Saturday, December 15th, 2018

The Importance of Dry Shampoo

Published on January 21, 2009 by   ·   18 Comments Pin It
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How do you think our Grandmothers kept those ‘hives alive for DAYS?   My Grandmother (a shockingly bright redhead who still sports “pieces” and huge faux flower clips on her pompadour) went for a once weekly “shampoo and set” where her “girl” teased her borderline-fuchsia locks into oblivion.     Her hair always looked sexy and fantastic.   She may as well have been Gina Lollobrigida even on her most casual of days, gallivanting around her over the top apartment (leopard print everywhere) on the 42nd floor in a gold caftan, more diamonds than anyone ever needs, and flaming orange lipstick.   I loved how she looked more than anything, and knew then that this display of camp, over-the-top femininity was where I hoped my look would one day evolve. No wonder I ended up running with Drag Queens throughout my teens.

Hot curlers and dry shampoo give me good hair.

Chloe Jo says "Hot curlers and dry shampoo give me good hair."

Unfortunately my real life hair, unless I have an event or am going somewhere special, is either too dry, too oily, or too long – with crazed tangles of blonde, brown, and black that my cats claw at.     After a recent trip to my beloved hairstylist (Alicia Trani at Mudhoney in NYC) when I came out feeling like myself again, I made a commitment to myself that I’d start fixing myself up more, even when nobody was going to see me.   And hot curlers saved the day.   They are SO underrated.   Hot curlers give me Farrah-sexy hair in 10 minutes or less, and I can save the look for a few days before it gets to what I call (lovingly) stripper hair.   But there is always the instance when it’s day 3 of my curled or blown out hair, and I have to hit the gym for a session with my trainer and be at a dinner by 8pm, and I just don’t have the time to redo my ‘do!   What to do?


The toxic kind Grandma used to use.  We dont recommend this propane fueled version!

The toxic kind Grandma used to use. We don't recommend this propane fueled version!

My Grandma, Mother, Aunt (and yours) LIVED by this stuff to prolong their hairstyles.   Basically, you spray or sprinkle a powder on your head/ hair and it absorbs the oil on your scalp and head and makes your hair smell pretty.   Dry Shampoo also adds tons of volume to thin or fine hair. This is the perfect fix in a pinch and everybody (men and women) should always have a bottle handy!   It’s also great for those of us who color our hair, because the less you wash your hair – the less color comes out and the less dry your hair gets.   In fact, most hairstylists will straight up tell you that you shouldn’t wash your hair more than 3 times a week.   Pulling all those natural oils out of your head only to try to put them back in with a conditioner is nonsensical.   Dry shampoo allows you to freshen up your head without drying out your scalp and lock-age.

Our fave = HAIR FIX.   This 100% natural, vegan, and affordable dry shampoo is so easy to use.   Hair Fix is available in Brown, White, and Black and is fragranced with a luscious blend of 100% organic essential oils.

Hair Fix, $19.95.

Hair Fix, $19.95.

How to use? Simply shake the bottle, dispense a small amount of the powder close to your scalp and work through your hair with fingers or blend it in beautifully with an applicator brush.   Your hair will be left smelling fresh and clean, excess oil is absorbed, and your hair is full of volume and bounce.   Lot’s of people also like the Bumble & Bumble dry shampoos because they are available in spray bottles, but these are neither a smart eco choice, nor organic, nor certified vegan, and they are much more expensive than Hair Fix.     Best of all, Hair Fix is owned by an eco/ animal activist cutie, so you know your money is going somewhere great.   Learn more about dry shampoo on their FAQ page here.

Curl on!

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Readers Comments (18)

  1. snugglebunny says:

    Um, yeah, hi–NEED SOME! STAT! This wintertime dryness is so extreme, it’s drying out even MY ultra-crazy healthy hair. I’m over it. Thanks for the tip, CJ!

  2. Allison Tray says:

    My scalp gets oily, and then my hair gets dry. Dry Shampoo is the best solution!! The PSSSTT brand is stinky ;(. I use Oscar Blandi and it comes in a little bottle that I throw in my purse! BTW_ CJ_ are u taming a “jew fro” with those hot rollers? I’m dying to get off the blow dryer but my hair is frizzy/curly. I wonder if hot rollers are for me??? xoxo

  3. brook says:

    dry shampoo is a life saver! while i’d love to support hair fix, unfortunately, they don’t offer a red option (which b&b does). i will, however, point my non-redheaded sisters in their direction. xo

  4. Gina says:

    Hi there! This is Gina, CEO of Hair Fix Inc. We do indeed have a Red which we are discontinuing and reformulating to a Red less intense. This is currently a great shade for flaming redheads! Find it here:
    GirlieGirl readers/subscribers, please feel free to use coupon code “15off” for 15% off of your purchase! Thanks so much!
    PS- It’s nice to see that I am not the only one out there who wrestles with taming her ‘jewfro’!

  5. dt says:

    whoa, this is fantastic! i feel like i have to wash my hair everyday or risk looking like a greasy pizza. i’ll definitely make use of this coupon and try hair fix!

  6. brook says:

    great! it’s done; i’ve ordered it and am so excited! gina, thank you for the letting me know about the red and the coupon–chloe, thank you for keeping your girlie readers in the know! xox

  7. Jessica T. says:

    I have the exact Psssssst bottle that you say not to use! My boyfriend teased me and asked if it’s a few decades old…

  8. popdarings says:

    nothing works like good ole pssst!

  9. jenni says:

    i so need this! with the change in weather, my hair is going nuts in between washing. thanks for this non-toxic alternative.

  10. biba says:

    I’ve got baby fine hair which is a flat as a pancake. What I use for dry shampoo is baby powder. It works adds body and smells yummy.

  11. Shelly Shenoy says:

    I have always used baby powder in the past as well but am so curious about this eco friendly dry shampoo. If I’m blonde do I use the ‘white’ powder?

    Also – damn, I almost forgot how awesome hot rollers are. I wonder where I can get an awesome small set….!?

  12. Gina says:

    Hi Shelly-
    Go with the color closest to your root color. Right now, White would be the best choice for blondes but if your roots are brown/dark, go with the Brown :) Thanks to everyone who has purchased, emailed, commented from this blog!
    Vegan love,

  13. Sarah says:

    This is so brilliant! I’ve used baby powder in the past, but I have just dark enough blonde that it is obvious that my hair has been treated. I just bought a bottle of the brown with the discount code. Thank you!

  14. Cara says:

    Thanks Gina! I just ordered mine, so glad I checked the comments first!

  15. Macey Jones says:

    how funny. I just read the comments about psssst. My mom turned me on to dry shampoo and she said she used to use psst. Her new fav is LoK Dry Shampoo. Not powdery at all. has anyone else tried it? My mom loves it!

  16. Macey Jones says:

    Here is a link I found on-line for a commercial for the LoK Dry Shampoo.

  17. […] the genius who brought us vegan dry shampoo introducing a vegan lip balm that truly works! Available in pomegranate, spearmint, and unflavored, […]

  18. Stephanie says:

    I have a question…… I have fine thin natural blonde hair that is straight as a board and does not hold any curl. Will this product work for my hair type? I wash my hair at night before bed and again in the morning before work and never use conditioner. Seriously, my hair feels like my niece’s hair, who is 3. Awesome feel but horrible for any style.

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