Dry Shampoo Do’s and Don’ts!

Dry shampoo is one of my favourite beauty tools.

Up until a year ago, I was washing my hair every day as I still have a really oily scalp.

I know that washing it every day was not helping the situation, but I refuse to walk out of the house in the morning looking like I spent the night dunked in an oil well.

Determined to break this daily routine, I decided to try dry shampoo in an attempt to at least only shampoo every second day.

I would be lying if I said that on day two, dry shampoo made it look as fresh as washed hair, but it is very acceptable.

I have discovered a few interesting things about dry shampoo since I have started using it and thought this information might be helpful to you too.

Dry Shampoo

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Don’t hold the can too close to your scalp – It feels logical to get that nozzle in nice and close to the scalp, but by doing that you risk your hair looking stiff and leaving a powdery residue behind. Hold the can about 20cm from your hair when applying.

Do use it once or twice between shampoos, but not more – Excessive use of any product is not good for your hair, but dry shampoo can lead to a very dry and flaky scalp if relied on replace actually washing your hair.

Don’t panic if you run out – If you get to the bottom of your can and you have not bought a replacement, sprinkle a little baby powder on your roots, tussle your hair and give it a brush. It will help to absorb excess oil and save the day.

Do use dry shampoo to give your hair more volume – If you have fine hair like me, you will understand how hard it is to get your hair to do anything but cling to your head. If you want to add some volume, after you have washed and towel dried your hair, apply dry shampoo to the roots and blow-dry.

Do not use on sensitive skin without testing first – If you scalp suffers from any irritation such as psoriasis, test the dry shampoo on a small patch before you apply to your whole head and totally aggravating your scalp.

Bastite is by far my most favourite brand of dry shampoo, but if you are really watching your pennies, Target have smaller cans that are often on special at 2 for $5.00 and it does work quite well.

How often do you wash your hair?

Are you a dry shampoo fan girl?

My Favourite Budget Beauty Buys

Beauty on a budget? These are my favourite products straight from the supermarket shelves! 

Before I had kids, my skincare and make-up was all high-end.

I used to love buying Estee Lauder and Clarins and always stocked up when they had their giveaways with purchase. Everything else was bought duty free. My job as a Corporate Travel Consultant sure had it’s benefits.

Over the years I have put less of my budget into beauty products and thankfully now the supermarkets have a great selection that have become my favourites.

bargain beauty buys that work

 1. Baby Wipes – There are no babies in this house anymore, just two teens addicted to makeup! Miss WW follows some awesome YouTube makeup masters and one of the best tips she has picked up is replacing expensive makeup remover wipes from the cosmetic companies to using baby wipes. They are larger, tougher and designed for super sensitive baby skin. They work like a charm removing makeup and are also great for giving your brushes a quick clean whilst you are at it.

2. Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Shampoo & Conditioner (gifted) – Bottle blonde and soft hair are two things that just don’t go together. Continual bleaching leaves my hair quite dry and porous. This is one budget shampoo and conditioner that leaves my hair super soft and easy to comb out after washing.

3. VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray – My hair is very fine and I have wasted a lot of money on hairspray’s that do not hold a style for very long. This pump pack gel spray holds my hair in place all day, just love it.

4. Johnson’s Baby Powder – This is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to refresh hair that has not been washed. Much cheaper than the dry shampoo’s in a can and works just as well. I just sprinkle a little around the hair line, tousle it in and leave for a couple of minutes before brushing. Oil be gone!

5. Oatmeal Soap – A three pack of oatmeal soap is under $2.00 and it is a great exfoliator you can use all the time. Little bits of oatmeal help remove dead skin cells with ease leaving your skin much smoother and more absorbent for the body lotion you apply.

6. L’Oreal Skin Perfection Concentrated Correcting Serum – This is my favourite day moisturiser at the moment. Two pumps completely covers my face and absorbs super quickly without leaving any residual feel. It leaves me with a smooth and easy to work with base for adding foundation etc.

7. Swisse Bioactive Nature Oil – This blend of 100% naturally sourced oils is food for my skin. I don’t use it in the mornings as my skin is still very oily and this takes a little while to absorb. After cleansing at night I love this oil and it does absorb in and gives my skin a good dose of nutrients, just love it.

8. Garnier BB Cream – Tried a ton of other BB creams, but I still keep coming back to Garnier. Gives me nice coverage for everyday wear and the vital protection from the sun I need. Makes a great base for foundation if I am going out and putting on the full deal.

So often the supermarket chains have these goodies on sale, which makes them super buys. I always stock up when my fav’s are heavily reduced. This bargain queen just loves that!

What is your favourite budget beauty product?

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