WARNING: This is a rant disguised as a public service announcement for dry shampoo.
I’m going to pretend like I’m doing the world a HUGE favor. And, I’m doing this for therapeutic reasons.
I have talked to several ladies this week who have NO FREAKING CLUE what dry shampoo is.
I mean, seriously? We are in the 21st century, ladies! We have smart phones, smart TV’s, Smart Cars (ok, joking), but all kidding aside, how are there women out there who don’t even know what the stuff is?!?
The straw that broke the camel’s back:
I was at the gym this week and I was battling a tough Migraine. I had taken two Aleves and dragged my nauseous, light-sensitive, throbbing foreheaded (yes, I just made up that word) self to Equinox in hopes that a good round of exercise would help alleviate the pain as is sometimes does. To my good fortune, I was feeling a lot better by end of my cardio sesh…until I walked into the ladies locker room. It was Hiroshima all over again. Initially, I thought someone was desperately trying to cover up the fact that they shat (yes, as in shitted themselves) their pants while showing off at the squat rack. I mean, only that, and a decomposing body could possibly justify the amount of perfume trapped in that place.
The world started spinning. The jackhammer in my head came back with a vengeance and then I almost went postal when I discovered it was some chick literally drenching her hair WITH PERFUME!!! It gets better! She then proceeded to gingerly blast her hair with a blow drier. “MURDER” in angry red letters flashed before my eyes. I wanted to fucking rip my eyeballs out. I mean, that kind of stupidity and utter disregard for your surroundings should be punishable by law. I’m not kidding. I went home to further medicate myself and ice my head before my migraine got to hospital horse-tranquilizer level.
First thing’s first: You should NEVER, and I mean NEVER, directly spray perfume on your hair, especially on your scalp. The alcohol in perfume dries hair to its breaking point, changes its color (think a blotchy dye job) and irritates the scalp resulting in dandruff! If you want to infuse your hair with a nice scent, the recommended way is to lightly spray a brush with perfume, wait 10-20 seconds for the alcohol to evaporate, and then brush your hair.
This is where dry shampoo comes into play. Nowadays there are so many deliciously-smelling options! Too expensive, you say? Then try regular baby powder! It has corn starch like most dry shampoos which help absorb oil.
The benefits of dry shampoo are plenty!
- Hair color lasts longer because you’re not washing as often
- It is used to give hair volume and texture
- It is also used to help hair stay in place in an updo
- Spray some bobby-pins with dry shampoo before pinning them in to make sure they stay in place
- Disguise dark roots and gray hairs with a spray-form dry shampoo that matches your locks
- The main ones (DUH!): It absorbs oil making hair look fresh again and absorbs odor, making hair smell nice
Conclusion: Say NO to death by perfume asphyxiation. Don’t be that girl at the gym. Or anywhere. Seriously.
And if you do use dry shampoo, what’s your choice of brand?