Tuesday, June 10, 2014

This week's obsession: dry shampoo

Did you know it's not good to wash your hair every day? In fact, washing daily will actually strip away natural oils and lead to dry, brittle locks. That's because the bubbles in your shampoo are made from harsh ingredients and sulfates and aren't necessary in cleansing your scalp (getting that soapy, foamy feeling is just that -- a feeling -- an illusion of cleanliness). 

Most of us only need to wash three or four times a week (depending on your hair and scalp type). And the longer, thicker, curlier and more processed your hair, the longer it can go between washes.

My beauty fix in between washes? Dry shampoo. Available in spray or powder form, dry shampoo first showed up in the 60s (Twiggy starred in early ads for Minipoo Dry Shampoo) and is making a comeback. I picked up a classic, Pssssst! by Clairol, and so far I like it. It smells fresh and after a few practice runs, it's pretty easy to use. 

Here's a quick tutorial:

don't spray on wet or damp hair.
do spray at least 6 inches away from your scalp.
don't freak out if it goes on white at first. Let the product sit for a few minutes before styling.
do lift sections of hair and spray underneath the roots.
don't apply it like you would hairspray.
do style as usual and enjoy your hair pick-me-up!

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