The How’s and Why’s of Dry Shampoo – With Sophie Sawyer
It’s officially (finally) summer and time to be outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Are you inside your house fretting about how to make your hair look nice in 80-degree, 95-percent-humidity weather? Let me give you some tips about how to minimize your time in front of the mirror this summer and get out and enjoy the warm weather without worrying about your hair.
Let me take you back in time for a moment: The year is 2002, straight hair is SO “in” right now and I, obviously, have to wake up three hours before school starts to do the full shampoo/condition/blowdry/flatiron routine, lest I show up to a single day of my sophomore year with unwashed hair and run the risk of someone telling me my hair looked “greasy.” The anxiety was too much to bear. So, like so many others, I was getting four hours of sleep every night just so I could wake up and strip my hair of oils and singe it with the 3-inch-thick metal plates of my flatiron again and again. Sound familiar?
Lets get back to today. As far as what is “in” for style trends, anything goes right now. Especially in the summer. Rocking a natural beach-wave or curl can be the most beautiful style and takes almost no effort to pull off. While if you’re someone that likes to have a manicured head of hair everyday, it would be nice to get some longevity out of that style so you don’t have to worry about damaging it from heat on a daily basis.
Lets talk about your shampooing routine: Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “I would like to not have to wash my hair every day, but my hair gets so “greasy” so fast that I need to!” I understand that it seems like you’re doing your hair a favor by rinsing away all of that heavy “grease” that is coming out of your scalp like there is no tomorrow, but in actuality, your body is reacting adversely to it. The oils coming from your skin are meant to nourish your hair, so if you wash them away everyday then your body tends to freak-out and over-produces the oils it’s lacking. SO, what do we do about this dilemma?
It’s 2015 and we are fortunate enough to live in a time where Dry Shampoo has been invented. (this may sound like an over-exaggeration, but dry shampoo totally changed my life) Having the ability to style your hair in under 5 minutes is a dream that can come true! If you’re ready to liberate yourself from the everyday washing routine, here is what I recommend:
Start off by acquiring a “top shelf” dry shampoo. (Having a professional product makes a HUGE difference.) We recommend KMS Hair Play Makeover Spray. Then set dates on your calender 2 weeks and 1 month from the date you get your dry shampoo. These are your “goal dates”. The first date (2 weeks) is that you will go the next two weeks only washing your hair every other day, while using your dry shampoo on the “off” days. once you’ve become acclimated to the texture and feel of the product in your hair and your scalp starts to produce less oil, you are ready to move on to washing every two days. Of course, you can use your dry shampoo as often as you like in between washing. From there, you can use your judgement on how often you would like to wash your hair with traditional shampoo and conditioner. I have clients that go about 2 to 3 days between washing. I myself go about 10 days to 2 weeks between washes in the summer time.
Things you’ll start to notice:
-The hair becomes less “silky” and starts to feel stronger. (comparable to an animal’s coat)
-Your scalp will produce a lot less oil.
-Your hair will become much less susceptible to humidity and frizz.
-Your styles will last a lot longer and not have to be maintained.
-You can still wet your hair, and even condition it, everyday!
-When you apply your dry shampoo, try to just focus on the scalp and base of your hair by making clean sections.