Technique

Wash Your Hair*

*Without getting it wet.
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Everybody's got their own take on the proper application procedure.

We’ve all been there. It was a long night, and after one too much taps on that snooze button, you’ve got about five minutes to get your grungy self together and haul ass out the door. No time to shower. And though steeling yourself against any accusation of past debauchery with a smart getup is an effective tactic—we’ve tried it, so trust us—the oil slick you’ve got matted to your skull is a dead giveaway.

Enter dry shampoo, which is pretty much exactly what you’d expect it to be given the name: A way to wash your hair without water. Whereas wet shampoo washes away all the oil (and dirt, and beer) that found its way into your hair last night, dry shampoo is a powder that absorbs it. Think of it like talc for your mane. It’s undergoing something of a renaissance lately, and there are a lot of options out there, so just pick one, and then either spray or shake it on your hair, depending on what type you’ve got on hand. Let it sit for a couple minutes to work its magic, brush it out vigorously, and you’re good to go. It’s not quite as effective as the standard variety, but it’ll do admirably in a pinch. Oh, and it being a powder and all, you might want to deal with the hair cleanup before you toss on your best shirt and tie and run out the door.

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