A friend recently asked a fabulous question regarding dry shampoo. While I’ve touched on the lifesaving miracle that is this product before, it occurred to me that I hadn’t given it the treatment it deserves. While I may not be able to provide a full ticker-tape parade through the city, complete with a can of Klorane sitting snugly in the back of a convertible with the top down, I CAN do my best to give this little wonder the recognition it deserves here.
While I have a minimum of three cans of the stuff stashed away in various parts of my house, it’s recently come to my attention that dry shampoo is a bit of an enigma for some. They understand what it’s supposed to do BUT are afraid of getting in there and merrily spraying their oily woes away. ‘It makes my hair look funny’ and ‘I can’t get it to do what it’s supposed to do, seem to be the biggest complaints. It pains me to think of a whole generation of women missing out on what essentially is an easy way to shave a minimum of 15 minutes off your morning routine.
So let’s get back to basics. In my experience, dry shampoo can and does work for almost every hair type AND color, when used correctly. It all comes down to the choice of product AND application people! Here’s how to make it work for you (it’s easy, I PROMISE).
1. Choose your product – I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I’ve tried close to 15 different dry shampoo products. If it’s on shelves, there’s a good chance that I’ve given it a whirl. From the salon to the supermarket, they’re all graced my scalp. While I’d like to say I love them all equally, that would be a blatant, bald-faced lie. I have a favorite. It’s the very first product I ever tried; Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo. There’s a reason for its cult-like status in its native France; it’s just that good. Now I am a blonde, which can mean that the results that I get differ from those darker-tressed beauties BUT all reports from the very frontline of beauty suggest that Klorane works just as well on a brunette barnet as it does on my fair tresses. If you’re still not feeling it, give my second favorite, Batiste, a try. The clever cats over there have developed several formulations for different hair colors and while I haven’t had any cause to try them, their original product comes in at an impressive number 2 on my list.
2. Apply it right – I think that this is where those who’ve been scared away from dry shampoo go wrong. Like the majority of beauty products, if you apply it right, you’re golden. Unlike, say, a winged eye or cheek contour, applying dry shampoo is insanely straightforward.
It all comes down to the roots of your hair. Generally, even if you have especially oily hair, you’ll notice that the oil pools at the roots. Very rarely do we get oily roots AND oily ends? By really working the product into the oily, dirty bits, you allow it to do the job it’s designed to do (soak up oil and add texture and movement to your roots).
To do this, try the following:
– Part your hair in its usual spot.
– Using a comb or your fingers, lift sections of your hair at the roots straight up in the air, away from your head.
– Grab your can of dry shampoo and spray it straight onto your scalp.
– Let it dry for a couple of seconds then drop your locks and repeat with the next section. I usually start at the front of my head and work backward.
– Do the rest of your makeup/whack on a shower cap and have a shower/boil the kettle, whatever takes you a couple of minutes and doesn’t require you to touch your hair.
– Tip your head upside down and use your fingers to massage and residual product into the roots. If you’re feeling brave, you can add a bit more spray while your head is upside down.
– Grab a brush and work it through from roots to ends. I find that most of the product absorbs without the need for brushing but if any is hanging around, a good few strokes with either remove it or distribute it.
– Style your hair as normal.
3. Keep your fingers away from your scalp – When you’re done, you’re done. You’ve just removed the excess oil and build up so running your fingers back through your hair, again and again, will undo all your good work. Once you’ve separated, spritzed, brushed, and styled, leave it alone!
That’s all there is to it! Once you become a seasoned user of the stuff, you may even find it strays from dirty hair product to styling aid… Gasp! I use a light spritz of the stuff on clean hair to add body and texture; it works better than any hair dust I’ve come across.