This Sunday is National Dry Shampoo Day! Did you know that using dry shampoo has many great benefits? Not only does it save so much time, it also works wonders to keep hair looking and smelling fresh in between washes. While my mom always taught me to wash my hair everyday, I learned in recent years that over-washing can actually be detrimental. To be honest, I’ve always been a bit of a germaphobe in the sense where I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting into bed before a full shower. When I went blonde, my stylist suggested that I wash my hair only 2-3 times a week, and use dry shampoo in between washes to help maintain color among other things. To be honest, the thought gave me much anxiety (lol)!
At first, I was hesitant because I thought, “How is dry shampoo considered shampoo if there’s no sudsing involved? It can’t possibly clean my hair the way real shampoo does.” After experimentation, I learned that this is half true — I wouldn’t live off of only dry shampoo for the rest of my life. But, at the same time, using dry shampoo in between washes like suggested has worked out pretty well. In case you aren’t familiar yet, dry shampoo comes in a spray or powder form and cleanses hair with oil absorbers like starch. It also provides some volume (yassss!) thanks to ingredients like silica. So, I don’t have to worry about oil build-up or flatness, which is my biggest concern when it comes to hair.
Personally, I prefer the spray form because it feels cleaner and not as heavy. Since I started incorporating dry shampoo into my routine, I’ve saved many mornings of hassle and styling. If you haven’t started using this amazing shower substitute, read on to find out why it has become my secret weapon for an instant refresh!
Save Water & Shower Time
Are you someone who is always crunched for time? I totally get it. Time is of the essence. This is why dry shampoo is literally my best friend for those mornings I just don’t have time to wash in the shower. It quickly soaks up any oil, leaving a fresh scent, so your head of hair feels and looks freshly washed. Your water bill will also thank you later.
Extend Your Style
Long gone are the days where I’d have to get up super early every morning to style my hair. Curling my hair daily was always a nightmare because it took forever and all that constant heat couldn’t have been healthy. Dry shampoo saves time and money because it preserves hair style well. For example, I’ll curl my hair one morning and the curls will hold up pretty well for two to three days. I just lightly spray some dry shampoo at the roots every morning to maintain the “fresh” look. Honestly, the curls look even better on the second or third day because they end up looking more relaxed. With dry shampoo, “lived in hair” and beach waves are achieved effortlessly!
Preserve Your Hair Color
If you color your hair regularly like I do, you’ll be delighted to learn that dry shampoo does a wonderful job at slowing down the color fading process. Most Asian blondes I know have to touch up and tone their hair every couple months. Me on the other hand? I only go into the salon once every 4-6 months because 1) hair coloring takes forever and 2) it can get expensive after a while. I love keeping things low-maintenance whenever I can, all the while saving some cash.
Get Natural Volume
Contrary to what I believed before I gave dry shampoo a chance, it actually does pretty well at “fluffing” flat hair. This is coming from an Asian who has naturally flat hair regardless of whether I wash my hair in the shower or not. One of the biggest benefits of dry shampoo that I love is the instant fullness I get from just a couple sprays!
Use Anytime, Anywhere
Dry shampoo is especially convenient when traveling because you can use it any time your hair needs a boost. Use it before bed to feel clean, before going to an event for an extra oomph, or in the morning for an instant refresh.
Do you use dry shampoo? What’s your favorite brand?
Photos by David Potter