Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo
There are a few products that, depending on your point of view, I'm either an expert on, or an addict of. Self tanners fall solidly into this group. Mascara too. Also gluten, sugar, and dairy free sweets. Slowly, dry shampoos are becoming a bit of an obsession for me. Currently my favorite is Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo. I've tried both drugstore and higher end dry shampoos, and there are certain pitfalls that come with using each of them. Lucky for me, my hair is fairly light, so I don't have to worry about the white residue that comes with spraying dry shampoo all over your head. A few of them are a bit chalkier looking than others, but I can usually solve this problem by rubbing in the product thoroughly with my hands before combing it through. The main issues I've found through my dry shampoo experimentation is that you have to use a ton of product to really soak up the oil in your hair, and that dry shampoos can get pricy. Dove's product solves both these problems, AND it doesn't have a strong scent (which is yet another complaint I have about many dry shampoos).
Typically my hair routine is to wash every other day, and use dry shampoo on the in-between day. My hair is too oily to go longer than two days without a wash. Before Accutane, my hair was so oily that dry shampoo could barely put a dent in my greasiness. Now a good coating of dry shampoo is all I need to get me through my wash-free day. BUT! I love this Dove dry shampoo so much, I've started using it on my hair wash days as a volume booster, and I'm obsessed.
I use my dry shampoo like this (and this is basically how you use every dry shampoo, BTW): I lift sections of my hair and spray the dry shampoo underneath on the roots, from about 6 inches away. I've found through trial and error that if you lift the hair and spray UNDER it, on the roots, you won't have to deal with white chalky residue, and the top of your hair will still have a bit of shine and look normal. I do this under huge sections of hair (think one side of my head, the other side, and the back), and then touch up areas that need a little more attention. For me that's the hair right around my ears, which tends to get super oily, and my bangs. Then I take my fingertips and massage my scalp, again focusing on the underside of my hair. After this step my hair is super fluffy and wackadoo looking, so I comb it through and style further if needed. This is the routine whether I'm using the dry shampoo as a volumizer or an actual dry shampoo.
I love how my hair looks when I use a little of this dry shampoo to add volume after styling my clean hair. It adds a little roughage that I think looks so much better than sleek, perfect hair. Oh, and I usually use a straight iron on my hair before doing the dry shampoo. That's the last step; a little fluff up before I walk out the door. Perfecto.