Make Mine Dry

13th May 2011

Dry shampoos can be ideal if you're short of time, says Mary Linehan.

I had assumed, vaguely, that dry shampoos were probably invented during WWII. I’ve no idea why I thought this, other than surmising that the concept probably evolved from a time of want. In fact, I learned recently, it dates much further back: to the 18th century, in fact, when men wore powdered wigs and women used scented starch to clean up their act.

Despite its illustrious history, however, using dry shampoo still seemed to me to have certain not very… clean… connotations. I’m sure many of you reading this will have had a Johnson’s Baby Powder moment, when being caught short in the clean hair stakes, and that the recollection will make you shudder – but put aside your memories and prejudices: dry shampoo has had a makeover, and, indeed, is making something of a comeback.

Even celebrity hair stylists – such as Frederic Fekkai, Lee Stafford and Kate Moss’s ex-crimper, James Brown – have got in on the act. Today, dry shampoos are not only used to refresh the hair, but are also doubling up as a styling product. A quick spray at the roots before brushing out apparently works every bit as well as hairspray – without any stickiness.

Ones to try…

The Batiste range: cans and cans of the stuff in a wide selection of fragrances, from coconut fresh Tropical to sweet floral Blush. There are coloured ones in Black or Brunette and Silver or Gold Shimmer, and even one for the boys.

Klorane Gentle Dry Oatmilk Shampoo: gentle, subtly fragranced and light, it’s good for volume.

Lee Stafford Poker Straight Dry Shampoo: works well for blondes if roots are coming through.

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