Waterless Shampoo

Facts about Waterless Shampoo

Keeping hair clean means preventing scalp diseases but can also strip it of natural oils if washed too frequently with water; a fact that can be avoided by using waterless shampoo.  There are many occasions in which using a dry shampoo will prove to be both convenient and effective.

Facts about hair

Hair shafts grow from follicles in the skin.  Within each of the follicles is a small, oil producing gland call a sebaceous gland.  This gland supplies a fatty oil called sebum; a substance that is meant to lubricate the scalp and hair.  In the proper amounts, it provides the benefit of making the hair supple and shiny.  Every time hair is combed or brushed, oil is transported from the scalp down through the hair.  Over the course of a few days, the hair becomes saturated with this oil; along with airborne matter that is collected.  In other words, hair becomes dirty in both appearance and feel.  The natural way to combat dirty hair is to wash it, a task that is normally done with water and a liquid agent that basically contains a detergent, a foaming agent, stabilizers, perfumes and preservatives.  This concoction is called shampoo, and can provide an intricate balance of elements designed to create shininess, moisten hair, provide non-static properties and lubricate the scalp among other tasks. 

Washing hair every two or three days is sufficient for most people to retain clean, healthy hair.  There are situations, however, that may not permit the use of clean water and shampoo; the perfect opportunity to use dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo for people

Waterless shampoo comes in several forms; dry powder, spray, aerosol and foam.  The advantage of this shampoo is that it can be used without the aid of any water at all.  Years ago, women learned that sprinkling baby powder or baking soda onto the hair, massaging it through and then thoroughly brushing it out gave them fresher, cleaner looking hair between washings.  It proved to be time consuming, however, as the white powder needed to be fully removed from the hair in order to be visually appealing.  Specially formulated dry shampoos have since been developed that capitalized on the original idea of a waterless means of cleaning the hair without the inconvenience.        
These dry shampoos are not meant to totally replace regular washing of the hair, but rather to extend time between washing or to use in waterless situations.   Camping in the wilderness, traveling, or during a power outage basic hygiene such as washing the hair is necessary, and using dry shampoo can accomplish this easily. 

Dry shampoo for pets

Yet another application for dry shampoo is for pets.  Who hasn’t seen the results of trying to bathe a cat in water?  While cats have a built in grooming technique that usually works quite well, there are times when they encounter a sticky or particularly dirty substance where they could really use a bath.  Dry shampoo is the ideal solution to cleaning the cat’s fur without the painful repercussions of a water bath.  Dogs also can be resistant to the idea of a bath, but must be groomed to stay clean and fresh smelling.  Waterless shampoo in the form of powders or wipes can provide the cleaning without the trauma to both the pet and the owner.  No water and no rinsing is required, and no residue is left behind that could prove to be harmful to the animal.

Hair washing is a necessary task that can sometimes be made impossible or impractical with the lack of water.  Using a waterless shampoo can be a convenient and effective method of keeping hair clean in these situations.