The Ultimate Guide to Using Dry Shampoo and Maintaining a Healthy Scalp

Dry shampoo has become a game-changer in the world of hair care, offering a quick and convenient solution for refreshing your locks between washes. It's a versatile product that can absorb excess oil, add volume, and extend the life of your hairstyle. However, like any beauty product, there is a right and wrong way to use dry shampoo. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the best practices for using dry shampoo effectively while ensuring the health of your scalp. So, let's dive in and discover how to make the most of this hair-saving product.

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What is Dry Shampoo?

This image is used in the Ippodaro Natural Salon blog post titled, “The Ultimate Guide to Using Dry Shampoo and Maintaining a Healthy Scalp”. This image showcases a before and after of a light blonde girl with originally oily roots (as the before) and then what appears to be be clean and refreshed roots (as the after). This girl was using the VERB Dry Shampoo Light!. 

Dry shampoo is a type of waterless cleanser that helps eliminate dirt, grease, and excess oil from your hair without the need for a full wash and style. It comes in various forms, including aerosol sprays, powders, and foams. The primary ingredient in dry shampoo is often starch, which absorbs the oil and leaves your hair looking and feeling fresher.

Just for your information, the ingredients are listed in descending order of most concentrated to least concentrated.

Here at Ippodaro Natural Salon, we carry dry shampoos from four different brands. Below you will find the ingredient list for each brand’s options.

Disclaimer: Ingredients listed may vary slightly from products received. Before use, refer to packaging for most up-to-date ingredient information and any warnings or instructions.

VERB Dry Shampoo (one designed for light hair and one designed for dark hair). 

    • Pomegranate Extract: Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
    • Bilberry Extract: High in vitamin C.
    • Rice Starch: A natural absorbent that draws out excess oil. Additionally rice starch is dermatologically and nickel tested!


Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Butane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Disiloxane, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Zeolite, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Diisopropyl Adipate, PVP, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Methoxycinnamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, EDTA, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Violet 2 (CI 60725), Red 33 (CI 17200), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool.


Moroccanoil (one designed for light hair and one designed for dark hair). 

    • Argan Oil: Hydrate and nurutre the hair with tocopherols (Vitamin E), essential fatty acids, and antioxidants.
    • Rice Starch: A natural absorbent that draws out excess oil. Additionally rice starch is dermatologically and nickel tested!


Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Butane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Disiloxane, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, PVP, Aqua/Water/Eau, Parfum/Fragrance, Magnesium Stearate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Methoxycinnamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, CI 60725 (Violet 2), CI 17200 (Red 33).


Disclaimer: Ingredients listed may vary slightly from products received. Before use, refer to packaging for most up-to-date in ingredient information and any warnings or instructions.


Oway Plant & Mineral Refresh

This powder dry shampoo will refresh your look (lengthening the time between washes) without the need for water by absorbing excess sebum which leaves hair light, voluminous and delicately scented. Additionally, it prevents damage resulting from excessive and aggressive cleansing while limiting the need for hot tools. 

Due to the ingredients listed below, this powder dry shampoo is Ideal for all types of hair.

    • Rice Starch: A natural absorbent that draws out excess oil by absorbing sebum.
    • Tapioca Starch ND : is another form of starch, and is a gluten-free option. (Yes, even if you have a gluten intolerance, putting it on your skin, as you wash your hair out, may go into a cut, eyes, or mouth and therefore it can cause irritation after multiple uses).
    • Citrus Aurantifolia provide antiseptic goodness for your scalp
    • Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil: will help you solve skin issues and forge ahead with a new glow, but do your body another favor and stick with products free of harmful toxins to keep skin healthy and free from irritants.


Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch ND, Tapioca Starch ND, Zeolite ND, Pumice ND, Kaolin FT, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil EO, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil EO, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil EO, Juniperus Virginiana Wood Oil EO, Laurus Nobilis Leaf Oil EO, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil EO, Citrus Sinensis Peel Oil Expressed O/EO, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract BD, Citral ND, Citronellol ND, Geraniol ND, Limonene ND, Linalool ND


Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

    • Rice Starch: they ditched the standard aluminum starch for natural rice starch to absorb oil and restore hair's oomph.
    • Sea Buckthorn: one of the most potent natural ingredients on the planet, it is one of the few known plant sources of the fatty-acid omega 7. the superfruit is loaded with 15 times more vitamin c than an orange and 3 times more vitamin a than a carrot, making it the ultimate holy grail ingredient for healthier hair and scalp. even better, our sea buckthorn is sustainably sourced from tibet!
    • This product does not contain any direct gluten contributing ingredients. if you have allergies or sensitivities, please consult your doctor


Butane, Propane, Alcohol Denat. (sd alcohol 40-b), Oryza Sativa (rice/riz) Starch, Fragrance/Parfum, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Diisopropyl Adipate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (sea buckthorn/argousier) fruit/seed oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene

How Does Dry Shampoo Work?

Dry shampoo works by using alcohol or starch to soak up excess oil and grease in your hair, giving it a cleaner and fresher appearance. When applied correctly, it can absorb the oil at the roots and add volume to your hair, making it look revitalized. However, it's crucial to note that dry shampoo does not actually clean your hair. It merely masks the appearance of oil and dirt, making it a temporary solution between washes.

The Benefits of Using Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo offers several benefits that make it a must-have in your hair care routine. Here are some of the key advantages of using dry shampoo:

  • Absorbs Scalp and Hair Oil: Dry shampoo is excellent for absorbing excess oil from your scalp, making it a lifesaver on those days when you don't have time for a full wash.
  • Adds Volume: If your hair tends to fall flat or lacks volume, dry shampoo can give it a much-needed boost. By absorbing oil and adding texture, it creates the appearance of fuller hair.
  • Refreshes and Revives: Dry shampoo can revive your hair, making it look fresh and clean even after a few days without washing. It's perfect for those busy mornings or when you're on the go.
  • Extends Hairstyles: Whether you've just had a professional blowout or styled your hair for a special occasion, dry shampoo can help extend the life of your hairstyle. It keeps your hair looking fresh for longer, saving you time and effort.

How to Choose the Right Dry Shampoo for Your Hair

With a wide range of dry shampoo options available, it's essential to choose the right one for your hair type and needs. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a dry shampoo:

  • Hair Texture: Different types of dry shampoo work better for specific hair textures. If you have fine hair, a spray or aerosol version may be more suitable as it dries faster and adds volume. On the other hand, those with thicker or oily hair may benefit from a powder or foam formulation, which can absorb more oil.
  • Hair Color: If you have dark hair, opt for a tinted dry shampoo to avoid any white residue. Many brands offer specific options for different hair colors, ensuring a seamless and natural look.
  • Ingredients: Pay attention to the ingredients in your dry shampoo, especially if you have a sensitive scalp. Fragrances, butane, and propane can potentially irritate the scalp, so choose a product with gentle ingredients or opt for natural and organic options.
  • Specific Concerns: Consider any specific concerns you have with your hair, such as the need for extra moisture, volume, or texturizing effects. Some dry shampoos are formulated to address specific issues, so look for one that caters to your hair's specific needs.

How to Use Dry Shampoo Properly

This is a supporting image for the Ippodaro Natural Salon blog post titled,, “The Ultimate Guide to Using Dry Shampoo and Maintaining a Healthy Scalp”. This image showcases a woman with brown, highlighted hair, standing in front of a white wall, sprinkling some of the Oway Plant & Mineral Refresh onto her roots.Using dry shampoo correctly is crucial to achieve the best results while maintaining a healthy scalp. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use dry shampoo properly:

  • Section Your Hair: Divide your hair into sections using clips or hair ties. This step will help you apply the dry shampoo evenly and target the areas where it's needed the most.
  • Shake the Bottle: Before using dry shampoo, shake the bottle well to ensure the product is thoroughly mixed.
  • Spray or Apply: Hold the dry shampoo bottle about 6 inches away from your scalp and spray it directly onto the roots. If you're using a powder or foam, follow the product's instructions for application.
  • Massage and Wait: Gently massage the dry shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips. This helps distribute the product and ensures it reaches all the oily areas. Allow the dry shampoo to sit for a few minutes to absorb the oil.
  • Brush or Comb: After the dry shampoo has had time to work its magic, brush or comb your hair to remove any excess product and distribute it evenly. Be thorough but gentle to avoid causing any damage to your hair.
  • Style as Desired: Once you've brushed out the dry shampoo, style your hair as usual. You'll notice that it looks fresher, has more volume, and feels revitalized.

How Often Should You Use Dry Shampoo?

While dry shampoo offers many benefits, it's essential not to rely on it as a long-term substitute for regular shampooing. Overusing dry shampoo and going too long without washing your hair can have negative effects on your scalp and hair health. Here are some guidelines for how often to use dry shampoo:

  • Oilier Scalp: If you have an oily scalp, you may need to use dry shampoo more frequently. However, it's generally recommended not to use it for more than two days in a row to prevent buildup and potential scalp issues.
  • Drier or Sensitive Scalp: If you have a drier or more sensitive scalp, it's best to use dry shampoo sparingly. Aim for using it once or twice a week to avoid any irritation or dryness.
  • General Rule of Thumb: As a general rule, it's advisable to limit dry shampoo usage to no more than two or three times a week. This allows your scalp to breathe and your hair to benefit from regular shampooing and conditioning.
    • Note that, if you are a dry shampoo user, we highly recommend using the Malibu Un-Do-Goo at least once a week to keep the scalp healthy while allowing the follicles to breath (which helps promote a healthy scalp and hair).

Remember that dry shampoo is a temporary solution and should never replace a proper hair care routine. Regular washing and conditioning of your hair are essential to maintain a healthy scalp and promote overall hair health.

Potential Risks and Precautions

While dry shampoo is generally safe to use, there are some risks and precautions to keep in mind:

  • Product Buildup: Using excessive amounts of dry shampoo or using it too frequently can lead to product buildup on your scalp and hair. This buildup can clog the hair follicles, leading to scalp issues such as inflammation, acne, or dandruff. To prevent this, ensure you thoroughly wash your hair and scalp regularly to remove any residue.
  • Scalp Irritation: Some dry shampoos contain ingredients that may cause irritation or allergic reactions, especially for those with sensitive skin or scalp conditions. If you experience any redness, itching, or discomfort after using a dry shampoo, discontinue use and consult a dermatologist.
  • Hair Damage: Overusing dry shampoo, especially those containing alcohol, can dry out your hair, making it more prone to breakage and damage. It's crucial to strike a balance and not rely solely on dry shampoo for extended periods.
  • Avoid Scalp Application: When applying dry shampoo, focus on the roots and oily areas of your scalp. Avoid applying it to the lengths and ends of your hair, as this can lead to product buildup and unnecessary dryness.

By using dry shampoo in moderation, choosing the right product for your hair type, and maintaining a regular hair care routine, you can enjoy the benefits of this convenient product without compromising your scalp and hair health.

The Importance of Regular Shampooing

This is a supporting image for the Ippodaro Natural Salon blog post titled,, “The Ultimate Guide to Using Dry Shampoo and Maintaining a Healthy Scalp”. This image showcases a woman, with her back towards the camera, standing in a shower, and sudzing up her brown hair with shampoo. 

While dry shampoo offers a quick fix for oily hair, it's essential to remember that regular shampooing is necessary for maintaining a healthy scalp and hair. Wet shampooing helps remove dirt, bacteria, yeast, and product buildup from your scalp, ensuring optimal scalp health. It also allows for conditioning and nourishing your hair, promoting its overall health and vitality.

Dry shampoo should be seen as a temporary solution or supplement to your regular shampooing routine, especially on those days when you need a quick refresh or are unable to wash your hair. It's a handy tool to have in your beauty arsenal, but it should not replace a proper cleansing and conditioning routine.


Dry shampoo is undoubtedly a lifesaver when it comes to refreshing your hair between washes. It absorbs excess oil, adds volume, and extends the life of your hairstyle. However, it's essential to use dry shampoo properly and in moderation to avoid any potential risks or negative effects on your scalp and hair. Remember to choose the right dry shampoo for your hair type, apply it correctly to the roots, and not rely on it as a long-term substitute for regular shampooing. By incorporating dry shampoo into your hair care routine responsibly, you can enjoy its benefits while maintaining a healthy scalp and luscious locks.

So, next time you're in a rush or need a quick pick-me-up for your hair, reach for that trusty bottle of dry shampoo. Just remember to use it wisely and give your hair the TLC it deserves.

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