IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo–Quick Easy Refresh Between Washes

Hair washing and styling is very time-consuming. Who has time for it every day? I very rarely ever style my hair, but I used to wash it daily because my hair gets greasy after just one day. I later learned that daily hair washing really isn’t healthy because it strips natural oils that protect and moisturize the scalp. The consequence of too-frequent washing and stripping those oils is that the scalp produces even more oil to attempt to replace the oil that was washed away. Washing less frequently will help to regulate oil production so the scalp won’t over-produce oil.

To keep my hair and scalp as healthy as possible, I now only wash my hair every two to three days. Since I work from home and don’t need to leave the house most days, I don’t mind if my hair looks a bit oily between washes. I refuse to go out in public on days that my hair looks dirty, though. For a quick easy refresh between washes, I use dry shampoo.

I’ve been using dry shampoo for years now and there are some benefits other than stretching time between washes. It volumizes limp hair to make it look more bouncy and healthy. It also adds texture which is nice for styling. Dry shampoo is also very convenient and travel-friendly because no matter where you go, or if you have access to running water, you can still have clean hair!

I’m now on my third can of IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo is great for those of us with particularly oily hair. I like that IGK has two other dry shampoos that are made for lighter cleansing: IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo and IGK Direct Flight Multi-tasking Dry Shampoo.

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Product claims directly from IGKHair.com

This heavy-duty charcoal dry shampoo allows you to go even longer between washes, even after workouts. Detoxifying charcoal powder lifts dirt and build up while absorbing oil and sweat. Cooling, calming white tea powder calms scalp and strengthens hair follicles.

Other product details

  • Price: $27.00
  • Net weight: 6.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Provides UV protection
  • No artificial colors, mineral oil, petrolatum, parabens, or sulfates
  • Perfect for oily scalps and fine, medium to thick, and coarse texture hair
  • Safe for color-treated hair
  • Where to buy: IGKHair.com or Amazon.com
  • Ships from IGK website only to the contiguous United States (For international requests, please call IGK office during business hours Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm EST at 1-855-IGK-3322 to see if an order can be processed to your requested country)
  • Overall rating: 8.0/10
    • Ease of use: 10/10
    • Oil absorption: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Ease of removal: 8/10
    • Price: 5/10

Ease of use

This dry shampoo is in the typical format of a dry shampoo packaged in an aerosol can. This type of packaging and delivery system make it very easy and convenient to accurately spray the product exactly where it’s needed. 

First, you section hair and spray the dry shampoo from 6-12 inches away on dirty areas, making sure to use as little product as possible. It’s important to give the product at least 30 seconds for the cleansing powders to absorb oil. Then you can remove/distribute excess product by massaging it into the hair with your fingers and/or a brush. I always start with my fingers and then use a brush if there’s still some product visible. If you want to add volume to your hair, definitely use your fingers instead of a brush. I feel like using a brush takes the volume right back out of my hair. 

A common problem that I’ve had with dry shampoos in the past is that they leave a white or dull cast on the hair no matter how little product I use or how hard I try to work it into my hair. This IGK dry shampoo does go on white, but I find that it’s very easy to work it into my hair and once that’s done, I no longer see any residue on my hair. This is a big part of why I’ve purchased three cans of this dry shampoo! 🙂

Oil absorption

This dry shampoo does an insanely good job of absorbing excess oils. You really only need a minimal amount and it soaks up all that extra oil to take your hair from greasy to fresh in seconds. It makes sense that this dry shampoo is so effective at absorbing excess oil since this dry shampoo has the highest cleansing level of IGK’s three dry shampoo formulas.

To illustrate the effectiveness of this dry shampoo’s oil-absorbing ability, I took before and after photos. This is day three hair, so it was extremely greasy. I normally only skip one day between washings, so I needed even more oil-absorption than usual. It didn’t let me down! My hair looked fresh and clean after I worked the product in with my fingers. I think my hair looks slightly greasy in the “after” photo but it looked better in person. Tilting my head down like that made the hair section out, showing some oil that I missed with the dry shampoo.

Ingredients

I normally rate a product’s ingredients based on whether they are beneficial/”good,” neutral, or bad for the skin or hair. I had to look at this product’s ingredient list a bit differently because dry shampoo is not designed to directly benefit the hair; it’s simply made to extend the time between washings. I looked at these ingredients in terms of their contribution to the product’s effectiveness.

Butane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Zeolite, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrated Silica, Charcoal Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Carbonate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Cellulose, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-59, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Acetate, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

There are 24 ingredients in this dry shampoo and seven of those are oil- or sweat-absorbing agents. These ingredients are what make this product so effective at absorbing excess oil and sweat:

  • Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch
  • Zeolite
    • Also traps odors
  • Hydrated Silica
  • Charcoal Powder
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • Magnesium Carbonate

A bonus ingredient included in this formula is Green Tea Leaf Extract which provides antioxidants and UV protection. It is also anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial.

Most of the ingredients in this formula are what I call “neutral” because while they don’t provide a direct benefit, they are necessary for the product to be functional. For example, the butane and propane are propellants that are necessary since this dry shampoo is an aerosol spray. It is important not to inhale those gases so I try to spray dry shampoo on quickly in the bathroom and then walk out to let it disperse. Those ingredients are otherwise safe. Other neutral ingredients are thickening agents, pH adjusters, anti-static, solvents, etc.

There are a few bad ingredients that I wish had been omitted or replaced with alternative ingredients:

  • SD Alcohol 40-B (denatured alcohol)
    • Used as a solvent
    • Drying to the skin
    • May damage skin-barrier
  • Fragrance
    • Mystery proprietary blend of scented ingredients
    • May or may not be unsafe
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
    • Fragrance ingredient
    • Allergen potential (one of the “EU 26 fragrances” that must be labelled individually)

I am not very concerned about the effects of the alcohol on skin since dry shampoo is meant to be applied to the hair, not directly on the scalp. However, I do have to wonder if it has the same drying effect on hair. My hair has never looked dry where I’ve applied dry shampoo, but this could be a problem for people with already dry or brittle hair.

As for the fragrance ingredients, those have potential to be irritating for some people but I’m not overly concerned about them since they are the last two ingredients on the list (therefore the lowest concentration). This is also not a heavily scented product, which makes me think the amount of fragrance ingredients used is very low and therefore less likely to cause irritation.

Ease of removal

The down side of dry shampoos, including this one, is that they build up on the hair. The amount of buildup of course gets worse if dry shampoo is used more than once between washings. I usually only use it one time between washings to minimize buildup. The more buildup, the harder it is to wash your hair completely clean. 

On days that I’ve used a little more of this dry shampoo than I normally would, I do have difficulty removing it with my traditional shampoo. When I know I’ve got some extra buildup to remove, I use my trusty Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo which does an excellent job of removing any amount of product buildup.

Price

I’ve discussed the good qualities of this dry shampoo. Unfortunately, now I’ve got to tell you its biggest downfall. This dry shampoo is $27.00, which means it’s $4.29/ounce! This product is very effective, but I have a very hard time paying $27.00 for it. In fact, the last time I purchased it I got it 50% off. At that price, it is reasonable, but honestly I don’t know if any dry shampoo is truly worth $27.00. I’m more frugal than most people though, so many may disagree with my opinion on this. 


Dry shampoo is an amazing product to keep on hand to save time by extending washes. It also saves on water, shampoo, and conditioner! I appreciate all of those things because with my long thick hair, it takes some time just to wash which means a lot of water, shampoo, and conditioner as well. 

IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo is an excellent product for anyone that has very oily hair like I do. If you don’t mind the price, then I think you’d be very pleased with the performance of this product.

If you’re just starting to use dry shampoo and want to skip some washes, you’ll need to have a good shower cap to keep your hair dry in the shower. Kitsch makes some adorable ones like this one in floral print.

Have you tried this IGK dry shampoo, or any of their other products? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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2 thoughts on “IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo–Quick Easy Refresh Between Washes

  1. Thank you, Lauren! I actually don’t use a dry shampoo as my hair is short and I just do a quick shampoo in the shower every morning. However, I was interested in this review for another reason…to find out that the brand IGK is cruelty-free! Yay for that! I discovered their Mistress Hair Balm a few months ago and I have to say, it’s really good. It adds shine and makes your hair so soft. The price point is a bit much ($29) for me, but it sounds like IGK is worth every penny. Sometimes you just have to pay the price to get something that really works! Again, your reviews help me so much in knowing what I want to invest my money in, and I will say that it sounds like this brand is worth it. Thanks again for all you do for us! xoxo

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