Dry shampoo really is a lifesaver, but in its aerosol form, it can also contribute to environmental harm and even lead to health problems. That's why switching to a powder form of dry shampoo is the best alternative. Now why exactly is it harmful for yourself and the environment? Well we are here to break it down for you.
Aerosol dry shampoo works by using compressed, propellant (and highly flammable) gas like propane and butane to spray out the product. Every spray of an aerosol hair product is anywhere from 10-70% gas, the rest being your actual hair product. While every spray is small in mass compared to other activities that emit greenhouse gasses, these gasses do emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which contribute to degraded air quality long-term and may harm humans when inhaled. If accidentally inhaled directly, people may see respiratory problems, asthma attacks, nausea, and/or vomiting. That’s not exactly what you’re looking for in your dry shampoo, is it?
Beyond the harmful effects of VOCs and propellant gasses, aerosol dry shampoo can negatively affect your health in other ways. Many conventional dry shampoos also contain drying alcohols, which can be extremely drying to hair, particularly on the scalp. They can also contain silicones, which can lead to buildup or dryness. With continued use over time, or excessive use, these ingredients can wreak havoc on your scalp and hair, leading to irritation, dryness, and breakage. This buildup can also cause clogged pores, resulting in acne and breakouts on your scalp. There has also been a recall on several different aerosol dry shampoo products lately that have been found to have cancer causing ingredients. The risk of using an aerosol dry shampoo seems far too big of a risk than a reward.
Switch to a powder
Thankfully there are alternatives and you don’t have to give up dry shampoo all together.
We suggest using a natural powder dry shampoo! Not only does it eliminate the environmental harm factor, but it is also made with good-for-you ingredients that can actually strengthen your hair instead of drying it out, and you don’t have to worry about any cancer causing ingredients. We carry the perfect alternative here for you at Bhava. A blend of root and herb powders in two sweet scents for light or dark hair tones. It is made from a blend of arrowroot powder, kaolin clay and essential oils. Formulated to banish greasy, day 2 roots while keeping hair healthy and free of toxins. It is easy to use and travel friendly unlike aerosol cans! Shop here!