Monday, May 28, 2012

Does dry shampoo REALLY work?

Does dry shampoo really work?
Hair colour, brand, application tips and the side effects with SJM
I don't mean to rub it in, but I'm one of the 'lucky ones'. I only need to wash my hair once a week, max. In fact, the dirtier it is, the better it looks! But, of course, I am well and truly in the minority for this. So, I have recently tried what my fellow sisters have been raving about, dry shampoo. Here are my thoughts...

"Frequent shampooing can actually be counter productive. Because you're trying so hard to get rid of sebum, your body reacts by producing even more of it"

WHAT DOES DRY SHAMPOO ACTUALLY DO: dry shampoo is a powder that usually comes in an aerosol spray can, that absorbs the oil/hair dirt (sebum) from your hair. It also adds volume, and gives your hair a fresh and clean appearance without water. It works particularly well in blonde hair and lightens up the roots. 

WHEN SHOULD YOU USE DRY SHAMPOO: dry shampoo should really only be used in SOS situations. Or, on a Monday morning at 6.53am because you didn't plan ahead and wash your hair on Sunday night! It is important that you do not replace your normal shampoo/cleaning routine with this product. It is designed purely for intermittent use between normal shampoo washes. Depending on the frequency of your 'normal washes', it is ideal for a second or third day touch-up between. 
*SJM ADD-ON! - I personally find when I wear my hair down I need to wash it more frequently. I'm sure this has something to do with the frequency in which I touch/re-style my hair. If I know I am going to have a busy week, or can't be bothered washing my hair, I will tie my hair up and refrain from touching it - buns are great for this. 

APPLICATION TIPS & SIDE EFFECTS: there are many ways to skin a cat, but, here are my tips from experience. The first step is to comb through your hair to get rid of any existing tangles. Then, spray the aerosol can approx. 15 - 20cm from the desired area (hair line, hair part, behind the ears - oily prone areas). I found when I sprayed the powder directly onto the scalp it caused severe irritation and left a white residue (similar to dandruff). Once you have sprayed the shampoo onto the desired area (from a small distance), either with a brush or your hands, give it a good comb through. This will spread out the powder and evenly absorb any oil. 
*SJM ADD-ON! - the one negative I have experienced using dry shampoo (with all brands except  Batiste!) is that I have been left with a very itchy and flaky scalp. This got so bad with some products I needed to purchase mild psoriasis scalp treatments from the chemist - so please, use in moderation! 

SJM'S FAVE BRAND & WHERE TO GET IT: Batiste - Blush dry shampoo is hands down the BEST dry shampoo I have used on the market. Not only is the branding and design amazing, but it actually works and has the least amount of negative side effects (overuse of this product can create a flaky/itchy scalp). This product is available at most chemists, Priceline and some supermarkets. 

I would love to hear about your experiences with dry shampoo and any brand recommendations. Let's share the love ladies!

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