Since coming on the market, dry shampoo has been the saving grace for many women in the quest to continually have a good hair day – as many days in a row as possible. I first started using one about a year ago when I found myself wanting my hair to last me ONE more day before washing it. It seems more often during the colder months I am lazier with washing my hair (shocker, it’s cold out!) and am therefore, reaching for that can of dry shampoo more and more. Besides, it’s not like I’m going to the pool or beach when the temperatures drop below 75 and I need to wash it as often anyway.
About a week ago, I realized, I had 4 cans of dry shampoo around! So, naturally, that led me to think more about which one is my favorite. Here is my review of the various dry shampoo’s I have around. Keep in mind, I have thick curly/wavy hair but straighten it most of the time – I think they work best with straight hair. TIP: Make sure you really do hold the can far enough away to avoid any residue on your hair. But worst case, it should brush out.
- Dove Dry Shampoo ($5.29) –
This was my original choice. I had seen it on some beauty favorite lists and read positive reviews so I thought it was a good option to start with. And at it’s price point, I figured if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t be wasting much money. I found this dry shampoo to have a pleasant smell and does a pretty decent job of soaking up the oil. I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars and say it’s the “Best Drugstore” option. Just really be careful of holding the can far enough away when spraying to avoid the white color on the hair.
- Drybar Detox Shampoo ($13-$23, depending on size) –
This was the next dry shampoo I tried. I actually grabbed it one day when I was in the check out line at Ulta because it was the only one I’d seen in a travel size. I bought it thinking it’d be handy for travel but also for taking to the gym on those days I chose to shower there but don’t need to wash my hair. I’d say “pass” on this one. It was nothing special. The smell is pleasant but the BIG issue was when I hadn’t used it in awhile and went to spray it on my hair, it sprayed this reddish rust color on my hair and freaked me out every time! Basically, the residue left on the nozzle hole turned this rust color and if you didn’t remember to wipe it off before use, it sprayed that color onto your hair. YIKES!! Plus, I think it just did a so-so job of soaking up the oil.
- Klorane ($20) –
This one I also saw on a lot of beauty insider favorite lists but at it’s price point, I had avoided it originally. Then, a month ago a sample came in my Birchbox – score! I like everything about it – smell, results, etc. This one comes in a travel size ($10) so it may be a good “travel buy.”
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Dry Shampoo ($22) –
This one I bought on my own when I had one of those rare 20% off everything coupons from Ulta. As a big fan of Living Proof shampoo and conditioners already, this seemed like a natural product to try next. Plus, I’d also seen a lot of positive reviews of it recently. And not surprisingly, it is my favorite and is the one I’m most likely to purchase again. The price isn’t cheap but no less so then the Klorane one. There were definite results and I like the smell the best since it’s actually the most faint of them all. But really, I’m just a big fan of the Living Proof line of products so this is the one I’d most likely buy again.
Then, this month, I received the Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($5.90-$22, depending on size) in my most recent Birchbox. This one, hands down, has the best smell. It is available at places like Sephora. But really, at this point, I already knew the one I’d be sticking with and so I tired it a few times, it had “ok” results, and then I moved it to my travel kit.
So, there you have it. My unintentional experience with a lot of dry shampoo’s. Haha. Have you tried any dry shampoo’s you swear by? Let me know! I’m always happy to try out new beauty products. 🙂