Mom’s Dirty Little Secret

Photo by Corinna Hoffman Photography

As a work-from-home-and-also-the-office-a-few-days-a-week Mom (or WFHAATOAFDAW Mom), I am always looking for shortcuts to my morning beauty routine. Each day is so different for the kids and me, that half the time I don’t know what day it really is. In fact, now that I think of it, most of my Mom friends have multiple jobs in and outside the home. It’s a delicate juggling act we are all experiencing.

That being said, every moment of my morning beauty routine has been thought out and calculated, netting me a time that is the exact time of which I absolutely have to get out of bed. You know what I mean–that convo you have with yourself when you are laying oh-so-comfortably in your bed: “I can sleep XYZ more minutes if I skip my makeup and I can sleep this much longer if I don’t take a shower”… we have all been there.

I have stumbled upon the most amazing invention since quick dry nail polish: behold the Dry Shampoo. It’s like liquid gold in a bottle. Heck, more like liquid time in a bottle! I have regained so much more time in the morning because of this amazing aerosol invention in a can.

“But I’ve tried Dry Shampoo and it doesn’t work for me.” You’re using it incorrectly, or you are using the wrong kind. I have made it my personal goal to find, use and get all judgy with the different dry shampoos available so you don’t have to (you’re welcome).

“But my hair is super oily.” ME TOO! I’m an oily, greasy mess. My hair is not only thick, but it is fine and oily. I was washing my hair daily, sometimes two times a day. I read that daily washing was bad for my hair, but walking around with smelly, greasy hair was bad for the people around me, so I figured I didn’t have a choice. And I’m stricken with classic Mom Hair–it’s an in-between straight/wave, so leaving it to air dry wasn’t an option. I was stuck in the cycle of blow-dry, style, shampoo, conditioner, blow-dry, style, shampoo, conditioner, blow dry, style–you get the picture. It was breaking, damaged and just overall unhealthy.

Five days & only one shampoo (I’m not kidding). Below is a typical week of hair care in my WFHAATOAFDAW Mom week:

5 days of DS

Day One  (Wednesday, go to work) wash and blow dry. This day sucks the most. Not only is it hump day, but this is the day I blow dry my thick hair, in layers, with a round brush. It takes about 20 minutes, but I am happy knowing this is the last time I have to do this for the next five days! At night, I put it in a dent-free hair tie to keep it out of my face.

Day Two (Thursday, no work, but PM event) Here’s where the shower cap shows up. Hair is in a high ponytail under the cap. Still no need for Dry Shampoo. Late in the afternoon, I was preparing for an evening event, so I sprayed a little dry shampoo on my roots. Each DS is different, but most say to spray on your roots, then rub into your scalp with your fingertips.

Day Three (Friday, work) no dry shampoo needed in AM (since I sprayed it the night before) still lots of body, since I put my hair on top of my head.

Day Four (Saturday, work, PM event) Still lots of body when I woke up. Covered with a shower cap in AM. Lightly sprayed roots with DS after the shower, then about 5 minutes of a curling iron to touch up the ends. That evening, a few more curling iron touch ups for a night on the town. No hairspray needed!

Day Five (Sunday, church) picked out the curls with a large pic to smooth out them out for Church. Still no dry shampoo needed. Super body-full!

Tip: Spray before you workout!

Once I found the DS that worked best for my hair, I was saving so much time! Here are a few I’ve tried:

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo ( $37) is a new favorite. Pricey but worth it!

Psssssst Instant Dry Spray Shampoo ($6.69, available most anywhere) had a very pleasant scent but didn’t have enough “staying power” for me. Meaning, after a few hours, my hair started to look a little greasy again.

Batiste Dry Shampoo ($5.99, available most anywhere) is the 2015 winner for DS. It comes in a variety of fun scents, like cherry, tropical, and blush. It also has a DS that has a touch of color to keep blondes blonde and brunettes chocolaty! This was my original dry shampoo, but I found that it made my head a little itchy, and I could see DS flakes after a while.

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($6.19, available most anywhere) has a very pleasant scent. I personally thought it left my hair a tad on the dull side, but definitely absorbed the oil.

Hair Food Sulfate Free Kiwi Dry Shampoo ($4.99 for only 1.7 oz, available at Target and Ulta) Ok- this was one of my favorites. The kiwi smell is lovely but not too fruity, and this stuff can last for days without reapplying! And, it seems to always have a Target Cartwheel deal for it, so I got it at a discount.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($12 for 1.7 oz, Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom) This is the most expensive DS I have tried. And it is amazing. But I don’t know if it is much better than the Hair Food DS. But it too is free of sulfates and is an Allure Magazine Best of Beauty award dinner.

Maybe my 900+ words will convince you to give Dry Shampoo a try (or to try it again). And maybe, just maybe, you can sleep just a few more minutes in the morning and still look fabulous.


Jessica Morgan
Jessica was born in the “Bold New City of the South" and loves her some Jacksonville. Not only is J-Ville the place where she was raised with her twin brother, but is it also where she met and married her super-handy hubby, Melvin. Together they have a lovely daughter named Lily and a very competitive son, Henry. Professionally, Jessica spends her days as the Activities Director at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club,- because her target audience is 5-11 year old children. Jessica has appeared on local television discussing topics ranging from Black Friday to couponing, - dirty hair, consignment sales and summer camps. Jessica enjoys showing up to parties in costume, Florida Gator Football, all things Disney, singing show tunes, making fudge, big ugly shelter dogs, reading Emily Post and writing in cursive. Keep up with all Jessica's antics at


  1. My hair alternated between dry/brittle and greasy/lifeless with a touch of frizz for good measure. I used dry shampoo for a while to cut back on washes, but I could never find the right one for my hair. A friend suggested MONAT and it’s completely transformed my hair (and my morning routine). Not only is my hair shiny, soft, and much more manageable, but it’s saving me time and money on other shampoos, conditioners, dry shampoos, and styling products. If you’re interested in having great, healthy hair with zero effort, check out MONAT.

    (There’s a thirty day money-back guarantee, but you won’t be needing it – you’ll be ordering more!)

  2. Living Proof’s dry shampoo is so overpriced. Maybe it was my hair and body chemistry, but I don’t feel as if it performed any better than Not Your Mother’s. Speaking of, I’m on my 2nd can of the latter and can’t say enough good things about it. I went with the unscented one this time around. It works the same and still has a pleasant smell.

    • I think that’s the thing with Dry Shampoo- it seems to be so different brand to brand and person to person.

  3. Have you tried Dove dry shampoo? Get Judgy with it and lemme know what you think. It’s my go to- sounds like we have very similar hair. I’m going to try your hair food brand though!! Great tips!

    • I haven’t but I definitely will! I am currently hooked on Drybar products- their dry shampoo is great!


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