My favorite part of fresh hair is the clean, light feeling I have all day. My hair is full of bounce, volume, and shine, and it's going to stay that way, right? Wrong. Since I have naturally curly hair, I like to style it by blow drying it with a round brush and then rolling it in hot rollers to get a softer, more classic style. The problem with that is that by day two my head feels itchy and I start to get greasy at the roots. The rest of my hair-no problem. It still has volume and shine, and it still looks great, but the roots drive me crazy. So I end up washing it every two days and spending all that time blow drying and styling it again. Then I learned about dry shampoo, and I haven't looked back. Depending on how the dry shampoo works, I can get up to five days out of one wash, and that is truly amazing.
Suave's Dry ShampooThis one was great for two main reasons: price and scent. After spraying it on, I looked like I had aged forty years (it turned the roots of my hair an ashy gray), but after letting it soak up the oil and then brushing it out, my hair lasted another day without looking greasy. At $3.40 a bottle, it's super affordable, and the bottle lasts at least a month. My only problem was with how my hair felt at the root. It didn't look greasy, but it felt somewhat stiff and unnatural to the touch. Again, this was not evident in just looking at the hair, so I figured I could live with it. Suave also makes a waterless foam shampoo for girls with naturally curly hair, like me, but I didn't feel that it actually did much. I prefer the regular formula, and I only use it on my straight hair.
Skinnyskinny Organic Dry ShampooI ended up with a free sample of this somehow, and I really enjoyed it. It absorbed the grease at my roots easily, and it even helped boost some volume back into three-day-old hair. I was a fan of the product, but I can't fathom spending $32 on the full sized product, no matter how much volume it seemed to inject.
Redken Powder Referesh 01This one was my favorite, for sure. I really enjoyed the scent because it wasn't flowery. It was very subtle and nice. The spray was colorless and did not make my hair feel stiff; instead, I felt like I had just blow-dried it. That's an ideal result, for sure. At $18 it was a bit steep for my budget, but the 3.4 ounce can lasted me a month and a half, and it was definitely the best product I had used.
Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver-or at least a time saver. Instead of washing my hair 3 or 4 times a week, I can now wash, blow dry, and hot roll only twice a week, saving me about 1.5-3 hours of prep time a week. Now that I can get behind.