It's 'National Dry Shampoo Day'! Let's Celebrate By Learning How To Use It Properly
If I had nothing to do all day but count the number of "National This + That Day" press releases that land in my email inbox, I still wouldn't finish by beddy bye. It. Is. Bananas.
But every once in a while one of these manufactured celebrations catches my eyeballs. And since I will do almost anything to avoid my semi-weekly DIY blowouts, I've decided FBP needs to get firmly on the National Dry Shampoo Day bandwagon.
This festive occasion comes to us via the French beauty company Klorane, purveyors of some of the best dry shampoos on Planet Earth. Seriously, Klorane has so cracked the code on this particular category of hair prod that I don't know why other brands even bother.
(Okay, that's a little harsh; I know there are other good dry shampoos on the market. Maybe not as stellar as Klorane, but damn close...)
National Dry Shampoo Day is this Sunday, 12 March, and it coincides with the dreaded "Spring Forward" time-change. The thinking is this: You're losing a precious hour of sleep when we turn our clocks ahead, so you'll want to shave time off your beauty routine by deploying a quick spritz of powder rather than committing to a full-on, get-wet shampoo.
Clever, no? I thought so.
But let's get to the real steak frites of this post: best practices for using dry shampoo.
I reached out to celebrity hairstylist + Klorane enthusiast Birgitte Philippides to ask her a handful of Florida-friendly questions for getting optimal use out of dry shampoo.
(FYI, there's more to Birgitte than that quickie title I just trotted out; she's also a men's grooming expert and a makeup artist, and is repped by Sally Harlor.)
Back to dry shampoo. Et voila - Birgitte's Florida-friendly answers.
Dos + Don'ts
FBP: Let's say someone plays tennis a few times a week - or runs, paddle boards, hits the gym, etc. - and she doesn't have the desire to do the whole shampoo / blowout rigmarole after every activity. Does dry shampoo work on really really dirty hair? Or is there a certain point when you just HAVE to 'get wet' and truly suds up? How can you know when that is?
Philippides: Dry shampoo ideally works on hair that is a day or two overdue for shampooing. The extra oiliness in the hair gets absorbed by the special absorbent ingredients in the dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is meant to extend your shampoo or blow-dry only for a little bit. It can be great to add extra texture to hair, especially fine hair. But it is not a full replacement for shampooing. If your hair is really dirty, then it's time to shampoo and not use dry shampoo.
FBP: As Part 2 of that question, hair should be TOTALLY dry before you spritz with dry shampoo, right? Not the least bit sweaty, correct? I can imagine that adding dry shampoo to sweaty hair would be a bit of a disaster.
Philippides: Hair should be totally dry. Definitely not sweaty.
FBP: Do you have tips or best practices for using dry shampoo when it's crazy-humid outside?
Philippides: Make sure hair is as dry as possible. Use a hairdryer to make it drier if needed.
FBP: Any Klorane dry shampoos you feel are especially 'Florida-friendly'?
Philippides: I like the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle for extra oily hair.
So there we have it, ladies. We each need to consult our own personal Sweat-O-Meters to figure-out when we can get away with a quick spritz of dry shampoo + when we have no choice but to hop in the shower and do the whole wash | condition | blowout routine. Plan accordingly, my lovelies.