My Love Story: Ouai Dry Shampoo

Beauty editors aren’t exactly known to be brand loyal. In fact, very few can name more than one product they’ve been in a monogynous relationship with for more than a few months. It’s not that we’re fickle by nature. It’s just that by the time we hit the bottom of our must-have jar of night cream, there’s a new one we’re bound to fall in love with waiting for us. (Life’s rough, we know.) We’re telling you all this only to highlight the importance of the products that do make it into our regular rotation—the ones that don’t get replaced by the latest and greatest, our one true (beauty) loves. This February, we’re sharing all of our product love stories. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I have greasy hair. Like the kind of greasy where by day two it's already oily and I need to either A) wash it again or B) drench it in dry shampoo. But most times, if I choose the latter, it's only a temporary fix before my strands are once again greasy by 3 p.m. It's frustrating and exhausting to try to fake clean strands all time (champagne problems, I know).

When the highly anticipated Ouai Dry Shampoo ($24) came across my desk, I was so excited—not only because hair genius Jen Atkin is behind it, but also because I was hoping that I would finally discover the end-all, be-all of dry shampoos. Suffice it to say I couldn't wait to try it out the next day on my predictably oily strands.

The next morning, I read the instructions on the can, shook it up, and sprayed it on my roots in short bursts all over, fluffing my hair with my fingers. I was intrigued by the clear formula, which vastly differs from the white, powdery sprays I'm used to. However, after a few minutes, I was disappointed. My hair didn't have that instant volume I love about dry shampoo, and as the day went on, I noticed my hair was still greasy. Bummer.

Ever the optimist that I am, I gave it another shot a week later, except this time, I sprayed a bit more product than normal and gave it a good tousle with my fingers. I immediately noticed more volume and lift and that gritty texture that makes me feel like it's really going to work on my oily roots. Success!

The next day, I woke up and noticed my hair still looked clean. I was even able to go to work without having to apply another application, and remained grease-free the entire day. Then, by day three, it still looked fairly clean (though I did need to do a little spritz to freshen it up). Oh, and speaking of fresh, the smell is AMAZING. I even got complimented on my "perfume," which I had to explain was actually my hair product. Win-win!

Final thoughts: Ouai Dry Shampoo is the best dry shampoo I've ever used—I just need to be a bit heavy-handed with it.

Opening image: Lindsey Metrus

What's your fave dry shampoo? Please share with us below!