I first started using dry shampoo about 6 years ago when my hairdresser suggested it to me after I wanted to keep my salon blowout in tip-top shape while partying the weekend away in Melbourne with my girlfriends.
It was fantastic for the first few times but then I noticed I was getting a dry flaky scalp - this is not good, I thought to myself. So I stopped using it but I really missed the result it gave my hair the first time I used it.
The freedom that dry shampoo gave me to go to weekend festivals, take care of my young children, work, and lead my generally busy life made me realise that I was not going to part ways that easily. There just had to be a better, healthier solution.
I experimented for over a year on friends and family until I made the right formulation that everyone loved and this is now available to everyone as Fairy Dust and Magic Dust Dry Shampoos.
Dry Shampoo is not new
Dry Shampoo isn’t a new thing. In fact, history shows people in Asia were using clay in their hair thousands of years ago. And in more recent times the first commercially manufactured dry shampoo was in the USA sometime during the 1940s, called Minipoo.
Dry shampoo isn’t actually shampoo?
Despite its name, Dry Shampoo is not a cleanser like regular shampoo as there is no water needed. The clay and starch present in our 100% natural dry shampoo work by soaking up excess oil, which breathes new life into dull, greasy, sweaty strands. The scent of our dry shampoo is addictive and only the purest essential oils are used.
What nasties are lurking in your dry shampoo
Not all dry shampoos are created equally; most commercial dry shampoos contain talc, LPGs, phenoxyethanol, alcohol, silicones, fragrance, phthalates, parabens and many more nasties.
When you start actively looking at ingredient lists, it’s hard to stop. Here is a quick breakdown of some of the most common ingredients you will find in dry shampoos and why you should avoid them if you can.
- Talc is the main ingredient in many commercial dry shampoos. It is a mineral made up of magnesium, silicone and oxygen and in its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs. (Safe Cosmetics)
- Parabens are used as preservatives and are still used in many products labelled natural and organic, although they are a known estrogen-mimic, acting as a potential hormone system disruptor.(EWG)
- It is now being said that fragrance is the ‘new second hand smoke’ due to the presence of phthalates. Fragrance ingredients don’t need to be disclosed or tested for safety. Fragrance has been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory problems and possible issues with the reproductive system. (source)
- Phthalates are also used. They are solvents that help fragrances last longer and help lotions penetrate the skin. They are a widely used group of toxic chemicals that can interfere with hormones in the body, posing potential risks to reproductive and thyroid systems. (source)
So why use our natural dry shampoo?.
Raw Nature dry shampoos are silky, soft, finely milled organic and natural powders blended with pure essential oils that blend easily with light and dark coloured hair. They revive greasy, dull, lifeless hair naturally. They come in cardboard packaging with no plastic shaker.