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Dry Shampoo for Natural Hair: Your Guide to Freshness Between Washes

three dry shampoos for natural hair

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Hey bestie, it’s your Internet BFF, Kaylannk here! Let’s talk dry shampoo. Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver for all those times your wash day falls on a Tuesday (because, who planned that?!). 

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Dry shampoo? On my kinky, coily, or curly hair? Won’t that leave me with a white cast that looks like flakes?”. I feel you. But trust me, the right dry shampoo can be your natural hair’s BFF.


Why I Like Dry Shampoo?

  • Saves you time and water: Washing natural hair can be a whole production featuring water. Dry shampoo lets you stretch your wash day further, giving you more time to save.
  • Perfect for protective styles: Braids, twists, you name it! Dry shampoo can be your secret weapon for keeping your scalp feeling fresh and your braids lasting an extra week.


How To Choose The Right Dry Shampoo?

But wait there’s more! Not all dry shampoos are created equal. Here’s what to look for when choosing one for your natural hair:

  • Ingredients: You should avoid harsh alcohols or heavy fragrances that can dry out your hair or leave a white cast. You should instead opt for products made with natural ingredients like arrowroot powder or rice starch, which absorb oil without stripping your strands. Bonus points for dry shampoos specifically designed for textured hair!
  • Color: Opt for a tinted formula if you have darker hair to avoid the dreaded white cast. Some brands even offer dry shampoos specifically made for natural hair textures! ‍
  • Preparation: Prep is key. Before you spray, detangle your hair gently with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers. This helps distribute the product evenly and prevents buildup.

My Dry Shampoo Picks:

Now, let’s get spraying!

How To Use Dry Shampoo on Natural Hair?

  1. Shake it like a Polaroid picture. This ensures the ingredients are well-mixed and prevents that dreaded white cloud.
  2. Target the roots. Hold the can about 6 inches away from your scalp and spray in short bursts.
  3. Massage it in. Don’t just spray! Use your fingertips to gently massage the product into your scalp to absorb oil.

Pro tips:

  • Go light. Start with a small amount of dry shampoo and build up if needed. Overdoing it can lead to buildup and weigh down your hair.
  • Clarify regularly. Even the best dry shampoo can leave behind residue. Do a clarifying wash every few weeks to remove buildup and keep your scalp healthy.

Remember, dry shampoo is a tool, not a cure. It’s meant to refresh your hair between washes, so listen to your hair and wash it when it needs it.


Written with lots of care, 


Your Internet BFF

P.S. Don’t forget to leave a comment below of your favorite dry shampoo for natural hair.

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