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The other day I answered a question about whether or not it’s healthy for you to shampoo your hair every day. In my answer, (see Q&A Monday) I suggested a dry shampoo. What is a dry shampoo? A dry shampoo is a powder that is used to clean hair. Convenient for times when water isn’t accessible and a must-have lately for people who like to go a day or two between traditional shampooing. Having been in the habit of lathering up on a daily basis, I decided I should practice what I preach in this area, so on my next day off I went without shampooing.
Typically, when I wake up in the morning I look forward to getting my hair wet and having that “squeaky clean” feeling. When you think of bathing, you think of suds-ing up…I do anyway. So it was a little strange throwing on a shower cap (yes I do own one…it’s really cute and kind of glamorous!) and skipping that step while I was getting ready for my day. I’ve been reading up on the main ingredient and looking at home recipes for a dry shampoo. I decided the easiest, and cheapest, route to go was a home recipe. 1 ingredient…corn starch. It was cheap…less than a dollar for the whole box! Some of these hair care lines are charging $10 for the small size and over $20 for the big size. For a trial run, I think spending less than a buck was definitely easy on my wallet.
I figured the easiest way to apply this was putting the cornstarch in a hair coloring bottle, so I could part my hair and gently squeeze out the powder at the same time. Sounds easy, right? It should have been, but it wasn’t. I would either get very little powder out or I would get huge puffs of it out that left a lovely white cast to my hair. That’s a problem with a lot of dry shampoos for us brunettes. I know there are some out there that have a tint to them so they won’t show up on your hair, but cornstarch or $20 product, if your hair is dark you’re going to see the product.
After getting what I figured must be the right amount in my hair, I worked the powder in with my hands and got the rest of the powder out with the blow dryer. Did my hair look clean? To me, no. To anyone else, it probably would have, but I knew it wasn’t so maybe I was being picky. Did my hair feel clean? Heck no! My scalp didn’t feel oily, but it sure wasn’t clean. And the rest of my hair looked flat and lifeless. I desperately wanted to jump back in the shower and suds up with my shampoo, but I committed myself to this experiment so I stuck it out. I put my hair in rollers for a long time and used the blow dryer to give it some volume and hopefully get rid of the gray patches the powder had left behind.
I discovered I spent more time trying to style my hair after using a dry shampoo than I would have if I had just used regular shampoo, and guess what style I ended up with that day? A lovely pony tail. Yup, after all the powder and rollers and blow drying, the only thing that worked for me that day was the old stand-by. Even with my hair up, I could still see the white powder on my hair…I guess it gave me an insight as to what my hair will look like when it’s aged. Not pretty!
Will I use a dry shampoo again? For styling purposes, maybe. But for everyday purposes, no. I think a dry shampoo is great for a couple of things. Use it after a workout to freshen up your hair. The powder will absorb the sweat and oil and your hair won’t look flat. A dry shampoo is also great as a styling tool…second day hair is perfect for up-dos or beach-y waves (I’ll remember that when I have my next Sport’s Illustrated photo shoot at the beach) and dry shampoo can add some good texture to your hair to achieve the style you’re going for. So, I might use it again as a pick-me-up, but probably not as my daily shampoo…I just can’t do it.
What about you? Do you dry shampoo? What are your secret weapons and products you rely on when you skip a day? Or are you like me and it’s just not going to happen? I look forward to your responses!
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