By BR Kellie
Two things I hate about my hair:
The way it grows - thick curls up top, waves in parts, straight underneath, fine, flyaway, frizz-prone.
How oily it gets. Seriously, I wash daily. If I don't, early mid-morning on second-day hair I'm dealing with an oil slick.
I used to try and battle the first issue by using hair straighteners, but that never dealt to the issue of the second-day slippery slop of mop situation. On that I would try using talcum powder - but have you tried white talc on brunette hair? Hello muddy greyness!
Thank the beauty gods, dry shampoo became a thing, and it meant I could finally get the kind of hair I wanted... non-greasy, glamorous, gorgeous, straight hair.
Dry shampoo works by using starches and alcohol, and sometimes clays, to soak up the grease and grime of oily hair, which while not technically magic is a whole lot like magic to a person whose oil production could do serious damage to the environment if left unchecked.
While not having to wash my hair every day and therefore saving time getting ready in the morning is the main reason I love dry shampoo, it comes with other bonuses too, like...
Non-feral camping. Okay, okay, I'm not the world's biggest camper or tramper, but I've been known to go out on occasion. Okay, less than a handful of times. BUT, the next time I am forced into a days-long walk or tenting situation where I won't have access to hot showers you can bet I'm taking dry shampoo with me to ensure that even if I'm not feeling fresh I'm looking it!
Post-work out hair no longer looks a hot mess. There's nothing like a good bit of exercise to encourage hair that loves oiling up to do so even more quickly, which is why after a vigorous(ish) work out I like to give the hair a blast with a hair dryer (because you don't want to be putting dry shampoo on wet, sweaty hair) and then throw a blast of the 'poo through to freshen up my look before going about the rest of my day.
The evolution of dry shampoo has seen those cans of goodness working double time in recent times, not just soaksing up oil but also helping create hair styles and covering greys. We're currently crushing on Schwarzkopf's new Got2b range, which has seen us find even more wonderful uses for dry shampoo.
Helloooooooo volume and texture! Want a rough and ready looking braid? Or that 'just out of bed' but still super stylish hair? The Got2b Volume dry shampoo works to create not only fresher hair, but hair with oomph!
Sick of bobby pins slipping out willy nilly? Hit them up with a spritz of dry shampoo, like the Got2b 'Extra Fresh' dry 'poo, before popping them into our hair and you'll be amazed at their stickability.
Those with blonde hair swear by a squirt of tinted dry shampoo for hiding any roots that are due for a touch up. Those of us with brunette locks now have an option too, thanks to Schwarzkopf's got2b Fresh It Up Dark Brown dry shampoo which also acts as a touch up for greying roots! Don't you just love a product that deals to oil while lengthening out the time before we have to flash the cash at a 'spensy salon!?
Oh! And… Fun fact. If you've got smelly sneakers you can spray dry shampoo in them and it'll help soak up the stink!!
Yes, it's safe to say that on the day after I've washed my hair I now wake up and do a happy dance that with a spray of dry shampoo and a rather delightful massage of my head I can go another day without washing the mane while still looking fresh as a daisy.