Photo by Ashley Batz
Historically, I’ve been obsessed with having clean hair. Not washing my hair daily as a teen spiked my angst, and my grooming obsession lasted well into my 30s. And OK really into my early 40s too. It took having a child and no time to deal with my mass of hair to learn that not washing it has many benefits: 1. You save time, obviously, especially when you have a lot of hair; 2. You save money on products; 3. Your hair can actually look better on the third (or sixth) day after washing it.
The phenomenon of dry shampoo has changed the lives of many, including myself. When I did this photo shoot with Jeanne of Shop Sweet Things (see the photo above), I distinctly remember realizing I didn’t have enough time to do my hair before she and her photographer (the lovely and talented Ashley Batz) arrived at my house. So I broke out my Kevin Murphy dry shampoo (gifted by my friends at Hair Collective), and hoped for the best. Jeanne and Ashley both said nice things about my hair situation so I think it worked out OK.
The Kevin Murphy brand works really well and smells amazing. But I have to say my favorite is BlowPro, because it’s not an aerosol—you pump the powder out manually.
But some days, dry shampoo alone doesn’t cut it. Waves are going in weird directions or just not happening at all. That’s when I end up deep within the vortex of YouTube hair tutorials. The internet has approximately five billion how-tos for putting your dirty hair in creative ponytails, buns with or without the help of a sock, and braids that have up to SIX strands (this five-strand one had FIVE MILLION + views). And while I could watch these videos for days, I am hopeless at achieving any of these styles with my own hands.
If you are similarly challenged, I have good news. After scouring YouTube and the interwebs for god knows how long, I found three how-tos that are actually easy, for real. The proof is that I was able to execute them myself in just a few minutes.
1. Pony tail bun: I didn’t use any hairspray, but I did find the double pony tail method helpful for keeping stray strands in order.
2. Messy braid: I’ve been doing this lately pretty much every time I work out, except with two braids. This method freed me from feeling like my braids always needed to be tight with no stray hair. Plus it makes your hair look super thick. I don’t do the rolling part although I tried it and I promise it’s easy.
3. Post-braids hair: Sometimes braids, after worn overnight or for several hours, add the perfect amount of crimp to make you not feel like you have gross flat hair. Go with it. If you’re in a hurry, clamp a flat iron over your braids for a similar effect.
Certainly my dirty hair and I are kind of gross. But hopefully that’s not immediately evident most of the time. I also have a lot more time for things like preventing my toddler from smearing lipgloss into the shag carpet.