When I first got my bangs cut several years ago, I immediately went to the drug store to buy some dry shampoo . I asked the sales associate at the beauty counter for her recommendation on the best brand. She gave me a couple of choices and 15 bucks later, I went home with a dry shampoo spray in hand. I'm actually embarrassed to admit I bought this stuff.
You might be wondering, what is dry shampoo? It's a powder you put in your hair to soak up the oil and prolong hair-washing or to give your hair a quick refresh. Sounds kinda gross, but if you're like me and don't want to wash your hair every day, it's a major time-saver.
The first time I tried the drug store dry shampoo I found the smell very strong. And you probably already know that I'm very anti-fragrance because anytime you see "fragrance" listed on the label means it can be full of hundreds of undisclosed chemicals.
For some unknown reason, when I was at the drug store, I didn't even look at the ingredients list. So while I was standing in my bathroom after spraying this stuff in my bangs, I looked at the ingredients and was absolutely horrified!!! Propane? Isobutane? Parabens? Fragrance? WTF!? And if you're wondering why I was so alarmed by those ingredients, you can read more about them over here.
I knew better. I guess the excitement of getting my new 'do distracted me from using my lady smarts and reading the ingredients list. I was in a bang fog!
There was no way I was going to be spraying isobutane among other toxic chemicals in my bangs every morning to get rid of the grease.
Since I kept the receipt, I returned it with no issues and got my 15 bucks back (thankfully!).
The problem with these ingredients:
It is rated a 7 on the Environmental Working Group's website. It is linked with organ toxicity and listed by the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List as "expected to be toxic or harmful."
This class of chemicals are known endocrine disrupters, human immune toxicants and animal studies show reproductive and developmental toxicity. They are rated a 7 on EWG.
Any time you see this listed, it can mean literally hundreds of chemical toxins. The problem is that we just don't know what chemicals are hiding in the fragrance because Health Canada does not require manufacturers to disclose this information. Fragrance is associated with allergies, immunotoxicity, irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) and organ system toxicity. It is listed as an 8 on EWG.
This chemical is linked with developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity and cancer, even though it's rated a 4 on EWG.
These are only a few of the problematic ingredients in conventional dry shampoos . As I've talked about on my blog before, manufacturers of these products can basically put anything in their products they want. The government does not have a watchdog keeping these companies from putting toxic and harmful ingredients in products you could be using every single day.
It is up to you, the consumer, to decide what toxins you want to expose yourself to. And let's not forget about our environment. These chemicals get into our rivers, lakes, oceans and soil that our food is grown in.
Now you know what you need to avoid – most conventional products – which you can do by making your own natural alternatives!
The ingredients you need are probably in your kitchen pantry right now. You can watch the video and find the full recipe is below. As you will notice in my video and recipe, I don't have a solution for redheads. But maybe ginger powder would work. Any suggestions for redheads, please post below!
This recipe is adapted from a the lovely Kathrin, the founder of For Love of Body.
Be sure to watch the video because I give you tips on how to use it! This dry shampoo will come in handy if you don't wash your hair every day. And I don't recommend you wash every day. Washing daily dries out your scalp which makes your hair dull and dry.
Have a joyous day!