6 best non-toxic dry shampoos for dark hair
Nowadays, dry shampoo can be a total game changer. A miracle product that’s capable of boosting your volume; texturising tired locks or breathing new life into second- (or third-) day hair.
It’s a lazy girl’s best friend, and a one way ticket to oil-free hair. So widely-prized that 2-3 bottles of the stuff are sold every second.
That doesn’t mean that you can just rush out, and grab any old dry shampoo though. See, some of the better products are absolutely a-ok for all hair types, but your average, run-of-mill dry shampoo can actually do more harm than good. Particularly if you’ve got sensitive skin; serious allergies or (heaven forbid) darker hair.
Once upon a time, dry shampoo used to be a blonde- only affair, and a lot of your average sprays are still formulated for lighter locks. They’ll mop up oil and add a bit of texture, but they also have a nasty habit of leaving icky, white residue on brown or black tresses, which is why we’d recommend sticking to translucent dry shampoos that are formulated for dark hair.
Keep an eye out for nasty chemicals too. Mainstream manufacturers tend to pile all sorts of preservatives; drying agents and other (toxic) nasties into their products. We’re talking about things like phenoxyethanol or Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, which is added to help keep aerosolized formulas nice and dry. A lot of these chemicals are known allergens, and even if don’t react to them immediately, it’s important to understand that dangerous toxins can build up on your scalp: Damaging sensitive skin and leading to long-term complications further down the line.
In an ideal world, you’d find something that was formulated for dark hair, and 100% non-toxic but that can be a real challenge. Especially if you’re new to the world of dry shampoos, and don’t know how to navigate the overwhelming variety of sprays and powders that you’ll find on today’s market.
To help you find a clean and we’ve compiled a list of our top 6, non-toxic dry shampoos for dark hair, including options from brands like Bambu Earth, No Nothing and Drop Dead Gorgeous.
1. Handmade Heroes’ Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo
An all-natural offering with some serious vegan credentials, Handmade Heroes’ Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo is a super-clean dry shampoo that’ll mop up excess grease without damaging your scalp.
Unlike a lot of drugstore products, it’s formulated with gently-cleansing ingredients like Kaolin clay; eucalyptus oil and charcoal powder, which helps to lift grease and grime away from your scalp. Best of all though, Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo literally melts into your hair; leaving no trace of residual powder. If you’re looking for an invisible dry shampoo with no hidden nasties, this one’s well worth a look!
2. Captain Blankenship Organic Mermaid Dry Shampoo
Designed to evoke “the subtle scent of warm, sandy beaches” this organic powder is a great shout for anyone that’s hunting for a no-nonsense dry-shampoo. It’s a little tricky to apply (mainly because it tends to clump up and pile out of its container like a miniature land-slide) but it’s incredibly cleansing, and it really does smell amazing too.
There are no hidden nasties tucked away in there either. In fact, the ingredients list is just six items long and includes some super-soothing (and eco-friendly) line items. We’re talking arrowroot powder, a handful of essential oils and aluminum-free baking soda, which should alleviate any lingering concerns about toxic build-up; skin cancers or allergic reactions.
3. No Nothing Very Sensitive Dry Shampoo
100% colorless; vegan and hypoallergenic, this dry shampoo is pretty much unbeatable. Its main active ingredient is organic rice starch; a natural cleanser that’s prized for its ability to soak up grease, dirt, and grime. Digging through the label, you’ll also find a couple of frizz-fighting ingredients and the standard aerosolizing ingredients, but no trace of anything that’d trigger sensitivities, or leave a pesky white residue on darker tresses.
As the name implies, No Nothing Very Sensitive Dry Shampoo is also 100% fragrance-free, which makes it a great choice for people that don’t want to smell like they’ve just rolled through a flower bed.
Oh, and the best bit? It’s a spray, which means that it’s super easy to apply and much less prone to clumping up in humid conditions. In our eyes? A must-have for anyone that’s keen to keep things simple and effective.
4. Bambu Earth Lavender Chamomile Dry Shampoo
Infused with some seriously luxurious fragrances, this non-toxic dry shampoo is tailor-made for dark hair. In fact, it comes out of the bottle looking like (very fine) cocoa powder, and we found that it did a fantastic job of rejuvenating tired hair.
Like all Bambu Earth products, it’s also packed with top-quality ingredients, which means that you don’t need to worry about the harmful build-up and/or allergies.
The only slight downside is the size of the bottle: For the price, you are getting a bit less for your money here but if premium ingredients and the soft scent of lavender/chamomile are enough to dispel any doubts about value, this one may be the dry shampoo for you!
5. Green and Gorgeous Organics Dry Shampoo
Like No Nothing Very Sensitive Dry Shampoo, this wonder product is designed to be 100% paraben, sulfate, and perfume-free. It also makes good use of a variety of cleansing agents; from brown rice powder to organic arrowroot and white clay, which means that it should do a fabulous job of reviving tired or greasy locks.
It comes out of the tub as a fine grey powder, but rest assured, it does melt straight into dark hair; lifting away grime without leaving any residue or film behind. It’s also wonderfully easy to use and apply, although you do have to be a bit careful when you’re pouring in out onto your hand. Green and Gorgeous have opted for a salt-shaker design for the packaging, which looks lovely, but we find that there’s always a risk that you’ll tip far too much out when you’re rushing to get ready for work and upend the tube straight into your palm…
6. Lulu Organics Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder
Last but not least, Lulu Organics Lavender and Clary Sage Hair Powder is another top choice. Particularly if you’re on the prowl for a gently-scented dry shampoo that’s been carefully formulated for use on all hair types. Pour some onto your hand and the first thing you’ll notice is a vaguely herby aroma, almost incense-like, but that faint perfume soon dissipates, and we think the results are 100% worth the faint whiff of aromatherapy supply shop/witches cottage.
In fact, this dry shampoo does a tremendous job of soaking up excess grime and re-texturing limp hair. It seems to last quite a while too, and the ingredients list is all-natural which means that you won’t have to worry about hidden nasties or unforeseen reactions. If you’re searching for something that’s super-effective, eco-friendly and 100% natural, this could be a perfect choice!
No matter your preference, one of these six, non-toxic dry shampoos should help to transform your hair routine and banish that unsightly, third-day hair so dive in, and start experimenting today.