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Clean hair in a hurry: The lowdown on dry shampoos

Erica Mayyasi is a Red Sox fan in Manhattan. After stints at various magazines she now works full-time in public relations, though she continues to write for a number of sites including her blog etsymay.blogspot.com.

Dry clean your hair

Dry shampoos are all the rage right now, but do they really work? We spoke to an expert and tried out over a dozen of the top products on the market to give you the scoop on this new, water-free hair-washing technology.

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What exactly is dry shampoo, anyway?

Looking for the lowdown on dry shampoos? So were we! So we went to an expert to get the 4-1-1 on this trend. Amanda Jenkins is the Director of Education at the famed ARROJO Studio in New York City and has styled hair for numerous high profile bands including Kings of Leon and Good Charlotte. Amanda took some time out of her busy schedule to shed some light on dry shampoos for us.

SheKnows: How does dry shampoo work?

Amanda Jenkins: Dry shampoos work by absorbing the excess oils within the hair and scalp. The particles from the dry shampoo do stay in your hair and extend the life of hairstyles between washings.

SK: What are the pros to using dry shampoo?

AJ:

  1. Absorbs oil and makes your hair less greasy
  2. Timesaver! Refreshes your hairstyle from the day before
  3. Adds texture and volume
  4. Can remove odors from hair

SK: What are the cons to using dry shampoo?

AJ:

  1. Can take away the shine, so that hair can look dry.
  2. If you're hair is darker, it can make it look dusty.

SK: It is hygienic to use dry shampoo?

AJ: Yes. Waterless options ones usually clean and remove product residue.

When to use dry shampoo

Overall, it seems that dry shampoos bring a lot to the table. While we don't recommend forgoing a shower altogether (um, ick!), using a dry shampoo is perfect for when you don't have time to wash and dry your hair. Especially if your tresses are longer, you know that washing your locks can be a serious time commitment. Dry shampoos are perfect for when your hair needs a pick-me-up and you're in a time crunch. Keep in mind, however, that it does not replace traditional shampooing so if you've worked out or have already skipped a day or two, it's time to get your hair wet.

Next: Dry shampoo reviews

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