Cosmetic Chaos

Dry shampoo has become a staple in my hair routine. Not only am I perpetually 10 minutes late to everything, I try not to wash my hair every day. And before you say “Ewwww!” listen to the facts.

Your hair does not need to be washed every day. Shampoos can strip away the natural oils from the hair, making it even greasier, dryer and brittle. So word to the wise, try skipping a day and let dry shampoo come to your rescue!

I’ve tried many different brands of dry shampoo. I have very light blonde hair, so the generic brands work great on my hair.

My absolute favorite brands are ones you can find right at your local Wal-Mart. The one that I have decided works best for me is Pssssst! It is fairly odorless, the spray itself isn’t clumpy and lets me go a day or two without washing.

Other brands I’ve tried are Garnier Fructis, TRESemme and Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo.

The Clean Freak product is another one I use a lot, and I’m not going to lie, the packaging drew me in.

Dry shampoo can kind of be an aquired skill; if you use too much, you hair can end up clumpy and sticky, if you don’t use enough, depending on how oily your hair is, the product won’t do the trick.

When I use dry shampoo, I start out by brushing any other product, such as hairspray, out of my unwashed hair. Then, starting at the crown, I pick up layers of hair and spray the bottom layer. This is crucial – you don’t want to spray it directly on top as the product may clump on the top of your hair.

I also use a teasing comb to give my hair a little more volume at the top, and the dry shampoo helps with that.

Don’t use the product all the way down you hair, focus on the areas you know get oily after not washing, and where you want more volume.

If the product is still a little wet, you also can quickly blast your hair with your hair dryer to set your style.

Dry shampoo isn’t just for “dirty” hair. You can use it to achieve more volume, prolong your blowout or even just as a touch up throughout the day. They come in travel sizes, which are easy to throw in your purse or travel bag.

Some manufacturers also have began making dry shampoos for different shades, as most of them are white. Bumble and Bumble has dry shampoos for red, blonde, black and brown hair to make hiding day old hair a little easier.

The best advice is to play around with different brands. See which ones fits your type of hair – whether it’s fine and oily and or thick and dry – each brand has different types that can work for you.

Wiegand is a Lifestyle and Entertainment reporter. Her column prints the last Friday of every month. She may be reached at bwiegand@sungazette.com.