Dirty Hair Don’t Care
August 14, 2014
when I polled my friends Rene Furterer was the fan fave
several of the dry shampoos available at Sephora
drug store brand dry shampoos and my personal fave Psssst.
Jennifer Hagler Photography
By Buffy York
You can make many assumptions about me but the most accurate one would be for you to assume that my hair is dirty. Seriously, I wash my hair about every four or five days. It happens so infrequently and has become such an event, that I am now one of those women who declines social invitations because “I have to wash my hair.” Not really, but I did decide a couple of years ago to start washing my hair less for several reasons: 1) I have alot of hair that takes about 30 minutes just to dry so this cuts down on my “getting ready” time, 2) my keratin treatment lasts longer and my color doesn’t fade as quickly, 3) it is just better for my hair.
I know you are reading this saying there is no way you could do this because your hair is greasy or you sweat or whatever, but I didn’t go from zero to 60 in one day. In fact I remember the first time I got a keratin treatment and having to go to work on about hour 65 of my 72 hour shampoo ban. People asked me if I was feeling alright. I looked like a grease pit. But, you can train your scalp to produce less oil. As Nick Saban says, it’s a “process.” Most people think they have to wash their hair everyday because their hair is oily. In reality hair becomes oily because we wash it everyday. Scrubbing our scalp is just like scrubbing the skin on our face. Excessive washing stimulates oil glands to make up for the moisture we strip from our skin.
Here is how I went from washing my hair one to two times a day to washing it one to two times a week. First thing you need to do is buy some dry shampoo and we will cover a few different brands in a sec. Next wash your hair every other day for two weeks then stretch it to every three days for two weeks. After a month you will notice a difference in how oily your hair is between washings. You are going to have a few oil slick moments during this anti-shampoo bootcamp and this is where the dry shampoo comes in. Everyone’s hair is a different texture and color so you have to figure out which one is right for you. When I polled some of my friends as to their favorite I found it interesting that most of the ladies who resonponded were blonde. I think brunettes shy away because they are afraid of the residue it leaves behind. With the explosion of dry shampoo on the market today, several brands make formulations for brunettes, but I am as brunette as they come and I have been a faithful follower of the oldest one on the shelf, Psssst.
My method of using dry shampoo when I need a freshen up goes like this:
I spray the roots of my hair with a little dry shampoo.
I flip my hair over and hit the area sprayed with a hairdryer and flip my head back.
I rub it in with my fingers and then get to styling. Dirty hair holds a style so much better than clean.
I am not here to tell you which brand is best and what you should go buy because as I said before everyone is different. There may be some trial and error involved, but I asked a few friends their favorites and this is what I got.
Rene Furterer $27 (the hands down fave)
I found this at Oak Street Hair Group in Birmingham
Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder $26
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo $25
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo $20
Alterna Cleanse Extend $22
all available at Sephora and they will let you sample in the store
Drug Store Brands
Psssst $3 (the “come back kid” and my personal favorite)
Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Shampoo $6
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo $6
Suave Professionals $3 (not pictured) My stylist friend Kerri Bunn recently did a dry shampoo post on her blog, BomaBeautiful, and she is a big fan.
all available at Walgreen’s
Please weigh in and make a comment below on your favorite dry shampoo and this article. The Style Gathering has been around a whopping two months now and I would love to know what your favorite posts have been and what you would like to see from us in the future.
Thanks for reading,