It is usual for me to go without washing my hair for three to four weeks. Not because I am lazy or attempting to conserve water (though every little bit counts); yet, if I chill out on sudsing up weekly, my brown hair gets bigger and looks better. And lots of dermatologists and hairstylists supporting this ‘no-poo’ movement, claim that washing your hair too frequently can lead to dry, damaged locks and strip away healthy oils. So when a girl’s lived-in, sexy hair has turned up lifeless and limped, what is she to do? Enter dry shampoo.
In the last few years, dry shampoos have been gaining popularity. However, they showed up first in the 1960s. Either aerosol or powder, the silica or starch based formulas are used to give a longer life to hairstyles and soak up excess oils in between washes.
I will confess I was not in love with the idea of ‘washing’ my hair with dry shampoo. However, after reading several positive reviews and hearing some of my BFFs sing its praises, I thought I would give it a try. My first mistake: spraying the can too closely to my scalp. Urgently looking for a crash course in dry shampoo, I tapped into the professional opinions from Jacqueline Bush, a celebrity hairstylist. Read on to find out how to use dry shampoo properly.
Top dos & don’ts of applying dry shampoo
- Do spray at least 8 inches (about 20 centimeters) away from the scalp. This will evenly and softly distribute the dry shampoo without creating buildup.
- Don’t spray on wet or damp hair. If you do that, your hair will look a mess and get clumpy. That’ why we call it ‘dry’ shampoo. 🙂
- Do wait around 2 minutes before styling. When girls see that it comes out white, they panic. They don’t actually allow the dry shampoo sit long enough, nor realize that they need to blow-dry or comb through.
- Don’t worry if you get the product on the mid-shaft. This provides more volume and gives extra grip to the hair, reducing the too soft feel that fine hair sometimes can have.
Powder VS Spray?
Both do the exact same thing essentially: remove excess oil. The force of the spray helps remove the oil a little better. However, you do not have to cope with the odor with the powder version. This may be recommended for people sensitive to odors and air particles.
What’s the absolute longest you should go without washing your hair?
It’s time to shower if you need to reach for the product after a third use.