Detox drybar Dry Shampoo review

Detox drybar Dry ShampooI want to point out that I’m still enjoying the $20 Detox Dry Shampoo I bought at DryBar in the Stanford Shopping Centre, not knowing we had a Dry Bar location closer, in Santana Row. It’s also available at Sephora, but they seem to always be sold out.

I’m not sure how much I have left, as the can that it comes in, is lightweight and I have no way in knowing when I’ll run out. I tend to wash my hair once, then skip two days (and use the dry shampoo) and wash it again on the fourth day.

I was skeptical on using a clear aerosol spray for a dry shampoo for fear of the white cast it so commonly leaves. For the past few years I was using Principessa (dark coloured) dry shampoo powder, which suited me well, but it was messy to apply, and left gritty bits on my scalp. I was worried using the Detox that it would leave a white cast — which it does when you’re not careful with it. Apply correctly, and it should blend in with your brunette hair just fine.

Note, I did not buy the Detox for brunettes, the sales associate mentioned that it would’ve been too dark for my hair.

Detox gives me a freshly showered feel to my hair and definitely gives volume and texture which my fine, limp hair is missing. There’s no gritty bits either on my scalp. Big plus. I’ll be buying this again, and I know for sure it’s not going to last a good year or more like my Principessa, but it’s worth it.

It has a scent to it. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s not my favourite. I don’t want to say it’s floral, but if you have used it — then you’ll know the smell I’m talking about. It’s not an obnoxious scent by any means, but a different one.

Quick tips on how to use dry shampoo

  • Shake the drybar can well.
  • Lift sections of your hair and spray a good 10 inches away from each section. Sometimes I do the head flick upside down and spray everywhere quickly
  • Apply generously (my problem area is the crown area – separates and makes me look bald)
  • Massage your head to make sure everything has been blended in
  • Comb and style your hair as usual
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How to get your hair healthy

I’m on my last installment of my morning routine. First you saw my skincare routine, then makeup routine where you see how I achieve an airbrush makeup look (both which are permanently linked over on the right hand bar) My hair was unhealthy and dry for a number of years of shampooing, blow drying and straightening it every single day.

In August before I flew off to San Diego I went to my hair salon and told them to chop it until it was healthy. He cut off quite a bit of hair. But it’s only gotten better since he’s done so. I no longer have layers in my hair. Who ever thought that putting layers in baby fine hair was a dingbat.

Recently, I asked my hair stylist if I should go get long layers when my hair gets to my ideal length. He said no way, as it looked messy and unkept in his opinion. Alright sir, you know what you’re doing. I’m loving every cut he’s given me, so I should trust what he says. I was straightening my hair so much my hair didn’t go straight anymore since it was that damaged. I reversed the effects of the use of a hair straightener. Go figure! Look at that frizz.

What do I do to keep my hair healthy and in top notch shape now? From August — December 2011 I still shampooed, and blow dried every single day. I didn’t end up flat ironing it because I frankly didn’t need to do so. In the states I picked up this Boar Bristle hair brush from Sephora which I blogged about.

Boar bristles are natural and won’t damage your hair. But they may hurt your scalp if you press too hard on it. I’m now used to it as I’ve been using it for a number of months. Plus you can kind of mold your hair straight with the manipulation of this brush. Occasionally I’d straighten it, and come into work and flaunt my hair off to Julie (hi friend!) and she mentioned my hair did not look any different than the day before. Huh! Weird hey? Well, now my straightener can go to heck, because I clearly don’t need it to achieve the look.

I use a hair serum and use a pump or two in my damp hair, focusing on the ends, and then putting it in my hair again once its dry, to leave it silky smooth, and shiny and frizz free. So that’s all I’ve been doing and my hair has grown a tremendous amount since then. I go to get my hair trimmed every 12 weeks now and my hair stylist always compliments me and tells me to keep doing what I’m doing. When I first went to him in the early summer the front ends of my hair were very thin and sparse as I straightening that part of my hair the most. It was breaking, and so brittle and dry.

He fixed that by chopping it all off in August. After taking care of my hair, the last photo shown is what my hair looks like now. Without the use of a hair straightener, I think I used it 4 times since August. See the difference six months can make?

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January threw everything for a loop and I decided to try out only washing my hair 2-3 times per week. While it’s a learning curve for sure. Learning how to tease my crown so I don’t look bald from rubbing the back of my head on my pillow all night long, causing my hair to separate oddly, to using hair spray to keep things in place.

In order of usage on days that I wash my hair.

  • Lush shampoo bar
  • Walmart conditioner
  • The Body Shop wooden wide tooth comb
  • Kérastase Elixir Ultime hair serum
  • Aveda ceramic round brush
  • Sephora boar bristle brush

Days that I don’t wash my hair I use:

  • Principessa dry shampoo
  • L’Oreal hair spray

Embrace your natural hair as much as possible. Sure I treat myself and straighten or curl it once in a while. But for the most part it’s all the work of patience, a boar bristle brush and hair serums. I’ll get into detail more about the hair serum I use in a few days. I LOVE IT.

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