Dry shampoo has become a big thing these days. It extends a blow out, protects your color by allowing more time between washings, adds texture and fullness, and colored dry shampoos can hide roots and gray hairs. It seems that every brand has one, and it feels that in the past couple of years I have tried all of them.
I have had tried few hits, but they eventually become misses for me. Salon Grafix was budget friendly and didn’t make my hair ashy, but it made it feel a bit gummy, look flat, and if I by chance scratched my scalp I had brown goo stuck under my fingernails for the rest of the day. Suave and Tresemme were okay, but both left my hair a tad ashy and the smell was so strong it would give me headaches, especially when I would sweat. Oscar Blandi made me ashy, Ojon wasn't worth the price or effort. Klorane is pretty fabulous, but the pricetag and the small container made it ridiculous.
The other day I was in CVS killing time, wandering from aisle to aisle. In drug and grocery stores, you can often find the best products on the bottom shelf; these are the products that the shop always keeps in stock because they have a cult following, but aren’t hip or trendy or have a high price. Looking at the bottom shelf in the hair aisle, I see a can for Psssst.
Oh yeah, I used to use this stuff back when I was a visual merchandiser! I used to keep a can in the store bathroom so if I had to work a crazy long shift and then look polished for a training or corporate visit, I could use it quickly to look less greasy. Hey, back then I had various shades of dark hair and don’t recall ashy roots from it, maybe it will work for me now. Oh and hey, look at that nice low price!
WHY DID I STOP USING PSSSST???? This stuff is AMAZING! One of the lightest scents of any dry shampoo I have used, a very fine but full mist that prevents white patches, a formula that dries super fast so you can almost immediately brush or fluff, no stickiness, gumminess, no color staining my neck in a rainstorm and no ashy roots. I don't have to apply it before bedtime. Oh, and the price is nice.
I stopped using it because back in 2001 the idea of dry shampoo was gross. It was used for bedridden folks, people in hospitals and nursing homes who couldn’t bathe themselves. It was a little-known secret, a can that was hidden under the sink with the cleaning supplies. Then dry shampoo became cool, and when ordinary things because cool things, all the cool brands make versions of it and pay big bucks for good advertising (and blog sponsorship). So I tried the ones made by chi chi salons in New York, the ones sold at Sephora, the ones my favorite bloggers swore by, the ones Allure toted as the best, the ones that the ads said rivaled the chi chi New York salon versions.
Well, I’m back to the original, and I’m not hiding it under the sink. I use it second day to make my hair look like first day. After a long day, I add it to my bangs to keep them from getting piecey and gross. I can look professional on Day 3 without a proper shampooing. I can walk instead of taking a taxi to an event after work and make my hair look good again with a few puffs and a fine-toothed comb (did I mention they have a purse-friendly 1.75 oz size?).
Oh, and the price is nice.