One product that I am frequently asked about is dry shampoo. Women want the scoop on this stuff: does it work, how does it work, does it make your hair feel like it's been coated in baby powder? To appreciate dry shampoo, you've got to understand that it does not replace regular shampoo. Instead, use the product to revive hair post workout or when you're running late in the morning. Your hair will not feel squeaky clean and soft after using dry shampoo. It will look cleaner than straight up dirty hair- the starchy ingredients in this product trap oil in the hair and create volume at the roots.
I've tried a few different brands of dry shampoo, and my favorite is Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray. It's easy to use and smells pretty great- very fresh lemon verbena. It also contains rice and wheat proteins, as well as Vitamin E, to strengthen and protect your hair. In addition to protective ingredients, subbing dry shampoo for a couple of traditional washes will protect the natural oils your hair produces (which keep your scalp and strands healthy) and your hair color (especially if it's chemically enhanced).
The Oscar Blandi spray is practically fool-proof to use. Aim the spray nozzle toward your roots and blast for a second, lifting hair and working your way around your head. Flip your head forward and spray along the nape of your neck. Then rub your hands through your hair, massaging the scalp and working the product in. Flip your head right-side up and style. Your hair will have a lot of texture - perfect for holding a ponytail or up-do. The spray is, in my opinion, an upgrade from the original Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo which I found more difficult to apply.
Oscar Blandi's products are available at Sephora. If you're on the fence about this one, pick up the 1.4 oz can for $11- it's the perfect travel size that will let you give it a try with minimal investment.
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