As you know, I am a proponent of dry shampoo. It fits perfectly into my “busy woman toolkit,” and makes it possible for me to arrive at breakfast meetings and 9:00AM hearings looking like I actually took the time to style my hair. I have a favorite brand (Pssst), but I get a lot of reader mail from women who can’t find that type at their local drugstore.
Recently, the good folks at Tresemme offered to send me a can of dry shampoo to test out. I had already tried their product last Fall, but I thought, “Why not give it another look?” And just to make sure that the product got a proper vetting, I gave another can to my yoga instructor, Sophie, who had been bugging me about how much she hated Pssst. (She said it made her hair dry.)
On second glance, the product wasn’t as sticky as I remembered it being. This is probably because instead of just brushing my hair through, I took the blow dryer and the round brush to it this time. It had a pleasant citrusy scent, and gave me a good bit of volume at the roots. But I didn’t love it as much as Sophie did.
“Teaching yoga and Bikram, my hair gets dirty and gross. If I decide to leave the gym after my morning class to grab a bite, I have to shower. If I take off after my afternoon class to have a drink at Happy Hour, I have to shower. And if I have a private lesson on Saturdays before brunch, I have to shower. All that showering, really dries out my skin and hair.’
“I tried Pssst, at Belle’s suggestion, but it really dried out my ends. It also caused dandruff-like flakes and flyaways. The Tresemme removed oil from my hair and pumped up my roots. It really covered up that post-workout hair smell. It also didn’t dry out my ends or scalp the way the other product did.’
“If you have dry hair or dry scalp, Tresemme is the better choice for you. It was for me.”
Just like with regular shampoo, finding the right formula for your hair is the goal. My hair’s a bit oily, Sophie’s is chemically-treated and dry. She liked the Tresemme much better than the Pssst. So much better, in fact, that she stole the other can from my gym bag. (Yes, I know it was you.)
If you decide to try the Tresemme, I’d encourage you to brush it through quite thoroughly. I’d also ask that you try it a couple of times before you decide if it’s the one for you. I liked it much better the second time around than I did the first, probably due to the application of heat.
I also think the smell is a big help if you’ve been working out or if your coif is afflicted with a lingering bar room odor. Most dry shampoos have no scent, and frankly, there are times when a light scent would be very beneficial.
So if the starchy dry shampoos don’t work for you, or if you live in a place where you can’t find them, give Tresemme a try. Either way, it’s better than showing up to work with that, “I couldn’t be bothered to wash my hair today” look.