I wash my hair twice a week. I know some people that do it less, so don’t hate. My hair is far too long and takes way too long to dry to be washing and blow drying every day. Plus, it’s bad for your hair. When you wash as little as I do (which lets face it, I know some of you secretly wash your hair as often as me), you have to play the dry shampoo game. First off, I think I’ve tested just about every dry shampoo known to man. High-end, drugstore & someplace in between. I think I’ve finally nailed down a good routine that I thought I might share.
First off, let me just tell you my favorites so far. For drugstore, I like the TRESemme line of dry shampoos. The Fresh Start is the one I use in my routine, but I did like the Waterless Foam when I tried it out as well. I have a dry scalp in the winter, and the Waterless was a little more conducive. The Fresh Start is quick and easy in the morning, so I tend to grab it more often. I also like Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo. It’s harder to find, but just as good. Both are $6.
For the higher-end, as much as it pains me, I love Bumble & Bumble’s Blondish dry shampoo. Why does this pain me? It’s a whopping $35 per can. Crazy, but it works like a dream. What I love about it is that not only does it last all day, there’s no white residue and it’s volumizing. I suppose if you have the best dry shampoo on the market, you can charge whatever you’d like.
Which brings me to my routine. On my first day of oily hair, if it’s just slightly oily I use TRESemme. It can handle a light job, but if you’re hair is really oily, this won’t last all day and you might have to use a bunch which is quite disastrous with tons of white, flaky powder in your hair. If I need a bigger punch, I use my Bumble & Bumble. This helps conserve product so I don’t have to buy a new can every-other day. Another good alternative if you can get the hang of it is the Not Your Mother’s Girl Powder. This is a really lightweight powder that has some good volumizing elements to it. But be warned: if you use too much, your hair turns into glue. It’s also not technically a dry shampoo, but on just the day after, it does the job. Because it’s a powder, not aerosol, it does take some practice to get the right amount.
Other good alternatives to try that I might go back to are: Blow Faux Shampoo (but it’s white powder) [$20] & Batiste Dry Shampoo (Blush) [$8]. I would stay away from TGI Rockaholic as the cans are defective and it’s not that great for the price as well as Oscar Blandi. While that brand typically gets good reviews, for the price, I think you could do better. I noticed it worked for about an hour or so, but then my hair got a lot worse after a few hours. Good luck. Let me know if you have some good suggestions!