Dry Shampoo–Does it work?

batiste-dry-shampooRecently, I have been hearing more and more people talk about dry shampoo. I’m not sure how long it’s been around, but I was definitely intrigued. You’ve probably heard that you should only wash your hair 3-4 times a week – the shampoo and water can strip moisture from your hair and damage it. Or so “they” say. But, thanks to some fabulous genes from my dad’s side of the family, my hair gets pretty oily after one day. In the cooler, less humid fall and winter, I can get away with washing it every other day. To help cope with the oil, I use translucent powder and ‘powder’ the roots of my hair the morning of the second day. It helps, but by the end of the second day, my hair is usually pulled up in a ponytail. All this to set the stage for my excitement at the idea of dry shampoo!

I went to my local ULTA store, and found a couple different types. I went with Batiste Dry Shampoo. Its $7.99 for a 12oz aerosol can. Seemed a little pricey (shampoo is pretty cheap and the bottles are bigger!), but I had a 20% off coupon, so all was right in the world!

Day One –Tuesday Morning: To start the experiment, I washed my hair Monday evening. (Note – I always wash my hair the night before. I have pretty thick hair and it takes forever to dry, so I let it dry overnight). I am styling my hair as usual. I use a curling iron, but no hair products.

Day Two – Wednesday morning. Following the instructions on the back of the can, I spray the dry shampoo on my hair, focusing on the root. I part my hair in a few places, just to get it all throughout. The spray smells ok – I chose the ‘fresh’ scent. Not too feminine, not too perfume-y. I don’t notice any white powder, as I had read that I should expect. I work it through my hair with my fingers, then brush it out, as directed. From there, I style it as usual – curling iron and no product.

Day Two – Wednesday evening. At the end of the day, when I would usually have my hair pulled back due to oil build up, my hair actually feels good. Not freshly washed good, but not the stringy mess it should have been. At this point, I decide to throw in another variable – I went for a jog. We’ll see how the dry shampoo holds up to sweaty hair!

Day Three – Thursday morning. My hair is definitely looking a bit rough. It’s stringy, but once I spray it with the dry shampoo, it improves. It still styles with the curling iron. However, I grab a claw clip just in case.

Also, I choose this morning to look at the ingredients. Boy, was that a mistake! First three ingredients: PROPANE, BUTANE, ALCOHOL!! WTF?!? This is a hair product, not a Coleman camp stove!! Oh, and I see the warnings that say Highly Flammable! No shit! Now I’m terrified to light candles, stand next to a heater, stand too close to a smoker… Glad I waited til Day Three to figure this out. And that I do not have enough time to really wash my hair – I need to get to work!

Day Three – Thursday, 3:34pm. I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been running my fingers through my hair all day and it’s just kinda icking me out. That’s it. The hair is going up!!

hair pics

My Thoughts

All in all, I will absolutely use this again. Just not for three days! Day two worked out very well – it was better than the loose powder I used to put in my hair. It’s easy to use and effective. I would feel comfortable washing my hair every other day, and using the dry shampoo to refresh my hair the second day. I’d even go out the second evening without being terribly self conscious about my hair. Maybe not a big date, but a night out with friends!

One thing I will NOT do, however. Light candles.

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