What’s Better Than An iPhone4S? Dry Shampoo.

No disrespect to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, but I’m pretty sure I just discovered the most groundbreaking invention of the 21st century: dry shampoo.

If you are a man, I don’t know that you can understand the full gravity of the implications of this marvel of modern science so I will spell it out for you. See, we women cannot wash our hair, rub a towel over it, go to sleep then walk out the front door the next morning. I mean, I guess we could, it’s getting close to Halloween and we could all band together to try to bring back the Bride of Frankenstein look. Although I don’t even think that worked for her. We have to work to walk out the door. Shampoo, conditioner, blow drying, flat irons, rollers— the list is extensive.

Because I no longer have any shame.

Dry shampoo is essentially time in a bottle. I don’t consider myself extremely high maintenance. My naturally curly hair can be washed and styled on Day 1, worn again in the same style on Day 2, swept into a ponytail on Day 3 and if times are desperate, shoved under a baseball hat on Day 4.

(Side note: I would just like the world to know that I do actually bathe everyday. FINE, most days. I just don’t always take the hour and a half required to do my hair.)

This scenario is workable if it’s a regular Mommy week of dropping kids off at school and coming home to do laundry, cook, clean and write. But occasionally I am required to be in public wearing something other than snot stained yoga pants on Day 3 or 4 and that is where the magic of dry shampoo comes into play.

You spray it in your hair and magically, your hair looks and smells clean. (Also it’s important to note that it may not necessarily FEEL clean, but let’s be honest– if you are trying to figure out how you can only wash your hair every four days, you’re not REALLY concerned with another person running their fingers through it, now are you?)

My hair stylist warned me that some people complained it made their hair feel stiff.

“Did you tell them it’s not supposed to REPLACE regular shampoo?”

I got so excited about discovering dry shampoo at my salon that I bought two bottles. The ladies in the shop laughed, “Two bottles?!”

“One is for my best friend, I never got her a birthday present.”

They all burst into laughter and I realized that giving someone dry shampoo as a gift is tantamount to a husband giving his wife a vacuum cleaner for their anniversary or a mother-in-law giving her daughter-in-law a year’s worth of membership fees to Weight Watchers. But alas, my bond with Sister Wife runs deep and I knew she would squeal with delight at my discovery.

I realize my kids can talk on my iPhone and simultaneously see their grandparents hundreds of miles away via iChat, and I mean no disrespect to Steve Jobs. But dry shampoo is the best thing that happened to this momma since God invented formula.

What’s the best thing that happened to you since formula? (Or a breastfeeding sling?)

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  1. Brandi Fetner says


    I too have discovered Dry Shampoo, someone at work had it and I squealed with delight!! Ran into the closet and tried it out!! I agree it the best thing since formula!!!

  2. monica says

    What brand did you use? I got some a while back and wasn’t a fan.

    Also, I recently bought one of those shark steam mops (the ones with the super cheesy commercial with the lady doing gymnastic jumps while mopping) and was thinking while using it yesterday that it’s the one piece of home cleaning equipment a husband could get away with giving his wife as a gift. I can’t even tell you how much time it saves, and so much better than anything else I’ve ever used. It too gives the gift of time!

  3. says

    Holy crap, why have I not used this yet? And don’t feel bad about “day 4”. I have curly hair too, and no one ever knows what day I’m on. *insert evil laughter* Found your blog through Jenny Bent’s blog. Love finding fellow humor bloggers..aka…kindred, dirty-haired spirits. Keep up the great work and I look forward to future posts!

  4. Mary Beth says

    As a hospital nurse, I used to always wash patient’s hair with dry shampoo if they were postop and couldn’t get incisions wet. It does work well, actually…even the cheap hospital kind. I also bought several bottles of it from REI to send to Brandon while he was in Afghainistan without running water for 6 months. He used it and liked it!! Glad you have found your “magic in a bottle!”


  5. MaloneyMommy says

    If you can find it…it’s in high demand…..try the Suave dry shampoo spray….2.79 a bottle! I figured it couldn’t hurt to try at that price…..that was a year ago, and I’ve never looked back! Welcome to the world of dry shampoo!

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