I decided to try dry shampoo for the first time, and a friend of mine recommended Pacifica. I’d have to say, it has definitely improved the number of days my hair isn’t plastered to my head, strapped into a pony tail. I can straighten my hair and leave it that way for up to five days. I just pop in and out of the shower with my hair clipped up. The dry shampoo keeps my hair looking and feeling fresh. It actually gives my hair a little bit of extra volume, too, which was a happy discovery.
Here’s what I used:
Okay, so I took some pics to kind of give you an idea of the process. First, what my hair looked like before. (This is ONE day after having washed it. My hair is thin and gets greasy in under 24 hours most of the time.)
Gross right? Up until now, I’ve had to wash my hair every single day or this mess happens. So, I flipped up the bottle’s dispenser, and I held it up to the roots, which is what the instructions said to do. Here’s where I got a surprise. I’m not sure why, but I thought it would come out as a foam or something. Instead, it came out as a powder. It sort of looks like loose foundation or fine sand. I made a bit of a mess the first time I used it. Here’s some tips for how not to make mess.
- Make sure your head is tilted and the spout is pointed downward into the roots of your hair. This may take some awkward positioning, but if you don’t, it will puff up into the spout and when you pull away, the powder will fall out, going everywhere.
- Get it to the roots and work it out toward the ends. The important part is getting it at the roots.
- Brush it out (as the instructions say) and it will help distribute the leftover powder into the rest of your hair.
- If you see or feel little spots left greasy, you can dispense a bit of the powder on your fingertips and rub it directly into the spot. I’ve found that I can generally feel around my scalp with my fingertips to find these.
Okay, so after I put it into my hair:
Ahhh. Much better. My scalp and hair felt fresh, as if I’d washed it normally. I used the dry shampoo on Saturday morning. I took showers everyday, but I kept my hair out of the way. It stayed straightened and styled with a max of ten minutes prep in the mornings. No blow drying, straightening, or anything. This next pic was taken four days later.
As you can see, the top of my hair is still grease-free. And, like I said earlier, it added a bit of volume to my hair and helped it perk up a little. I ended up washing my hair again on Friday evening, nearly seven days later. I had less hair loss in the shower (which has been a problem for me lately). I repeated the process, and I’ve been happy with the results.
Now, let’s be honest. Before this, I hardly EVER straightened my hair or did anything with it. I put it up in a pony tail or quick, messy bun every single day. Occasionally I’d braid it. So, while it’s not saving me time (because I never took the time to do my hair in the first place), it is making me feel a bit better about my hair. A little boost of confidence. Before kids, I would spend an hour every morning getting ready. Now, as a busy homeschooling mom, entrepreneur, and wife, I have maybe 30 minutes while I break up arguments or answer questions through the bathroom door. So, it’s been kind of nice to go out with my hair down.
If you do spend a lot of time curling or straightening your hair every morning, this will definitely save you time. You’ll have to do it one day, and then for several days just perform minor touch ups.
If you already use dry shampoo, what are your tips and tricks? What brand do you use?
I’m always looking for things to make my day-to-day a little easier, so send suggestions my way at contact (at) notsoeasybreezy.com.