Get One More Day from Your Blowout with This Improv Beauty Trick

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Last week was crazy busy, with two trips out of town and a big family visit, so on Wednesday, knowing that I wouldn’t have much time later in the week to tend to my hair, I blew it out and hoped I’d be able to get by for a few days using just a dry shampoo.


It was a decent enough plan, and it got me through a few days, but then I decided to sneak in a run…

BAM! Just like that, I had janky roots.

And a greasy scalp. Greasy, stinky, oily, and all kinds of gross. πŸ™‚

I fully intended to wash my hair before heading to my BFF’s son’s baptism on Saturday, but as usual, time escaped me, and I ended up with only 20 minutes to dress and get out the door.

Dang! Not enough time for me to wash and style my hair.

I was about to reluctantly turn to the dry shampoo again (I know…) to spruce up my roots and absorb some of the oil, put my hair up in a ponytail and throw on a hat, but I didn’t have a hat that matched my dress.

Drat! With the clock ticking down to the start of the ceremony, I discovered this blowout beauty improv trick.

Improv showerI got ready to hop in the shower, but before jumping in, I quickly sectioned off my hair, leaving my bangs and the hair framing my face free, and putting the rest of it up in a ponytail.

Then, to keep it dry, I wrapped up the ponytail and the volume in the back in a towel and secured it with bobby pins (you could probably also use a shower cap for this step).

In the shower, I shampooed and conditioned my scalp, bangs and the hair around my face, but I avoided the hair tucked up under the towel.

When I finished, I removed the towel and ponytail and sprayed some dry shampoo on the roots around the area that stayed dry in the shower. Then, I used my T3 to straighten and dry my bangs and the wet hair framing my face.


Total time: about three minutes. And I was good enough to go.

It’s weird, but even though I knew that most of my hair was still dirty, cleaning the front area made me feel about 100 times better. πŸ™‚

Sure, it can’t compare to a thorough shampooing, conditioning and blowout, but when I don’t have a full 30 minutes to deal with my ‘do, it could be worse.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tracy says:

    See, things like this make me miss my longer hair! With short hair, I find I need to wash it every day otherwise it just doesn’t look right. The back gets all sticky uppy!
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  2. Carmela says:

    Necessity is the mother of invention or awesome beauty secrets! πŸ™‚ I’ve been putting my hair in a top knot most days I can’t spare time to wash it as I don’t really have the patience to deal with dry shampoo (haven’t found any that’s HG material). This might come in handy on those days. Thanks for sharing, Karen! πŸ™‚
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  3. Nikita says:

    What dry shampoo do you use?

    I haven’t found one yet that works well with dark hair, I usually end up with a white cast that won’t come out πŸ˜›

  4. Chris25 says:

    This is a neat trick. I have oily hair that gets kinda stinky, so I would have to wash my whole head no matter what. :/

  5. Trisha says:

    Cool idea! I’m totally going to try that.
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  6. Hafsa says:

    ooh nice! I love this, will def try this! If anything, I hate the mental feeling of dirty hair, amazing how just cleaning a little bit makes you feel “clean” ie not self conscious!

  7. Lorena says:

    I LOVE that trick! I’ve been doing that for years! I’ve recently discovered dry shampoos though so that makes it even better. Now that I think of it, I might just do that tomorrow morning. My hair is soooo long and takes 15+ minutes just to blow dry it! Thanks for this post, now I’ll get to sleep in an extra 30 minutes tomorrow morning! =)

  8. Great tip! I hate having gross hair, especially when time consumed!

  9. Nina says:

    i really really wish i could do this. but im OCD and the idea of not washing my hair in the morning makes me sweat. :-/

    i know i shouldnt but i wash my hair almost everyday ….

  10. Kali says:

    Great tip! Have you ever tried Wen cleansing conditioner? It’s a little pricey, but, man, it is amazing!

  11. Sofia says:

    Haha! I do do this trick sometimes too, its really good. Theres another lazier version where you can wash the bangs only, and then very quickly dry it all into place!

  12. Erica says:

    I’ve been doing this for years too! Long hair, short hair, it saves me. I only wash my hair every 4-5 days, & dry shampoo only does so much.
    For a fantastic dry shampoo, try Batiste. I have dark hair (& had it black for years) & it doesn’t leave a powder if you use a boar bristle brush (which is great for your hair anyways.)

  13. Kim says:

    Just another reason I’m envious of you gals with thick hair. If I don’t wash my hair everyday, it looks (and feels) like I’m wearing a greased Himalayan cat on my head. And that’s only a slight exaggeration. πŸ™‚

  14. April says:

    Karen – This is my go-to trick as well! I used to wash every other day, now I can easily go three full days during the work week and often pull a fourth on the weekends with this little trick.

  15. Alia says:

    I’ve started doing the same thing lately, although I skip the towel and just section off the bulk of my hair, rub shampoo into my roots and rinse it out in the sink instead of the shower. Such a neat trick – can’t believe it took me 30 years to figure it out!

  16. LOLARIS says:

    LOL! Me and my sister have been doing this for years!! Although I now I don’t anymore because I have short ‘do and not washing my hair will resulting in totally limp hair.

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