The Great Dry Shampoo Debate

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This post began with a tweet. Too many times I'd wasted mega bucks on a hopeful yet untested candidate to keep my hair looking fresh between washings, and too many times I'd ended up with my fair, fine hair looking worse than if I'd just left it alone. In a state of extreme follicular despair I turned to my trusted advisors on The Twitter and begged for advice on a dry shampoo that was cost effective, that didn't smell like chemical sludge, and that actually worked

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The ensuing Twitter debate that raged convinced me that although the perfect dry shampoo might not exist, there's certainly no shortage of passion and enthusiasm surrounding the topic. For every sworn-by favorite was an equally convincing tale of woe. And naturally those in the know had their top recommendations (Elizabeth of Beauty Bets swears by these dry shampoo options). Yet in the end, my salvation came not via tweet but in the form of a text.

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"Obviously my dry shampoo is the best," Joanna said. "Why didn't you ask me? WHY DO YOU HATE ME?" And indeed, she's right. Not about hating her, but about her dry shampoo being the best. Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Shampoo leaves my hair full, soft, and more manageable than if I'd shampooed. The powder is odorless, and the $23 bottle isn't cheap but a little goes a very long way. So this summer I'll be sticking to a simple routine of buns, braids, and Fekkai, with the occasional hippie-dippy cleansing and conditioning thrown in for good measure. But please. Do tell. Where do you stand on dry shampoo?

Shopping Guide: Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Shampoo, ban.do Twist Scarf, Dr. Bronner's Coconut Oil, Spin Pins, twistband Hair Ties, One Love Organics Easy Does It Cleanser. A note: The light colored Fekkai powder works well for me since I'm blonde, but I can see this one not being an option for darker hair colors. All images via Rubi Jones on Instagram.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/seastararts SeaStarArts

    Well… It’s ok to use but I can’t seem to get these wacky strands to calm down after sleeping without a thorough rinse. Naturally curls right over the forehead are painfully hard to manage!

  • http://www.lieslmorris.com Liesl Morris

    Even though I have LOTS of hair, it’s pretty fine and doesn’t need to be washed every day. I like using dry shampoo (Pssst! is my favorite of the brands I’ve tried), but I often just rub baby powder between my palms and then into my roots. Works well for me, and costs a lot less! I’m curious to try Fekkai now, though! Thanks for sharing!

  • Claire

    honestly, i just use baby powder, it absorbs all the oil right up and works wonders for me. the only trick is to make sure you apply it from underneath the hair so it blends/absorbs properly.

  • http://www.myloveweddingring.com My Love Wedding Ring

    I must admit to never having tried dry shampoo, but with so much buzz about it just now, I think I’m going to have to – at least so I can join in the debate from an informed perspective!! And who knows, I may love it!!

  • Courtenay

    I’ve heard a bunch of times that Klorane is the best. I’m using it now and love it. Before I was using Oscar Blandi Pronto. Pronto and Klorane are similar, but Klorane perhaps more natural. Stay away from dry shampoo with chemicals, because that powder will be sitting on your scalp until your next wash.
    Dry shampoo has saved my baby fine hair. I now only wash it 2x/week, even though I exercise regularly. My hair is more voluminous and less damaged as a result. It just looks better, with less effort. Hoorah! Be careful to really rub in the powder, otherwise you may look graying (even as a blonde I can get whitish-gray patches).

  • http://www.mikalane.com Karen Judge

    My sister and I both love this stuff from Walgreens called “Salon Graphix.” Works great and is CHEAP. It does make the hair feel a bit like it’s loaded down with hairspray but that actually makes it easier to style.