Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam ($28) right in the front of the store where all the new products are. Now, I'm not really a dry shampoo person...I still have yet to try one that smells good and doesn't leave a powdery, sticky, residue in my hair. I usually end up just washing my hair every other day and if I'm starting to look greasy on the second day, I just put it up in a bun.
But the idea of a dry shampoo foam was so intriguing to me! I stood there in front of the display and imagined freshening up my hair with no white powdery residue...then I squirted a little into my hand and it smelled so fresh and clean. I was sold and couldn't put the bottle into my basket fast enough.
This quick-drying, waterless cleansing foam removes oil, product excess, and buildup. Perfect for second, third, or fourth day hair, it leaves strands feeling cleansed, conditioned, and ready to be re-styled as desired.
According to the directions, you're supposed to shake the can well and dispense a ping-pong ball sized amount into your hand, and rub your hands together. Then you're supposed to work it into your scalp just like a regular shampoo and continue working it into the rest of your hair for about 30 seconds until it dries.
It has the light, airy consistency of a mousse and when I first worked it into my hair, I was concerned because it made my hair feel damp...but it does dry, you just have to continue to rub it in until your hair no longer feels damp.
Before & Afters:
For the purposes of this blog post, I decided to take before and after photos so you can see exactly what my results were. For reference, I have fine hair that's dry on the ends and starts getting oily on the scalp on the second day.
Day 1 was my usual style...I gave my hair some volume with a large barrel curling iron after I finished blow drying.
By day 2, my hair was starting to look much flatter and greasier at the roots with those annoying little short hairs at the top doing their little frizzy thing. I wanted to put it up in a bun or ponytail so badly but I didn't want to make a crease in my hair knowing that I had to take a third day photo with the dry shampoo foam. At least I didn't have anywhere to go! :)
On the third day, I worked the Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam into my roots first and then spread whatever was left into the rest of my hair. It took a good minute or so of working it in to feel like it actually dried. Once I was done, I was impressed! It didn't look quite as good as Day 1 hair, but it had more volume and movement than my Day 2 hair and didn't have that greasy, clumped together look...it looked softer and more like just-washed hair.
My only complaint is that even though it looked better, my roots felt heavy, as though I had used a conditioning treatment and didn't rinse it all out. Still, it allowed me to go out and run errands with third-day hair...something I normally don't feel comfortable doing. Success!
Throughout the day, my hair continued to have that heavy feeling and by 4:30 pm, my hair looked really greasy again.
I think I would still use it if I needed to go somewhere for just a few hours and didn't have time to wash my hair...the initial results allowed my hair to look almost freshly washed, it just didn't last unfortunately.
If you have medium to thick hair, it might work for you! Have you tried this yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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