This post was sponsored by Waterl<ss, but as always all opinions are my own.
You guys already know I hate washing my hair. I have to physically add it to my to-do list to ensure that I actually do it— I can’t be the only one. It’s not that I don’t want clean hair, I’m not an animal, but I truly despise combing out and drying a wet mane. Who has time for that?
Before California’s Stay at Home order I would commute to and from San Francisco for work, I often have to prioritize a workout or washing my hair. Guess which one wins? Orangetheory Fitness. Every. Single. Time. When I workout at 5:00am, I get home and have about 30 minutes to make coffee, rinse off, and get ready before I have to leave for the train. So, basically, I have mastered masking dirty hair.
Here are five hacks for masking dirty hair without using water.
1) Dry shampoo (duh) — I think we all can agree that dry shampoo is life. But can I get an amen for a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave behind any residue? The Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo No Residue is my new best friend. I love that this dry shampoo absorbs oil well, and acts as a texturizing spray to give my volume a little oomph. Did I mention it smells amazing?
They have an amazing backstory. A group of scientist came together to create products that would actually clean and condition a diverse group of hair types without using water. Just as the products were ready for launch, Cape Town, South Africa was experiencing a real-life crisis. In early 2018, the city announced they were just 3 months away from running out of clean water – crazy right? This became the perfect place for Waterl<ss to test out their products. The result? The products worked! They helped women get clean, conditioned hair without using a single drop of water.
2) Dry conditioner, or a styling spray — This one isn’t as obvious as dry shampoo, but equally important in my opinion. If you’ve been rocking a sweaty bun for two days, you know that your ends can look like a rat chomped on them. Since I have thin hair, I get creases up the ying-yang. What I love about a dry conditioner is that it can help to control frizz, mend dry ends, and detangles without any water— and the Waterl<ss Dry Conditioners are no exception. My favorite is the Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth because it isn’t heavy on my hair.
3) Low, slicked-back bun — I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve become a big fan of the low, slicked-back bun. It’s generally my go-to hairstyle when I’m in a pinch. I would generally take dry shampoo with me to the office, and readjust my bun once I get there and my hair has dried a bit. My hack? Throw on some really cute earrings so people won’t even notice your hair.
4) A top knot with a scarf — When my hair gets too greasy for a low bun, I resort to a high bun. I will throw it up in a top knot, but not without an ample amount of dry shampoo. This is usually the last day I can get away without washing my hair, so the dry shampoo is key here. For a more put-together, work-appropriate look, I tie a hair scarf or bandana around the bun.
5) A hat — Of course, when all else fails, wear a hat. And you know I wear a lot of hats— so I fully support this option. Even when I wear a hat, I make sure to use some dry shampoo to add some dimension to my hair. Because my hair is thin, it tends to get really stringy and flat when it’s (extra) dirty, so dry shampoo helps mask that a bit. Full disclaimer: this probably isn’t a viable option if you’re going into an office.
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