Debunking Dry Shampoo

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Debunking Dry Shampoo

The term “dry shampoo” seems like an oxymoron. After all, shouldn’t a shampoo that removes oil, dirt, and dandruff be a liquid that suds?

Dry shampoos have a triple function: 1.) Reduce dependence on normal shampoo, 2.) Improve hair quality by absorbing oil, and 3.) Add a pleasant scent to your mane, all without water! For those days when you work out at Pottruck from 6:00-7:00pm, but have a GBM to attend at 7:30pm, dry shampoo is the quick, no-fail solution that’ll keep you looking and smelling fresh.

oscar-blandi-volumizing-dry-shampooDry shampoos come in the form of aerosol, powder, or foam. For a glossy and touchable finish, try the Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray ($25). With a few whiffs, this sulfate-and-paraben-free solution will spray on clear, leaving your coif free of sticky residue and offering a high-quality finish with plenty of volume.

Should powder be more your style, Alder’s Natural Hair Powder ($30) is worth the investment. Hailed by Refinery 29 as “the best natural hair powder on the market,” it’s a healthy alternative to the baby powder teenagers used to sprinkle on their roots. Alder’s is aesthetically pleasing (100% recycled glass) and is available in four scents: lavender, eucalyptus, patchouli, and bergamot (a personal favorite). Stockholm-based Sacha Juan’s powder-based volume spray ($32) also provides an extra oomph to fine hair and offers a lightweight finish. As one reviewer on Sephora noted, “I can go several days without having to wash and it still leaves me with freshly scented strands.”

If price is determNew_Alder_Natural_Hair_powderining factor, pick up Suave Beautiful Clean Dry Shampoo ($2.89) from your local drugstore. Simply shake the can, hold it 8 inches from your head, spray your roots, and massage it in a little.  It’s affordable, has a slight citrus-y aroma, and doesn’t exhibit a “cakey” application that most people fear. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try a foam solution with Tresemme’s Fresh Start Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo ($6.47) to rehydrate your thirsty hair. After a few pumps on your palm and a massage through your mane, you’re good to go.

It’s simple – instead of spending time blowdrying your hair, give dry shampoo a go and get 15 more minutes of sleep! Let us know of the results in the comments below!

-Alicia Chon

Images courtesy of Allure and Alder New York.

1 Comment

  1. elonia_mchenry

    Haven’t tried this yet, but I heard Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is good, too! Cool article – I definitely want to try this out

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