I have a confession: I wash my hair maybe once or twice a week. To quickly answer the question I know you’re wanting to ask – YES, yes I do still shower. Turns out, you can do that without putting shampoo and condition in your hair. I know, I was shocked too.
I’ve always had oily hair. I mean like shower in the morning and by dinner time I need to wash it again oily hair. When my hair stylist told me I was washing my hair too often I thought she was crazy. Contrary to popular belief, we shouldn’t be washing our hair everyday. All you gals that want healthy hair or you’re trying to grow out that “lob” you got? Quit washing your hair. I struggled to get my hair to grow and I was always shedding. My hair has grown quicker in the last year than it has ever grown. Trust me.
I will admit, it’s not going to be great right away. My key recommendations are pick a weekend where you plan to hang out and watch Netflix in the privacy of your own home and get some good dry shampoo. Even though I can go four-six days without washing my hair now, I still love some dry shampoo. It smells good, it absorbs any excess oil without drying out your hair and it adds great volume (I also love big hair – so I’ll even use it occasionally on freshly washed hair).
Now, all dry shampoo is not created equal. I’ve tried them all. Okay, maybe not all, but I can confidently say I have tried a majority. I tend to be a bit of a snob when it comes to hair product, skincare, makeup and such – I don’t use a lot of drug store stuff (the main reason is along with my oil hair I also have ridiculous skin. I use ridiculous to describe it instead of listing all the issues; that’s a whole different post). That being said, my favorite dry shampoo is a cheap, drug store find and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I currently have five different bottles of dry shampoo in my bathroom. I know – it’s out of control. Until I found my go-to, I tried a different type each time I bought it (which at the beginning was often for me). This is what I currently have under the sink, but as I mentioned, I’ve probably tried seven-ten more that aren’t pictured.
Reviewing from left to right:
Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo – I really wanted to love this one. It smells amazing. It is a salon find, but you can also purchase at Ulta Beauty for $24. This about average cost for the higher end options. I still use this one for the smell and some texture on day 2 or 3, but it doesn’t seem to absorb the excess oil as well as some others. One additional plus – it comes out sheer, so this is a great option for any hair color.
Style Sexy Hair H2NO – The H2NO just didn’t wow me. It smells okay and works alright, but I felt I was using a lot of the product to get the results I wanted. This is about $18.
Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo – The Volumizing Dry Shampoo was also missing the wow factor. It did provide a bit more texture/volume than the H2NO, and still smells fine. This also runs about $18.
Batiste – This is the game changer. This stuff could absorb the oil out of a frying pan. Gross, yes, but wonderful. This comes in a variety of different scents and colors. That’s right, colors. This is my favorite to recommend to brunettes for that very reason. Most dry shampoo is a white, powdery color which is difficult for brunettes to work with (even the darkest of hair color can still get away with it – you just need to work it in all the way). These smell great, are always under $10 and give the best texture.
I’ve also used Redken, Bed Head, Kenra, Biolage, Chi and some homemade powder versions.
I included a before, during and after for you to see how it works. The during is actually a video. The main takeaway: work the product in to the roots. You wouldn’t pour shampoo on your head in the shower and then jump out, and you can’t do that with the dry version either.
Side note, let’s ignore my crazy hair. This is day 4 of no washing.