A Strongly Worded Letter to Dry Shampoo

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My Dearest Friend,

When we first met, I was skeptical to say the least. I never told you, but for years before we met, I had quite an intimate relationship with an impostor of dry shampoo. I didn’t want to tell you because I was embarrassed. It started in college. I was too tired and too lazy to wash my hair, and I didn’t need to impress anyone. It is important you know that. I want you to be able to understand where I am coming from. So without anyone to impress, I didn’t care as much as maybe I should have about my hair and as a result I started to sprinkle my scalp with baby powder in the morning. 

But, then the problems started: the powder was lighter than my hair color, I could never get it blended perfectly, and there was the time Claire came over to cut my hair and mistakenly held an intervention for my “dandruff problem.” That was awkward. But, I think the final straw was when I finally realized I could never get the bottom of my hair fresh without spilling baby powder all over my shoulders and clothes. I just couldn’t do it any longer. I needed more. It was hard, but I knew I needed an aerosol spray can.

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I started using Oscar Blandi. I bought it at Sephora because when I am trying something new I like to go and talk it out first. That hasn’t changed. However, Oscar Blandi was too expensive to buy as frequently as, I quickly realized, I needed to.

I moved to drug store brands. First, I tried Psssst. I think that was a low point for me. My relationship with Pssst was terrible. The smell was gross, the formula was greasy, and I hated the way I felt when I used it. It was not fresh nor clean.

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Next, I used Batiste. Batiste and I were together for many years. We loved each other. There are so many wonderful scents and variations based on hair color. I can remember when the product first became available in the United States and I didn’t have to smuggle it across boarders any more. It was such a wonderful day. We went on like that… just happy. It was true bliss. If I am being completely honest, I still love Batiste very much. Unfortunately, Duane Reade dropped Batiste. At first, I would order Batiste from soap.com, but it became increasingly impossible to get my packages from the part-time doorman downstairs. I had to move on.

Finally, one day at the office, I was digging through a co-worker’s desk for snacks. (Maria always has the best snacks and I actually still owe her a bag of goldfish.) There it was. My knight in shining armor. Dove Dry Shampoo. The bottle is big. The smell is amazing. So good in fact, my boyfriend asked me if I got new perfume and told me I smelled great. The spray itself is much like an airy dream.

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Needless to say, I feel our relationship has finally come full circle.  We are in a good place now, if you can just keep your distribution in check. I ask that you please continue to be available for sale in my local drug stores. As long as you can keep up your end of the bargain, I promise to keep up mine, which is to buy you, and use you unconditionally whenever I don’t have the time or energy to wash my hair. I am excited about us spending the rest of our lives together.

Til Death Do Us Part, 
***beauty always comes from within, photos taken by Amanda Teague, xoxo behind the mirror***
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  • Vanessa

    HAHA, I’ve once debated on getting Oscar Bandi…but then I thought, ‘hrm, better not’. I love how we’re paying ridiculous amounts of money for dry shampoo when we could just hop in the tub and wash our hair the old fashioned way….BUT THAT WASTES TIME AND TIME IS MONEY. I’m not completely sold on Dove yet, as I’m alternating between that and Tresemme at the moment, and they’re both pretty good!

    • I am going to give the Tresemme a try, especially if they have it at my local drug store. Have to keep things simple since the point is to make life easier, haha.

  • Shayne♥

    this is such a helpful post for me. thanks for being so detailed with your experiences. i live in a country where dry shampoos almost do not exist and lately ive been trying to find one to try for the first time. i saw one from lush but it was out of stock… so im thinking maybe i should DIY one for now lol. i wish dove would start selling their dry shampoos here, would make my life easier :D

    • I have heard some good things about the Lush products. I have not personally tried the dry shampoo but I have a friend who swears by all their stuff. If you try it let me know how it works. Could be a great addition to the list.

  • Victoria Larroque

    i love the way this was written,very entertaining! i definitely need to give the dove dry shampoo a go…

  • Ashley White

    Finding a dry shampoo can be rough- I hear you! Also- have you tried Bed Bath and Beyond for Batiste? That’s where I pick mine up. :)


    • Great tip! Alas, Bed Bath and Beyond is a cross town bus away… probably never going to happen for me since I would have to stop being lazy for 3.5 seconds, haha.

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