It’s no secret that as a Black woman, I’m all about my hair. Hell, I don’t know any Black woman who does not display a level of care about her hair. Whether our hair is chemically treated, relaxed, or natural, we have boat loads of conditioners, butters, and creams at our disposal to bring out the glory in our crowns.
Taking all of that into consideration, when I started working out regularly, I was worried about what I would do with my hair. I had just grown my hair our of a relaxer and wore it in a straight blow dried style. Since I’m picky about who works on my hair, I considered braids at the time, but I didn’t have time to vet a stylist who could braid without tearing my hair out with super tight braids.
With exercise, comes sweat. And with sweat, comes damp hair. And I sweat A LOT! So trying to come up with a idea to salvage my ‘do after a sweat sesh, the idea of a dry shampoo popped into my mind. Like anything, I googled information about Black women using dry shampoo and as it turned out, a lot of us use it.
Dry shampoos are a fantastic thing, but not all are created equally. The first dry shampoo I tried was the popular French brand Klorane. It was okay, but it left too much of a white cast on my hair. So in my search to find a dry shampoo I was happy with, I was surprised to find out that so many brands offer their version of a dry shampoo.
For starters, as I stated earlier, a dry shampoo is great to keep in your gym bag or in between salon visits. After a workout, dry shampoos can refresh your hair and soak up dampness from the sweat. Even if you don’t workout regularly, using a dry shampoo to revive your hairstyle and to give it some major volume is a plus in my book.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo is one of the few that uses a rice starch rather than an aluminum starch to get the job done. It provides a little volume to your hair and it’s colorless. That’s a huge bonus, especially if you have dark hair.
Shea Moisture Nourish & Silken Dry Shampoo
Infused with Rose Oil, the Shea Moisture Nourish & Silken Dry Shampoo add volume to your roots. Even though the product sprays out white, the white powder quickly disappears.
VERB Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair
This one is a favorite. The VERB Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair is great because you don’t have to worry about a white film on your hair because the powder spray for made for darker hair. I love it because not only does it cleanse the scalp, your hair looks hella thick once you spray it.
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
Expensive, but worth it. This one is another favorite of mines because it smells like heaven and it’s completely colorless. This dry shampoo has so many uses — it thickens, cleanses, holds your style without the stiffness of a regular holding hair spray, and protects your hair color, too.
Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing System Conditioning Dry Shampoo
The Carol’s Daughter version of a dry shampoo smells like a tropical vacation. It’s divine! I love this option because it’s especially formulated for darker hair and your hair has gorgeous movement once you use it. Spray your roots, comb or brush through your hair, and you’ve got beautiful bouncy hair!
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