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December 7, 2015

Dry Shampoo Experiment No. 2

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It’s time for round 2! This time I’m going to focus on keeping my hair “styled” aka not the wavy/curly creature that tends to come alive on my head. I will continue using Bastiste Dry Shampoo when I need it and of course, I will tell you when that is. This week I will be doing slightly less exercise than I normally do during the week because I’m tapering for my race Saturday. I 100% will have to shower that day so I won’t be able to reach a full week for the experiment but that’s okay! At least it might answer a few more questions. In case you didn’t read my post on the first experiment here are the new questions I would like to answer:

  • If I didn’t play football in the rain on the first day of the experiment, how long would my hair stay styled?
  • If my hair stays “styled” for more days than one would the oiliness be more obvious?
  • What is the easiest way to deal with sweaty, frizzy, post workout hair? To just get it wet and restyle it? Or to dry the sweat, use dry shampoo, and restyle it? I feel like all of these women work out in a pony tail, take it out once they finish the workout, and BAM there hair is magical. I know for a FACT that would not be the case for me!
  • Will my hair be healthier in the long run (haha, long run) if I only wash it once/twice per week?
  • Does washing my hair frequently have an impact on the speed of hair growth?

Day 1:

Not going to lie, your girl is feeling FAB! YAS. It is amazing what a clean head of styled hair can do to a woman… Or is that just me?

  • Smell: Clean, like shampoo.
  • Feel: Lovely and smooth. Knotty at some points during the day.
  • Frizz: Actually a little more than I would like (it’s hard to see in the picture) but it is raining out and it could be MUCH worse.
  • Volume: A little flat for my taste but I’m confident the tables will turn in a day or two.
  • Scalp: Not itchy, only some visible flakes.

Day 1: I love clean hair.

Day 2:

I ran 4 miles this morning and then used dry shampoo and re-styled my hair with a 2 inch curling iron. I basically just went over the ends to clean them up a little bit.

  • Smell: Good.
  • Feel: Kind of weird… Like I sweat a lot in my sleep but I really didn’t? I know exactly what is going on with my head right now…
  • Frizz: More than I would like. I think I might need to invest in a silk pillow case.
  • Volume: A little flat for my taste but I’m confident the tables will turn in a day or two.
  • Scalp: Not itchy, yay.

Day 2: It’s too early.

Day 2: Post 4 mile run. See that crown forming? P.S. Yes, that is an apron.

Day 2: Showered and styled the ends using a 2 in curling iron. #GoCAPS

Day 3:

I haven’t run yet today but my hair kind of feels like I did in my sleep… Gross.

  • Smell: Like cherries.
  • Feel: A little knotty but pretty soft.
  • Frizz: I have a tiny crown forming…
  • Volume: A little flat on the top of my head but the dry shampoo helps that.
  • Scalp: Not itchy, only some visible flakes.

Day 3: This looks… Not good.

Oh by the way… I found this little gem today. In case you were wondering what my natural hair looks like (on a “good” day)…

Jordan Jean, 4 years younger with a head full of curly hair.

Day 3: Dry shampoo + 1 in curling iron to the ends.

Day 4:

I ended up not going for a run yesterday because I was exhausted. At this point it’s better for me to just rest instead of wearing myself out before Saturday. My head itches bad today and whenever I itch it I have skin left under my fingernails and can see flakes coming off. Sorry to be gross… Just trying to give you all the whole truth and nothing but the truth! I didn’t feel like keeping my hair down today so I took my hair out of the ponytail after I ran to let it dry (I was sweaty), then brushed it out, used dry shampoo all on my roots, and then put it up in the ponytail pictured below. To do this, I put it up, use a normal hair tie and then wrap a small section of hair around the hair tie to cover it and then pin the hair under the ponytail using a bobby pin.

  • Smell: Not bad?
  • Feel: Slightly course.
  • Frizz: Tame…
  • Volume: Pretty large after I brushed it out.
  • Scalp: Itchy right around my hair line and visible flakes. GRRRR! So frustrating.

Day 4: RISE AND GRIND!

Day 4: Post 4 mile run. That head sweat is just lovely.

Day 4: “Put together” ponytail.

Day 5:

You know when you wear your hair in a ponytail all day and then your head hurts from the ponytail? Yeah, well that’s what I’m experiencing right now. The ends of my hair are soft and look normal but my roots… OH MAN! I could make some cooking oil out of this stuff. HAHA sorry that is gross… But really. My hair is an oily mess. Dry shampoo + ponytail it is!

  • Smell: Not bad? I hope?
  • Feel: Oily, stiff because it was in a ponytail all day yesterday.
  • Frizz: Frizz crown in action.
  • Volume: “Hello, I’m a lion.”
  • Scalp: Oily but not really itchy at all.

Day 5: Lets play a game! Name the animal species living on my head.

Day 6:

TIME TO RUN A MARATHON! I kept my hair in a ponytail all day again yesterday because it had a huge dent in it from day 4 that I didn’t want to try to get rid of. Today for the race I will be wearing a hat (per usual) because I always wear a hat while I run but also because my hair is pretty embarrassing right now. I want to run fast but dang… I would rather pass people than have people running from me!

  • Smell: Like cherries I think?
  • Feel: Oily, stiff, oily…. Gross….
  • Frizz: Frizz is pretty tame because of the amount of oil.
  • Volume: Meh… Normal.
  • Scalp: Flaky but not itchy at all.

Day 6: Marathon time and then I’m WASHING THIS HAIR!

Day 6: State #9 complete. Now it’s time to wash this hair…

Conclusion: The second round of dry shampoo experiment has taught me that I can keep my hair styled for a week without washing it. The biggest battle that I face is the oil at my roots. Luckily, Batiste Dry Shampoo is the bees knees and takes care of it. The days that it was extra oily was I didn’t use enough dry shampoo. I knew I was going to put it up and was trying to save a little while I could. My hair looked like an absolute mess in most of my “morning” pictures but once I brushed it out and curled the ends it looked styled and clean. I saved so much time by not washing my hair. Also, I realized that I lose about only a quarter of the hair per day compared to when I wash my hair 4+ times per week (I normally shed like a bear that just came out of hibernation). I only had to clean my drain ONE TIME this week instead of daily (ladies, you know what I’m talking about). It also feels longer this week… I know that sounds crazy but I keep looking at it and thinking, “When did this happen?” I don’t mind! Grow mane, grow! It might also feel longer because I think it generally looks healthier when I don’t wash it.

To reiterate:

  • I will continue only washing my hair once/twice per week.
  • I’m losing much less hair and it feels/looks much healthier.
  • Gently combing it out and then applying some heat to the ends makes it look nicely styled and finished.

The questions I wanted to answer with this experiment were:

  • If I didn’t play football in the rain on the first day of the experiment, how long would my hair stay styled? Yes. I only needed to touch up the ends in the morning. 
  • If my hair stays “styled” for more days than one would the oiliness be more obvious? Yes, needed to use more dry shampoo. 
  • What is the easiest way to deal with sweaty, frizzy, post workout hair? To just get it wet and restyle it? Or to dry the sweat, use dry shampoo, and restyle it? I feel like all of these women work out in a pony tail, take it out once they finish the workout, and BAM there hair is magical. I know for a FACT that would not be the case for me! I didn’t get it wet all week. I found that it was easiest to take my hair out of the ponytail after I worked out, let it dry out, put dry shampoo in it, and then style the ends.
  • Will my hair be healthier in the long run (haha, long run) if I only wash it once/twice per week? I think my hair definitely looks and feels healthier! 
  • Does washing my hair frequently have an impact on the speed of hair growth? Like I said before, it feels longer but I’m sure I’m going crazy. This question will have to be answered after 6+ months. 

I hope you all learned a little something from my dry shampoo experiments. Let me know if you start replacing normal hair washing with dry shampoo. I have so far been very pleased with the switch so I would love to hear about your experience! I asked for new shampoo + conditioner for Christmas so as soon as I try those products I’ll let you know what I think about them. Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my lovely face in the morning. HAHA!


with joy
jordan jean

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  1. Emily Kaitlyn

    December 7th, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I might have to try this soon! Can’t wait to see how it goes 🙂

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