butane, isobutane or propane.
  • You can distribute it exactly where you want rather than just spraying from 6-8 inches away and hoping you get it where you needed it.
  • You use a lot less product than the spray on version so a bottle lasts longer and costs less.
  • Powdered versions are free of harsh chemicals and our's is also free of scents.
  • They are free of alcohol (drying), silicones, and Cetrimonium Chloride (an irritant and toxic in small quantities)

Using a powdered dry shampoo is not difficult!  Here are the steps we recommend when using a powdered dry shampoo:

Be Green Bath and Body powder Dry Shampoo

  1. Sprinkle a quarter-sized amount into your palm.
  2. Section your hair with a comb.
  3. Using  a clean makeup brush, apply the shampoo to your scalp along the sections.  Don't forget the nape of your neck and above your ears.
  4. Allow the dry shampoo to absorb oils for 30 seconds.
  5. Brush out and repeat on another section.
  6. If too much product was applied, use a blow dry to blow out any excess.
  7. We recommend not sprinkling the dry shampoo directly on you hair so as not to use too much.

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