For the days when we’re too lazy to simply be lazy – here are some dry shampoo hacks to make being lazy a little bit easier.
Dry shampoo might be one of the best inventions ever, right up there with sliced bread and the front-facing selfie camera. According to Toni & Guy, the first “historical reference” of dry shampoo was around the late 15th century when people in Asia were using clay powder in their hair, and in the US, people finally started catching on in the late 1700s and early 1800s when ground starches were used to color and deodorize the wigs of our forefathers.
Nowadays, we have it a tiny bit easier than using clay powders and ground starches as most shampoos come in a can (like that canned bread on Spongebob… anybody else know what I’m talking about) and there is a plethora of brands available. Apparently guys and gals like you and me have caught on to the fact that we don’t necessarily have to wash our hair every day *gasp* and that dry shampoo is basically a hair wash in a can. I’m not saying to skip the shower entirely because… hygiene. Pls still continue to shower.
Buuuut, according to Elite Daily, you might only need to shower only twice a week – WHAT?
John Oxford, Professor of Virology at Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry is another professional who supports the idea of showering less frequently.
He argues that as long as people are consistently and constantly washing their hands and staying aware of the situation below the belt, including the use of a bidet, showering twice a week would not be problematic.
The same article also quotes dermatologist Jason Esmer, who says, “The more you shampoo, the more you potentially remove oils needed to protect hair shafts and keep the scalp healthy and moisturized.” Additional benefits to not washing your hair as much include the fact that if you have color-treated hair, shampooing less can “extend the life of your color.”
Reviews.com actually has a pretty comprehensive list of the best dry shampoos out there, rated based on the criteria of elimination due to leaving a “chalky residue” (because that look isn’t that cute IMO), bad odor (because what’s the point of having a dry shampoo that makes your hair stink), if the product was too pricey (because $$$), and reapplication (because that’s a PAIN and the whole point of dry shampoo is to be convenient!).
Another handy thing about the list is that it considers various price points and hair types. Whether you have really oily hair, dark hair, fine hair, or coarse/curly hair, there’s a dry shampoo out there somewhere for you!
I’ve never used the Klorane dry shampoo that’s apparently #1 (and $20 – woof!), but right on up there sitting pretty on their list at #2 is my personal favorite, the Batiste Dry Shampoo in the Original Scent, although my scent of choice is is actually the Tropical Scent. This smells like paradise, works all day for me, and even though I have super dark hair, doesn’t leave too much of a whitecast. It’s also affordable, and now that I’ve recently switched shampoos and my hair doesn’t get as oily as fast anymore, one bottle lasts me a decently long time.
But wait… is dry shampoo too good to be true? What’s the catch? TBH, I really don’t think there is any kind of catch here because dry shampoo is basically everything I want in a product that I can’t seem to find in a man, but if you’re finding your dry shampoo a leeetle hard to work with and don’t want to switch it up a bit (I respect your commitment), here are a few ~tips & tricks~ that might change your dry shampoo game:
1.) TJ Maxx That Ish
Ok, this isn’t really a product hack as much as it is a wallet hack, but if you’re on a budget and like a pretty well-known brand (like Batiste) or don’t know where to start, skip the drugstore and head straight to TJ Maxx.
They have a pretty wide selection of dry shampoos and I’ve actually found that their array of Batiste scents is usually bigger than even Target’s, so there. If you don’t believe me, you can check out this post I’ve already written about some TJ Maxx/Marshalls gems – I point out that a full-size bottle of Batiste can run you anywhere from around $5.99 (Target) to $7.99 (ULTA), while they’re usually only around $4.79 at TJ Maxx.
2.) Apply the Night Before
Hi, I’m Amanda, and welcome to my night routine!! #YouTuberLife
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I actually like to apply the bulk of my dry shampoo the night before and then follow up with a little spritz in the morning to freshen up my hair a bit – I find that spraying it the night before allows for less oil production over night, which means I don’t have to spray as much in the morning. This not only reduces the precious seconds of my time spraying more product in the AM, but it also reduces the “risk” of having to use too much product and building up that whitecast that’s not a very cute look as not as much product is needed!
3.) Let Her Rest!!!
Another reason the applying the night before trick might work so well is because I’ve found dry shampoo works best when you let it rest for a little bit. If I forget to do this the night before, in the morning this is usually the first thing I address after brushing my teeth and washing my face. I typically like to spray mine at the root of my hair with my hair down, “massage” it in a little bit with my fingertips, and then throw it up in a messy bun and go about doing my makeup, getting dressed, and eating breakfast. After all this, I’ll take my hair down, brush it out, and voila, *virtually* clean hair!
4.) Hair Dryer.
If you go a little HAM on your dry shampoo or your particular dry shampoo leaves too much of a whitecast and you can’t seem to #shakeitoff (again – pls don’t sue me Taylor Swift), get aggressive and take a hair dryer to it!
I hate hair dryers for actually drying my hair, but when it comes to dry shampoo, they’re my best friend. Sometimes if I’m not paying attention I get a little trigger happy with my dry shampoo and go overboard, so in those cases I like to flip my head upside down, put the hairdryer on the warm setting, and blast it at the root of my hair. This not only gets rid of that pesky residue, but it gives my hair a nice volume boost that it desperately needs!
TL;DR – dry shampoo is ~magic~ and although it can be a little intimidating at first, there are a few things you can do to tame the beast (and your hair). Also… not sure if I’m 100% with the whole “only shower twice a week thing,” but washing your hair less seems to be A-ok and actually pretty healthy.
- Toni & Guy // “Hair Product History: What is Dry Shampoo?“
- Elite Daily // “The Science Of Showering: Why Showering Too Much Is Bad For You“
- Reviews.com // “The Best Dry Shampoo
*Disclaimer: I purchased all above products with my own money and am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the brands mentioned (I wish!). As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own (unless stated otherwise)!