I love you, Dry Shampoo…

6 Nov

In a perfect world, we would have unlimited time in the morning to get ready for all those important daily events. However, in an alarm-failing, late-night-out, just-one-more-snooze, power-outage, ah-I’ll-just-throw-it-up-in-a-ponytail world, there’s the miracle of dry shampoo to save us. Let it be noted that this trick should in NO way take the place of a relaxing and body cleansing shower. But if you find yourself having to decide between a shower and your job, go with this. Dry shampoo can extend the bouncy-ness and cleanliness (though fake, but who’s judging) of your hair for one more day. It can also be used for the first few days after a hair color to ensure that you do not wash out that beautiful new color you paid gobs for. There are a few great products out on the market right now that have capitalized on our morning tiredness, TIGI Rockaholic’s Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo, $16-$18 (depending on where you buy this product), available at any TIGI Salon. Though I love this product, I even more so love finding things I can use in my own kitchen to substitute.

This brings me to my own version of the DRY SHAMPOO: I overheard this tip while sitting backstage in a makeup chair when a fellow model showed up with ultra-greasy, un-runway hair. I’ve used it for years when I find myself in the same predicament and I swear by it.

In an old salt or pepper shaker (and you know you have that extra pair in a box down in depths of your kitchen cabinets… and who uses more than one set? really), fill with 2 parts corn starch & 1 part salt. Mix well. Part your hair just beyond your natural part, about half an inch. Shake the mixture onto your greasy roots. If you have darker hair, you may have to use extra sparingly, but lighter stranded heads can shake away. Brush out from root to tip (a boar hair brush works best), and repeat on the opposite side of your part. Grab a mirror to make sure you didn’t leave any product unbrushed and rush out that door!

This tip works as the salt & cornstarch soak up those excess oils, leaving your hair ready for one more world-conquering day.

Bonus Tip: If you run out of your perfectly blended mixture, you can also use baby powder. I don’t recommend it if you have darker than dirty blonde hair, but again, an emergency is an emergency. If you choose this method, remember to dab on a little perfume because the baby powder is a very recognizable smell. Even to that guy in the cubicle next to you. Also, PLEASE shake a little baby powder into your palm, and THEN apply it. If you choose the bottle to hair route, you’ll regret it… personal experience? Oh, yes.

Boar Bristle Brushes (say that 10 times fast) I love:

RUNWAY: Paul Labrecque Smoothing Flat 100% Boar Bristle Brush, $78.00, available at 3 NYC salon locations or online at PaulLabrecque.com; or Mason Pearson Large Extra Boar Bristle Brush in Dark Ruby, $254.00, available at Wilshire Beauty.com & Amazon.com.

MY WAY: Kashuk Tools Bristle Hair Brush, $14.99, available at Target.



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