Everyday faves | Dry shampoo paste

This is the fourth entry in the biweekly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation. My first post was about better bobby pins, and I’ve also written about building time into my daily schedule for reading and the miracles of travel-sized stain sticks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves: Dry shampoo paste

This time, I wanted to highlight a hair care product I now use almost every day, dry shampoo paste. I was introduced to this product, R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, six months ago when I got my hair cut really short. It’s a combination of dry shampoo and styling paste. It’s unlike any other dry shampoo I had used before, and it’s true love, y’all. (I also learned that R+Co creates styling products formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, or petroleum.)

Note:  This post is NOT sponsored by R+Co . I simply want to share with my readers my personal thoughts and experiences and appreciation of using this dry shampoo paste and how it’s become part of my everyday hair care routine.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves: Dry shampoo paste

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves: Dry shampoo paste

This product promises to “add amazing second-day texture and absorbing oil” and has a “matte finish and reworkable hold.” And I’ve found those promises do hold up, as does my hair after using this dry shampoo paste. I prefer to wash my hair every 2 to 3 days, so second-day (or even third-day) hair is just a fact of life for me. I have thin-textured hair, but there’s a LOT of it, so adding volume to my hair has always been a struggle.

I thought it’d be fun to do a brief “here’s how I do my hair” demo as part of this post, to help illustrate how I use this dry shampoo paste as part of my regular hair care routine.

First, after a morning shower, I start with clean, damp, and towel-dried hair that I comb straight, as seen below. You can use the dry shampoo paste with damp or dry hair. I use it both ways!

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care routine with dry shampoo paste, before

Then, I scoop out a bit of the paste. And, yes, a little goes a long way! I then roll the paste in-between my fingers on both hands, then run my hands all through my damp hair until I’ve deposited all the paste as evenly as possible throughout my hair. As the paste warms up in your hands, the white color turns clear, so no worries about having white spots in your hair.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves: Dry shampoo paste

Then it’s time to blow-dry my hair, as seen below. I sometimes let my hair air-dry, but that’s usually on weekends or on work days when I go in later. This was a week day, so I went ahead and blow-dried my hair, using a blow dryer with the diffuser attachment and a smaller round brush.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care routine with dry shampoo paste, blow drying

I use the round brush particularly to fluff up the back of my hair, along with my bangs. Sometimes, I blow dry my bangs back and off my face, but today, I decided to do a little side sweep with the bangs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Hair care routine with dry shampoo paste, after

I then use a little more dry shampoo paste — a very small amount — to “set” my bangs and smooth down the sides around my ears and the little short hairs on my neck. On the second (and sometimes, third) days, I basically repeat this last step, and I’m done.

Using the dry shampoo paste this way right after showering gives my hair texture, volume, and shape that lasts until I shower again. I can also “play” with my hair without worrying that I’ll mess it up, and I’ve noticed that I usually forego hairspray when I’ve used this dry shampoo paste. Less hair products for the win! (Also, I’ve never been able to find a hairspray that I really like.)

A jar of this Badlands dry shampoo paste costs $28, but I’ve been using this paste for half a year now, so this jar is going to last me awhile. Bonus:  it smells great!

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves: Dry shampoo paste

Do you use dry shampoo? If so, do you have a favorite? Please leave a comment and share.

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4 thoughts on “Everyday faves | Dry shampoo paste

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I love it! I don’t know how it would work with longer hair, as I only started using it when I got my short haircut 6 months ago. (My hair stylist used it during the cut and style, and I loved the texture and smell, so I bought a jar.) But it’s PERFECT for short hair!


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