I have a new tool to disguise my thinning hair – dry shampoo. I first purchased Tresemme dry shampoo to prolong days between shampooing my hair, and then I discovered it actually helps to add volume to my thin hair! For the last few months, every day I flip my head upside down and spray the Tresemme dry shampoo to the underneath part of my hair. Then I wait a few minutes and brush it out. It adds noticeable volume and gives the illusion that my thinning hair is a lot thicker than it is in reality.
Next I add Toppik hair fibers to my visible scalp to minimize my widening part. Finally I add a lot of hairspray to the top of my hair and my roots to make it look fuller on top, and to keep everything in place. What’s sad is that I spend a lot of time on my hair, but no one would ever guess because it doesn’t look good – just passable for normal-ish hair (for now). My new motto is: it takes twice as long to look half as good:(
• Batiste Dry Shampoo vs Tresemme Dry Shampoo
The purpose of dry shampoo is to keep your hair clean between washings and to help you go an extra day or two before hair appears too dirty. While extremely affordable (less than $5), the Tresemme stuff did not work well to decrease oil in my scalp, and it left a powdery, sticky residue on my brown hair. Initially I had given up on the product, until I realized how great it worked at volumizing. In search of a dry shampoo that adds volume, and works well to freshen up my hair, I recently purchased Batiste Dry Shampoo because it’s also one of the cheaper dry shampoos (about $7) and overall it gets good reviews. You just shake the can and spray it onto your roots and wait a few minutes. Then you brush it out. Batiste dry shampoo does work a lot better than Tresemme to decrease greasiness and make my hair appear like it’s cleaner and fresher. It doesn’t leave that powdery or sticky residue and it brushes right out. It comes in several different scents, but I’ve only tried Blush (the pink can), which has a floral scent.
Unfortunately I haven’t had the volumizing success with Batiste like I have with Tresemme. I tried spraying Batiste underneath my hair and it doesn’t add much volume. So currently I use both products – the Tresemme for volume, and the Batiste to freshen up greasy hair. There are still several other dry shampoo brands I haven’t tried (Klorane, Tigi, Oscar Blandi, Suave, and Pssst!). Have you tried any of these dry shampoos? Have you had good results making your hair appear thicker, or cleaner?
I have one final note when it comes to not washing your hair often. When you suffer from hair loss, nothing is more agonizing that showering and seeing giant clumps of hair come out, so putting off washing your hair as long as possible is the natural reaction. I like to keep my scalp clean – especially with all the stuff I put on it, so I generally shampoo every other day. But on the off days I can have a reprieve from the dreaded hair washing chore thanks to dry shampoo. How often you shampoo is a personal decision, but if you hate doing it, dry shampoo might help you.
Do you have a volumizing trick to help with the appearance of thinning hair? I’ve tried lots of volumizing products in the past, and so far I’ve had the best luck with the dry shampoo and hairspray combo.