A few weeks ago, I had to leave work, commute home, shower, and get back on the subway to see some friends who were in town for a few days. I gave myself an hour to do so. As I walked down onto the subway platform, I thought, “Fuck it,” I’d rather have that extra hour with my friends. …Until I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the train windows and realized I looked exactly like the little girl from The Ring. Dry shampoo, I’ve since learned, probably would have saved me in this situation.
There are, of course, cons to using dry shampoo: it’s crucial not to consider it a permanent substitute for actually washing your hair (who would do that, though? I have no idea) because it, inevitably, leaves residue. Also, it doesn’t really clean it, per se, it just perks it up. I haven’t alluded to any personal problems one might have for a few hundred words now, so here are some I’ve heard are very intriguing: eating disorders. Abortion. Men in leather jackets. Riding your bicycle against traffic.
So, after my Ring moment, I figured I should give dry shampoo a try. I started by asking for recommendations from Karol Markowicz, of Fix Beauty Bar on the Upper East Side. Our connection is a mutual friend but I’ve never actually been to Beauty bar, so I suppose there’s the possibility it’s a ramshackle Hooverville, but it looks very nice from the pictures and our mutual friend loves it. Anyway, Markowicz is a fan of dry shampoo. As a cosmetologist, she sees it as a way to “extend the life of your blowout” (between salon visits, of course) “and freshen your hair.” Her favorite versions are “The Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo”–which they carry at Fix–”and the L’Oreal Professionel Texture Expert Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo.” She adds, “The Alterna one is the one I use most but the L’Oreal one comes in spray form for people who don’t want to use their hands.”
Having been a beauty
editor critic for a few years now, I was very leery of the word “caviar” in my personal care products. Was this shit going to cost $150? …No, apparently. To my great shock, it was less than $20. I bought that and the L’Oreal spray and, lying around the office, I also had a sample of Shu Uemura Volume Maker, which is “an invisible texturing powder” that isn’t explicitly marketed as a dry shampoo but does promise to offer “instant root lift, texture and body. It also helps to refresh any blow-dry for long lasting hairstyles.” You know, like a dry shampoo.
So here we are, back to not washing my hair. Don’t judge me for the pictures you’re about to see; I did it for science.