Post # 1
Darling Husband and I work with a campus ministry that goes to Juarez, Mexico for a week every Spring Break. It’s a building trip and we work hard. It’s a 40 hr drive (one way), plus the 4 days of building and then another 40 hours back. We MIGHT get 1 shower on the trip, but that’s not very likely. We use body wet wipes for “showers”, but those do nothing for my hair. I can usually make it 2 days w/o shampooing and it looks ok. Anything after that, it gets stringy and hard to work with. I’m looking for a dry shampoo option that might actually work. I tried Tresemme last year, but it felt like it made the greasiness worse, not better.
Has anyone gone on a trip like this before? What did you do for your hair? Is there a dry shampoo you recommend or other suggestions?
Post # 3
I have never used a dry shampoo and wonder if it even has a chance at combating the dirt and sweat you encounter in such a situation that you are building in th e sun all day. My aunt had a dry shampoo by Suave and I was super impressed with the results in her hair so it may be a good option for you. In addition, I know from experience that you can train your hair to be washed less often so maybe if you start now only washing your hair every 3 days it will help. I friend of mine worked up to washing once a week but it took months of gradually extending a day. Your scalp just produces less oils if there is no shampoo to wash them away.
Post # 4
I use a suave dry shampoo: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UBN2AO/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It works really well and doesn’t have too bad a smell. But for four days and 80 hours on a bus, it’s not going to do much after the first day or two.
Post # 5
@hogoboom2012: I have tried tresemme and didnt like it, I felt like it left a weird coating and didn’t wash out very easily. I now use regular old baby powder and I think it is much better.Plus it smells nice.
Post # 6
At whole foods there’s a brand called acure and they have a dry shampoo. I’ve not tried it yet but I love their other products. I would give it a try and I think it’s fairly cheap. Otherwise I would just forgo it. I’m sure everyone expects their hair to look disgusting on such a trip.
Post # 7
Baby powder!!! Super cheap and works wonders…just sprinkle it in massage it into your hair and let it sit for a bit then towel it out. And BAM!! Lovely hair.
Post # 8
@hogoboom2012: I have pretty greasy hair and I’ve tried TONS. My absolutely favorite is Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo (the white powder). I have black hair and I still use it. A small bottle runs about $11 but it will last a very long time. I lightly sprinkle it on my hair and then brush it out thoroughly – sometimes even brushing it with my head flipped over. Make sure you don’t use too much though. Other brands will be cheaper but honestly, I was going through the cheaper spray cans at $7 every 3 weeks or so. A small bottle of Oscar Blandi’s lasted 6 months for me with every other day usage. Here’s a photo of the top of my head on a no shampoo day:
If your hair is not so greasy, you can probably get away with a cheaper brand. Batiste is another brand that I liked but was going through too quickly. I think it runs at about $7/bottle depending on where you live. It can be found at a Sally Beauty store.
I’ve never been on a trip like you’ve described and the most I go without washing my hair is two days so I’m not sure how it’ll hold up under extreme conditions as you’ve described.
Post # 9
Batiste or Suave. Suave is just as good as Batiste, but if you need a hint of color (if you have really dark hair), get the Batiste.
DO NOT buy Tressemme. Blech. It almost makes your hair greasier. It’s awful!
Post # 10
I 2d the Oscar Blandi, love the stuff.
Post # 11
@BlondeMissMolly: I love Acure, but their dry shampoo is horrible. It’s gritty and too thick.
@hogoboom2012: The two dry shampoos I use are: Giovanni Powder Power, which is available at Whole Foods, and Lush Dusting Powders in Vanilla Puff and Silky Underwear. The Lush powders are actually a body powder, but work really well as a dry shampoo. They could help cut down on stuff you need to pack, since you’d have a body powder and dry shampoo in one!
Post # 12
Let me tell you, NOTHING works better than baby powder! It’s amazing, and it’ll sop up just about any amount of grease. I have foudn that any dry shampoo that you “spray” into your hair only makes it worse. If you’re going for a dry shampoo, get one that comes in a similar container as baby powder (Sephora sells one, I can’t remember the brand, but it’s kind of expensive for what you get). I would especially suggest baby powder for your situation. The ONLY thing that sucks about baby powder is that it makes your hair smell like baby powder, but on a mission trip, I don’t think it’ll matter what your hair smells like. Baby powder is super cheap and it works the best, hands down!
Post # 14
My favorite is Dove. However if it will be that long I would go with baby powder. When I use dry shampoo it’s a last minute emergency type thing. After a day or so I think it starts to smell and it attracts more grease and dirt.
Post # 15
@MissStumptown: really?! Dang I was excited to try it! I might still have to give it a try and see how it works for me.
Post # 16
@BlondeMissMolly: Yeah definitely try it out and if it doesn’t work for you, try Giovanni’s Powder Power. My Whole Foods started carrying it recently. That stuff is silky smooth and smells amazing. It’s also lighter, so it’s easier to brush out to make sure your hair doesn’t turn white!