I love squeaky clean hair, but the truth is that my hair is fairly fine and stick straight, so super clean translates to limpy wimpy. I don’t know about you, but for volume and body, I turn to products. Lots of them. Volumizers, root lifters, shimmer sprays, spray gels, leave-on conditioners, rinse-off conditioners, heat protectors, freeze hair spritzers, well, you get the idea.
Those represent just a handful, and not all of them are invited to the party at the same time, but they all get to play in my hair at some point.
A couple of years ago, I discovered what a lot of people already knew: If you add color to your hair, you end up with extra body. My stylist says that it adds about 30-percent volume. It’s true, and I could tell immediately when, after holding out for years, I finally succumbed to partial highlights. Instant body.
Because I seldom go to the salon, I’m careful about keeping those pricey highlights their shiny best for as long as possible. One way to achieve that is to not wash my hair daily, which I used to do before discovering that my treated hair didn’t need daily washing. For some reason, it looked clean longer. And, yes, I do use shampoo for treated hair. I have a slew of those bottles and tubes, too. I’ll spare you.
Occasionally, between shampoos, my hair requires a little boost. Maybe I’m going out and don’t have time to wash it, or it’s just feeling a bit droopy. I don’t have get-out-of-bed-and-go-out-the-door hair. Mine is a wee bit on the needy side. I’ve tried several dry shampoos in the past, and they ranged from acceptable to horrid.
Recently, drybar, came out with a line of tools and products for the home user. I gave Detox dry shampoo a whirl; curious to see how it stacked up to others I’ve used. Check out my results.
First look: The slim metal spray can comes in a soft, robin’s-egg blue, a stark contrast to drybar’s gray-and-electric-yellow color scheme. Instructions are simple: Shake well, then spray about 1 to 2 inches away from scalp, and blend gently with your fingers.
Good news: Because the can is on the skinny side, it’s easy to handle. Detox doesn’t leave a powdery residue on my hair, but I spray it lightly on my roots and make sure to work it in well, then brush it out. With a single Detox application, I can get two or three extra days of great looking hair without having to shampoo. To say that I love it is a proverbial understatement. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling gummy or heavy. This would be a lifesaver when traveling when you’re too busy to stop and wash your hair.
I wish I had this when I worked in an office. I would have kept it in my desk drawer for end-of-the-day touch-ups before hitting happy hour.
Bad news: Love drybar Detox, but it’s not without its flaws. You might not be fond of the fragrance, which is a powdery scent to the tenth power, especially when you first spray it on. I don’t mind it, but not everyone is a fan. It does settle down fairly quickly, though. I wish drybar infused Detox with a cleaner fragrance. Oh, and a $20 spray won’t last long if you decide to use it once or twice a week. But, I love Detox so much that I’m a little disappointed that it doesn’t come in a smaller travel size because I’m a carry-on girl, so I’ll never be able to fly with Detox. Dexter is wistful about it, too.
Last words: Don’t you have better things to do with your time than wash your hair?
If you have a particular dry shampoo that you love (or hate), let me know. Or if you’ve tried Detox, I’d love to know how it worked for you.