Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How to Fake Presentable Hair

*All products mentioned were purchased by me and are in no way sponsored nor solicited placements yada yada yada etc.*

Let's get back to the business of being Prettier than Everyone Else by a show of hands - how many of you pre-child (whether said child is real or imaginary) vowed never to do the following: (1) have Mom Hair; (2) wear Mom Jeans; or (3) drive a mini-van?

Alas, the best laid plans - the ones that have yet to see a shower-free day spent bouncing a colicky infant around - pose a serious threat to Goal #1 up there. Pre-Kid Me hates me for admitting this, but there have been days when I've thrown my entirely naturally blonde (ahem) tresses up in a sad, be-greased ponytail of defeat and considered sensible, short, more manageable hair (!). In desperation, I took to the interwebs to see what miracle products might buy me another day in between hair washes.

Some of my favorite "mom bloggers"* like you and you have recently done posts on this very subject of how to fake clean hair on the days when baby just won't let you get to the hair dryer.  I'm hardly the first to tackle this subject, clearly, but what I haven't seen is someone covering the fine (read: limp), wavy (read: must be blow dried), and oily (read: oily) tresses territory in which I reside.
*Mildly Relevant Sidebar: I object to the term "mom blogger" because it insinuates that we mothers just do that & don't have other highly important interests like eating too much candy corn. Alas, like the Biebs, it appears the term is here to stay.*

The "highly scientific study" below, then, is for us ladies who could no sooner go more than 24 hours without washing our hair than we would go camping voluntarily. You ladies with your smug, thick twice-weekly washed hair that makes you look like the lost Middleton sister, this post is not for you.

Anywhoodle, for the sake of you darling readers and at risk of tragically oil-slick hair, I've braved going 48 hours between washes over the past few weeks. I tested out the following products on Day 2 of the "hair cycle" in this "highly scientific study":


From left to right, in order of decreasing expense:
- TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo ($19)
- Rusk W8less Shaping and Control Hairspray ($10)
- TreSemme FreshStart Dry Shampoo for Oily/Normal Hair ($6)
- Johnson's Baby Powder ($4)

By far the best of the bunch for these limp locks was the TreSemme, with second place honors to the pricier Rockaholic. The TreSemme made my hair look magically clean while giving it volume, something we fine-haired ladies are in desperate need of, and left the least amount of white powdery residue (insert yuppie drug joke here) when used exactly as the directions on the bottle specify. I italicize because I love - I make no representations if you go off-label, as I tragically did one shower-free morning. Note that the TreSemme did cut down on shine a bit, but brushing it out a tad seemed to help with that:

Cue highly scientific iPhone photo, if you can get past the undereye circles and triple (!) chins, I swear the TreSemme day 2 hair looked ok.
None of these elixirs made my mane feel as squeaky clean as it does the day I wash it, but if we can't both look and feel good, better to look presentable, right?

Anyone else out there suffering from the same tragic tresses fate? Any product or technique tips?

13 comments:

Maura said...

I tried the TreSemme and it didn't work for me, but I really, really cannot get away with day two hair. Even with my super short cut, my mom noticed I was on day two hair. Granted, she's my mom and therefore super observant/critical, but it was enough to know I still cannot do it. What's worse? With super short hair there is no ponytail or hat disguise. Luckily it only takes 2 minutes with the blow dryer after washing.

Ashley Paige said...

Well, now that we've divulged all secrets relating to our fabulous (note capital "M") Mom-ness, what's left, you ask? Well, perhaps we should blog about said consumption of candy corn. Please tell me your addiction is limited to the triangular confections.. if you happen to indulge in the chemically altered pumpkins, I don't think we can be internet friends any longer.

OK, let me rephrase. As I could never break it off with you- I'm totes chill (like The Biebs) with the corns.. it's the pumpkins that make me a little bit vommy... ;oP

too. much. sugar. now, if you'll excuse me, i need to finish my second coke of the day. (not to be confused with said white yuppy substance).

Rachel said...

Oh I LOVE this post! While I'm super jealous of these bloggers that can go 3+ days without washing their hair, I'm LUCKY to get 24 hours out of a wash! My hair is very fine, thin, and gets oily fast. I actually had 5 inches (!) chopped off of my hair yesterday to reduce my 'getting ready for the day' time. I LOVE my new cut, but I'm definitely going to be purchasing a couple of these products to see if I can prolong my time between washings! :)

Danielle said...

I have actually gone to the store looking for this magic TreSemme gem but couldn't find it. It's kind of like when you're in the tampon aisle and you're afraid your 8th grade boyfriend is going to walk up and catch you. You've got to have but heaven forbid someone see you (judge you) buying it! Good to know. Now I shall waltz right back into Tarjay and promptly purchase this along with $94 of other items that I had no idea I needed before entering the store. It's a rule that you have to spend $100 in Target. I'm sure you, Pretty, were well aware!

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

I'd like to see pictures of each product in use, please :-) (Esp Johnson's baby powder--doesn't that look...powdery?) I have thin, scraggly hair that looks like an oil slick if I don't wash it on a daily basis, so I have never intentionally gone more than 24 hours without washing since I hit 13 years of age. Over the last year I have grown out my hair for the sole purpose of putting it up in the ponytail of defeat, although I am contemplating cutting it all off tomorrow night.

Beach Bum & Baby said...

I have been a long time Batiste fan but since dying my hair a Kardashian hue I have been forced to actually wash my hair to get it clean (I know, right?) so I need to find some of the colored dry shampoo. I've just been too lazy. Are the tresame and the rockaholic white like baby powder? Maybe I'll look into one of them.

p.s. So, do you think Joe's Jeans in the Muse fit considered "Mom" jeans? I just bought two pairs and I loooove them but think to myself - hmmm the rise on these is mighty high.....

LPC said...

Well you look great in the photo, however you got there.

for a different kind of girl said...

When I had long hair, I could go two to three days between washings, which, when I discovered was possible, was a time saving delight. I got through those days thanks to the TreSemme and had great luck with it. Sometimes I would run the hair dryer for a few seconds over my bent head after brushing the product out and found I could get even a bit more fullness.

Now I've got the short hair and the weird way I sleep means I have to wash daily, and my supply of TreSemme dry shampoo is mocking me, but I might have to give it a try and see if it brings the style back.

International Woman of Mystery said...

O.M.G. Is that a monogrammed iPhone cover? Honey, you have gone off the reservation with your preppy self. x

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

I too have been in awe (no annoyance, rather) of the blessed ladies with their thick hair and 3 day washing schedule. It was just this Summer that I realized my hair only fares well on day 2 if you use a bunch of various products on day 1 and pull out the dreaded round brush for 15 minutes of bicep work. My bestie recommended Suave dry shampoo and I use that now (and it smells really good IMHO.) Let it be known I have braved the dreaded third day, but only with the aforementioned "ponytail of defeat."

Thankfully after years of being told that my hair needed "layers" for volume which always resulted in horrible "mom hair" well before actual mommyhood I am happy to report I have found the right salon and stylist that vowed to never give me mom hair again!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

I was soo not a fan of the Tresseme dry shampoo but I am OBSESSED with Rockaholic, which is currently on sale at Ulta for $7.99 a can and thus much more reasonable than the usual price.

I also like Pssst dry shampoo in the blonde color - it makes my roots disappear which is lovely when I go 3 months between highlights sessions. Oops.

The Mrs. said...

Word on the street is that the real secret is "pssst". Heard of it? I am going to try and hunt it down! PS love those bloggers you mentioned, had never known them! Thanks!

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