I used to choose my workouts based on how it may effect my hairstyle. Will I sweat a lot, or barely at all… ? These are the questions I constantly battled in my head everyday. How much time do I have to shower, do my hair and makeup after I workout before I have to go to work, or cook dinner, or go out and meet my girlfriends? Us girls, are constantly looking for a miracle when it comes to styling hair post sweaty workout. Recently, there has been an influx of post-workout dry shampoos that promise all kinds of benefits. I know, because I’ve tried them ALL. We know dry shampoos are great for covering up oils, but I how good they are at absorbing sweat and detoxifying scalp post-workout? I can tell you from experience — not very good. I’ve suffered lots and lots of breakage as a result. Sweat-laden hair is where real damage can occur (clogged follicles, itchy scalp, dryness) and often shampooing it too much can be just as damaging.
For at least 3 years using the wrong dry shampoos on my hair post-workout. It’s a personal preference to heat-style my hair and not to wear protective styles, like braids. My hair has certainly been paying the price for my choices throughout life. The biggest struggle has always been what to use to protect my hair from heat when I’ve got all that build-up from sweat and the environment. Since I wear my hair heat-styled, I look for products AND ingredients that detoxify and refresh my scalp and hair, BUT do not have alcohol, are not in an aerosol spray can, and are not powder-based. Past experience with these types of ingredients has resulted in stickiness, dryness, product build-up on hair strands and styling tools, and a lot of hair breakage. The reason being, when you apply a heat source after the application of dry shampoos with those ingredients, you are baking these ingredients into your hair strands at such a vulnerable stage. Also, there are certain ingredients that can cause scalp irritation that causes hair loss.
What I needed was a product that was meant to refresh and detoxify my scalp, not cover up the oiliness and give me volume. RD Alchemy’s Dry Shampoo, which should really be called a Scalp and Hair Refreshing spray in my opinion, checks all those boxes. This dry shampoo has a clean scent that smells of ginger, lemongrass, and other yummy smells. It’s made of all kinds of natural herbs and essential oils. After a workout, I apply this dry shampoo prior to heat-styling my hair. First, I massage it into my scalp, then I comb it through from my roots to the ends. I then use a blow dryer on the low or medium, sometimes cool, setting to dry my roots and my scalp. As I’m blow-drying, I sometimes finger-comb or I’ll use a Denman paddle brush. The result afterward is always refreshed roots, that do not feel sticky, have any product build-up, or feel brittle. And my hair just smells clean, not perfume-y. I’m no scientist, therefore professionally, I can’t speak to why the ingredients perform in the way they do, but they are 100% natural and organic, and all have certain benefits that truly do result in the most refreshed scalp and strands you’re going to get after a workout and in between shampoos.
Most lines of dry shampoos promote covering up oils and giving your hair volume. That’s great if that’s your goal. But, I’ve never liked the idea of sweat remaining in my hair anyway – it just feels dirty all the time. I’m not a scientist, therefore professionally, I can’t speak to why the ingredients perform in the way they do, but they are 100% natural and organic, and all have certain benefits that truly do result in the most refreshed scalp and strands you’re going to get after a workout and in between shampoos. The ingredients soothe the scalp and protect the natural moisture balance, gently dissolving excess oil, sweat, and product residue, clearing the path for new growth. Using this RD Alchemy dry shampoo has made a great difference in my hair health. I work out five to seven days a week, wash my hair about once a week, and I use this nearly every day. The one downside is it’s such a small bottle and only lasts me about a month, but in my opinion, at $24 it’s worth it. You only get one mane to work with, and there’s no budget when it comes to which hair products I use.