This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene. All opinions are 100% mine.
Hello, my name is Erica and I’m addicted to dry shampoo. If you’re around this rosy block a time or two, you already know that. 😉 But for any newbies in the house – HI, HELLO. Welcome. We don’t like to wash hair around here. HA. I’m excited to bring an easy little ‘do your way that’s one of my personal faves for busy days.
When I first shared this hairstyle, I got ALL THE REQUESTS for an actual tutorial on how to make it happen, since it looks so chic + slick and is obviously not your average bun. You actually want/need clean-looking hir for this style, but with some texture to help it stick in place. So it’s perfect swap-out for your usual messy, dirty up-do when you’re trying to extend your wash. It’s one of my go-to’s when I’m trying to uplevel my look on Day 3 or 4 hair, without looking like I woke up with a bad case of messy bun bedhead. 😉 I do it typically with straighter hair, so if it’s a week where I blew dry with my volumizer (another must-have) + did a quick run-over with a flat iron – which I always keep totally minimal to prevent damage.
If there’s anything I’ve learned in my dry shampooing journey, it’s that dirty hair looks less dirty when it’s curly; straight hair can look stringy and greasy reaaaaaal quick if left untreated or untended. So it’s all the more important to have a rockstar lineup of product on hand for a refresh to make your style last as long as possible before your next wash.
Two main drugstore sprays to pick up for prepping + refreshing your hair mid-week:
I actually shared Pantene’s latest launch in my most recent roundup of favorite dry shampoo for brunettes, so I was STOKED when they reached out to partner up and officially share the new Pantene Waterless Collection with you! Specifically, I’m highlighting again the Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo, as well as the Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist – a MUST-HAVE for nourishing, de-frizzing, and conditioning your hair on the fly.
(Fun fact: this duo also made the cut for this month’s Cool Sh*t I Lovelovelove, which is never sponsored in any way/shape/form, so hopefully that just reinforces how much I lovelovelove it!)
I know I’ve talked a bit about at least the dry shampoo before since I shared it a few months back, but as a lil’ reminder, it’s an invisible dry shampoo (hence why I lovelovelove it for us brunettes!) that absorbs dirt + oil from your hair without leaving a white powdery residue behind. I showed it in this post – while it does come out of the bottle looking white, it brushes out perfectly so that you aren’t looking or feeling like grandma on accident. 😉 There’s tapioca inside to help with the oil absorption, and it’s got pro-vitamin B5, Omega-9, jojoba oil, and wild mint inside, too – and NO parabens or sulfates (important). While it works for all hair types, it’s especially recommended for any of us with finer hair who want/need some added volume, and for color-treated hair to extend time between washes to help prolong your color (hello, it me).
I had been on the hunt for an affordable dry conditioning spray for awhile that didn’t have any bad stuff (parabens, sulfates, silicones, etc) and didn’t break the bank, especially since learning how my natural hair has reacted with my extensions. If you’re new here, WELCOME – hello my name is Erica and I have hand-tied hair extensions. Just like everybody’s head of hair acts differently based on a whole SLUE of factors, turns out, my natural hair never really tangled, like, ever (bless up). But, the girl’s hair who is now also on my head…not as #blessed. HA. My extensions get SUPER tangly sometimes, so I really needed a good conditioning spray or leave-in treatment or SOMETHING to tame the beast lest I look like an attractive nesting location for a small bird. Pantene’s Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist is like a leave-in conditioner met a styling spray and made a baby. It’s a super-fine mist packed with really nourishing ingredients that’s meant to help calm things down while protecting against frizz for 24 hours (bless).
This stuff is made specifically for us long-haired girls who have to fight frizz or tangles sometimes, without wanting to wash right away and start at ground zero. It’s also great for color-treated and/or heat-styled hair (hello, it me again) that needs some extra nourishment. (QUICK TEST: Does your hair crunch at all at the ends? If so, YOU NEED HYDRATION!). ALSO good for naturally frizz-prone hair, or just humid days that make styling a you-know-what. 😉
And I KNOW you’re not supposed to choose hair products on smell BUUUUUUT you guys – smells INCREDIBLE. I wish it was a body fragrance because I’d just douse myself in this stuff.
Together, they’re a total power duo, since one works to keep things clean while the other works to keep things tidy. 😉 Make sense? Cool cool. Add to cart awhile and let’s get into an easy, classy style to uplevel your
This particular style is great, too, because it works whether you’re completely casual or playing dress up (although are any of us dressing up right now? 😉 ). It’s not too messy where it feels sloppy, but it’s also not too prim where it feels proper.
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STEP 1: Apply Pantene’s Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray to the roots of your hair. I like to lift my hair up to make sure I’m getting the HAIR closest to the root, and not directly spraying the scalp (this helps prevent product buildup!). If you’re thinking in advance, spray it in before bedtime so that it has all night to “soak” – otherwise, no big, just spray and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before using your fingers to massage it in, or using a boar bristle brush to brush out any excess.
STEP 2: Brush out your hair. Spray Pantene’s Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist from about the mid-section down, making sure you hit the ends of your hair, too, that get the biggest beating from heat, styling, split ends, etc. (Keep this stuff AWAY from your roots, especially since we just cleaned ’em of excess product!)
STEP 3: Clip a jaw clip where you want the center of the bun. This should feel like it’s the top of your head, if that’s where you want your bun to sit! Think 80’s cheerleader. 😉 Use your fingers to teases a bit at the top to add volume (although you’ll have a bit extra volume + texture right about now thanks to the Never Tell dry shampoo spray!
STEP 4: Gather your hand into a high ponytail on the top of your head, gathering it right underneath your jaw clip. I like to flip my head upside-down for this to get the smoothest, slickest pony. I recommend these or these hair ties for a pony that stays put!
STEP 5: Split your pony into two even sections. Twist your first section around the jaw clip in one direction (just imagine you’re making a donut, and your jaw clip is the center hole!). Twist the other in the opposite direction around the base of the bun, so that together they’re essentially encircling the jaw clip + covering it totally. Pop another hair tie around the entire base of your bun, to help keep everything in place.
STEP 6: Spin a few spin pins into your bun to help keep loose pieces locked in place. Pop in any bobby pins if need be to tuck in ends aaaaand VOILA!
I’m frequently wanting an easy up do for every day since ain’t nobody got time for constantly adjusting with hair in my face or being in the way (or pulled by toddlers). But I’m also always wanting something that’s not the messy bun I slept in – so this easy style is a great alternative. It’s basically a hack for looking more put together without losing functionality, so you can go right from wrestling with your 3-year-old (or from teaching your husband a TikTok dance – I get it 😉 ) to a Zoom call with your boss no sweat.
So I hope it’s a helpful one to add to your own repertoire – and hey, you’ve got time to practice now! 😉