101: dry shampoo

January 27th, 2015

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had to wash my hair daily to keep it looking fresh. And while not always so convenient, it was never really a problem till recently.

Now that I’m older, my hair has gotten much drier. And in addition to regular straightening sessions, I’m visiting the colorist every few weeks. So there is much incentive to skipping a day or two between shampoos:

Less harsh on my hair.

Expensive color and treatments last longer.

Time saved in the morning!

But my scalp, unfortunately, is still on the oily side. The obvious answer is dry shampoo – and believe me, I’ve tried them all. Powders, sprays, you name it. The problem is that none were quite right. Whether I used an old school brand or a new “natural” must-have, I was never happy with the results. The powders never quite blended in, leaving a noticeable residue. And the sprays, while clear, left my hair feeling stiff and very difficult to style.

And then I came across a post by Natalie, who suggested applying the shampoo the night before.

This is genius (may I use that word when speaking of hair care?) for a few reasons. One, all dry shampoos benefit from a wait period between application and styling. But I don’t have the time or patience to wait in the morning. With this method, that wait period takes place while you’re sleeping. And two, your hair absorbs all of the product overnight, so there is no visible trace of it the next day – simply style and go.

Winning!

She also highly recommended a dry shampoo that I had never heard of – and is apparently the darling of many fashion/beauty bloggers.

lulu organics hair powder

I ordered it immediately.

It’s definitely more pricey than most, but this is by far the best shampoo I’ve tried – and it seems to be lasting a long time. I’ve rationalized the cost by how much longer my expensive straightening treatments last now that I’m not a slave to daily shampoos – and you truly need very little product to do the job.

What about you? Shampoo daily or not? Any tips you’d like to share here? Please do!

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