Monday, March 15, 2010

Powder Room

Let me set the scene: it's Sunday morning, you are late for brunch and have mere moments to put together your "casual on purpose" a.m. outfit . Your extra few minutes in bed have left you without time to wash your hair, so you forego the shampoo and find a headband. I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but your hair still looks a bit dirty. Don't worry I have the answer. We both know your hair looked really pretty last night. Why not give it another spin around the block? Let's not waste a good blow dry. It's time for dry shampoo! Hair powder can revive some dirty do's. It's easy to apply, smells good, and gives you great volume. I know what you're thinking, and yes, they did use hair powder in Mozart's time. Don't say I never brought any historical references to the table.

I stick to two main hair powder products. Option No. 1: Pronto by Oscar Blandi. You can find this 2.5 oz bottle at Sephora for $19. The pointed tip makes it easy to get the magic dust nearest to your scalp, which is the goal. This shampoo is white and you won't need as much as you think, so start slow. Spread the dry shampoo near your hairline and work backwards. You can use a brush or your fingers to rustle up the powder to blend further into your hair. Be patient. I wouldn't let you look like you spilt flour on your head. Bonus points for flipping your head over and applying a bit to the under side of your hair.

Option No. 2 is by Bumble and Bumble. This product is the Rolls Royce of hair powders and will run about $30 for 4.4 oz can. You can choose from five different shades depending on your hair color. They even make a little something for redheads! I have very light hair and use the White powder. To apply: lift small bits of your hair straight up and spray as close to the roots as you can. Use the finger rustle method to even out the goods. There has been talk that the B&B product is not suited for colored hair. Hmmm. I have been using it forever and without incident.

Fine, its true there is a third option. If you really want to know; I have used baby powder or even corn starch as a cheap substitute in a seriously desperado situiation. Johnson & Johnson powder is a little over $1 and will certainly get you to your coffee date without too much trouble. Let me know which option you like best. See you and your fresh looking locks at breakfast!


  1. got the bumble and bumble powder today -- can't wait to try it!

  2. I've coincidentally had the Oscar Blandi powder for a few months now as I have chronically greasy hair after about 12 hours post shampoo. I like it a lot and have found that it does indeed help masque the grease and give my hair a bit of volume. I am considering trying the bumble & bumble now though since I do have such greasy hair, I think I require the Rolls Royce of dry shampoos. :) Thanks, Heather!