Post # 1
Since so many of you in the “How often do you wash your hair?” discussion swear by dry shampoo I need some tips from you experts. I’m convinced it just doesn’t work for my hair/my lifestyle but maybe you can help. Here are my problems that make me think I’m cursed with forever having to wash and style my hair daily:
- I have thin, fine hair with very little volume so even if I do manage to style it in the morning after a shower, it falls flat by the end of the day. I’ve tried a million products and none lasts much longer than that. Therefore it needs to be re-styled every morning.
- When I sleep, my hair gets tangled, knotted, frizzy, matted, and full of bumps. Basically it’s a disaster. I’ve tried silk pillowcases and putting my hair up in a bun (it falls out due to the stupid fineness of my hair) and nothing helps. I think because I usually sweat during the night it gets damp and then mussed up as I toss and turn. Heat styling alone won’t work these kinks out. I need my hair to at least be damp when I style it. But since I can’t use dry shampoo on damp hair when the heck am I supposed to use it? I’ve tried blow drying/styling my hair first and then adding dry shampo but it never gets any volume because it’s dirty when I’m styling it. It’s as if the dirt weighs down my hair at the roots so it won’t respond to my attempts at volumizing.
- I work out 5-6 days a week and I sweat A TON. Like dripping wet hair kind of grossness. It doesn’t feel like dry shampoo gets things clean enough, frankly. I feel disgusting if I don’t wash my hair after a work out. Do you really feel like dry shampoo’s enough after a sweaty work out? And, again, if I work out in the morning when am I supposed to apply it since I don’t have time to let it air dry? Do I blow dry my sweaty hair and then add dry shampoo?
Post # 2
I also have very fine hair that doesn’t have volume or hold a curl. While I wouldn’t try dry shampoo as a post-workout solution I recently tried Moroccan Oil’s dry shampoo on a morning when I was running late and loved it!! I found it added body and volume to my hair.
Post # 3
I have thin hair but a ton of it. It gets very tangled very easily. I also workout 5 days a week and always shower after the workout. Since I workout at night, I come home and shower. I use a volume spray (Unite Boosta) or mousse (Davines or Big Sexy Hair) and blow dry completely before going to bed. When I wake up I lightly spray dry shampoo (Living Proof’s is my hands down favorite) comb my hair, then loosly clip it while it “sinks” in. I do my makeup, take out the clip, rub in the dry shampoo and then either curl or flat iron. I think the secret is letting the dry shampoo settle on your roots for a while, and using a volumizer before drying. I too can get a little sweaty at night, and this does the trick to make my hair volumized.
Post # 4
I struggle with dry shampoo as well, primarily for the last reason you listed. If it’s a weekend and I’m just bumming around I can use dry shampoo and at least if it’s in a ponytail it doesn’t look greasy and gross, but I exercise in the morning before work usually and I’m simply just not going to not wash my sweaty hair before work. I think it just doesn’t really fit the best for some people’s routines! The people I know who rely on dry shampoo many days of the week don’t exercise in the morning.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
OMG this is exactly me!!! I’m convinved it’s just not for me.
Post # 6
Definitely make sure your hair is dry before you spray dry shampoo – either let it air dry or blow dry the sweat, then spray it in, let it sit for 30 seconds or so, and then shake your hair out, rub with fingers, and brush it out!
Post # 7
Ok so my hair is also fine and thin and I am one of those people that swears by dry shampoo. Don’t know if you read in the other thread but due to me being more environmentally conscious I stopped using the aerosol dry shampoos and simply work with baby powder.
Normally if I see that my hair is starting to get oil at night, i will massage some baby powder in my hair before going to bed. If I wake up with oily hair I rub the baby powder in FIRST then I wait around five minutes (brush my teeth in the meantime, apply face cream) THEN I use a spray bottle to dampen my hair and style it as usual.
Post # 8
I have fine hair and dry shampoo actually gives me volume!
Post # 9
Thanks for all of the advice!
I’ll have to try their dry shampoo. I’ve used their regular shampoo and conditioner and really liked it so I like their line of products.
Thank you for the detailed tips. I’ll have to give this a try and see if it helps my sad, sad hair!
Yeah, on occasion I can get away with it on the weekends if I’ve dutifully done all of my working out during the week. But even then it winds up being a ponytail/bun kind of day.
Haha! Glad I’m not alone. I was beginning to think I’m the only girl in the world who can’t figure out how to make dry shampoo work for me.
Hmm, I’ve never tried baby powder so thank you for the tip.
It usually does for me when I’m working with already dried hair and I’ll admit I’ve used it in the evening to revitalize my hair after it’s fallen flat since the morning. Not necessarily that my hair’s dirty but it’s a quick way to re-style without getting my hair damp as many products do.
Post # 10
Just wanted to add- make sure you shake the bottle really well before spraying the dry shampoo or else you just get the aeresol spray and none of the powder!
I’ve used both baby powder and dry shampoo. Love them both but I didn’t like baby powder unless my roots were blonde. Also do you do any oil treatments on your hair before you shower? It sounds like you may have dry hair (based on it getting frizzy/knotted), coconut oil for an hour before you shower would help a lot with that!
ETA: also some people use this powder along with teasing to get volume and thicken up their hair. worth a shot if that’s what you’re going for! In the reviews some people said it helped their hair last through the night
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island
thin fine hair is tough. I have thin, fine, blonde hair and, while I LOVE dry shampoo, I can’t use it and then wear my hair down. It still looks super greasy. So I shake shake shake and spray spray spray and then put my hair up anyways because it looks less greasy than it usually would and smells better than using nothing.
Post # 12
I haven’t had your problems so I can’t help much, but I do add Oribe dry texturizing spray on the days I don’t wash my hair (every other day) and it adds great texture and volume to my hair. I use a dry shampoo powder to help combat the grease. The two products together make my hair look clean and voluminous!
Edit to add – I have thin dark dark brown hair and not much hair.
Post # 13
i recently discovered a dry shampoo paste by r+co. i received it in a birchbox and i love it! i prefer it over the sprays. you can use on hair that’s dry or a little damp and it works so well to absorb oil and add texture.
i also use baby powder sometimes.
Post # 14
I have fine blonde hair and I’ve found that the fancy expensive dry shampoos don’t work for me – I need the extra oil absorbing power of the cheap stuff. My favorite is Dove. Shake the can really well, hold it about 8-12 inches away from the roots, and lift sections to really get in your whole scalp right at the root. I focus on the crown and around my face as those areas tend to be a bit greasier. I wait a few seconds and then rub it all in and shake my head out. Some days it just doesn’t cut it and you might feel a little greasy and other days it’s perfect. Right now I feel on the edge of getting greasy and I washed my hair yesterday morning and used dry shampoo today. I know it’s because I’ve been playing with my hair all day though lol.
Post # 15
Try using a silk cap (hat) instead of silk pillowcase (which you should still use for the sake of your face). It cocoons your hair and gives so much more benefit. I was forever convinced nothing could tame my frizzy baby hairs, which is new growth after old hair falling out, but when I woke up and took off my silk cap and looked better than leaving the hair salon, I was hooked.
I also swore by dry shampoo in the oily hair post, but I only use it as a last resort to go that extra day when I don’t feel like washing my hair. I never rely on it to save my hair when it’s already down and ruined. I also found it’s not the same using it on just greasy hair and on post-workout fluff.
If your hair is thin, try a texturising spray. Never tried one since I have fine yet frizzy af hair, but I think it should do the trick for you. 🙂