There are a few things I feel like unite most of our female friends: a love for chocolate, a good Meg Ryan movie, and a passionate hate for that dreaded day when you have to wash and dry your hair. Let’s just say, I feel your pain! So much so that today’s post is ALL about how to put off washing your hair as long as possible with the best dry shampoo and more. I’m sharing my step-by-step guide on all of the best tips and tricks for making your one wash last for days right here, right now!
Table of Contents
- Favorite Dry Shampoo
- Bumble & Bumble
- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Shampoo
- Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo
- Perfect Hair Day Living Proof Dry Shampoo
- R&Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo
- Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-Powder
- Big Sexy Hair Powder Play
- Kristen Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo
- Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo, dark tones
- Spray vs. powder dry shampoo
- How to use dry shampoo
- Getting your curls to last
- Throw a cap on it
- Train your hair
- One week later…
First thing’s first: you are going to need DRY SHAMPOO. I’ve tried just about everything out there from the most expensive dry shampoos to least expensive dry shampoos, all the drugstore kinds, and like most things, you get what you pay for!
I haven’t found anything I love that’s SUPER cheap to use for an entire week…a few that are good for a day or two, but none that will really help your hair hold out an entire week between washes without getting pretty gross in between. SO, if you want to invest in some of the good stuff, here are my top recommendations with my ratings too:
Pureology: Right after I’m done breastfeeding a baby (I’ve had 4!) my scalp gets extremely dry as my milk dries up too! I have to be extra careful during this window to use dry shampoo that’s moisturizing too. This is one of the BEST I’ve tried and it’s also the very highest rated one at Sephora!
Bumble & Bumble: Similar to their powder formula, I LOVE this aerosol version that’s also very gentle on my scalp when I’m dealing with dryness, whether that’s visiting a super dry climate (I’m looking at you, Utah!), or I’m just finishing up nursing one of my babies. I love that this stuff has a very very light but pleasant smell!
8 out of 10: This Oribe dry shampoo smells amazing, it works super well, DOESN’T create build-up, there’s no residue, but also doesn’t cleanse as well as others. AMAZING for volume and a day two or three look. Harder to use toward the end of your no-wash week.
9 out of 10: I LOVE the smell of this one from Drybar, it cleanses perfectly, but it does leave a slight white residue if you go overboard. Make sure you hold almost the entire arm’s length away!
9 out of 10: This Living Proof dry shampoo is the best at cleansing, it has a great smell, it’s easy to use for beginners. It shows just a little bit if you have darker hair which is why I give it 9/10, but you can massage/brush it out!
8 out of 10: I love the smell and cleansing power of this R&Co dry shampoo! It’s a fave of mine, but the white residue is definitely a little harder to cover up.
10 out of 10: This dry shampoo from Bumble & Bumble is the best powder dry shampoo around! Cuts grease without buildup, no smell (for those who don’t want any fragrance) and creates great volume too.
9 out of 10: This kind is a great volume builder and grease fighter, but it does leave residue and buildup.
9 out of 10: I have yet to be disappointed with anything in Kristen’s hair care line! The dry shampoo is no exception: it smells great, is an amazing price and does its job! It doesn’t last suuuuper long, but with the price point it’s so low risk you won’t mind. Also, if you’re going for an entire week, this one does start to build up more so you’ll have a harder time pulling off a week of not washing with this one. But for 2-3 days it’s awesome!!
10 out of 10: Since going back to the dark side, I’ve noticed that my usual dry shampoos leave a stripe of white wherever I spray it! Not my best look! I was excited to find this dark toned dry shampoo that DOES NOT leave a dark, filmy residue on my hands every time I run my fingers through my hair! The bottle lasts forever, and true to brand, it smells like heaven! It’s a bit of a higher price point, but worth every penny!
The thing that’s nice about a spray dry shampoo is it’s a little easier to distribute evenly all over your roots. But the powder dry shampoo is GREAT for travel or even a small bottle to have in your bag in case you look in your car mirror and see that your hair could use a little refresh!
STEP ONE: LAYERS
To use dry shampoo, you’ll want take your hair in layers, start at the top of your head, and work all the way down to the nape of your neck, adding a little dry shampoo to each layer, JUST at the root.
STEP TWO: SHAKE IT OUT
Then take a brush like this one and brush it through your hair to make sure it’s evenly distributed, OR you can just massage and shake through your roots to make sure it’s all spread out.
STEP THREE: REPEAT
You have to do this EVERY DAY of the week that you’re trying to get your hair to last between washes. PRO TIP: I love to put dry shampoo in my hair at night before I go to bed. When I wake up in the morning it’s somehow totally evenly distributed all over the roots of my hair and usually I can’t see any residue at that point. Pretty awesome!
STEP FOUR: PULL IT UP
If you work out, try to keep your hair UP and out of the way of getting sweaty. If your hair does get sweaty at all, go home and use the dryer on “cool shot” to dry up any sweat before you use dry shampoo to cleanse.
Sometimes if you’ve just curled your hair that day, and if you’re using a powder dry shampoo, it helps to put a little into the bottom of your hair where the curls are heavier, to make them last longer!
I also highly, highly recommend using the Beachwaver to curl your hair. There’s just something about that curling iron that makes curls last longer!! Try to use the 1″ barrel to curl the first day, then let the curls relax as the week goes on.
One of my biggest tips is to be SURE you shower each day with a shower cap! Think about when you walk into a super humid atmosphere (I’m talking to you Texas, or Florida) and your hair suddenly loses its shape or curl or the straightening you just did 3 minutes ago. Same thing happens when you step into the shower with your hair just in a topknot! Throw those locks into a shower cap to protect your hair from the humidity of the shower to keep your look going all week long.
This shower cap is amazing because it’s terry cloth lined so it’s really soft AND stays on your head way better than one that’s just plastic that may slide around and not actually hold your hair very well.
And if you’ve been reading this going, “No freaking way! My hair gets greasy on day two!” Girlfriend. I hear you. So many people feel this way! It’s literally a matter of training your hair. Add on a day or two each week, and you’ll be amazed at how your hair will start lasting longer when it’s not used to being washed so much!
One last time, these are the best tools and products for making your hair last a whole week!! You don’t need ALL of these, just ONE good dry shampoo, a shower cap, a brush and maybe a good curling iron and you’re good to go!
If you want to see me use some of these products in real life and see a LIVE demo, go to this facebook live video!
For the TOP 20 best shampoos and conditioners, check out this post!