I don’t know about you, but I absolutely detest the feeling of unwashed hair. Picture the scene: it’s a cold, miserable Monday morning, and you’re putting the alarm on snooze for the fourth time. Before you know it, you have fifteen minutes before you need to leave for work or school. You still need to shower, eat, decide what you’re wearing, do your makeup, and sort out the greasy mess that’s claimed squatters’ rights on your head. By all accounts, a potentially rather stressful morning. Or rather, it would be – if it wasn’t for that beautiful little can sat on your dressing table, such a lifesaver that you can almost see the ray of light surrounding it. Yep, dry shampoo. This ingenious invention has practically received cult status amongst this generation. Here’s why no modern woman (or man!) should ever be without it.
Dry shampoo is affordable, convenient, easy to use, and most of all, a quick fix when you need it most. Depending on your hair type, it can shave hours off of your hair routine. For people with fine hair, it also serves as a fantastic method of boosting volume – so much so, that even after washing and conditioning my hair, I often give it a quick spray of dry shampoo to keep the dreaded flatness away for longer. It really is a little miracle worker. So how does it work? Dry shampoo is either starch or silica-based, and once sprayed onto greasy hair it acts almost like a sponge, soaking up all the dirt and oils your scalp has so (un)helpfully produced. The result is clean-looking hair within seconds; not to mention a pleasant fragrance as an added bonus. There are a few things to remember with this product to ensure maximum effects are achieved:
- Firstly, remember to spray around six inches away from your head – any closer and you may experience a bit of product build-up, which could make your hair look white or grey. Spraying from a further distance means that the shampoo will be more evenly spread (of course, there are darker coloured dry shampoos available for darker hair).
- Wait a little while for the shampoo to work its magic and soak up everything it needs to. Why not moisturise your face and start applying your foundation, or get whatever you’re wearing out of the wardrobe and put it on while you wait.
- Massage it in with your fingers, and then brush the product out. Some people seem to miss this part or worry that they’re simply getting rid of what they’ve sprayed in. As you’ve waited for the spray to soak up all the excess moisture on your scalp, this won’t be the case. You’re simply brushing it through to even it out and get rid of the leftovers that aren’t needed.
- Some dry shampoo can leave a slightly chalky residue on your hands afterwards – just have some wipes nearby or go and wash them quickly under the tap to make sure nothing gets on your clothes.
And there you go! Beautiful hair in less than five minutes. Nobody would have guessed you’d only just got out of bed…