We've recently talked about keeping your hair hydrated and healthy over the coming summer months, especially if you've got a trip away planned. But we can appreciate that hair maintenance is hardly ever quick and easy. To really give your hair the TLC it needs, you need plenty of time on your hands, for a start- so not ideal if you're on a long-haul flight or out and about seeing the sights all day.
There are a few hair-boosters, so to speak, that exist on the market today. One of them, dry shampoo, is up there with the most popular, but let's face it, it's not the most ideal hair product out there. For a start, it leaves white patches in your hair, and gives it a funny texture- not to mention that it's been linked to hair loss and all sorts if used excessively.
With a lack of any really decent portable, travel-friendly hair product at the present, it was only a matter of time for something to swoop in and claim to be the solution to all of our out-and-about hair issues. Meet dry shampoo sheets. Kind on your bank card and easy to slip into your handbag, these little wonders promise to tackle static, frizz and grease while you're on your travels (or just whenever you fancy using them, really).
As with all new products that claim to be the next best thing, research has to be done to see if they're worth their word. For us, the first step was to understand exactly what they are, and what makes them different from what's already available in our local beauty stores. In short, why should we give them our attention?
Appearence-wise, dry shampoo sheets are not actually very sheet-like. They're more like tiny cotton makeup wipes that you essentially rub onto your hair from the roots to the tips as a sort of shampoo that doesn't involve actual showering. There's no need to do anything once you've rubbed the wipes around your hair for a bit; apparently that's all it takes to give your locks a bit of a refresh.
So, the benefits of dry shampoo sheets are probably obvious. They're ideal for using on hair on-the-go, so if you haven't got time for a full wash, you might just have found your solution. Unlike dry shampoo spray, they don't leave a residue, nor do they leave that funny dry shampoo smell lingering about the place (actually, the ones we found online are said to have a "deodorising natural fragrance", which could, to be fair, mean anything).
In terms of how dry shampoo sheets are supposed to improve hair, apparently, they work to absorb excess oil from the hair without weighing it down or leaving a powdery residue. If these do work, that's certainly something to be impressed with- although we do worry that regularly stripping the hair of its oil would only encourage it to produce more oil to make up for it, leaving you in a greasier situation than you started out in.
Would we recommend using dry shampoo sheets every day? Definitely not. In the same way that we'd advise against repeated use of dry shampoo spray, compared to an actual, proper wash, the sheets just aren't going to make the cut. But if you're after a bit of a refresh on your travels, or if you've been swimming or gyming and you fancy giving your hair a much-needed tame to keep it going for the rest of the day, why not? They're the perfect portable size for carrying round with you, so you may as well take advantage of them where you can.
With everything said, there definitely needs to be more info out there about dry shampoo sheets before we go rushing to buy a pack ourselves. So far, only a few limited companies sell them, and not all reviews are fantastic. It seems the sheets are substantially better for hair than the spray, but we'd definitely like for more to be made of this emerging trend before we can fully give our verdicts on it. Right now, we'd say that they would make a good emergency go-to, and nothing more than that.