dry shampoo: i might never take a real shower ever again

So here’s an anecdote about my childhood: I was a really gross kid.

There was a reason for this. As I’ve mentioned here before, I had a somewhat disruptive chemical phobia when I was younger. Included in my fear of chemicals was a fear of pretty much any cleaning products, including shampoo. It makes sense, kind of, when you think about it from the standpoint of a neurotic eight year old.

Anyway, shampooing my hair caused me enormous anxiety, so I washed my hair once a week at best. How did I even pull this off? I would get in the shower and just get wet. Or just use conditioner (why was I comfortable with conditioner and not shampoo? The world may never know). I’d only shampoo when I literally couldn’t avoid it because my parents were literally threatening to kick me out of the house or have me committed or something. This meant I had super greasy hair all the time. (Eventually, I guess I grew out of it. After a certain age, fear of social stigma outweighs fear of whatever toxins are hiding in shampoo bottles.)

So the first time I read about dry shampoos, I was obviously psyched. I still don’t really like showering – I’m kind of like Pavlov’s dogs about it. But the first dry shampoo I tried (I wish I remember what it was, so I could un-recommend it) totally sucked, and I wrote the whole idea off as too-good-to-be-true.

Fast forward to about a week ago. I’m standing in line at Urban Outfitters, feeling like my hair is super greasy, so I impulsively grab a tester can of Batiste Dry Shampoo (Light & Blonde) and spray it all over my head (basically thinking I have nothing to lose). I touch my hair and it actually feels… clean. What?!?

It turns out, these things work way better when you follow the instructions. You have to spray it on from a reasonable distance away, and then let it sit for a couple minutes. I always want to touch my hair too much when it’s greasy, which is so counterproductive. Let it be. Then massage your scalp. This will give you killer volume, if that’s what you’re going for. It also might be relaxing, depending on the circumstances. Once that’s done, you can pretty much do your normal hair thing. 

The Bastite line comes in a couple other colors, apparently to help the olds hide their grey hairs. I know the blonde color comes out kind of white and powdery, which fades when you brush it. That works well with my hair color, but I don’t know what the other colors are like. If colors aren’t your thing, it also comes in some scents. Scents are very much not my thing, so there’s also a plain variety.

It literally erases all evidence of greasy hair. Now that I know this is possible, I’m probably never going to shower again. Why bother? Dry shampoo solves all my hair problems!

Since my original epiphany, I’ve also tried out Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (which happened to come in my Birchbox this month). That stuff is also fantastic, but it’s also more expensive and I don’t see enough of a difference to think it’s worth it.

What are your experiences with dry shampoo? Do you have a favorite brand? Hit me up with wisdom in the comments!

  • Daphna

    also got the klorane one in my birchbox this month! nothing i’d tried previously is half as good. also a huge fan of the company because my grandmother has been a devotee of their shampoo for years (i even bought her a few bottles when i visited you in switzerland because it used to be so hard to find in the US).

  • http://ohmyolivia.blogspot.co.uk/ Olivia Law

    This is the biggest lifesaver! xo

  • http://contagionheartbreak.tumblr.com Nora

    This is my all time favorite dry shampoo! I have gone through so many bottles, i wish it came in like EXTRA GIANT bottles because lets be honest who likes to actually wash their hair! But if I cant get my grubs on this Batiste Blonde one I go for Suave Keratin infused dry shampoo which doesn’t hide my 6 week over-due roots but makes them seem like I shower like a normal human! If worst comes to worst i go for psstt but its not my fav.

  • http://candidcerebrations.blogspot.com Caitti

    The TRE Semme brand (black bottle with neon green cap) works really well and is super cheap.

    • http://alysonhere.blogger.com Alyson

      Womp, I have been using a bottle of TREsemmé, but I definitely like Batiste better.

  • http://booksandreviews.wordpress.com Elena

    I tried it, I loved it and eventually I came with dermatitis after using it twice or three times a month for over three months. But I must admit, I loved hot it left my hair!

    • Clara

      Yikes! I’m going to have to keep an eye out for that… thanks for the heads up!

  • Rachael

    “Not Your Mother’s” Clean Freak shampoo works amazing! It is not heavy at all! It sprays in like hairspray and then its as easy as brushing it through your hair! The powder comes out grey and I have brown hair but once I brush it through my hair I have never had problems with it. Totally recommend it!!! (Also its really cheap and you can get it at Target!)

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  • Kelsey Barnes

    After using Tre Semme dry shampoo (and it failing miserably..) I have yet to try a different kind! I will most likely try this, since my hair gets dirty far too quickly! (Like you, I touch my hair way too much!)