National Dry Shampoo Day is celebrated on March 10 as a fitting tribute to a woman’s best friend and emergency savior, dry shampoo! In commercial use since the early 20th century, dry shampoo adds life to dead and sullen hair with a boost of aerosolized conditioning. Carrying a can of this amazing invention is a modern-day necessity if we want to avoid a greasy scalp from ruining our appearance and tanking our confidence. This fun holiday was conceptualized by Klorane, the iconic dry shampoo brand as an ode to working women all around the country.
History of National Dry Shampoo Day
Whether it’s a quick touch-up after a workout or an emergency rescue before that Thursday meeting with the boss — dry shampoo is a godsend for people who wish to look presentable at all times. The instant glossy locks delivered by a dry shampoo are the result of aerosolized rice starch particles, which quickly absorb excess oil and grease on your scalp and let your hair fly with the wind. It is believed that using dry products to clean the scalp hair precedes the ritual of natural cleansing with water. Renditions of dry shampoo have been in use since the 15th century when the Asians used dry clay to clean their hair.
The turn of the 18th century popularized the use of starches to clean the wigs of the courtesans. It wasn’t until the 1900s that the production and sale of dry shampoo accelerated around the world. While the American general stores were flooded with Minipoo, a dry shampoo brand founded by New Jersey Native Stephenie Brooke, the European market’s first introduction to dry shampoo happened much later. In 1972, Klorane, a French hair cosmetics company launched its first dry shampoo product and took the industry by storm. Marketed specifically to women who cannot wash their hair due to physical limitations, this product transcended its original genre and became a purposeful tool for women of all kinds.
Building on its brand as the ‘OG Dry Shampoo,’ Klorane declared March 10 as the official National Dry Shampoo Day in 2017. Every year, the company picks a theme to circle the observation around.
National Dry Shampoo Day timeline
Rice starch is developed to freshen up the wigs used by elites.
Barbers across the U.S. start using foam substances to clean hair.
The first dry shampoo is commercially produced and sold in New Jersey.
Dry shampoo brand Klorane dedicates March 10 as the official National Dry Shampoo Day.
National Dry Shampoo Day FAQs
Is it recommended to use dry shampoo every day?
As repeated use causes blocking in the follicles of your scalp, it is recommended to use the dry shampoo only once or twice a week.
Which dry shampoo formula is best for dark-colored hair?
An ultra-fine formula with soluble rice starch is the most suitable for dark-colored hair.
What is the ideal way to use dry shampoo?
Place the can at least six inches away from your head and spray directly at the roots to allow the starch to properly land on your scalp.
National Dry Shampoo Day Activities
Befriend the bottle
There is a lot of hesitancy and many myths around dry shampoo. In reality, it’s a reliable partner that uses aerosol technology to rid your hair of that midday greasiness. If you still haven’t given it a try, National Dry Shampoo Day is a great day to join the club.
Gift it to your peers
Everyone deserves the quick rescue of dry shampoo. On March 10, introduce the gift of an instant hair makeover to all the hard-working men and women of all your life.
Celebrate empowered women
Throw a soirée and invite all the admirable women in your life. Just as Klorane dedicates the day to the hard-working and busy modern-day women, you also get a chance to celebrate with the multitasking divas of your life.
5 Common Myths About Dry Shampoo
It’s an alternative to a hair wash
While it does get the job done, dry shampoo is only a placeholder and not a replacement for traditional hair washing.
It’s talcum powder
Dry shampoo is made with rice starch that absorbs excess oil on the scalp.
It causes dryness in the scalp
When used hand-in-hand with natural cleansing, dry shampoo does not dry out your hair.
Fragrance-free is better
There is virtually no difference between fragrant and non-fragrant, as both have the same common ingredients.
It can stunt hair growth
Dry shampoo has no impact on your roots, as it isn’t absorbed by the scalp.
Why We Love National Dry Shampoo Day
It’s quick and effective
Dry shampoo is a godsend for people who want to look good and feel confident at all times, regardless of their hair washing schedule. A quick spray of a dry shampoo tames the frizzy and greasy hair and gives it a brand-new look. Today, we celebrate an effective friend that’s just a spray away.
It works for everyone
Men deserve the luxury of luscious and fresh hair at a moment’s notice. Thankfully, dry shampoo for men is not a novel concept. There are plenty of brands that have low-impact formulas for thin and short hair, making this fun observation of National Dry Shampoo Day inclusive to everyone.
It’s a secret weapon
A dry shampoo cleanses, styles, and volumizes hair in mere seconds, saving critical time for a pre-planned blowout. In today’s fast-paced life, dry shampoo is the ammunition we need to save time and effort — while looking presentable and feeling fabulous.
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