When it comes to hair care, I’ve learned the hard way that you get what you pay for. I have probably tried every drugstore brand hair spray and dry shampoo from the last 10 years. Dove, Suave, Batiste, Pantene…you name it, I’ve bought it, tried it, and tossed it after it failed to deliver the results I wanted.
For most of my adult life, I have been able to stretch out my hair washing routine over several days. In doing so, I don’t have to spend much on products. If I have my hands on the right products, I only have to shampoo my hair 1-2 times a week. I have trained my hair to last that long between washes and it still looks and feels healthy. One of my secrets is the use of dry shampoo.
Speaking of dry shampoo, I tried the natural route and gave cornstarch a try. Yes, you read that right. For 5 years, I used regular ole cornstarch to give my hair texture and body. Does it work? You bet it does! It soaks up the oil from my scalp like a charm. It is also approved by all of my hair stylists because it has less chemicals than commercial dry shampoos. If you want to try this super cheap dry shampoo DIY, I recommend this one for light and dark hair. You can purchase corn starch at your local grocery store or here for $6. A box will last you at least a year!
If cornstarch is a little too hippie for your tastes and you want a product that smells divine, you can splurge on my all-time favorite dry shampoo and texture spray: The Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair Flexible Texturizing Spray. This product is the holy grail of dry shampoos. It smells like clean laundry and has a matte finish. Unlike most dry shampoos, this one doesn’t dry out my ends. Just a few spritzes and my lifeless hair has body and even a bit of wave! You have to find this at your local beauty supply shop or salon since it is a “professional haircare” product. If you live in Nashville, you can find it at my favorite local beauty shop, The Cosmetic Market. Bedroom Hair will set you back about $30, but it is worth it. I promise!
Besides dry shampoo, the other hair product I splurge on is the Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash shampoo. Why do I splurge on this $30 shampoo? It is formulated for blonde hair and keeps my platinum hair bright and ashy. I used to use cheap drugstore shampoos, but now that I dye my hair every 2 years (yep, you read that right), I need a higher quality wash that won’t make my blonde look brassy.
If you don’t have blonde hair and you don’t have any use for this product, I want your main takeaway to be that shampoo makes a difference. If you use the wrong shampoo, your hair can be lifeless and dull. Make sure that you are using a product that is actually cleansing and not stripping your hair! Either way, just be mindful of what you use on your hair because it can affect the shine and color. You can also find this at The Cosmetic Market here in Nashville.
All in all, my hair stylist told me that if I have to prioritize my spending on hair care, she advised that shampoo and texture/dry shampoo spray should be higher quality. With that said, I like to save on conditioners and hairspray, rotating from brands like Got2b and TRESemmé. If I splurged on all of my haircare products, such an expensive routine would not be sustainable for my frugal tastes.
Do you have any haircare products on which you save or spend? Do you have a favorite dry shampoo? Tell me about it in the comments!