What is Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoo is a powder-type spray that removes excess oils and sebum in your hair in-between washes. It’s a great product to use to extend your hairstyle for another day or two. Dry shampoo doesn’t involve water – it usually comes in an aerosol spray that you apply to the roots of your hair (where all the oils and residue collect). It’s a great product to freshen your hair as well. No shower time required!

You might be surprised to learn that dry shampoo has been around for many decades; however, it seems only recently that it has been getting much attention. In fact, dry shampoo has become such a routine part of many people’s lives, I’m not sure how we got around without it. Ever wake up late and don’t have time for the “full works” – shampoo, conditioner, blow dry, style, set? Ever spent a lot of money on a blow out that you wished lasted more than a day? Does it hurt you to think about washing out those beach waves you paid your stylist to put in your hair for your night out on the town? Snuck in a workout on your lunch break and now your hair is a sweaty mess? Don’t worry any longer. . .dry shampoo is your best friend! Spray it on your locks and voila! Instant revival and you’ve got another day (or two) of easy beauty.

Dry shampoo does a great job at reviving limp tresses, boosting hair volume, and getting rid of that “greasy scalp” look. It’s so great at volumizing, some stylists will use dry shampoo on freshly washed hair to give it some extra bounce at the roots.


What Ingredients are in Dry Shampoo?

As mentioned above, dry shampoos typically come in aerosol spray cans; however, some products on the market also come in the form of pastes, powders, and foams. Aerosol spray cans are the most common – and easiest to use.

Many dry shampoos contain talc powder, which has been linked to cancer. Try dry shampoos with talc alternatives, such as charcoal, starch, and clay. The Pompadour Professional brand of dry shampoo contains healthy hair ingredients, including:

  • Aluminum salt starch: A starch derivative to absorb oil.
  • Stearalkonium hectorite: A fine, powdery clay to absorb oil from the hair and scalp.
  • Cyclopentasiloxane: An ingredient that makes hair silky, prevents frizz, and provides heat protection to hair.

The best on the market are those that give a lightweight feel and don’t leave behind a residue. Our brand is residue-free, contains UV-protectant, is free from sodium chloride, sulfates, and parabens, is safe for color-treated, straightened, and chemically-treated hair, and blends with all hair colors.


Who Can Use it?

Anybody can use dry shampoo! Dry shampoo works on all hair colors and all hair types. It’s especially helpful for individuals with longer hair who have a visibly oily scalp and oily hair in-between washes. Dry shampoo works wonders for longer hair types that need to be refreshed and revitalized.

It’s also a great product to give hair a boost of volume. Flip your hair upside down and apply dry shampoo at the roots. Then tousle and style as normal. Instant volume!


Steps and Tips of Use

  • Step One: Shake the can of dry shampoo well and hold the canister 6 to 10 inches from dry hair. Spray the dry shampoo onto the sections of hair that are dirty and oily. 
  • Step Two: Let the dry shampoo work on the hair for 15 to 30 seconds. Then, tousle hair and massage the product out of your hair with your fingers or a brush. 
  • Step Three: If you have longer hair, flip your hair over, spray thoroughly, and massage throughout the hair.


Apply the following helpful tips when using dry shampoo:

  • Don’t spray dry shampoo too close to your hair – it can leave behind a dusty look as it doesn’t distribute evenly.
  • Don’t spray too much dry shampoo on your hair. If you need to, you can always go back and spray a little more if you feel all of the oil hasn’t been soaked up.
  • Don’t apply dry shampoo to wet hair.
  • Don’t tousle your hair immediately after application, let it sit for a few seconds to let the product do its magic.
  • Don’t use dry shampoo daily – it can cause too much buildup on your hair. Remember, dry shampoo is not a replacement for shampoo and conditioner.


Facts About Dry Shampoo

  • Believe it or not, dry shampoo has been around since the 15th century when people living in Asia put clay powder in their hair. In the 18th century, a version of dry shampoo was used to deodorize wigs, using starch. Dry shampoo resurfaced in the 1940s as an agent to use while “you were under the weather” or to use as a “clean hair solution to a last-minute date.”
  • Dry shampoo doesn’t cleanse your hair (even though the word ‘shampoo’ is in the title). It’s an oil absorber and hair refresher, but you still need good ole’ shampoo to clean your hair properly. 
  • Dry shampoo does give hair a volume boost, but using products specifically made for volumizing hair are better alternatives to everyday styling. 
  • After you’ve applied dry shampoo, stop touching your hair. Excess oils from your fingertips will likely redistribute oil in your hair again, negating the use of the dry shampoo in the first place. So, if you’re a hair twirler, stop! 
  • Use dry shampoo only two days in a row, max. If you’re reaching for that bottle more than 3 times consecutively, it’s time to get in the shower and get sudsy with a good (liquid) shampoo and conditioner hair wash. 
  • If you’ve washed and styled your hair and are attempting an updo, your hair might be too slick and silky from a fresh wash for the updo to hold. A spray of dry shampoo can add some texture to your hair to make your style stick.


Whether you’ve been using dry shampoo for years or you’ve never used it before, this product is a life saver on those busy mornings, those mid-day workouts, or for a quick refresh. Dry shampoo has come a long way since its beginnings, and we don’t anticipate it’s going away any time soon. If you’re a dry shampoo veteran, you know the value of this product. If you’re a dry shampoo newbie and are curious about trying it out, there’s no better time than now.