WHY I BOUGHT IT:
In the past 3 months, two things happened that changed my life. First, I got bangs!
… and I hate them. To be clear, I like them right after a trim when they’re the perfect length, but my hair grows stupidly fast and I’m usually really, really low maintenance about my hair and can’t be bothered to go see my hairdresser regularly. Thus, the bangs are on their way out, which is a really long and tedious process. The other night, I had a dream that there were spiders crawling all over my face then woke up and realized yup! that’s just my hair. The worst part though, is that while the rest of my hair tends to be dry and can easily go 3-4 days without a wash, my bangs require daily shampooing.
The other thing that happened is a friend insisted I try her dry shampoo at the gym. I’ve heard of dry shampoo before, and how they supposedly freshen your hair and even add volume, but have stayed away because I assumed it wouldn’t work for my hair. I’ve got black, thick, and bone straight hair that scoffs at any product that purports to add volume or texture. I also have heard of dry shampoos leaving visible residue on black hair and as someone who previously has suffered from terrible dandruff, didn’t want a repeat of that trauma. However, I was peer pressured into giving it a try, and it works! It’s perfect for freshening up after a workout, and even more perfect for spraying all over my stupid bangs when I don’t want to wash my hair! I’ve since gone through two bottles and have converted two other girls I workout with into dry shampoo converts!
WHERE I BOUGHT IT
Apparently, Osis is a salon-only brand and is rather difficult to find in stores. The (ridiculously fancy Korean) salon I go to has Osis products, but I get this stuff from Amazon with Prime shipping!
PACKAGING AND APPEARANCE
Comes in a small, very red aluminum can. There’s a larger size, but I like how the small size fits in my hand and my gym bag.
To use, you have to first give the can a few shakes then hold it about a foot away from the area you’re hoping to spray. Shaking the can is a must because it does tend to get clogged when I don’t.
Here’s a gif of the spray in motion. It’s pretty powerful and I usually hit and release the trigger a few times instead of holding it down repeatedly. This way, I’ve never had issues with visible residue.
To be clear, dry shampoo cannot replace a proper washing. It is very good, however, at removing any hint of greasiness from my hair. It even does make my hair look a bit more voluminous immediately after usage, but the volume doesn’t keep. I even like the scent, which is a very faint, slightly floral, summery clean scent.
The ingredients are as follows, in case anyone is looking to avoid certain things. To be honest, I know next to nil about haircare science or ingredients.
Isobutane, Alcohol Denat, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Butane, Propane, Fragrance, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol, BCC12-Base.
After using this dry shampoo, I have sometimes noticed a bit of buildup when I run my fingers through my hair. I think it is likely the starch absorbing up any greasiness but can’t be sure. It washes right out though so it doesn’t bother me.
Don’t get bangs. Also, this product has made me a dry shampoo convert.
Pros: Effectively eliminates any greasiness, no visible residue, pleasant scent
Cons: Can clogs if you use without shaking, a bit of product buildup in hair