Beauty & Style, Cosmetics

Why I’m Never Buying Dry Shampoo Again

“If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?” ~ Lily Tomlin

I’m really, really, epically bad at mornings.

So I get through a lot of dry of shampoo – because I often just don’t have time to wash, condition and blow dry my hair on weekday mornings.

Except that this week I ran out. And so did my local shop.

So I bought some baby powder instead.

Since that’s what I used to use back in the day before dry shampoo became a thing.

And you know what? I’m never going back to using dry shampoo again.

Because the baby powder worked so much better than the Batiste dry shampoo I’m used to using. Just so much better.

It took far less talc to make my hair appear clean than it would have done dry shampoo, with the result that my hair looked much cleaner than it would have done if it’d had half a can of dry shampoo sprayed into it. As in, it pretty much looked as though I’d actually washed my hair.

I don’t know whether it’s a problem particular to being a bottle blonde with really dark natural hair, but when I haven’t washed my hair my natural colour becomes much more prominent than it is when my hair has just been washed. It looks like I have really dark hair with not so great highlights as opposed to a person with mostly blonde hair with some natural lowlights.

Dry shampoo doesn’t really do much to counteract this effect. Whereas the baby powder if anything made my roots even less noticeable than they are normally. My housemate said my hair looked lighter.

The baby powder also made my hair actually feel clean, which isn’t something I ever really get from dry shampoo. I spend most of the day that I’ve used it feeling very much aware that I’ve only dry shampood it and wanting very much to get home and shower so that I can stop feeling quite so skanky.

The baby powder also works out cheaper than the dry shampoo, not that the dry shampoo costs enough that it was ever going to break the bank.

The only downside that I can see to the baby powder is that because you pour it rather than spray it you tend to get as much of it on everything around you as you do in your hair, then you have to remember to rub it in to all those things to make it go away. Which is hardly the greatest hardship in the world.

So, yeah, I’m sticking with the baby powder from now on. How about you?

6 thoughts on “Why I’m Never Buying Dry Shampoo Again”

  1. I have used baby powder before – but aways had the feeling that my hair was dirty. Heavier and dirtier than before, actually. I’m using Syoss dry shampoo now (I tried to google it, but it doesn’t seem to be available in the UK, it’s a German product) and it does a great job on keeping my hair light and fluffy.
    Ever since I started to dye my hair with henna, my hair has been in a great condition anyway. Less greasy roots, shiny lengths and no split ends. Which is great, because just like you, I can’t manage to wash my hair most mornings… I need to spend every second before work fuelling up on coffee 😉


    1. I like the sound of the henna, and it makes such a gorgeous colour. Having had mine bleached a few weeks ago has helped keep it from getting so greasy but otherwise is probably the worst thing I can do for it, if only there was a better way to be blonde.

      I found some of the Syoss on Amazon, so I’ll see what that’s like, thanks 🙂


  2. On the very, very rare occasion that I straighten my hair, I’ll use baby powder to keep it from looking too greasy after day 2. I dump it right on my scalp and comb until it’s mostly absorbed, then rub it in until it doesn’t look too ghostly.
    Luckily, my hair is naturally just the right color/texture that I’ve gotten away with going a week without washing (2 days down, one or two in a pony, the rest in a bun)


    1. My hair is just too short for a bun now. I’m just waiting for it to get long enough again, it’ll be 50% less high maintenance when I can pull of the ‘don’t have time/can’t be bothered, oh I’ll just pin it all on the back of my head, no-one will notice’.


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