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The Dry Shampoo I’m Using To Beat Greasy Summer Hair

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I was a pretty late convert to dry shampoo—in all honesty, I was a Birchbox editor before I ever tried it. But the first time I spritzed one of these oil-absorbing products on my hair and watched my strands become instantly un-grimy, I became a loyal devotee.

Last summer, the sticky New York heat and a broken air conditioner left my hair clumped together, sticky and often matted to my head. (Ugh!) Which meant I was trying every dry shampoo I could get my hands on to prevent twice daily hair washing. Unfortunately I kept running into the same troubling issues: 1. The scent of each new option was usually incredibly overpowering and headache-inducing or 2. the super strong formulations left my head feeling itchy or uncomfortably texturized.

After roughly a year of experimenting with different dry shampoos, I had resigned myself to experiencing one of those two problems when I used them. But then another Birchbox staffer stealthily dropped Klorane’s Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk on my desk for a test drive—and it legitimately changed everything. (Major bonus? Some of you will be receiving it this month in your June Birchbox!)

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One Product, Three Styles: Birchbox Video Of The Week
There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 
We’re a little bit in love with the SHU UEMURA Volume Maker here at Birchbox HQ. A few clicks at the end of this handy brush releases a translucent powder that’s like a dry shampoo, a texturizing powder, and a hair spray all-in-one. It adds serious volume, styling ability and oomph to limp strands—but admittedly is a potentially head-scratching product to try and use for the first time. Check out this SHU UEMURA video below to find out how you can use this one brush to create three different looks with the Volume Maker.

Which style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
Learn even more about the Volume Maker and other SHU UEMURA products in this guide to solving three different hair problems.
(Photo/Video: SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR)

One Product, Three Styles: Birchbox Video Of The Week

There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 

We’re a little bit in love with the SHU UEMURA Volume Maker here at Birchbox HQ. A few clicks at the end of this handy brush releases a translucent powder that’s like a dry shampoo, a texturizing powder, and a hair spray all-in-one. It adds serious volume, styling ability and oomph to limp strands—but admittedly is a potentially head-scratching product to try and use for the first time. Check out this SHU UEMURA video below to find out how you can use this one brush to create three different looks with the Volume Maker.

Which style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

Learn even more about the Volume Maker and other SHU UEMURA products in this guide to solving three different hair problems.

(Photo/Video: SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR)

9 Dry Shampoo Do’s and Don’ts

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Avoid ending up on one of Glamour's cringe-worthy Don’t Lists with these dry shampoo guidelines.

Much like vivid red lipstick or potent perfume, dry shampoo can totally backfire if used incorrectly. You know what we mean: sticky, greasy-looking locks and lackluster volume. It takes practice, but once you’ve harnessed the product’s awesome revitalizing powers, it’s a game-changer. Impromptu cocktail hours? Bring ‘em on. Spin class-deflated locks? Fear not. With Serge Normant’s Meta Revive Dry Shampoo as our prime test subject, we’ve put together a compendium of dry shampoo do’s and don’ts.

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How to Survive an 8am Class: Guest Blogger

Los Angeles native and USC student Sophie Elkus is a self-described fashion addict. Her blog Angel Food Style is where her joy for putting together the perfect outfit comes to life. And you would think that her fabulous dress sense must come second to her studies, but Sophie proves that having a full schedule doesn’t mean sacrificing style. This week, she’s sharing her favorite beauty and fashion tips for women on-the-go with us on our blog. 

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Classes at 8AM are rough. Period. You must be an early riser to make it to one on time, and even once you’re there, it can be a real struggle. When the alarm goes off, the last thing you need to think about is your outfit and makeup. That’s why I’ve chosen my favorite time-saving essentials to speed up your morning. You may even have a spare minute for Starbucks!

Foolproof Beauty

1. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo will save you an hour—literally. Why bother washing and drying your hair when you can lightly spray, fluff, and leave?

2. Mascara
It only takes a couple minutes, but mascara makes a huge difference in convincing the world that you’re actually awake. (Disclaimer: It’s worth it to apply slowly. Nothing good comes from sleep deprivation mixed with pointy objects near your eye.)

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Why You Need Dry Shampoo in Your Routine: Guest Blogger

When it comes to hair, stylist Amalia Moscoso of The Hair Dame knows what she’s talking about. From the latest and greatest products to the hottest celebrity hair trends, Moscoso has a range of expertise which she’ll be sharing all week long right here on the Birchbox blog. 

Our scalp naturally produces an oil called sebum that keeps our heads healthy and well-moisturized. Over time, that sebum can build up, leaving you with a greasy look and feel that makes us immediately want to hop in the shower. However, not many people realize that the more often you shampoo, the more often your scalp will get the signal to create extra oil because you’re scrubbing away the scalp’s natural moisturizer.

So what can you do to stop this cycle besides accepting that your hair will be an oily mess on the days you don’t wash? Enter the miracle of dry shampoo.

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Taking Your Hair From Blah to Va-Va-Voom: Guest Blogger

When it comes to hair, stylist Amalia Moscoso of The Hair Dame knows what she’s talking about. From the latest and greatest products to the hottest celebrity hair trends, Moscoso has a range of expertise which she’ll be sharing all week long right here on the Birchbox blog. 

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If you’re not familiar with hair powders, then you need to be. Similar to dry shampoos, hair powders offer more in the way of volume. They work by using little fibers that actually attach to each strand to make your hair appear thicker, fuller, and a lot more voluminous. 

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Transform Flat Hair Into BIG Hair With This Unbelievably Easy Technique

We were in Birchbox heaven when Serge Normant, the man who has styled the hair of celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Blake Lively, and Julia Roberts, stopped by our studio to show us a few tricks. The celebrity hairstylist gave our very own Katia Beauchamp a step-by-step tutorial for getting Texas BIG hair in literally five minutes. Watch this quick video for the technique. 

-Charisse

For more big hair tips, read what Tresemme hairstylist, John D’s, secret tip to volume and body is, here

3 Ways to Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.

(Photo: flickr.com/retroarama)

I’ve been hearing a lot of interesting things about no-pooing (a.k.a not shampooing) as an alternative for dry or coarse hair. Mainly, that it saves a ton of time while keeping strands forever-soft and moisturized. But wouldn’t it get all icky and gross-tastic if you never-ever shampooed your hair? I wondered. So I asked a few experts to share their favorite no-pooing techniques. 

Keep Conditioning

“Squeeze a dollop of conditioner into your hand and vigorously scrub hair and scalp with your fingertips, then rinse. By massaging the scalp, dirt, grease and build up are lifted and washed away. Keep in mind that as soon as one starts cleansing with conditioner it takes about three months for the hair and scalp to regulate.” —Ron King, owner of Ron King Salon in Austin, Texas.

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