The Dirt on Dry Shampoo

Are you ready to learn what actually goes into your typical dry shampoo? Because you’ll probably be just as shocked as we were. When you start reading the ingredient labels, it’s extremely hard to stop.

Since we’re just as awesome as our Mane Goals Volumizing Dry Shampoo, we’ve done the necessary research to save you time and highlighted the six common—and toxic—dry shampoo ingredients you should avoid.

It’s a personal choice, but why use potentially harmful products when you can opt for an all-natural and safe one? Read below to see if any of the infamous suspects are in your dry shampoo.

Ready for the “dirt on dry shampoo?!”

1: Talc
Lurking in conventional dry shampoos, talc is used in formulas because it has absorbing abilities, which makes perfect sense until you learn more about its dark side. Talc is a mineral made of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen and may also have asbestos fibers. It’s the asbestos fibers that are the scary part, which can pose major health risks.
2: Liquid Petroleum Gas, Butane, Propane & Isobutane
This toxic AEROSOL ingredient is what’s jetting your dry shampoo at top speed towards your roots. While there are pump spray bottles and loose powder dry shampoos, majority are in an aerosol container. (It’s already widely known that this odourless, colourless gas is harmful to our precious ozone layer). Additionally, aerosols can make the air around you difficult to breath in, can cause headaches just to name a few in the area you are spraying in. Save the earth and the people around you from unnecessary LPG exposure.
3: Phenoxyethanol
While this chemical can be found naturally in green tea (go, nature!) We’re talking about the synthetically manufactured version that’s known as a “natural ingredient.” We’re on team “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” so we’re not sure why anyone would opt for a lab ingredient Frankenstein versus the original goodness. Phenoxyethanol’s purpose is to help fight bacteria. The jury is still out on Phenoxyethanol’s long term effects. We’ll take a hard pass and stick with the green tea version.
4: Cetrimonium Chloride
If you’re looking to banish hair static, cetrimonium chloride is your conventional dry shampoo ingredient addition. This toxic dry shampoo ingredient has been classified by the AFG Library as toxic, irritating and allergenic, not to mention lethal if orally ingested. Another hard pass from us.
5: Alcohol
The purpose of dry shampoo is to draw moisture and oil away from the scalp, and this is where alcohol comes in. Alcohol can be extremely drying to our delicate strands and head, absorbing natural oils that are needed for a healthy scalp. Excessive use of dry shampoos that contain alcohol can lead to long-term hair and scalp damage, dandruff and blocked pores.
6: Siloxance, Silicones & Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane
Difficult to pronounce for a reason? They are used in a variety of conventional beauty products, and are commonly included for their ability to not break down during application and to help product dry faster. You’ll notice you need to shake your new dry shampoo slightly as it might settles after use, this is due to the non presence of any Silicones in our products.

Suffice to say we are a bit of dry shampoo addicts and we wanted to ensure there was a better option for our Mane Goals gals – all natural, quick refresher, and in need of an extra boost of volume, Mane Goals Volumizing Dry Shampoo does it all!

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