If you’re anything like me, you go to more parties in the month of December than any other month of the year. Some weeks in December I have parties three and four nights a week. I love it, but my hair doesn’t. By January, my thin, fine hair is usually trashed from over-washing and over-styling.
I think we’ve all heard it’s not a good idea to wash your hair every day. But if your hair is the least bit oily, it’s hard to look “party fresh” without a wash. After I got my hair extensions two years ago, my hairdresser recommended I use dry shampoo to save my hair from the stress of constant washing and styling. I’d never used dry shampoo, but once I did, I was hooked. If you’re hair starts to look a little greasy between washings, it’s a godsend. It’s also great to add volume to a style mid-day or after a work-out.
Dry shampoos utilize starches and even clays with oil absorbing qualities. Most are found in the form of an aerosol, but some are sprinkle on powders. I find aerosols the easiest to use.
To use an aerosol dry shampoo, simply section off portions of your hair and holding the can 6-8 inches away, aim short bursts of the shampoo at your roots. Let the spray dry at least two minutes and then brush through your hair. You’ll be amazed at the volume you’ll achieve. Your hair will smell fresh (most dry shampoos have a nice “freshly washed” fragrance to them) and there won’t be any sign of the greasies. Only you’ll know you didn’t actually “wash” your hair!
A few tips that I can offer as a regular user of dry shampoo:
- Less is always more. Your hair can start to feel tacky if you spray in too much. Also, if you have to go an additional day without wet shampooing, this leaves you room to use a little more the next day. I don’t recommend trying to use dry shampoo more than two times between wet washing.
- Be sure to hold the can at least six inches away from your head. You want the dry shampoo to disperse over a large portion of your hair, similar to when you’re using hair spray.
- If you do use dry shampoo for two consecutive days, you may need to wash your hair twice with regular wet shampoo to make sure all traces of the dry shampoo are removed.
- Make sure you use a reliable brand of dry shampoo. Some can leave a white/ashy look on your hair which is NOT attractive, especially on darker hair.
Here are my favorite brands of dry shampoo, plus a sprinkle on volumizer that love:
Pravana Fresh Volumizing Dry Shampoo – This is the brand my downtown Chicago salon, Genacelli’s, carries. It is a good basic dry shampoo. I especially like it’s scent and also the fact that it’s rather inexpensive compared to other high quality dry shampoos on the market. It runs around $14 for a 3.4 oz. can.
TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo – A friend of mine gave me a bottle of this to try, and I was impressed with it. It didn’t leave any residue and I loved the scent. Sephora and Ulta carry this brand, and it runs around $16 for a 5.2 oz. can.
Renee Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo with Absorbing Argilla – This was the first dry shampoo I ever used. I love this highly rated aerosol dry shampoo. The only thing is it’s very difficult to find and rather expensive. I get mine on Amazon. It runs around $19 for a 3.2 oz. can.
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder – This stuff is amazing. It’s weightless and odorless, and it’s the easiest way to get volume without the damage of backcombing or teasing. When I looked it up on-line, it had the most positive reviews of any product in its class. I know I love it. All you do is sprinkle a tiny bit at your roots and rub it throughout your hair. If you want to pump your hair up all over, not just at the roots, you can sprinkle a bit on your hands and run your hands through your hair. It has some of the oil absorbing qualities of a dry shampoo, but it’s really meant as a volumizer. It’s great for fine, thin hair. User tip – as with the dry shampoos, a little goes a LONG way. You can always add more. Also, to get volume at the roots you have to sprinkle this on your head, and it can take some practice, especially on the top of your head where you can’t tell how much product came out.
I hope these dry shampoo tips help you get through your holiday parties with your lovely locks safely in tact!
Do you use dry shampoo? What do you like about it and which brands have you tried? I’d love to hear from you!