We’re all familiar with the fresh-hair-in-a-bottle miracle that is dry shampoo, but have you ever heard of wet dry shampoo before?
It’s the same concept, but a different delivery system. Since I know we are all short on time these days, let’s dig in for details on this product.
Wet dry shampoos eliminate grease and oil at the roots of your hair, just like regular dry shampoo, but the method of getting those oil-absorbing particle into your hair is different.
Wet dry shampoos deliver those same oil-absorbing particles into your hair, but through an evaporating base, like alcohol—thus the “wet” descriptor.
My current top pick is Spiritualized, by R+Co., so let’s discuss the formula there. One of its main ingredients is alcohol, which evaporates quickly once sprayed into the hair. In the formula are embedded silica particles—the oil-absorbing agents—and as you spray, those silica particles grab onto the oil, the alcohol evaporates, and voila! You’re left with less greasy hair.
Even though the formula is different, you use it the same way you would use dry shampoo. Hold up a length of hair upward and spray the root.
The key is letting the formula dry well. The bottle says 30-45 seconds, but give it 1-2 minutes to be sure. I like to comb my fingers through my hair after spraying and shake it to make sure it dries well.
After it’s dry, comb a brush with stiff bristles through your hair, from the root to the tip, and all the excess oil should be gone!
I’ve used both the R+Co Spiritualized wet dry shampoo, which comes in a pump bottle, and the Batiste Waterless Cleansing Foam, which has more a light shaving-cream like consistency but evaporates out just as well as the spray formula.
To be honest, I like both formulas, but like the R+Co a touch more since I don’t have to use my hands to apply it to my roots.