I’m a big believer in not shampooing hair very often. Don’t get me wrong- shampooing is important, but just not every day. Each time you lather up you strip hair of its natural oils, your hair color fades, and the overall condition of your hair starts to tank.
But no one wants to walk around like a little grease-ball between shampooing. That’s why I’m perpetually singing the praises of Hair Powder and Dry Shampoo. It’s the only way to freshen up day-old-hair and get instant volume with very little effort.
I started using them about 10 years ago. For years Pssssst was my favorite, not only for absorbing oil at the scalp, but also acting as a lightweight volumizing hair powder.
It was the only dry shampoo you could find at the drugstore- way on the bottom shelf next to the that awful big yellow tub of hair cholesterol. Remember that stuff?
Then I was introduced to Batiste– the UK equivalent to Psssssst- only so much better. At the time it wasn’t accessible in the US, so whenever my dear roommate would travel abroad (which was often) I would beg her to go to Boots and bring me back some. She always kept me well stocked. Plus they make a brown hair powder, it’s tinted darker so it does’t look like I fell into a vat of flour head first.
But then I moved, and I found myself running out of my stash. And like clockwork I stumbled upon it at Marshalls, for $6/can.
Batiste! Four glorious cans of it. It looks like it’s finally making it’s way to the US.
How to use
- stumble into the bathroom with a crazy mess of bed-head.
- part hair down the middle, shake can really (really) well, and spray roots with a quick spritz of powder.
- repeat parting, shaking, and spraying at the root all the way around your head.
- wait a minute.
- massage powder into your scalp.
- begin styling your freshened up hair as usual… but with more volume!
See, it’s as easy as that. The less you shampoo your hair the healthier it becomes- so go ahead and skip a day or two and get yourself some powder.