The thoughts have replayed over and over in my head ‘There MUST be a way to combat dirty, greasy hair during chemotherapy’. Well, I’m here to tell you, there is! Dry Shampoo is my saviour, and I’m hoping that soon it’ll be yours too. So, dirty hair isn’t at all becoming, to me it was an association with my teenage years and the boys I used to hang out with. Their hair was more often than not, greasy (I believe it was all the rage) and rather pungent (or was that their clothes?) We’d huddle together, with the intoxicating mix of aromas including Brut 33, stale fabrics and incense sticks engulfing my nasal passages. It was enough to make a girl go crossed-eyed for all the wrong reasons. Oh the memories! I must add though, they were all sweet, gorgeous boys!
Dry shampoo is one thing I refuse to live without! It’s my must-have item, whether you’re in the throes of saving your hair or you live in the fast (or lazy) lane and have no time to blow dry and style your hair every few days. I admit, I fit into all three categories! Dry shampoo works instantly when sprayed onto the hair. Its powdery formula absorbs oil and leaves the hair looking and feeling fuller, fragranced and clean.
The market is now a-buzz with dry shampoos – they’re all the rage, and why wouldn’t they be? They’re ingenious. My pick-of-the-bunch is Batiste and here’s why…
- Good value for money (a little bit goes a long way and remember you will save money on shampoo and conditioner!). Expect to pay around $10.00 AUD for a 200 ml bottle of Batiste. There are cheaper alternatives available , however I have road tested many types of dry shampoos and this is the only one I really recommend! You can save on water, time, shampoo and conditioner!
- Leaves no residue (even when my hair is wet down before the scalp cooling cap is fitted before chemotherapy).
- Comes in a range of colours to suit most hair types.
- Comes in various sizes including a travel size.
- Is lightly fragranced.
- Spray on the hair where required, working in with the finger tips. Brush the hair gently after applying, remember holding hair at the roots and brushing from the ends up (check the instructions on the bottle as instructions for use may vary).
- Batiste Big and Bouncy XXL Volume is another product in the range that adds additional body to the hair (I would use this one sparingly as it does tend to build up if used frequently so save for those special occasions).
By all means keep your eye out for cheaper alternatives, but always carry out a patch test first to ensure that you and the dry shampoo are compatible!
Things to remember:
- Dry shampoo is an essential product for helping hair to look clean and full of body
- Always carry out a patch test before using all over your hair
- The travel size is worth buying to slot into your handbag
- Be sure to work it gently into the hair with the fingertips (as sometimes you may see some chalky residue)