My first encounter with dry shampoo was when I was in school for Cosmetology and I would have my faithful perm set client come in for her bi-weekly appointment. Before I could get to rolling those little soft white hairs, I would have to rinse out 14 days of dry shampoo that had set in! I didn’t mind because she always had a story to tell and tipped me in cans of pop or slices of pie! Although my visits with her were always a pleasure, my thoughts about dry shampoo were not so positive.
Fast forward a few years and dry shampoo is the new thing? Obviously I had to try it, and before I knew it I was in love. Let me throw this out there, I have long, thick, dark, coarse hair. I know, I know.. but trust me the grass is always greener on the other side. I used to spend an hour to an hour and a half, washing, blow drying and hot ironing my hair…every, other, day. I envied the girls with thin, straight hair with their lunch room talk about how they were showered, primped, dolled up and hair set in 20 mins… But now… after dry shampoo, my daily shower takes 5 minutes (ok maybe like 15 minutes) and I only wash my hair about 2 times a week. (Gross right? no, just you wait.)
Your hair actually produces natural oils that keep it healthy. By washing your hair everyday you strip your hair of those essential oils and try to replace them with other products to bring that healthy hair shine and glow. I may have read that some where in a magazine but I’m going to stick with it, because I refuse to go back to that everyday hair wash life.
The trick to dry shampoo is trial and error. I have darker hair so it tends to be tougher to find a product that doesn’t leave a white residue behind. I have been through about 9 different dry shampoos and currently I am obsessed with Dove’s volume collection. I have a ton of hair, heavy hair, but when I don’t wash it every day it tends to fall flat. I use the volume collection so that I can give my hair some body again. In addition this product smells great. It doesn’t smell over powering and the aerosol can sprays well.
So here’s the trick. Brush you hair with your regular brush. Split your hair into two sections, top and bottom. Spray the bottom section closest to the root. Let it sit for five minutes then run your fingers through the roots. Then let down the top section. Spray your roots a little further away. Too close and you risk that white residue look. Let your hair sit for about 5 mins, run your fingers through the roots and then brush your hair lightly with a bristle brush. Voila! Repeat on day 2, 3 and 4.
Personally, I have tried this product on a few friends and it seems to stand the test of all different hair types. For a drug store product under $7, you can’t really beat it. I just purchased Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo and I will be updating you all on what I find! If you’re new to the dry shampoo game though I would definitely try the Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo. Let me know if you have a dry shampoo that you can’t live without!