The Dry Shampoo Diaries

Written By: Fanny Lau

I like to keep my morning routine simple, and try to spend no more than 15 minutes getting ready before leaving the house. But if there’s one product that I can’t live without, it’s dry shampoo. My hair type – fine, colour-treated, with a tendency to develop greasy roots. Dry shampoo helps to keep my hair voluminous and feeling clean between shampoos, and I always keep an eye out for new ones to try out, especially ones made with natural ingredients.

Saje Rain Forest Toner

The Rain Forest toner from Saje isn’t a dry shampoo per say, but it does help to tone your skin and revitalize oily hair. It includes petitgrain and palmarosa essential oils, which are known to balance natural oil production.

Best way to use it: I like to use this toner in the morning. After washing my face, I’ll use Rain Forest to tone my skin, and then spritz lightly onto the roots of my hair and let dry.

Ingredients: water, aloe vera butter, vegetable glycerin, petitgrain, patchouli, palmarosa, jasmine, pine needle, vetiver, rose, calendula flower, chamomile

Where to get it: $14.95, saje.com

One Love Organics – Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder

The colour of One Love’s Healthy Locks dry shampoo is white, but don’t be afraid – it blends into dark hair seamlessly. It has the basic ingredients found in dry shampoo, with ingredients like rice, corn, and tapioca starches to help naturally absorb excess oils in your hair.

Best way to use it: I usually sprinkle the powder on my roots before I go to bed, let it settle for 30 seconds, and then use my fingers to distribute throughout my hair.

Ingredients: organic rice starch, organic corn starch, kaolin, sodium bicarbonate, organic tapioca starch, bamboo stem extract, silica (and) sodium hyaluraonate, proprietary natural and organic fragrance compounds

Where to get it: $12 – $36, oneloveorganics.com, freshfaced.ca

Pink House Dry Shampoo (Hot Chocolate, Blondie)

Pink House Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo from Pink House is my current favourite and go-to. It’s available in two shades: Hot Chocolate (for brown and black hair) and Blondie (for blonde tones). One quick glance at the ingredients, and you get the sense that this product is serious stuff. With four different types of clay, I find this dry shampoo is very effective in absorbing excess oils whiling adding the perfect amount of volume.

Best way to use it: I like to shake the product onto my palm (about the size of a quarter) and then use a brush to distribute evenly from the roots of my hair to the tips. It works well in the morning, or use before bed so you can wake up with cleaner feeling hair.

Ingredients: corn starch, fullers earth, arrowroot powder, rice powder, Australian beige clay, Australian black clay, organic cocoa powder, brown clay, French red clay

Where to buy: $18 – $20, pinkhousenaturalsolutions.com, charlieandlee.com

Stay tuned for more on The Dry Shampoo Diaries. If you have a favourite dry shampoo, let us know – we’d love to try it!