Happy Friday, beauties! I’ve been starting to test some of the items I bought in my big birthday haul, starting with this dry shampoo, which I’ve been eyeballing for months. I try to only wash my hair twice per week to protect the color and keep it from drying out, but my roots still get oily, which leaves my hair flat. Dry shampoo is suppose to soak up the oil, allowing you to skip a wash, and also add a little volume and texture to your hair so it’s easier to style.
Product: Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo; $6/7 oz. At drugstores, mass market retailers, ULTA, and online through sites like Drugstore.com and Amazon.com.
Claim: “A salon formula dry shampoo that will have you and your hair ready for a night out on the town.”
Ingredients: Isobutane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isopropyl Myristate, Silica, Fragrance.
Ingredient notes: Not Your Mother’s lists their products as not tested on animals and this particular product contains no animal-derived ingredients, so it is vegan-friendly. This product gets a 6 out of 10 from Skin Deep for containing irritants like fragrance, isobutane, propane and alcohol.
I tried it: To understand how this stuff feels and smells during application, imagine spraying men’s shaving cream on your roots. Yep, not that appealing. I’m not sure what “fragrance” this product contains, because I certainly couldn’t detect one masking the crappy smell of the main ingredients.
To apply, you’ll want to lift up sections of your hair with a brush and spray directly on the roots. Once you’ve done your whole head, let it sink in for a minute while you brush your teeth, pat on foundation, or whatever else you can do in a minute for your morning routine. Then use your fingertips to massage the dry shampoo into your scalp. Once you’ve done this, get out a firm bristle brush and brush, brush, brush that dry shampoo through your hair.
This dry shampoo does a great job of sopping up the excess oil on your scalp, but it goes a step further. Want big, bold, voluminous Adele hair? This is your ticket. This product gives me more root lift and thickening power than any other product I’ve tried, and it lasts. Whether you’re doing an updo, a braid or hot roller waves, this product adds bounce, fullness, and hold without the stiff look or feel or hairspray. I tested out a few different styles and loved all of them.
Oh, and even if you don’t care all that much about mimicking Adele–yes, you can use this product to stretch the time between washes to a week. I tried it. It works. Not that I’m only going to wash my hair on a weekly basis, because I love the feel and smell of clean hair; but if necessary–it could be done.
Okay, now that you know I think this is a miracle product, a few tips which may or may not seem super-obvious, depending on your level of expertise with dry shampoo. Do not spray this all over your hair. The can says it leaves a “matte” finish, and while this doesn’t leave a grey skunk stripe (yay!) it will make your hair look a bit “dusty”. Spraying at the underside of the roots and brushing vigorously is a start, and you can also rub a bit of shine serum between your palms and smooth over the top after styling to help restore the glossiness to your ‘do.
I don’t feel that the smell lingers, but all the same I choose to spritz on some perfume just in case. The hair doesn’t feel stiff, sticky or greasy but it is obvious there’s some product in there–sort of a tacky feel, I suppose. Just an FYI that this product is not going to make your hair feel and smell freshly shampooed!
Finally, for the love of all that is beautiful–wash your hair brush! This stuff will build up in the brush, so wash it weekly.
My final thoughts: LOVE IT! As someone who tries not to lather too frequently to preserve my color I love it. And as a fine-haired gal who dreams of bodacious hair, I love it. I never used to understand why stylists would recommend using this stuff before styling even if your hair had just been washed, but now I get it–it makes all the difference between flat roots and a full, lush ‘do worthy of a shampoo commercial. I foresee using this on a very regular basis, greasy roots or no!