3 Alternatives To Dry Shampoo, None Of Which Involve Showering

Because ugh, showering.
Publish date:
May 15, 2013
Tresemme, dry shampoos, Arrojo, scalp, sweating, ouidad, alternatives, foams, sprays, stinky hair

Why the hell do I like dry shampoo so much?

It whitens my hair, runs out way too quickly, scares my dogs, and makes me worry about the ozone layer even though chlorofluorocarbons haven’t been used in US-sold aerosol products since before I was born.

And yet, I use it A LOT. I don’t wash my hair every day because it’s so dry and puffy, but my scalp is a salt chuck of sweat, so I need to freshen it, lest I accept my fate as the owner of stinky triangle hair with a damp upper vertex. (Have you ever written a sentence and said to yourself, "That is definitely the first time someone has ever written that sentence"? I just did.)

Well, it turns out there are other options: hair fresheners that are neither nitrous-oxide-propelled powders nor showers.


Arrojo Hydro Mist is a suuuuper-light lotion (it would have to be suuuuper-light because you can’t really spray thick lotion) that can be used to “revitalize” your hair whenever it looks like you stuck a fork in an electric socket. Its lovely scent will cover up your sweat stench, and it smoothes fluffy-in-a-bad-way hair with conditioning ingredients without having to actually wet your hair and use conditioner.

INTERRUPTING MYSELF TO RANT: If smooth is a verb (and it is), then why does Word not recognize either smoothes or smooths as acceptable conjugations?! Blargh!

Anyway, it can also be used on damp hair before styling, so it’s a two-in-one score.

Ouidad Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray is, like pretty much all Ouidad products, made with curly hair in mind; but it’s a damn fine choice for pretty much any thick, dry hair type.

Its blend of panthenol (that’s a slightly faster way to say provitamin B5), ginseng, spirulina, and other plant-y stuff helps brittle hair look healthier without weighing it down--your sweaty roots are already doing that just fine, thankyouverymuch.

It can also be used as a detangler on wet hair. Again with the double duty! Dry shampoo is a one trick pony!

The reason my third fave, Tresemme Fresh Start Waterless Foam Shampoo, isn’t in the photo above is because I used it all up and threw it away before I came up with the idea to write this post. Oops.

Also intended for curly and dry hair types, this is like Febreze for your hair, if Febreze was a foam. It eliminates odor to create the illusion of cleanness.

Actually, I’m underselling it. It really does so some tidying up, thanks to witch hazel, which soaks up excess scalp oil; and aloe conditions to help hair look shiny in a non-greasy way, which is definitely the way it was shiny before you used it.

So, have you tried any of these? Think one of them could cuckold your dry shampoo?