You just got off the night bus and haven’t showered in days, but your new hostel mates want to go out on the town. There’s not enough time to shower, but you look like you just woke up. What’s a girl to do? As I mentioned in the Low Key Traveler’s Beauty Kit, dry shampoo is pretty much the best thing you can bring with you traveling. It’s right up there with your passport in terms of importance, transforming your look in a matter of seconds.
Why is dry shampoo so great? I’m glad you asked.
Easy to pack
Dry shampoo comes in many sizes, so you don’t have to worry about taking up too much space in your luggage. You only need a sprinkling of it to do the job. It’s not like Lush Solid Shampoo in that you also don’t have to worry about it being wet in your bag.
Not subject to TSA restrictions
Since it’s not a liquid, you can pack as much of it as you want. You’ve got to love the TSA loopholes. While you may still want to bring wet shampoo and conditioner for a deeper cleanse, the dry shampoo won’t factor into your allotted ounces of liquid.
*We are referring to the powder versions of dry shampoo- not aerosols, which count as liquids.
Aerosol or powder versions
I prefer the powdered kind because I don’t have to worry about it spraying all over my bag, but the aerosol has the effect of hairspray and can liven up your hair while the powder just keeps grease under control.
Keeps you from looking like a dirty backpacker
I will put my big bad female traveling secret out there: I don’t shower every day. Sometimes not even every other day. I know, I know. So embarassing. But I’m guessing neither do most people, especially when traveling. These are the people dry shampoo was created for. It soaks up the oils in your hair and leaves it smelling like you just washed it, rather than the aroma of stale cigarette smoke and falafel grease from the night before.
If it’s good enough for models
I recently learned that all those glamorous models in fashion magazines have dirty hair covered up by dry shampoo and hair spray. When your hair isn’t freshly washed, it’s easier to style, which is why dry shampoo is so handy and recommended by professional hair stylists.
While Oscar Blandi is my preferred brand, you can easily substitute baby powder or even find a knockoff brand at your local discount store for around $5. But you get what you pay fo, whether it’s $2 or $24r.
Works for many hair styles
Length, texture and thickness makes no difference because dry shampoo will work on any style. You don’t choose according to if your hair is color treated, dry or thin like you do with normal shampoos.
How to use it
Shake a coin sized amount into your palms, rub it into your hands and into your scalp as you would gel or anything else. Make sure to pat or brush it down so you aren’t left looking like you’re wearing George Washington’s powdered wig. If you’re using the spray version, hold it about four inches away from your head because if you get too close you will have one big white spot.
It can also be used to soak up those oils in your face or decrease forehead and nose shine. Don’t cake yourself in it, but a light layer can help.
Brands I Recommend
- Award Winning: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, 2.5 oz, $21, also available in aerosol. BUY on Amazon >>
- Cheapest: Pssst Aerosol Dry Shampoo, 5.3 oz, $5.72. BUY on Amazon >>
- Best for Curly Hair: Tresemme Fresh Start Waterless Foam Shampoo, 6 oz, $4.49. BUY on Amazon >>
- Best for Budget: Suave Dry Shampoo Spray, Beautiful Clean, 5 oz, $2.74. BUY on Amazon >>