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!