Dry shampoo

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Dry shampoo is a type of shampoo which reduces hair greasiness without the need for water. It is in powder form. It is typically administered from an aerosol can. Reported use in the United Kingdom estimate that 17% of women have used dry shampoo.[1] Dry shampoo is often based on corn starch or rice starch.[2] Some attest that daily wash-and-rinse with detergent shampoo can strip away natural oil from hair.[3] However, others attest that spraying dry shampoo every day will lead to a build-up of product that can dull your color and irritate your scalp; arguing your scalp needs regular cleansing and exfoliating to get rid of bacteria, remove dead skin cells, and stay healthy.[4]


The first commercially produced dry shampoo was sold in the 1940s, but the product existed before that. By the early 1940s, the Stephanie Brooke Company of Jersey City, New Jersey had developed, Minipoo, the first brand of commercially produced dry shampoo powder. Minipoo was marketed to women and children for use in scenarios such as "surprise dates" or when they were sick in bed, according to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Evidence suggests that people in Asia used clay powder in their hair as early as the late 15th-century. The first reference of dry shampoo in the United States is from the late 1700s, when starches were used to deodorize and alter the color of wigs.[5]


  1. ^ "Dry shampoos accounted for 3% of global shampoo launch activity in 2012 | Mintel.com". www.mintel.com. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  2. ^ "Sales of dry shampoo are rocketing - but which should YOU buy?". Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  3. ^ "How Dry Shampoo Works - HowStuffWorks". Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  4. ^ https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/dry-shampoo/
  5. ^ "Dry Shampoo". Crunchy Curator.