Shampoo Without the Shower

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Shampoo Without the Shower

Fresh hair and great texture is just a spray away

-Paige Herman-Axel

As a beauty editor, I’ve seen the same healthy-hair advice time and time again: Don’t shampoo every day. But since I’ve always had an oily scalp, this was never possible, since I’d wake up the day after I washed looking slick (and not in a good way). Then I read 6 Weeks to Sensational Skin by Miami dermatologist Loretta Ciraldo, MD, and my life – or at least my hair – was forever changed.

Along with my oily scalp, I would break out on my back from time to time as well, and apparently my shampoo and conditioner were to blame for both of these unsightly conditions. Dr. Ciraldo suggested I try a clear (not pearly or opaque) shampoo and a leave-in spray conditioner like Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment. Since I made the switch, I only wash my hair every other day (sometimes I can go longer) and I can count the number of blemishes I’ve gotten on my back on one hand. Now I’m one of those people whose hair looks better the day after I wash it, but it still needs a little help in the form of dry shampoo. An all-over spray gives my hair a fresh scent, tousled texture and incredible body that makes me wish I had met Dr. Ciraldo years ago.

Over the past year or so I think I’ve tried just about every dry shampoo available. I don’t like the non-spray ones; they’re too hard to control and I always manage to use too much, leaving my roots white. By far my favorite spray version is Klorane Gentle Shampoo with Oat Milk ($16,, but I go through it really quickly so it’s a little on the pricy side. I also like Bumble and bumble Hair Powder ($41, because it comes in shades that match all hair colors, and the “Blondish” version gives my hair a brightening boost when I’m due for a salon appointment. Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo ($24, is another great one, and this has been my go-to when I can’t get my hands on the Klorane version.


I buy my dry shampoo in bulk, and ordering five or more cans at time started to become quite an expense. I checked my local drugstore for an inexpensive version and had no luck. Then, one day I was poking around on and I found Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo, Unscented ($5.99, I love this stuff for so many reasons… First, the price is amazing, and the bottle is huge compared to the others I’ve tried, so we’re talking serious bang for the buck. I’m also obsessed with the retro packaging. It transports me back to a simpler time, when I didn’t even care how my hair looked!

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