a life-changing discovery.

I’m not one to tout specific items very often (or at all for that matter), so the fact that I’m writing an entire blog post about one means that I’m truly convinced that this is a magical product.

Given my recent move and subsequent limited shower access, I’ve found only one thing to really bother me when I have to go more than a day or two without…unwashed hair. I have fairly thin hair that’s just short enough not to put in a ponytail, so a day or two without a shower means I’ve got an oily mess of hair sticking up in all directions and absolutely no way to salvage it without the use of a hat or bandana. Unfortunately, I’m not at all a hat or bandana person, so when it’s been without wash for a few days, it’s extremely evident.

To help with this problem, I turned to a generic beauty supply store in search of dry shampoo. (Before someone comments telling me that baby powder works just as well…for me, it doesn’t. I end up looking like I’m wearing a freshly powdered wig of an 18th century royal and smelling like a [freshly diapered] baby’s behind.)

I located the dry shampoo (curiously packaged in an aerosol can), but noticed a bottle right next to it called No-Rinse Shampoo. After examining the bottle thoroughly, I decided to give them both a try and bought one of each, satisfied with the fact that they both cost about the same as a bottle of decent shampoo or conditioner would have anyway.

In a pinch, the dry shampoo will work. I’d say it’s best for those last-minute rushes to get ready when you’ve missed your alarm and haven’t the time to style your hair in any way. I’d argue that it’s more effective than baby powder, but that might just be me. After spraying my hair, it wasn’t oily, but did have a bit of a powdery/product-filled feeling to it. Regardless, I’d feel much better going out in public with this in my hair than not, so I’ll keep it around as a last resort


Now let’s talk about this No-Rinse Shampoo. This stuff is pure magic in a bottle. It’s really watery, so you just apply it to your hair until it’s soaked through…lather it up a bit…then towel off as if you’ve gone through your normal shampoo/condition/rinse procedure in the shower. I blow-dried my hair afterward, and despite it feeling a bit like I had some product in my hair (similar to that feeling after you’ve gotten a haircut and they insist on putting something in your hair despite your arguments that you don’t use it), I felt absolutely wonderful afterwards. I’ve used it twice, but I’m still managing to shower often enough not to warrant full dependency on it quite yet. However, I’m quite certain it will come in handy when I’m on the road this summer.


5 thoughts on “a life-changing discovery.

  1. Oh My God!!! You had me laughing really loud on the comment about the baby powder.

    I’ve been meaning to ask you about The Beast. I have recently purchases a Falcon also, and will be digging into her once April hits (l will finally be home in good weather, and l will finally have a week to spend on her). When you showed the beast on the video, l noticed your roof seems to be fiberglass, just like the whole roof part. Is that correct? Did it come like that, or did you rip down the “fake ceiling”? My Falcon has a thin wafer board on the ceiling, with insulation between it and the real firerglass top, and it has come loose in some spots and is a bit unattractive.

    Of course, my concern is baking in the summer and freezing in the winter if l get rid of this insulation. So, how do you find the beast?

    • The roof itself is in fact fiberglass. The whole van was already made into a conversion with that top fiberglass portion so I didn’t have to do anything to it. There’s a piece of plywood between the fiberglass and the actual roof of the van, but there also appears to be a thin and disintegrating layer of insulation there as well. Doesn’t do much though, as the whole thing is very old and I’m sure probably just dust in most places. Since I live in such a mild climate, freezing and baking hasn’t been an issue, though I’m sure it could be down the line when I move it around. I just keep the curtains closed during the hot afternoons with the windows and vents open for a breeze, then lock it all down before it cools off at night.

  2. Cheers from Montreal!

    Glad to have found this blog… quite inspiring!

    Out of curiosity do you currently work full-time or part-time? My eventual goal (once I have a van) is to get by with just part-time employment to basically cover food, gas, emergency repair fund, and perhaps a tiny bit of “fun” money left over.

    • Thanks! I work part-time at multiple jobs actually. These are the jobs I had before I got the van though, so my plans for when I hit the road are kind of open after that. I’m thinking I’ll stop in Portland once I go up the coast and try to work for the winter there to save more money before possibly heading out east.

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