On Mondays, I share a tip, product or tutorial that will help you look polished and put-together quickly and with minimal effort. You definitely don't have to be a rushed mom to benefit from these posts...anyone who needs to be out-the-door fast (and who doesn't?!) can appreciate Mommy Makeup Mondays!
So today isn't technically going to be a makeup Monday, since I'm sharing my most-used hair product. But close enough...it's still going to get you out the door fast and looking presentable!
Dry shampoo has been an absolute lifesaver for me since having my daughter. I used to have a strict 2-day rule with my hair...wash on Day 1, dry shampoo on Day 2, and then a wash with real shampoo and water. I'd occasionally stretch it to Day 3 but only if it was a non-work day and I could throw my hair up in a messy bun.
Now?! Ha! Not so much. Why lie...when I was pregnant and battling the exhaustion that is the first trimester, I stretched my hair 3 days consistently by using dry shampoo. Since having my baby girl here, it's only gotten worse! Rocking 5th day hair is not unusual, I'm a little embarrassed to say! Good thing my new BFF is here to help me through ;)
If you've never used a dry shampoo...first, stop living under a rock and get your butt to a drugstore to pick some up!! The stuff is like gold in a can. It takes your gross, dirty-looking hair and makes it look pretty much like you actually did wash and blow it out that morning. Spray a medium amount in your roots, shaking the can as you go, all over the crown of your head (or wherever your style will show your roots) and especially at your part. Give it 5 minutes to sink in, and rub your roots until no more whiteness is visible. Brush your hair, and you're good to go!
That being said...here are my hits and misses for dry shampoos. Hope you enjoy!
1. Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo ($21) I know it's expensive, but this stuff really is the hands-down best dry shampoo I've tried. It leaves absolutely no white cast at all (and I have dark brown hair), doesn't leave a funky smell or any residue, and keeps your hair looking clean all day. If I'm going to push it past Day 4, this is my secret weapon. Ulta does sell these a few times per year at a deep discount to help raise money for breast cancer awareness. Your can will be pink, not black, but the price is usually around $10 per can, which is a HUGE savings. Ulta usually limits the number of cans you can purchase, but I always use the sale to stock up. I want to say it occurs in either February or April...but watch your Ulta flyers...they always include it!
2. Psssssst! Instant Dry Shampoo Spray ($6) My stylist swears by this one, and she is so right. It's amazing and sold at the drugstore = cheap. If I'm not careful to rub it in well, it can leave a white cast, but that's the only reason it doesn't beat out the Bed Head dry shampoo. When I'm out of Bed Head, you best bet I'm using this one! (Just be careful not to grab the curly hair version of this by accident. I did once, and it doesn't work nearly as well as the original!)
3. Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8) This is another drugstore version and is just as good as Psssssst!. It's a little more expensive, so I've ranked it third, but it works amazingly. What I do love about Batiste is that it comes in multiple scents, and they have a version for dark hair, too.
Pass on These
1. LUSH No Drought Dry Shampoo ($14 for 4.6 oz.; $7 for 1.9 oz.) I really love LUSH products and I really wanted to love this, too, but I'm sad to say I am not a fan at all...especially for the high price. It didn't make my hair clean or even make it look clean, and it left a noticeable white cast in my brown hair. You can find much better for much less money.
2. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray ($25) I typically like Oscar Blandi products but I was really disappointed in this. It worked well when I sprayed it in, but I found that after a short time my hair was back to looking
greasy dirty like it had before. For the price, it's just not worth it. There's much, much better out there.
So lovely readers, tell me what dry shampoos you love and hate! I'm always looking for a new one to try, so I'd love your feedback!
As always, everything in this post is my honest personal opinion. No affiliate links were used. I have not accepted any consideration for sharing these items with you. Unless indicated otherwise, all products were purchased by me with my own money.