We’ve all been there before. Your hair is dirty at the wrong time. You overslept. You are just too tired to shower. You have a date and had to work late. So what do you do? Look dirty? Put you hair in an ugly hat or ponytail?
Historically, people would use baby powder to absorb the hair’s oils. Hair’s natural oils are what makes hair look greasy, limp, stringy, and dirty. However, the powder sits on top of the scalp. You can try to scrunch it into the roots, and comb it into the hair to distribute it evenly. Best case scenario, powder ends up all over your shoulders, clothes, and floor. Worst case scenario, your hair has a white film on top of the roots. I have personally tried this method and wasn’t pleased. My hair is very dark brown to black color. So, baby powder might work better on lighter hair. I thought the powder absorbed the oil well, but there was no way to make it not look like you had baby powder in your hair. Also, every time you ran your fingers through your hair, you were left with a powder residue on your hands.
Someone heard the cries for help and created dry shampoo. It comes in an aersol spraycan like hairspray. It works best if you spray your roots, flip your head over and spray the underside of your roots, and then swiftly spray throughout the hair. A quick scrunch of the roots and brush through the hair, and you are finished! Dry shampoos are made in hair-specific colors. However, in my opinion they aren’t needed. Even if the dry shampoo spray base is a white color, it is less dense than baby powder and comes out in a thin spritz like hairspray that is easy to absorb. Even on my dark hair, I’ve never had an issue with dry shampoo spray showing on my roots.
So, the next question is what dry shampoo to buy? The most expensive are hair salon brands that can be purchased at beauty stores such as Sephora. These brands range in prices from $18 to $25 or $11 for trial sizes and include Oscar Blandi, Ojon, Frederic Fekkai, and T3 brands. In recent times, drug stores and chain retail stores have begun selling dry shampoos as well. I bought my first dry shampoo at Sephora. I thought it worked well. However, it had an issue of getting clogged and the recommended running it under warm water did not help. I didn’t like the idea of spending so much money on a can that got clogged half the time and cost four to five times more than my normal shampoo!. Thus, I love the cheaper, drugstore brands. Walmart sells PSSST: Instant Dry Shampoo for less than $5. Additionally, Tresemme recently launched a line of of dry shampoos. The aersol works great, and is only slightly more expenseive than PSSST. Tresemme also sells a foaming dry shampoo formulated specifically for curls and a refreshing mist bottle. Why has no one thought of this before?
So raise your glass and toss your hair to that extra hour of sleep, fabulous first date, or looking clean after a workout because you now have the secret to fast, easy, clean hair!