I’ve kind of gone right off dry shampoo ever since Kate Moss told me she always prefers freshly washed hair, as “clean hair is a must”. I also feel a lot better after a quick shower, anyway. You’re fresh. You’re clean. So fresh and so clean, clean. You’re totally singing that OutKast song in your head now, aren’t you?!
So yeah, I try to do the whole hair-in-a-shower-cap thing, but invariably it gets a bit wet, and then looks a bit flat and ugh, and dry shampoo can feel a bit, I don’t know, seedy or something!
However, washing hair every day isn’t good for hair either, so I’ve been ‘co-washing’ as it’s called, otherwise known as skipping shampoo and heading straight to conditioner.
“What the hell?” you’re probably thinking, but, when you think about it, it’s a gentle way of cleansing, as there are no harsh detergents.
Top Tip: Co-washing is ideal for curly-haired cailins as the oils secreted by the scalp can find it hard to make their way down wavy hair shafts, leading to dry, frizzy hair.
Now there’s no reason why you couldn’t try co-washing with your usual conditioner, but products specifically for this are preferable, as these conditioners contain little or none of the chemicals that often leave hair dry, brittle or damaged.
Ojon’s Cleansing Conditioner, below left, €8, is perfect for hair that just needs a gentle cleanse. It gently lathers up to eliminate impurities while leaving my hair feeling super-soft and nourished. It’s great when you’re in a hurry. It contains coconut oil to soften, de-tangle and boost shine and has no nasties in it.
Grow Gorgeous, right, has co-washes from €26.99 for coloured hair, especially for brunettes and blondes. The makers use prismatic technology to reflect light more effectively, and so work best on dyed hair.