I stumbled on dry shampoos accidentally when I was watching a YouTube video on styling the perfect ponytail. For most of my life, I kept my hair short – changing it every year to a variation of a pixie cut, bob and a modern shag. Two years ago, after thumbing through a hairstyle magazine showcasing women of all ages with beautiful long tresses, I decided to let my short locks grow.
Usually, it’s the other way around; women in their 20s through 40s wear their hair long, then when they reach Act 2.5, after hormonal changes have altered the texture and volume of their hair, they go shorter. I was curious, though, to see if my hair still had enough life to not only grow long, but have enough body and weight to look like the pictures.
I am happy to report that my hair, which has grown past my shoulders, still has some vibrancy. While it’s a little thinner than it was in my teens, volumizing shampoo and mousse help restore what age has taken away. But now that it is longer, I am getting reacquainted with styling techniques, which led me to the web. I was looking at the video when the mention of using a dry shampoo came up. My hairdresser had been encouraging me to wash my hair every other day, rather than daily which had been my usual routine, but I’d been reluctant because my hair on the second day was flat and thin looking.
As I watched the video, the woman started by using a dry shampoo. She segmented her hair then sprayed the dry shampoo at the roots. Her hair became voluminous in a matter of seconds. The next day, I picked up a can of Tresemme Dry Shampoo and tried it. I have 2 words – life changing. I now can go 2, sometimes even 3 days, without washing my hair. The dry shampoo gives my hair enough lift and volume to look like I just had a blow-out.
Don’t just believe me. Here are several reasons, according to Matrix.com why you should use a dry shampoo:
- Shampoo less frequently
- Stretches out a blow-out
- Conserves hair color
- Eliminates odor
- Adds volume
- Refreshes a style or curls
- Saves time
- Adds texture
- Soothes an irritated scalp
If your dry shampoo leaves a residue, has an unappealing scent, or is too heavy on your hair, opt for a different brand or formula. Matrix.com offers these tips to get the best out of using a dry shampoo:
- Don’t spray too close to your head
- Less is more. Too much can dull your hair.
- Don’t rub it in immediately
- Avoid over-dependency – regular shampooing and conditioning cleanses are essential for long-term hair health and beauty.
The biggest win for me was the time saver. I don’t have to wash and blow-dry my hair everyday. Now that I think about it, it was probably the reason I wore my hair short for most of my life.