Last July I walked into my hair stylist’s salon with my long, frizzy hair pulled back in a loose bun. My hair looked weary and very overdue for a haircut. We looked at photographs together. The hairstyles she showed me looked great on the models, but how well would they look on me? I pointed out several styles I liked and she told me she knew exactly what to do. I ended up getting a fabulous haircut that day. Don’t get me wrong, every time I see my stylist my hair ends up looking great, but this time she had definitely turned it up a notch. I left the salon with a spring in my step as the sun haloed against my new hairdo.
When I got home, however, some anxiety streaked through me. How was I going to mimic this hairstyle myself after I washed my hair? I have never been able to blow dry my hair and make it smooth like they do at the salon. I have to cheat a lot and use a flat iron just so my hair isn’t bulky and frizzy. I am completely inept when it comes to styling my hair.
I flipped through some fashion magazines that sat untouched in my office. I don’t know what I thought I would find, but maybe there was something in those pages that would help me. I found it on page 48 in an old issue of Allure magazine: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo. Maybe I didn’t have to wash my hair at all, well, at least for a few more days.
Hair stylist to celebrities like Jennifer Garner, Salma Hayek, and Katie Holmes, Oscar Blandi is well-known in the industry for cutting and styling beautiful hair while making it look chic and natural. There was hope.
I went to Sephora two days later and picked up a bottle. My hairstyle still looked great, but was just starting to look a little heavy and needed some washing. I took the cap off and was met with a calming, lemony, sweet scent. It smelled so good I could eat it. The dry shampoo was supposed to absorb excess oil and essentially clean my hair, and it needed cleaning badly.
The directions say to “hold can 6-8 [inches] away from head and spray product onto scalp and hair, especially at roots. Allow to dry before using fingers to shake out excess product. Brush out thoroughly. Style as desired.” I wasn’t expecting the extra step of having to shake the product out of my hair. This was not going to be as simple as I thought. I sprayed the shampoo into my roots and the rest of my hair and was embraced with a delightful lemon verbena scent. It looked like hairspray, but as the mist settled into my strands, it looked like I sifted flour onto my hair. I waited a few minutes for the spray to dry as the directions informed me. Isn’t this “dry” shampoo? Why did I have to wait for it to dry? After 10 minutes, I ran my fingers through my hair and watched small, white particles float to the floor.
I looked at the label again and figured this was due to the rice and wheat proteins that made up the shampoo. There was still an excessive amount of shampoo in my hair so I brushed it out. After a few minutes, my hair was dry-shampoo-free. Maybe I had sprayed too much shampoo on, but my hair practically looked the same, maybe a little cleaner, but the same nonetheless. I wasn’t expecting some miracle spray that instantly styled my hair, but I was hoping for more volume. The label says that this spray will make it easy to “refresh and revive [my] hair.” It smelled refreshing, but it was not revived.
I’ve used the dry shampoo on several occasions since then, experimenting with the amount I spray each time and I’ve had the same results. When I don’t shampoo my hair after two days, my hair feels greasy and heavy. After applying this dry shampoo, I felt like I needed to wash it out. Disappointing, to say the least, although I can’t get the lemon verbena scent out my mind.
Pick up a small, 1.4 oz. bottle of this stuff to keep in your purse for hair emergencies if you go out a lot or always find yourself going from work to an evening out without having time to go home. Otherwise, spend $21 on something you could really use, like a manicure.