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Schwarzkopf’s New Dry Shampoo Leaves Hair Voluminous and Clean

Hey beauties! I’m pretty sure I am one of the last girls on the planet to jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon. I know our very own Kristin Bassett has her go-to product, and many of my friends swear by it. So when I had the opportunity to test out Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Biotin+ Volume & Texture Luxe Fresh Dry Shampoo, I was thrilled!

Schwarzkopf Dry Shampoo

I have to admit, it is a rare day that I don’t shampoo my hair. Sometimes I’ll get into weekend mode and go a little longer without my shower, but I cannot stand the feel of unwashed hair. Maybe because I have A LOT of it. It took everything in my power to leave my hair dirty for this experiment.

The Schwarzkopf products are specifically designed to leave your hair feeling weightless while adding volume and giving roots a boost. The great thing about the dry shampoo is it can be used on clean hair to add a little texture and volume. Score!

A few things I noticed after spraying my roots from about 8 inches away:

  • The air felt cold and refreshing
  • It had a whitish color (like powder) that needed to be rubbed in
  • The scent was fantastic!

My only suggestion while using this dry shampoo would be not to spray it directly on your part, as it does tend to begin as a powdery tint. Also, it does need to be worked in pretty well to assure it has even coverage. Although it left my hair looking more matte than shiny, it did give it volume and felt MUCH cleaner. See for yourself:

schwarzkopf dry shampoo

schwarzkopf dry shampoo

Schwarkopf has a whole styliste ULTÎME Biotin+ Volume & Texture Collection, and for the price ($6.97 each), you can’t go wrong.

Are you ready to jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon?!

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

5 Uses for Dry Shampoo

If you asked me a year ago, dry shampoo wouldn’t have made my list of must-have beauty products. I was young and stupid, don’t hold it against me. Now that I’m so old and mature, I’m hear to tell you that dry shampoo is not only on my must-have list, but it’s also part of my just-about-daily beauty routine. The only days I don’t use it are the days I don’t get out of my pajamas. The last thing I’m worried about on those days is what my hair looks like, but let’s not digress.

I started off using dry shampoo for the obvious reasons, but then I got adventurous and expanded my horizons. Who knew dry shampoo could be used as a replacement for bush?! JK, that’s not true. Just trying to keep you on your toes. After some experimenting, I’ve found 5 main uses for dry shampoo in my daily life. I’m sure there are a bunch more (in fact I know there are), but I figured I’d share the ones I have tested with you here. Dry shampoo for everyone!

5 uses for dry shampoo

1. De-grease your second-day hair. This one is a given, seeing as saving your second-day hair is the most common use for dry shampoo. If I wake up to a head of greasy hair and don’t want to/have the time to give it a good washing, I spritz a bit of dry shampoo and voila! I’m good to go and no one needs to know that my hair is going on day 2, 3 or 4 of no washing.

2. Prevent your hair from getting greasy. IRL, this comes before use #1, but I figured I’d start with the traditional use. To make sure that I don’t need to worry about waking up greasy, I spritz some dry shampoo on my roots after drying my hair. That way, I can go to sleep without worrying about looking like a buttered turkey danced on my head in the middle of the night.

3. Add volume. If I’m short on time or simply being lazy, I’ll run a straightener through my hair and call it a day. However, this often times leaves my hair a bit flatter than I tend to like. To add a little oomph, I spry dry shampoo from my roots to mid shaft, brush out and bam. Instant volume.

4. Add texture and hold. This is going to sound like a ridonk, shallow complaint, but if I style my hair at all using heat, it can sometimes be too soft. I know, I know. I need to STFU. But hear me out. If your hair is too smooth, it can look limp and make it hard to hold a style. Plus, that whole tousled, textured look is super smexy. Too add a little texture to my hair, which in hand makes it easier for my hair to hold a style, I reach for my trusty dry shampoo. Just like the other uses, a couple of spritzes and my hair is no longer limp and on the verge of losing it’s style.

5. Keep your curls from sticking. This should really be use 4b, but alas. No matter how much I brush out my curls, they always seem to find their way back to each other. And any grown woman knows that Shirley Temple curls aren’t cute. To keep my bratty curls from merging into one giant tendril, I spray dry shampoo all over the place once I’m done with my curling wand to keep them from sticking. Good bye Shirley, hello tousled, sexy curls.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I LOVE Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo. It’s one of the few items I repurchase each time without even considering an alternative. If you missed that memo, you can read about my love here and here. I find it at my local CVS, so you should (fingers crossed) be able to find it easily. I also know it’s sold at Ulta, if you have one nearby, and Amazon.

Want some additional tips and tricks for dry shampoo? Popsugar and Cosmo have articles just waiting for you!

How do you use dry shampoo?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

A Mini CVS Beauty Haul

At the beginning of the month I shared my mini Sephora haul. Well, I’m back again with another haul perfect for those of you who have more of a drugstore-friendly budget in mind.

I made some necessary and some not-so-necessary purchases at my local CVS and I thought I’d share them with you here. Drum roll please …

CVS Beauty Haul

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo I’ve been loving on this for quite some time. Since August of 2013, to be exact. I swear by this dry shampoo and use it almost daily to either prevent oil from building up, adding volume or rushing to save second-day hair … or all three at once. I love this shampoo so much that I’ve given it as a gift before and recently named it one of my top five drugstore beauty products.

Organix Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner – I blame this purchase on Gouldylox. I saw her post a photo of these products on Instagram while I was packing for a work trip and I decided I NEEDED new hair products for the trip. Next thing you know, I’m at CVS picking of these beauts. I won’t get too mad at Gouldylox though, as I’ve been loving this shampoo and conditioner. It leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and the suds smells subtly of pina coladas. What more could a girl ask for?

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Uptown Mauve – I’ve heard great things about Milani lipsticks and I’ve been dying to try a purple lippie, so I figured I’d kill two birds with one beautiful stone. I haven’t really tested this out yet, but I’ll let you know when I do.

Rimmel London in Glam’Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in Smokey Brun – Just like the lipstick, I haven’t given this quad a test drive yet. I got it just yesterday afternoon. Actually, as you read this, I’ll be testing this out for the first time (hooray for scheduling posts early!). Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to update you once I give it a go.

I’m dying to know – what are some of your favorite drugstore beauty products? I love hearing your recommendations. 

Photo: beautyXposé

Giovanni Powder Power Dry Shampoo

Product Review: Giovanni Hair Care

Last week I tried out a new shampoo and conditioner, and after a haircut and some coloring, I decided I would finally try out dry shampoo.  Per usual, I was skeptical as to how well powder would make my hair feel clean and take out the oily feel.  Low and behold, it did the trick.

I gave the Powder Power Dry Shampoo by Giovanni a test run and actually really liked it.  My hair felt cleaner and and the dry shampoo worked to volumize my hair.  To be honest, my hair looks like it has tons of volume right after I style it, but the moment I step outside it seems to fall flat.  But, after rubbing in some of the dry shampoo, my hair looked pretty voluminous, and managed to not appear completely flat two minutes later.

Though I wouldn’t substitute dry shampoo for my regular shampoo and conditioner routine, I would definitely bring this with me on those long days when my hair just starts to look like a mess.  It’s definitely good for a quick fix, and luckily rests at the perfect price point.

Giovanni Powder Power Dry Shampoo
Powder Power Dry Shampoo

The Powder Power Dry Shampoo retails for a mere $9.99, perfect for everyone’s budget!  Throw it in your bag before heading out for your long day or night for a quick hair fix!

Giovanni Powder Power Dry Shampoo
Time for a close up

Apply the loose powder right to your roots, rub it in, and voila!  Volumized, shined, and oil-free hair.

What do you think of dry shampoo? Do you have a favorite?

Photos: Gabi Valladares/BeautyXpose; Disclosure

High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Hair Care Products

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Let’s face it and fess up. We’re busy ladies who don’t have time to wash our hair as often as we may like. For some of us, this leads to oily and limp hair with no body or bounce. Fortunately, the coiffure geniuses at TRESemmé created a simple solution to this common crisis. The new Fresh Start Dry line of hair products promises to combat oil and give your hair its bounce back.

This Fresh Start Dry Shampoo product is sprayed directly on the roots and all over hair for instant volume. Citrus extracts neutralize odor and Mineral Clay soaks up excess oil, leaving hair beautiful and full.

tresemee fresh start dry shampoo

The Waterless Foam Shampoo is very similar to the Dry Shampoo. While the dry shampoo is perfect for oily, straight hair, the foam shampoo works best for those with dry and curly hair. In this product, Witch Hazel absorbs extra oil and Aloe Vera replenishes moisture and improves shine and softness.

tresemme fresh start waterless foam shampoo

All of TRESemmé’s Fresh Start products are perfect for giving your hair that extra oomph when you don’t have the extra time. The Refreshing Mist combats oil, white enhancing shine and the No-Frizz Crème keeps your strands under control.

tresemme freshstart no-frizz creme and refreshing mist

So, skip the shampoo, rinse and repeat next shower, and rely on TRESemmé’s Fresh Start products to keep your hair looking clean.

Photos: Tresemme

Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Shampoo: Does it Clean Hair in Half the Time with Half the Hassle?

rsz_dryshampooWe’ve all been there. You stayed up a little too late last night studying, partying – whatever, and now it’s 7 a.m. the next day, and you need to be at work. But you won’t be able to suds up your hair and blow dry in time to make the rush hour train! What’s a girl to do?

Fortunately there are a couple options. I’ve always been a fan of the old baby powder-in-the-hair trick, but the white dust leaves my dark brown hair looking dull and slightly gray. Then Salon Grafix came along, sent me a sample of their new Invisible Dry Shampoo and gave me the opportunity to test out another solution to my greasy hair day blues.

Unlike other dry shampoos, this product promises to soak up that excess shine without leaving your scalp full of an unsightly powdery residue. When I sprayed the product into my own hair, it felt wet to the touch, almost as if I had just used hairspray. I then brushed out the hair, but it was still flat and oily-looking.

After fluffing my hair with the brush for several minutes, I decided it looked better than it had before, but I wasn’t completely satisfied with the end product. I have tried it three times since, and each time I’ve had similar results.

If you would like to try Salon Grafix’s Invisible Dry Shampoo, it’s available at many drugstores, including CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.

Photos: Salon Grafix, Pamela King/BeautyXpose

Ask BX: How Do I Spread Out Washes When I Have Oily Hair?

Get by between washes without feeling oily

Get by between washing your hair without feeling oily

Ask BX:

I have seriously oily hair, but I know washing it too much is only going to make it worse. What can I do to make my hair look cleaner between washes?

-Marisa Leigh


You’re right about the consequences of washing your hair too much. Frequent washes strip hair of its natural oils, dry it out, then make your hair produce even more oil to replace what was lost. Keep up the good work washing intermittently and try out these de-oiling tips.

The easiest (and cutest) way to hide oily hair is to style it in a way where your roots are covered. For example, a slicked back ponytail or headband will do the trick. You should invest in a treasure chest of hair elastics and funky headbands. At the least, you’ll be quite the accessorizer.

A quick home remedy to soak up the oil is to rub baby power into your roots. Put a small amount of baby powder in your hands first, rub them together, and gently massage your scalp. Make sure to be sparring at first! If you overload on baby powder there’s no turning back — you’ll end up with a head full of freshly scented white powder.

oscar blandi dry shampooThe most efficient option to get rid of oily hair is to use a dry shampoo. Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo has forever been a crowd pleaser and is super easy to use. It comes in two varieties, the loose dry powder and the spray. If using the loose dry powder, you can apply it directly to your roots, but the safest option is to put it in your hands first and massage it into your scalp. You can also put some in your hairbrush and comb it through to eliminate the mess. If you’re using the spray bottle, make sure you hold it about a foot away from your head and spray it through parted sections, then massage scalp with your hands to blend it.

Good luck!

Photos: Oil – Pawel Kryj; Dry Shampoo – Oscar Blandi

Skip the Suds with Klorane’s Gentle Dry Shampoo

klorane dry shampooI’m no stranger to dry shampoo. For the past few years, my hair and I have been having an ugly little argument — I say it’s not healthy to wet, shampoo, and condition my hair in the shower every day, and my hair’s dirty response is always, “Fine! Then I’ll just be disgustingly greasy all the time!” Thanks to Klorane’s new Gentle dry shampoo with oat milk, which I was able to try courtesy of Klorane, something tells me this will no longer be an issue.

This product does what it promises. After leaving the powder in for two minutes and brushing it out my hair not only looked cleaner, it was cleaner. It left a faint hint of that yummy warm laundry smell — not a synthetic odor, but really soft and pleasant — that stayed for hours. Oat milk, corn and rice starch, and natural absorbent microspheres (the key ingredients) do more than just mask your hair with perfume and powder… they actually clean it.

Klorane’s Gentle dry shampoo is noticeably different from other kinds I’ve tried. Namely, it comes in a non-aerosol bottle. Good for the environment? Absolutely! Good for the hair? Yes, that too. For me, aerosol bottles always accumulated a thick gunk of product around the rim of the spray hole that quickly hardened and prevented any product inside from coming out and doing its job. Problem solved! Added bonus: you can easily pop the lid off to see how much powder you have left.

I will admit that I spent a couple of angry seconds pressing on the top of the bottle like a spray top in front of my hallway mirror before I realized that in order to get the product out of the bottle, you have squeeze the body of the bottle itself (like crushing a soda can in your hand, but more productive). When we finally did get on the same page, I found myself momentarily lost in a cloud of white powder. I jumped up and down to try to catch the airborne cleaner with my hapless hair, but felt like a lot was going to waste. After getting the hang of aiming the spout in the right direction, though, this scenario slowly stopped happening.

Before, during and after using Klorane Gentle dry shampoo

Before, during and after using Klorane Gentle dry shampoo

The 1.7 oz bottle goes for about $18, but you only need a few puffs to get perfection, so it goes a long way. Klorane’s Gentle dry shampoo might look like a glorified bottle of baby powder, but don’t be fooled — it actually is the real deal.

Get your own! It’s available online at Sephora.

Photos: Klorane, BeautyXpose