Ah, dry shampoo. You really are the dream, aren’t you? A product a woman can apply to her hair to lengthen the life of her blowout, freshen up sagging locks, or simply make herself looked showered when she’s not. Sadly, my experience with dry shampoos has largely left me feeling like I look like this:
My normally shiny hair takes on a chalky, unhealthy appearance. In short, I feel like my hair is saying, “You’re not fooling anyone. Wash me. Now.”
I have tried a few different dry shampoos – ones recommended to me by people I trust – and had the same experience every time. To make matters worse, spraying a colored substance on my head really leaves me feeling like I am using that old school hair-in-a-can bald cover. In other words, not good.
Recently, I was presented with a new dry shampoo, Jonathan Green Rootine Dry Shampoo, to try. Because I am a sucker and still hoping to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t make me feel George Washington, I got very excited. More exciting still is the fact that Jonathan boasts “All Natural Ingredients.” (For you fellow grammar Nazis out there, the hyphen is missing on the packaging – I didn’t leave it out.)
First the bad.
It’s still a dry shampoo. I don’t know, this may just be my issue. For me, shiny hair is clean hair. Shiny hair is the ultimate for me. I baby the hell out of my hair, and use smoothing oil on it after every wash, so that it will shine like gold in the sun. The shinier my hair is, the prettier I think it looks. So basically, I think any dry shampoo is going to fail me, because their job is to soak up the excess oil in your hair and give it some texture, and those two things are totally incompatible with shiny hair. So maybe I am just not the right person to review dry shampoos, because I am asking of them something that may be scientifically impossible.
Now the good.
Well, it’s all natural, per the company, and I am always always always behind that. It makes a product so much more accessible to everyone, and shows the company really cares about their products. Second, I love the applicator. The one review on Amazon lists the applicator as the weak point, but I could not disagree more. The brush is SO much neater and more usable than the spray. You can see exactly what you’re doing and how much is coming out. The powder comes through the brush with just a gentle shake, dispensing just enough and never too much. If you’re going to go crazy with the dry shampoo, you probably won’t like it – it’s a nice soft application, and you’d have to work a long time to get a lot of powder out. But if you’re just touching up your roots, which I kind of think is what dry shampoo is for anyhow, then this applicator takes the cake. The entire package is about the size of a small powder brush including handle, too, so it’s not like there is a ton of dry shampoo in there. If you use a lot of dry shampoo each time, with Jonathan’s product, you’d probably be out within three or four uses, max. But if you’re just dusting a little on each time, I imagine this lasts quite some time.
Sigh. I don’t know. I am torn. I am not ready to give Jonathan’s Dry Shampoo the heave ho yet – I am definitely going to bring it in my carry-on for my upcoming transatlantic flight, as they always leave me looking haggard. But I am still not sold on dry shampoo, period.
So I guess put it this way: Of the four or five dry shampoos I have tried, Jonathan’s is the best, hands down. But nothing beats a good shower.