Too Busy To Wash Your Hair

“Dry shampoo revives a blow dry at the end of the day when hair goes flat,” says the hairstylist Serge Normant. Normant’s Meta Revive Dry Shampoo goes everywhere with me now; one blast here, another there, and it gives me instant ’80s hair. “It gives hair that second-day look, which I’ve always loved,” Normant says.

I don’t ever want to be that person who is so busy that he doesn’t have time to hop in the shower for a few minutes to wash his hair, but I suppose keeping a $6 bottle of dry shampoo around might be worth it? People seem to be using it more as a hair-styling product than a “I haven’t had time to shower for a while, and my hair is really greasy, so let’s dab this on,” but what do I know—perhaps you can reveal the secrets about dry shampoo. I just wash my hair every other day like my barber tells me I should.


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Megano! (#124)

Hahah I can’t even use it for that purpose, that is how greasy my hair gets after ONE DAY. Gross story: sometimes it is so greasy I can barely lather the shampoo.

ghechr (#596)

I use dry shampoo- the powdery kind- all the time. Like, I’m not really dirty where I need a shower, and maybe I mismanaged my time a bit before I had to be somewhere, and maybe my outfit isn’t conducive to wearing a hat, so dry shampoo it is.

Fig. 1 (#632)

I like using it in conjunction with the no-poo method, as a cheat if I have an Important Event, or just as a preventative measure before my bike to work. FYI I use it once or twice a week, and wash my hair about the same amount. (Late 20s, thick wavy Caucasian hair that is.) If you have a boar bristle brush, even better.

I used to have to wash my hair at least every second day, but now it’s a lot less greasy, and my dandruff has disappeared. If you have the stomach to get through the initial six weeks, I recommend the no-poo method.

@Fig. 1 “no-poo” is a terrible phrase. just say you’re DIRTY.
jk jk jk
i wash my hair like once a week

Fig. 1 (#632)

@Logan Sachon I agree, but I’m not sure what else to call it?


@Fig. 1 PLUS 10000000

@Fig. 1 PLUS 10000000

ElBlynx (#499)

@Fig. 1 Dirty Hippie Method: Part Deux–I have very dry curly-wavy hair so in addition to never using shampoo, I just started using diluted Apple Cider Vinegar as conditioner. It sounds like hippie BS, but it makes my hair so much softer and once it dries, there is absolutely no vinegar smell. It does look like I have pee in a jar though:(

selenana (#673)

@Fig. 1 I also wash mine like once a week these days, twice if I go to a smoky bar (we still have smoky bars out here). I got the dry shampoo that the hairpin recommended a couple of months ago (Suave, it was like 2.50) and I blast it in if I need just one or two more days to get to the weekend. I like it.

Fig. 1 (#632)

@ElBlynx I can’t use the cider vinegar, even as a super diluted rinse, because it makes my hair greasier? Something I learned the hard way. Hmm I’ll have to check out the Suave. They discontinued the heavy-duty Klorane I used to use (now all I can find is this overfragranced “daily use” Klorane.

i thought the point of dry shampoo was to make you look like you just had sex. IS THIS WRONG?

Fig. 1 (#632)

@Logan Sachon If dry shampoo/sex is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

lrodrigue (#1,315)

@Logan Sachon this is fact. add to the equation 1 comb ($0.99) and 1 thing of baby powder shaken hungoverly into hair’s roots ($somedollars) and you win sexy hair prize & added prize of “You spent more time making your hair look gross/filthy than you would have spent washing & styling it normally”

Man, most of this stuff is FULL OF ALUMINUM. My head is concerned.

cherrispryte (#19)

@Jake Reinhardt It is useful in blocking out the alien radio signals!

I fully use dry shampoo (actually baby powder) in the sense of “I don’t have time to wash my hair right now, and my hair is really greasy so let’s dab this on.”

(not because my life is so busy and exciting – obviously – but my hair, unlike I suspect Mike Dang’s, takes a long time to dry, and the ends get really fucked if I wash it and blow dry it every day)

meg (#329)

@redheaded&crazy totally. in my experience observing the small sample of Dudes Or Short-Haired Ladies I Have Lived With, there is a big difference between the time investment for short-hair-washing, and my routine of shampoo-condition-airdry-blowdry-straighten to tame the big old mess sitting atop my scalp. if it’s day 4 and I’m feeling lazy, dry shampoo is my jam.

MissMushkila (#1,044)

@redheaded&crazy I just cut four and a half inches off my long hair because my long hair was making me exhausted. It is a huge time investment, and I was bored with it and so had started liberally using dry shampoo and constantly wearing it in a bun.

KateH (#787)

You guys. Since this is the Billfold and all: just use baby powder. Main ingredient in most dry shampoos is talc or corn starch anyway. I’ve been doing that since high school, and still do it when my fancy dry shampoo is at home (always keep a small thing of baby powder in my bag). Works great!

However, this trick mainly works for lighter-hair types. As do most powder dry-shampoos anyway.

cherrispryte (#19)

@KateH Or just use corn starch, which is also super-good for adding volume.

@KateH this reminds me of a time my mom read a hot tip that to get sand off of you after the beach, you just should rub some corn starch on your legs before you get in the car. pro: no sand! con: CORN STARCH ERRYWHERE.

@KateH the only problem with baby powder is the smell (I use it anyway hahahahaaagh). For darker haired types I’ve heard cocoa powder, though it’s definitely not as inexpensive as baby powder. No idea if it’s cheaper than real dry shampoo.

I think I have to try the corn starch idea.

Fig. 1 (#632)

@redheaded&crazy Cocoa powder would smell good too, although I’d probably just end up craving chocolate all day. I bet if you cut it with cornstarch it would be even cheaper.

@KateH I used clay powder for a while, and it worked. You know, if you happen to have powdered clay sitting around.

@Fig. 1 I’ve used cornstarch mixed with cocoa powder, I don’t remember the ratio, maybe twice as much cornstarch? I just mixed in cocoa powder until it seemed dark enough not to show too much. Anyway it didn’t smell at all when I put it in but the next time I washed my hair the shower smelled like hot chocolate.

I have curly hair (the type that looks terrible if you dry brush it), so I use dry shampoo when my hair gets messed up during the day to make it look semi-presentable at night…not because my hair is dirty. The company I work for, though, makes recovery bags for cancer patients, and we put dry shampoo in with the toiletries for all the people who can’t get out of bed.

Mrs. Beeton (#320)

I use it during Bonnaroo because there you’re not just dealing with regular no-shower greasiness, but also hot southern summer sweats, which really ratchet up one’s grossness. I’d never use it in a normal day-to-day context, though.

Dry Shampoo + Bangs = What greasy forehead? It’s great.

sunshiny (#2,155)

@The Dauphine Agree x1,000,000,000! Dry shampoo makes my gross, greasy bangs look fantastic and perfectly styled at all times.


I have a bottle of PSSST I use occasionally but it just smells so bad I can’t use it as much as I’d like. I’ve also tried the baby powder method but that just seems to make my hair more greasy? Maybe I’m not using enough, I don’t know.

I don’t use product in my hair (only detangler as needed), so maybe I’m just super-sensitive to grease + antigrease on my head?

I really should just shower on Saturdays, huh.

ElBlynx (#499)

I bet the overlap between people who have barbers and people who use dry shampoo is 0. I bet the overlap between people who have hair stylists and who use dry shampoo is much, much greater.

lemons! (#384)

Mike Dang, you just opening a sleeping giant of hair styling comments that you maybe evilgenius-ly or innocently provoked. Who knows! I tried baby powder (messy) and a dry shampoo spray (messy) and I didn’t love how it feels. I tried these products not because I didn’t have time to shower but because sometimes my hair becomes intolerably greasy after a 1-1/2day between shampoos. Now I just wash my hair when I feel like it, but massage my scalp in the shower everyday and my hair and I have balanced out. The pixie cut off of my face helps a lot too.

navigateher (#555)

If only it took just a few minutes to wash my hair.

If you have super short hair like Mike Dang presumably does, I’m sure it doesn’t make sense to buy dry shampoo instead of just washing your hair, but if you have long, thick, unruly hair like mine that takes forever to style, dry shampoo is nice because it buys you an extra day of styled hair without having to wash it and do it all over again.

pearl (#153)

I like showering at night but usually procrastinate to the point that it’s too late for me to shower without going to bed with my hair wet and I just am super lazy. I really like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto hair powder, and for real fancy occasions, Klorane Dry Shampoo (the aerosol kind because yes). They’re not cheap… but they’re great, for someone with greasy, black (Asian) hair. They both blend in real well and smell nice and make me look less scuzzy

RocketSurgeon (#747)

I love dry shampoo. I normally have to wash my hair every day, but if I’ve showered after an evening work out, I use the dry shampoo to get another day out of the wash and not look like I’ve been dipped in butter.

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