If you’re a busy woman looking for a few extra minutes in your morning, you’re in the right spot. Today’s post is all about exploring the wonders of dry shampoo. I’m not intending to get into the real nitty gritty of advanced dry shampoo techniques. Instead, I want to share with you the results of a little experimentation and exploration I did to get my feet wet (and my hair dry, I suppose) in the world of infrequent hair washing. I’ve tried ALL the dry shampoos. Everything from drugstore brands to professional lines, and pricing ranging from $3 all the way up to $40.
What is it and how does it work?
Dry shampoo comes in a powder or a spray. In both cases, the product (whether poured or sprayed) latches on and sucks up the oils in the hair. It’s really a more sophisticated version of the baby powder trick we all tried in college.
With the bottle about eight inches from your head, shake the can and spray into the areas of your hair that tend to become the most oily. Massage the dry shampoo into your hair, let it sit for a few minutes, and brush it out. Wallah!
It works best when used at night just before you go to bed. Some brands leave a bit of a white powdery residue. Higher end brands tend to do this less. No matter which brands you use, the white residue can be brushed out. Better yet, when used at night, the powder has all night to absorb oils and any white residue is long gone by the time you lift your heavy head from the pillow.
Why do I want it?
Especially for those who spend a significant portion of their morning drying and styling their hair, this allows extended time between washes. Unlike regular shampoo which strips oils from the scalp and roots of your hair, dry shampoo simply absorbs the oil at the roots of hair and leaves the scalp to go about its merry day in thirst-quenched peace. Thus, hair neither looks nor smells oily without being washed.
Do I need a shower cap?
As you use dry shampoo, the duration of time over which you can extend your washes will lengthen. After the first time you use dry shampoo, you might notice it’s back to looking nice and clean for half a day. A couple of weeks into using dry shampoo regularly, you’ll likely notice you can go a whole day or two longer between hair washes without needing any oil-absorbing products or washes. Your hair begins to thank you for not drying it out so often with frequent washing sessions.
Presuming you’re taking showers between shampoos, it’s helpful to keep your hair dry while in the shower (hence, dry shampoo). You could use a shower cap or simply toss your hair up in a towel while showering.
Does it leave a residue, discoloration or change in texture?
Maybe, somewhat, and yes. It could leave a residue if you didn’t brush it out properly. That residue would fade over time as the powder absorbs into the oils in your hair.
Hair sometimes becomes a bit more dull, though I don’t find it to be a drastic change.
The spray version (though not the powder version) will add a bit of texture and volume to hair. For many, this is great. I’m in that camp. It almost feels like a really light hairspray without too much hold. I’ve found the added texture to be a welcome addition to my hair that can become a bit flat a day or two after washing.
My recommendation: THE CHAMP™ CONDITIONING DRY SHAMPOO
This is by far the best Dry Shampoo I’ve used. With other brands, my hair felt even more oily and dirty and I never got the volume I needed. It was always still very obvious I had second day hair. Then came The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo! Life changing!! I have never been the person that has been able to go many days without washing, especially because I do OrangeTheory most mornings. This has been a total gamechanger!
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Shake well before use and spray evenly 10 – 12 inches away from the hair, focusing on the roots.
Let dry for 1-2 minutes; then finger comb or brush thoroughly.
For extra volume use a blow dryer at the roots.
AT A GLANCE
Eradicates greasy roots for beautiful 2nd (or 3rd) day hair
Perfect for gym-devotees or those with limited time
Tip: use a blow dryer at the roots after combing through for bounce & body
ORGANIC SUGAR CANE ALCOHOL Assists in quick-drying and helps provide shine without over drying.
REJUVENIQE™ MONAT’s proprietary blend of 13+ Natural Plant and Essential Oils rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients highly compatible with the skin and hair.
AGRANA RICE STARCH Creates less whitening and better overall coverage for the hair.
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