Autumn here and I’m getting 100% real here with you guys today. I HATE washing my hair. In the words of Mr. Grinch, “Hate hate hate, double hate, loathe entirely.” It really is that bad y’all! I used to be an avid washer. I washed, dried and either straightened or curled daily. Despite using product to protect my hair, I still had TONS of damage and split ends. My hair was also extremely oily if I skipped a day of washing!
About a year ago I discovered dry shampoo and my world was forever changed. I’ll admit, I was extremely skeptical. There was NO way I could go without washing my hair. I decided to give it a go and see what would happen. I washed my hair on a Monday and Tuesday morning threw my hair up in a bun while I showered. Got out of the shower, sprayed my hair with some dry shampoo, styled and went about my day. By Tuesday evening my hair was a greasy mess. I decided to go ahead and try to alternate washes every other day. After a very LONG few weeks, I noticed my hair was less greasy by the evening of day 2!
Fast forward to a year later and I am only washing my hair once a week! I get asked about my hair ALL the time so I thought I would share some tips I have learned along the way when it comes to using dry shampoo.
1. Use dry shampoo before bed!
If you only take one thing away from this blog, it’s this!! Using your dry shampoo before bed really does make all the difference. I used to use dry shampoo in the mornings while I was getting ready. My hair would look pretty dull throughout the day. When I started using dry shampoo at night I noticed my hair was MUCH shinier and softer in the mornings. The dry shampoo will absorb all of the oils as you sleep so when you wake up, you’re ready to go!
2. Don’t be afraid to try a different brand!
I see so many people who only try one brand of dry shampoo and quit because they felt it didn’t work. I have used 5 different brands over the past year and the last brand that I tried has been my favorite. I’ve tried everything from high end dry shampoos at Sephora to drugstore dry shampoos. Some of them were terrible, some have been great. My personal favorite right now is Batiste! I can find it at Wal-Mart and it’s under $10!!
3. Spray, rub and then brush!!!
When using dry shampoo, spray the product onto your roots, rub it in and then brush it through your hair! I have pretty dark hair and with this method I don’t have issues with the dry shampoo leaving a white residue on my head. Also, brushing the dry shampoo last helps distribute the oils it absorbed from your scalp down to the ends of your hair!
4. Give your scalp time to adjust!
Every time I post about not washing my hair for a week I hear the same thing… “I could never do it. My hair is so greasy I have to wash every day!” Let me tell you, my hair used to be oily and flat. I washed it every single day, sometimes twice a day if I was going out at night. I understand your struggle greasy haired girls!!!
It took my scalp a few months to completely adjust but it did adjust. Your scalp produces oil on a supply and demand basis. If you’re constantly washing your hair and stripping your scalp of those natural oils it produces, what will happen? Your scalp will produce more oils because it thinks you need more. You have to train your scalp by slowly increasing the days between washing.
In the beginning, there were many days I wore a hat or my hair up because there was so much oil! For two weeks I washed every other day, weeks three and four I washed every three days, weeks four and five I washed every four days. I would use dry shampoo on the nights I didn’t wash. Now my scalp has adjusted and I wash every 7 days and usually only have to use dry shampoo once or twice in between.
You have to give your scalp time to adjust, it won’t happen overnight. It’s a process that can take months!
I get asked a lot what my favorite dry shampoo is and I have to say Batiste! I’ve tried everything from high end to low end and the Batiste is my favorite. It smells great, works well and is only around $7 at Walmart! You can find it at pharmacies and also Ulta!
Dry shampoo has made life so much easier for me. I have extra time in the mornings (ie. more sleep) and my hair looks so much better! Since I’m not washing and drying every single day, my hair is shinier and has tons of volume. I also have less split ends and my hair is healthier in general! I will sing the praises of dry shampoo from the rooftops!!
Here are days 2-7!