What Are Dry Shampoos?

The concept of a dry shampoo is not entirely new. In fact, it has been around since the Victorian days when gentlemen powdered their wigs with arrowroot, and modern products work along the same lines. Recently, it has started to make a real comeback amongst women, particularly those with busy lifestyles and little time for shampooing. It has also become part of men’s haircare routines.

Dry shampoo sales are now reported to account for around a fifth of all shampoo sales, which goes to show how popular it has become in recent years. One in five dry shampoo sales is made to men, which highlights its increasing popularity and practicality for both sexes. Celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton reveals that the increase in demand for dry shampoo is also part of the boom in male grooming. In addition to dry shampoo, men are also said to be using hair straightening irons and conditioning masks more often to give their look an edge.

Dry shampoo actually became commercially available in the 1960s and 70s with the US brand Psssst! purporting to be amongst the first to appear on the market. Its popularity waned after that, but dry shampoos have been making a resurgence again, particularly as haircare experts are claiming that daily washing can strip the hair of too much natural oil. They seem to be championing the idea that washing just a few times a week is better for the overall condition of the hair. Dry shampoo is not meant to serve as a replacement for wet shampooing; instead, it serves as a means of lengthening the time between washes and making your salon style last longer.

What is dry shampoo?

Dry shampoo’s main ingredient is in powdered form, whether that be talc, silica or a starch. It is designed to work without water and is available in the form of either a loose powder or an aerosol spray. It can be sprinkled or sprayed onto the hair depending on the type used. Dry shampoo absorbs excess oils and dirt from the root of the hair up and can either be blotted or brushed to keep hair looking and smelling good. It is ideal for those who are strapped for time but cannot afford to let their haircare routines slip entirely. Many women love the product, and men are also starting to jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon. Adding this to your grooming routine can save a fair amount of time. Many brands sell variants aimed specifically at men, often with scents similar to those of aftershave, making it easy to know which ones to buy.


They are available in a range of colours, and some even have volumising agents. Dry shampoos can be used for a quick root touch-up or even as a styling product.

Top products on the market

There are a number of dry shampoos on the market, but several stand out from the rest for various reasons. Not all dry shampoos have been created equal!

First, Garnier Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo boasts fruity and bright-smelling credentials whilst also promising to keep hair suitably refreshed for 24 hours. Containing a blend of orange citrus and grape extract, this dry shampoo should be sprayed into flat hair and combed or brushed through to absorb oil. It instantly eliminates weight and refreshes your volume day or night.

batiste-dry-shampooBatiste Dry Shampoo is available either travel size or full size for convenience and to cater for different occasions. It is also comes in XXL volume and dark hair variants and purports to be the UK’s number one dry shampoo for a reason. With various scents, sizes and different levels of volume, the product allows for a completely customisable dry shampoo experience that is especially tailored to meet individual requirements. A quick burst can extend your blow dry, free up time in the morning or add life to your hair whenever and wherever it needs it. The Batiste brand is also popular amongst men, with many male models reportedly walking down the runway during New York Fashion Week with it in their hair.

Meanwhile, Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo claims to leave no white residue on the hair and also carries a low price point and no fuss as its points of differentiation. This dry shampoo is easy to spray on the hair, and its minimalistic white packaging means that it blends in with other products in your bathroom cabinet. With just a few sprays, Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo claims to leave hair beautiful, healthy and full of body. Directions for use are easy to follow; simply shake the can vigorously, lift sections of dry hair and spray into roots from 25cm, massage into roots to absorb oil evenly, and brush through and style as normal.

One product that is particularly noteworthy is label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo, which uses a natural rich starch to disperse oil and professes to be a backstage favourite. It works as a matt texturiser, leaving the hair soft and velvety to the touch. Supplied in aerosol form, the dry shampoo should be applied evenly to the hair, concentrating on the roots, and then brushed out after two to three minutes to avoid excess build-up. The subtle brown color it adds to the hair also helps to conceal bald spots on the head.

Finally, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk also rates highly amongst consumers. Slightly pricier than other dry shampoos, it is light in texture and has a mild, pleasant fragrance that does not overwhelm you during the day. Klorane dry seboregulating shampoo, which features nettle extract, can be worn anywhere. It claims to clean hair in one single stroke, enabling you to wash it less often. As a result of its seboregulating properties, it can absorb any excess sebum that is found in the hair to leave it looking clean and fresh, with both bounce and volume restored. In tests, 86 per cent of users appreciated the product’s ability to reduce sebum secretion on the scalp.

Top 10 Thickening Tips For Mens Thinning Hair

Male hair loss is very common and is experienced by around 50% of men by the time they reach the age of 50. Despite the most common reason for thinning hair being hereditary, many men still want to keep control and slow the process if they can. We have some tips to help.

1. Wash it off

Many men are concerned that the process of washing their hair and lathering shampoo will speed the thinning process by actually washing the hair away; in fact, regular, gentle washing can make the hair look thicker and healthier, as dirty, greasy hair is heavy and flat and consequently any gaps are more easily visible.

Think about how you wash your hair. Use a frequent use shampoo and watch the temperature of the water.
If this is too hot, you risk drying out the scalp and exacerbating conditions such as dandruff.

Caffeine shampoos can stimulate growth directly at the root of the hair and can work is as little as two minutes.

2. Big it up

The shelves of hairdressers, supermarkets and chemists are full of speciality shampoos and other hair products that promise to thicken your hair and add body. Do they actually work? In the short term the answer is ‘yes’, thanks to special polymers to plump up the shaft of the hair and give it a fuller appearance. The effect is not permanent, however, and you need to use the products regularly.

There are also concealers available that give a thicker look instantly while maintaining a natural appearance. Made with natural fibres, they are applied to the hair and add instant body by bonding to each hair individually, disguising thinning areas even at close inspection.

Brands are getting smarter all the time and now come in a range of colours to allow you to find a close, natural match to your own colour.

3. Careful styling

Wet-look gels are long gone in the fashion stakes, which is good news for style-conscious men worried about thinning hair; however, waxes are still in vogue for many styles. Avoid these heavy styling products if you can, as they just weigh the hair down and make it look flat, with a similar effect to not having washed it as explained above.

Instead, try a volumising mousse designed to lift the hair at the root.

4. A lot of hot air

A gentle blow-dry is one of the best ways to add volume and disguise thinning; however, as with washing, watch the temperature. If the setting is too hot, the air will damage your hair and make it brittle and prone to splitting or breaking.

Depending on your style, allowing your hair to dry naturally might be the best option.

5. Gentle brushing

Leave your comb at home. Constant combing or brushing will undo any styling you have done; in fact, many products these days are designed to brush out. Try to avoid the temptation to check your hair throughout the day; however, if you must, use your fingers only and avoid constant ‘playing’.

6. Don’t rough it up

Be gentle after washing. Hair is up to three times weaker when wet, meaning that rough drying with a towel can be damaging.

7. A cut above

Don’t underestimate the power of a good cut. Although it can be tempting to grow your hair to give the appearance of having more, in reality a shorter cut is almost certainly going to be more flattering. Leave your parting where it always was, and avoid a ‘comb-over’ at all costs!

A classic cut will always look good, or an unstructured chop can work depending on your thinning. Having a definite style will make your hair look thicker and will focus attention on your face.

Discuss your style with your barber, who might be able to offer some clever cutting techniques to add texture and give the illusion of thickness.

8. Leave your hat on

There is no shortage of coverage in the media at the moment about the damage sun exposure can do to your skin. Burning your scalp is included in this for all the same reasons and more besides. It can make the hair brittle and can also change the follicles to a shedding phase from a growth one.

If you know you are going to be out in the sunshine for any length of time, take a cap or hat with you and don’t be afraid to wear it!

9. Diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can do so much for your general wellbeing. Your hair is no exception and recent research suggests that soya can produce a molecule during digestion that could slow the process of balding, with the molecule actually blocking the hormonal effect that triggers loss of hair.

Protein is important for healthy, strong hair, and an easy way to increase protein intake is through eggs, nuts, fish and beans. A range of vitamins and minerals will also help, so eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Following a balanced diet should show positives for your hair in thickness and texture in a matter of just a few weeks.

10. Lifestyle

A well-publicised fact is that smoking is bad for you and can be detrimental to various elements of your wellbeing. Specific to hair loss, smoking can contribute to hormonal changes. Smoking is also known to constrict the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the body and to the scalp. Without the right nutrients reaching your scalp, your hair won’t grow properly.

Many people have tried home remedies and although their success is not established, many swear by them. Depending upon your situation, it might be worth giving one or two a go.

For years people have been using oil to condition their hair. Castor oil and olive oil are the most popular, although you need to be very thorough when washing and rinsing to avoid the oil slick look!

Try several solutions until you find the right one for you, and be aware that the solution may change over time.