I have had the pleasure of buying and trying dry shampoos that just worked, didn’t work, or kinda worked for my hair. Dry Shampoo is crazy popular right now, and it’s understandable because now a girl can do the recommended two washes a week and not look oily. No excuses now ladies! Now, I haven’t tried all the dry shampoos on the market because my wallet simply won’t allow that to happen, and because I’ve found a few that wow me I decided to keep those ones handy. Here are the dry shampoos I’ve tried and my reviews in no particular order:
Tresemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo (Around $6)
The only reason I’m starting with this is because it was my first ever experience with a dry shampoo, and after I’d finished I was sure that dry shampoo was not for me. It says to: “Pump, rub hands together, smooth through tresses, and blot with a towel to add bounce back to curls that have gone flat or limp.” Now… let me just explain that Tresemme decided it was a good idea to make a “dry” shampoo that makes your hair wet. Not sure who decided that was the right approach, but surely someone. I put it on my roots after exhausting myself from shaking the can, and it got my roots wet. I then had to restyle my hair, which if I’d wanted to wet and restyle my hair I wouldn’t have grabbed a dry shampoo in the first place. It also leaves a very powdery residue and coats your hair with a sticky substance that I promise won’t go away until you actually do wash your hair, making it feel dirtier than before. The only thing this dry shampoo has for it is the smell, but only because Tresemme is known for its perfumy scents.
Pros: Good smell, inexpensive
Cons: Wets your hair, have to restyle, very powdery residue, coats your hair, have to reapply (if you can even stand to)
Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo (Around $3.49)
The only reason I tried this product in the first place was because I saw some great reviews on it, and it was less than four dollars so I didn’t see the harm in it. This stuff has a very strong scent, that you’ll be able to smell when the wind blows your hair throughout the day. I personally love the smell of it, but I know that others are more sensitive. Personally, I was so surprised when I liked this dry shampoo. It sprays on and it doesn’t leave a noticeable white residue. When or if there is a small amount of residue, it is simple to get it to go away, all you need to do is rub it in. I have darker hair so this was a godsend. It really works too, it gets rid of your oil well, the only issue is the need to reapply it maybe once later in the day because it does not seem to keep your hair fresh all day. Overall, I give this dry shampoo a (surprising for Suave products) thumbs up.
Pros: Easy to apply, smells great, little residue, very very inexpensive
Cons: Have to reapply at least once throughout the day
Batiste (Around $7-$10)
Batiste dry shampoo, which I found at Sally Beauty Supply, comes in three scents: Original, Blush and Tropical. I have only tried and used the Blush, and I am fond of the smell. It has a spray applicator, so it’s convenient and easy to use. It does work, it absorbs the oil well, and I still use this whenever my Suave runs out. My only issue is the residue it leaves behind, because if I’m not extremely careful it turns my hair white. The powder residue is terrible, and it takes a few minutes to rub in before it disappears and then you can still see it if god forbid someone tries to take a camera photo with a flash in it. Not cool to look back at a photo and see dry shampoo residue… so that’s why it is not a complete thumbs up from me. People with lighter hair will not notice this, and therefore, this would be the perfect dry shampoo for them. I’ve heard rumors of a colored dry shampoo by Batiste, but I would be skeptical.
Pros: Mid-range price, easy to use, smells nice, works well, don’t need to reapply
Cons: Ridiculous powdery residue
Rockaholic Dirt Little Secret Dry Shampoo ($17)
I picked this baby up from a salon (no returns hmmph) and it was even recommended to me. First off, the powdery residue is worse than Batiste, second, the spray applicator likes to spray in a direct line not spread evenly so it gives your head powdery spots, and third, it makes your hair feel dry and untouchable. It feels as if it coats your hair and its dryer than ever, I just can’t stand the feeling. If you want to run your hands through your bangs, you won’t be able to after this. I think it takes drying the oil on your head a little too far. I have nothing nice to say about this, it wasn’t even cheap.
Pros: Cute packaging/name
Cons: powdery residue, spray applicator, makes hair dry
Victorias Secret So Sexy Clean & Go Dry Shampoo ($16)
I recently a review on this, you can find it HERE.
Pros: Smells wonderful, cute packaging
Cons: white powdery residue, coats hair makes it dry, have white dandruff flakes of this powder floating off throughout the day
LUSH “No Drought” Dry Shampoo ($12.95)
Where do I start? As you can see from the photo it is not a spray or an actual applicator, it’s just a regular top. You have to shake this corn starch onto your hair and rub it in. Now that’s great for people with lighter hair, but not people with dark hair because it takes a long time to rub it, and it then leaves the hair feeling dry. Also, throughout the day you’ll need to apply this because your hair gets oily again, although it’s impossible (I mean it) to use this on-the-go. I don’t know who designed this bottle, but they weren’t thinking straight. It would make my hair appear cleaner, but since my hair felt clumpy and greasy I felt the need to shower just to wash this out. It is recommended to brush this product out, which for me just spread the color through my hair, leaving my hair grey after 10 minutes of continually brushing. Sorry LUSH, this is not one of your best.
Pros: Smells great! Just like any other LUSH product
Cons: Application process, grey residue, need to reapply, makes your hair dry and clumpy
Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo ($21)
This dry shampoo has some great reviews, but I don’t see what all the hype is about. It’s not inexpensive for something that has a terrible applicator head, and pours white powder on your head. You may as well just take a baby powder bottle and start shaking that over your head, it would be very similar. It leaves a terrible white powder, and my blonde friend even had a hard time getting rid of it. It leaves your hair dry, and your hair gets oil not very long after. Not only that but it makes your hair feel dirtier if that’s possible. This product simply does not work, and should not claim to.
Pros: Cute package (makes it look good quality)
Cons: Expensive, bad application, white residue, need to reapply, makes hair dirty
So, that’s all for now. I want to try new Dry Shampoos and will, I’m sure of it. I am sure we have all had issues with dry shampoos, and mostly it seems as though they simply can’t make one that leaves no residue. (Or maybe I just haven’t been lucky enough to find it yet…which continues my search).