Dry shampoos have hit the marketplace hard over the last few years. In reality, they have been around since the 1970’s, but for some reason disappeared from the mainstream for several decades. Thank goodness they are back – they can save time, and keep the health of your hair intact by reducing the amount of heat styling and over-processing. Most use a starch or silicone base, resulting in increased volume and bounce. Hair becomes oily and greasy after the natural oils from the scalp transfer onto the hair shaft. Dry shampoos, when applied properly, soak up the oil on the hair, buying us a couple of days (or more, in some cases), without an old-school shampoo.
Things to keep in mind when using dry shampoo:
- NEVER use on wet hair. The results are odd and disastrous – take my word for it!
- AIM. Try not to spray it onto the scalp. Spray onto the hair shaft from about 4 inches away.
- WAIT for the product to dry before brushing it out, or it won’t absorb and take effect.
- DON’T overuse. Some professional stylists feel that consistent overuse can cause the scalp to dry out, clog the follicles, and flake. Another reason to practice your aim and use only on the hair, NOT on the roots.
Here are a few winning dry shampoos to try, at various price points.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is the creme de la creme of dry shampoos. The king of the hill. The best, better than all of the rest. You get the picture. At $44 a can, it’s a habit I had to break, before it broke my bank. Not only does it work to mask the oilies, but it adds a piece-y texture that makes even clean hair better, and has a subtle, incredible fragrance.
Amica Perk Up Dry Shampoo moisturizes hair…while drying it out. Sounds like an oxymoron, maybe, but the finish of this product is not chalky or heavy, as some dry shampoos can be. Amika also contains some antioxidants in its ingredient list, and is safer for color-treated hair. Amika also has a Dry Conditioner that works to detangle and soften hair. Each product will run you $24.
Batiste Original Clean Dry Shampoo. The best of the lower end dry shampoos, and the best $6 you could hope to spend on your tresses. This is a great “everyday” dry shampoo, one you can use with abandon without worrying about the cost. It’s available in different scents, and also comes in a 1.6 ounce, TSA approved travel size.
Psssst…did you hear? Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo also gives a great bang for your buck. Or seven bucks, in reality. This is a no-frills product, and it does just what it says.
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