Dry Shampoo – Our Product picks for Black Hair

Dry Shampoo is now being used by stylists and consumers alike and the market is flooded with different types and brands.

So to make it easier for you, here are a number of dry shampoo products specifically formulated for black hair:

  1. Perk Up Dry Shampoo

    Do you need hair volume? Apply Perk Up Dry Shampoo is made with natural rice starch and doesn’t leave a white residue.

  2. SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Crème Rinse

    Remember to leave a few inches of space between the SheaMosture bottle and your hair. It has fruit fusion to remove the look of oil.

  3. Cantu’s Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Co-Wash

    Cantu has Shea butter and can stay in your hair for one week whether you have straight hair or wear an afro.

  4. Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo

    Rene Furterer is a light natural dry shampoo with a light fragrance that is not overpowering like most dry shampoos

Tell us what you favorite dry shampoo product is:

Is Dry Shampoo your thing? Here’s the low-down on this water-free option.

In an earlier article, we explained what dry shampoo is. Now we want to help you decide when to use it.

Whatever your hair type, here are a few reasons to choose dry shampoo over the more typical suds and soap hair cleaning process.

  • To save time – Washing your hair with water may take more time than you have. Dry shampoo is a great interim option.
  • To retain your hair color – If you’ve just paid a small fortune to get your hair colored, alternating dry shampoo with your regular wash will help keep your hair vibrant, especially if you use a demi-permanent or semi-permanent formula.
  • To keep that new ‘do’ looking salon perfect. If you’ve just had your hair done and you want it to look almost as good as it did when you left the salon a few days earlier use dry shampoo.
  • To keep your hair smelling fresh as a daisy. Let’s face it. Our hair is great for hanging onto all kinds of odors. If you smoke or live with a smoker or if you spend time in places where strong odors are present, your hair will tell the tale. To get around this ‘not so pleasant’ situation apply a bit of dry shampoo to your hair.
  • To pump up your hair style. A natural dry shampoo can do wonders. It can help add texture to your hair, perk up your curls or sagging waves and add volume to dull hair.
  • To soothe your sensitive scalp. Your scalp might feel irritated after putting in new extensions or a weave. Apply dry shampoo for quick relief.

Using Dry Shampoo is as easy as 1.2.3:

  1. Step 1: Part your hair in sub sections.
    After shaking the bottle, hold the can about 8 – 12 inches away from your hair.
  2. Step 2: Move your head in an upside-down position
    Use your fingertips to massage the dry shampoo into the roots of your hair. If you notice damp areas, use a blow dryer on low temperature at the roots.
  3. Step 3: Distribute the shampoo throughout your hair
    Comb to move the product through the strands of your hair.

Now check out our product picks to find the right dry shampoo for you.

Dry Shampoo – Your Secret Water-free Weapon


Dry shampoo is a great alternative when you don't have water!

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Have you ever heard of dry shampoo? Truth is, many of us haven’t. When you think of shampoo, you think about getting your hair wet right? Well it seems that black hair beauty experts use dry shampoo every day for hair blow-outs. And it’s the type of hair treatment you can use anytime you want to quickly clean your hair.

Dry shampoo is powdered shampoo that provides a water-free option for cleansing your hair. This very cool product absorbs excess oils from your roots, freshens up the rest of your hair and leaves it smelling oh so fresh.

The History of Dry Shampoo

Finding alternatives to washing your hair without good old H2O goes back as far as the 15th century when Asian people used a clay powder to dry shampoo their hair.

Americans started using the water-free shampoo method in the 17th century. Back then it was a starch that colored and deodorized wigs, and busy housewives found the dry shampoo method extremely convenient, given their busy lives that included taking care of their husbands.

European women were also freshening up their up their wigs with a powder in the 18th and 19th century.

Which leads us to today, dry shampoos are now widely available and used by stylists and consumers alike.

How many kinds of Dry Shampoo are there?

Dry shampoos are available in aerosol sprays, flour-like powders and frothy mousses.

There are dry shampoos for:

  • Fine hair
  • medium to thick hair,
  • curls or wavy hair,
  • color treated hair,
  • more volume,
  • dark hair,
  • oily hair,
  • dry hair,
  • natural lift,
  • texture and hold

And yes, there are dry shampoos specifically formulated for Black Hair!

How Often Should I Dry Shampoo my hair?

If you don’t have time to wash your hair, some stylists suggest using dry shampoo once between regular washing. This hair cleansing option is really a short term solution for maintaining your hair in between washes. So, if you are camping, or on a business trip and don’t want to travel with all of your hair paraphernalia, dry shampoo may be a good option.

Are Dry Shampoos safe to use?

Another great question and the answer will depend on who you ask.

Some experts suggest that a lot of dry shampoos on the market contain talc powder, which (can be) linked to cancer, or harsh chemicals such as isobutane, butylphenyl, and distearyldimonuim chloride.

Others say that dry shampoos can coat the scalp and act as an irritant, which can then lead people to not wash their hair as often as they should, creating a buildup that leads to a red, inflamed, itchy scalp. Ouch!

Are there Organic Dry Shampoos?

There are a number of organic Dry Shampoos available that readily soak up a lot of grease and leave no visible residue.

They contain ingredients like, organic cornstarch, brown rice, horsetail, and orris root powders and essential oils, and boast a variety of pleasing natural fragrances.

Three Dry Shampoo Lessons

1. Don’t overdo it;
2. Do your homework – find a product that best suits your hair and lifestyle;
3. Use it when you need to,

and the rest of the time, learn how to rock a style that can cover up that ‘I need to wash my hair look”.

Do you use Dry Shampoo? If you do, tell us how often and what the results have been for you.