The Best Dry Shampoo
Our Dry Shampoo Guide
When you’re purchasing dry shampoo for a senior, you’ll want to research ingredients carefully. Here are a few key factors to consider.
Aerosol Propellants and Other Ingredients
Most dry shampoos use propellants like butane and propane, which allow for easier application. You can avoid these chemicals by choosing a non-aerosol formula, but propellants aren’t the only potential irritants. Some contain talc, silica, and other minerals with rough edges that can cause redness, itchiness, and other symptoms.
If your senior has skin sensitivities, look for simple formulas with limited ingredients. Consider non-aerosol formulas; they’re not quite as easy to apply, but they’re just as effective.
Most dry shampoos have fragrances, which can cause irritation to some users. A strong fragrance can also make a dry shampoo less desirable for regular use, so consider your senior’s preferences when ordering. When in doubt, look for unscented formulas or choose light floral scents that won’t be too obtrusive.
Dry shampoos are available in a variety of tints for different types of hair. Some tints can complement dyed or natural hair color, but the real reason to choose an appropriate tint is to minimize the appearance of residue. Dry shampoos start as a fine powder, and while the powder mostly dissipates during application, some residue may be visible after repeat applications; matching the tint to your senior’s hair color will limit this effect.
Once you’ve chosen a product, read the instructions carefully. Most dry shampoos won’t cause excessive irritation with short-term use, but if your senior has any allergies or sensitivities, start out with small quantities. Gradually increase the application as necessary over several days. A dry shampoo also pairs well with a no-rinse body wash to help keep your loved one or client clean and fresh head to toe.
As we noted earlier, dry shampoos can’t completely replace their liquid counterparts, but they’re an excellent tool for extending the time between full cleansings. They help seniors look their best while minimizing discomfort from regular wet washing—and as every caregiver knows, comfort-enhancing hygiene products are well worth the investment. When it does come time for an actual wash, check out our review of the best shampoo basins to make the process as simple and comfortable as possible.