1. Wash less: This is probably a no brainer for most folks, as consistent washing of your hair dries it out thereby making it more prone to breakage over time, but yours truly has never really found a dry shampoo she liked. More often than not, I hate the white, powdery residue that’s always left behind, especially if your hair is as dark as mine, and on top of that, my hair is THICK, so I always felt like I had to apply the whole bottle to feel like I was “clean” again. This is where the new Pantene Waterless Collection comes in, specifically their Pantene Cheat Day Dry Shampoo Foam and Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist, which I’ve been testing out the past few weeks of quarantine.
First, the shampoo foam is magic! Similar in texture to styling foam or perhaps men’s shaving cream, it’s lightweight, absorbs into your hair beautifully and is made with Pro-vitamin B5 and orchid flower, which sounds positively lovely, doesn’t it? Also, best part, it DOESN’T LEAVE BEHIND A WHITE RESIDUE! Thank the dry shampoo gods, we have a winner, here! Generally speaking, I need a little dry shampoo boost after 3 days of not washing my hair. I’ll simply dispense a golf-ball sized dollop on my fingertips and massage into the roots of my hair mainly in my primary part and the surrounding part areas where I play with my hair most. Then, I’ll let it sit for about 10-15 minutes until dry and I’ll run a brush through to distribute any excess product. My hair smells and feels amazing afterward — and, most importantly, it’s clean! If I’ll be doing a bit of heat styling afterward, I’ll follow up with the dry conditioner mist. On average, this application of dry shampoo lasts me for a day and a half, without reapplications.
Ah, the dry conditioner mist though is the game changer. It’s like a mixture between a leave-in conditioner and a styling spray. I love it for taming flyaways, frizz and giving a bit extra polish to a hairstyle, but most importantly, it makes everything feel lighter, softer and dare I say it, bouncier? A bit of context: my biggest complaint when it comes to dry shampoos and similar products is that while it leaves your hair usually feeling cleaner, it also leaves it feeling dryer, making it hard to run your hand through your hair (a big downside for someone who likes to run her hands through her hair a lot). But the conditioner truly leaves my hair feeling pliable and soft to the touch. Once I’ve brushed through the dry shampoo foam, I’ll spray small amounts of the conditioner mist downward from mid length to the ends of my hair (never the roots!) and I’ll go back in with an extra toothbrush to tame any stray flyaways/baby hairs.
Bonus points: both products are free from any drying alcohols, sulfates and parabens, all of which I check for now, ever since my bout with perioral dermatitis last year.