Dry shampoo is a staple for many. All it takes is a few seconds to freshen up your hair when you don’t have time to (or, let’s be honest, don’t want to) wash it. The bad news is many options on store shelves aren’t kind to the planet.
Over the past couple of decades, the majority of dry shampoos have been sold in aerosol cans. Aerosol-based products can be harmful to the environment: They contain liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)—a mix of butane, propane, and isobutane—to propel the product out of the can into a mist. Past research has shown aerosol products may be adding to the air pollution problem.
Aside from the issues with LPG, the ingredients in typical store-bought dry shampoos also aren’t very clean or planet-friendly. Think parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Luckily, there are plenty of natural dry shampoo options available when you want a waterless way to freshen up your hair. Here are six to start with.
Note: No product is perfect. While these non-aerosol and natural dry shampoo options have more sustainable ingredients than others on the market, take the time to learn how to recycle them properly at the end of their life.
6 Non-Aerosol and Natural Dry Shampoos to Try
1. La Tierra Sagrada Dry Shampoo, $48
This dry shampoo is pricey, but it’s worth it. Instead of spraying it into your hair, you apply the powder formula using the natural brush that comes along with the product. The formula is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free and uses essential oils instead of an artificial fragrance.
2. Acure Dry Shampoo, $10
Acure’s dry shampoo powder is on the more affordable side of the non-aerosol dry shampoo market. This option uses rosemary and peppermint to refresh and reinvigorate. It’s also certified organic, made for all hair types, and is formulated without parabens, sulfates, petroleum, and formaldehyde.
3. Klorane Dry Shampoo, $20
Klorane carries a bunch of different dry shampoos, but its most accessible for all hair types has “organically harvested oat milk” as its prime ingredient.
This dry shampoo is formulated with loose powder that doesn’t leave a white chalky residue. It’s plant-based, vegan, and has a “fully recyclable and non-aerosol” bottle, making it a more planet-friendly alternative to what you’ll typically find on store shelves.
Briogeo, a Black- and woman-owned haircare brand, is known for using clean ingredients as well as being applicable to any hair type. It’s vegan, alcohol-free, silicone-free, and has aerosol-free packaging
Bumble and Bumble has a post-workout curated dry shampoo mist for all your sweaty activities, whether that’s after a workout or relaxing at the beach. It uses white bamboo extract to help absorb oil and is formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and other ingredients you don’t want in your hair.
If you’re looking for a fragrance-free dry shampoo or powder, Kristin Ess Hair is for you. This option is lightweight, color-safe, vegan, cruelty-free, and made for all hair types. It’s also formulated without all the unnecessary added ingredients—including parabens, phthalates, and sulfates—that are found in most aerosol dry shampoos.
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