Not washing your hair every single day is a common (if not universal) recommendation of stylists. Excessive shampooing can strip your hair of the oil it needs to stay healthy and shiny, and it can also result in dandruff, an itchy scalp, and hair that’s even greasier than it was before. For those with bleached or damaged hair like myself, frequent shampooing can further compromise hair health.
Theoretically, the advice to lay off the 'poo is sound, but in practice, it's tough for me to stick to. I'm an avid gym-goer, and I sweat a lot. Like, a lot a lot. In an effort to stay on my stylist’s good side, I used to turn to dry shampoo to help me stave off the impulse to lather up every day. But the white, powdery residue those products tend to leave behind made me want to wash my hair even more. And with so many brands being recalled for containing the carcinogen benzene, I all but gave up on resisting daily shampoos.
But, then I learned about the now-viral Bumble and bumble Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist. My "For You" TikTok page served me the potential solution to my dry shampoo aversion in the form of this a non-aerosol alternative that claims to combat gym sweat between showers.
How to use the Bumble and bumble post workout dry shampoo mist
This dry shampoo is a mist, not an aerosol spray. And while it's wet to the touch—which might seem counterintuitive for reviving sweaty gym hair—it dries quickly, after about 30 seconds or so. That's laregly thanks to its formulation that includes oil-absorbing bamboo extract and silica.
To use it, shake the bottle first because parts of the product sink to the bottom and have to be well-agitated in order to be mixed back in. Then, holding the bottle about six inches away from your hair, spray two to four pumps on your roots. After massaging into your hair, let it sit for 15 to 30 seconds. Finish by shaking out your hair with your fingers or brushing through your hair, from root to tip.
What happened when I tried the Bumble and bumble Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist
What intrigued me about this product was its promise to revive sweaty, damp gym hair. With this in mind, I decided to test its strength by offering up my head of hair to a 45-minute HIIT boxing workout. The old-school boxing gym had zero A/C and limited air flow; if anything would me to work up a sweat, it would be this.
Mission accomplished: Even after I got home following the class (after a 30-minute train ride and pitstop for dumplings), my roots were still wet. So, I shook up the bottle and got to work on spraying down individual sections.
Since I’ve been sporting my natural, wavy hair lately, I decided against brushing the product throughout my strands like other reviewers had done. Instead, I softly massaged the spray into my scalp with splayed fingers, careful to not disrupt my waves. Since this was day two of not washing my hair, I sprayed a little farther down from the roots in order to catch any oil that might have accumulated prior to my workout.
Afterward, I used the "cool" setting on my hair dryer to knock out the remaining moisture. I gently separated sections of my hair and aimed the dryer directly at the root, giving a few passes to each section.
Once my scalp felt completely dry, I reached for my Obliphica Seaberry Hair Serum ($38, and worth every penny) to add some shine and definition to my ends.
The verdict: Thanks to this post-workout spray, my oily roots were granted a second life.
Since it’s a mist, it didn't leave a white, chalky residue on my scalp or clothes. Using my hair dryer, per many TikTok reviewers’ instructions, helped add volume and lift back into my hair. I will note that the product does give off a strong floral scent that could turn off some, for me, the fragrance was just an added bonus.
In sum, this viral dry shampoo is well worth the hype—and it's earned a permanent spot in my gym bag.
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