Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Dry Spell; Beauty for Lustrous Locks, a Healthy Scalp and a Morning Routine That Lasts a Nanosecond, Hold the H20, Says Emma McCarthy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Dry Spell; Beauty for Lustrous Locks, a Healthy Scalp and a Morning Routine That Lasts a Nanosecond, Hold the H20, Says Emma McCarthy

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Byline: Emma McCarthy

ASK any hairdresser and they'll tell you that overwashing your hair is a salon sin. Not only is it a time-drainer, it's also a scalp-dehydrator, an oil-stripper, a shine-sapper, a split-end-creator and a colour-fader. Bad news for those who consider their lather routine to be as integral to their morning as their skinny flat white.

But weaning yourself off the daily washing wagon need not mean suffering weeks of hair greasier than Kevin and his pal Perry. In fact, the beauty industry is revolutionising haircare with a new breed of products designed to refresh your locks with no water required. Here's our guide to going dry.

It's all a sham (poo) If you find that the powdery finish of traditional dry shampoos never quite manages to achieve that squeaky-clean feeling, Ouai's Dry Shampoo Foam (PS24, selfridges.co.uk) will prove a revelation. Set to make waves at the sink queues at Glastonbury and in the regimes of time-starved city types alike, the cool French haircare brand's latest innovation works without water to cleanse hair thoroughly back to justshowered freshness. Simply rub a ping-pong ball-sized amount through dry hair, concentrating on massaging the scalp as if you were washing it, for 60 seconds until dry. Et voila!

Don't forget the conditioner Dry shampoo may be king when it comes to mopping up tell-tale twoday oil on your scalp, but what about the rest of your locks? This week, holistic haircare specialist Aveda is introducing its first Dry Conditioner -- a weightless thermal dry mist containing tiny moisturising particles designed to leave your lengths and ends soft, healthy and hydrated even after four days under the wrath of the office air-conditioning.

Aveda's formula uses a blend of organic jojoba and sunflower seed oils to nourish locks. Plus, its launch coincides with the brand's annual Earth Month campaign, so you can spritz to your hearts content, knowing that you are helping to conserve energy and water. (PS26, aveda.co.uk) Take a night cap Not all bed-hair is the good, Kate Moss kind. If the discovery of a bird's nest barnet at the sound of your alarm clock equals a rapid hair wash in the sink, try Silke's cult hair wrap (left; PS45, silkelondon. …

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