I am always trying to find a way to spend less time getting ready in the morning. If I can sleep another 15 minutes, have a second cup of coffee or have a leisurely drive to the office each day versus wash my hair, I’m going to do it. The problem is, I have this need to always have decent looking hair. No, it actually has to be good looking hair.
Really good hair. It has to be On Point.
Enter dry shampoo. Several years ago, a stylist used a rice powder formula on me that was amazing. Unfortunately, I didn’t ask her what brand it was. Honestly, I’d never used a dry shampoo before nor understood it’s miraculous power until the NEXT day. I woke up with some INCREDIBLY non oily hair that had crazy volume and was easily styled. I was determined to find a close match!
What I tried:
1) Baby Powder
Seriously! This was my very first dry shampoo. If you want to call it that?! As a brunette, it created that ashy look that wasn’t too attractive. Eventually, I read that baby powder blocks your hair follicles and can cause different issues with your scalp, so I nixed that. Not perfect for hair, but still perfect for keeping baby dry.
Pros: Inexpensive ($6-$8, depending on where you go), portable, smells good.
Cons: Could really only save me 1 day of shampooing, I needed to rewash on the morning of Day 3.
Overall, I would suggest grabbing one of these to keep in your purse or gym bag for a quick touch up. It’s nice for travel and there are several great scents available. This is the front runner for budget friendly!
You can find it here.
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to find at most major retailers, smells good.
Cons: Didn’t get me through the day. My hair felt greasy mid afternoon. However, my stylist loves this one and swears by it. It may have a lot to do with hair texture and thickness. It generally gets 4 out of 5 star reviews on various beauty sites.
Overall, it doesn’t hurt to try it. This might be your favorite! If it is, tell me!
4) Oscar Blandi Pronto (powder form)
This was my go-to for a long time. Relatively inexpensive ($22) and lasted about 6 weeks. I found that if I would use it at night the day I did shampoo, the next morning my hair just needed a slight touch up. If I continued the night time application, I could go 3-4 days without shampooing. Night time application is KEY!
Plus, there’s a slightly citrusy smell that is very pleasant. The only downside, it’s a white powder and after using it a few days in a row, my hair got increasingly lighter in color. Not a problem if you’re blonde! Invariably, when I’d wash my hair on day 3 or 4, my coworkers would ask, “What have you done with your hair? It looks great!”.
Always fun to answer, “I washed it! Yay!”.
Find it here.
***There is a *newer* version of this that apparently doesn’t change the color of your hair. If so, that’s a game changer! Find the new version here.***
5) Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
I stopped by the Cosmetic Market to pick up my tried and true Oscar Blandi and they were out. That should tell you how good it is! The salesperson lured me over to the Oribe section and let me try a few different options. She suggested I try the Dry Texturizing spray.
This product, by far, is my all time favorite. It gives instant lift and volume. It smells amazing. The days I do wash my hair, I use this immediately for that “just walked out of a salon” look.
It’s THAT good.
It’s also fairly pricey ($42) as far as dry shampoos go, but it also lasts 6 weeks. I routinely go 3-4 days between washings. There have been a few 5 day runs in there, but that was overkill…and during the holidays when I wasn’t going into the office daily. So you know, greasy hair don’t care.
Let’s do the numbers….
Realizing that not washing my hair shaves about 45 minutes off of my waking hours, used for 3 days on average, that’s 5 waking hours saved per week. 20 hours a month! 30 hours per bottle! $42 for saving 30 hours of my time? Yes.
Do yourself a favor and splurge on this just once.
I promise, bottle #2 will no longer be a splurge but a necessity.
I have found it at BirchBox, Amazon, and Cosmetic Market.
What dry shampoo(s) do you use and love? Am I missing out on any?