We get it: Some days, washing your hair feels like too much effort. And though skipping a day or two of shampooing is totally fine, sometimes one day can turn into three or more, and next thing you know you’ve ended up with oil-slicked locks. Sure, an updo can help hide the evidence, but deep down we all feel a little less confident when our hair feels a little, well, gross.
From the timeless dry shampoo to the more innovative picks that the industry has blessed us with, daily showers are nearly obsolete to the power of these products. Okay, we might be reaching on that one, but they definitely will get you through until your next rinse. Below, check out some of go-to products we reach for when we just don’t have the time—or urge—to step into the tub.
Ahh, dry shampoo—the pièce de résistance for every showerless day that goes by. This classic sucks out all of the dirt and grime sitting on our heads, but can come with some drawbacks. First off, the classic talc-white formulas can make matters worse for anyone who isn’t platinum blonde. And then there’s the dilemma of tacky residue. To avoid these issues, go for lightweight mist options like the MOROCCANOIL Dry Shampoo, or grab a tinted alternative if you have darker locks (the Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder in Brownish is a great option for brunettes!).
Yes, dry conditioner is a thing, and yes, it’s my new secret weapon for any updo day. While dry shampoo is great for sucking out oil, it tends to leave hair with a dry, matted-down feel. Dry conditioner eliminates that issue and leaves things soft to the touch. It also helps tame frizz and flyaways, sans rinsing. Is it witchcraft? Nope, just a really good product.
I don’t know about you, but when the grease packs on, my hair gets flat. That’s when I reach for a texturizing spray. It gives things a purposely tussled finish, creating a natural amount of body, volume, and fullness.
If you feel like your hair is starting to…smell, drop the perfume and reach for hair oil. On top of their nourishing properties, many of them also smell amazing. Just use it sparingly, as globbing it on can lead to a greasy situation.
A Good Ol’ Brush
You can spray whatever the hell you want in your hair, but a brush won’t just get rid of knots— it’ll help spread product more evenly. It’s just Hair 101.