Dry Shampoos: Hits and Misses
Hellooo guys! It’s been a hot minute since I last did a top 5 type of post. I have been wanting to do this post for a while, but I’d just been waiting till I had bought, tried and tested enough dry shampoos to give you a full review. Well, I have tested quite a few and I’m now ready to give you my fully formulated thoughts on some of my favorite and some not so favorite dry shampoos.
Favorite Dry Shampoos:
- Batiste Dry Shampoos
Any semi-avid reader of my blog will know the love and worship status I have for the Batiste dry shampoos. They are hands down the BEST dry shampoos I have tried so far and I doubt I’ll be finding any better than these. And I speak in plural because Batiste makes a variety of dry shampoos of different scents, different color etc. and to me they’re all good. It just depends on what kind of scent or tint of dry shampoo you like. The things I like about these I’ll list below:
1. Scent: They all vary in fragrances, but everyone can find one that they like
2. White Cast: Batiste dry shampoos do have a white cast to them, but the good part is that with a quick 20 second massage, the white cast disappears completely. And for my dark haired beauties, the Batiste dry shampoo in dark and deep brown is my personal favorite. I have gone through a bunch of these which you can read about in some of my empties posts here and here.
3. Oil Absorbancy: This dry shampoo is very heavy duty. You can use this to absorb grease from your hair even on the third or fourth day of not shampooing. (I personally draw the line at day 3. Beyond day 3 I just cannot stand to have unwashed hair).
4. Volume and/or Texture: Here comes the main reason I love this dry shampoo so much. This is the ONLY dry shampoo I have tried so far that gives my FINE, FLAT hair the amount of volume that it needs.
5. Price: And finally, here is the reason this shampoo gets 5 stars- it is one of the most inexpensive/readily available dry shampoos on the market with a phenomenal performance. Can be found at a variety of stores, I get mine at either HEB or Ulta.
- Kardashian Beauty Take 2 Dry Shampoo
When the Kardashian Beauty line came out, I really wasn’t too excited to try anything. Just with how I feel about the Kylie lip kits, I think you end up paying more for their brand name/celebrity status than the actual product itself. So, for the longest time I was hesitant to give anything from this line a go. On a sudden whim, I decided to pick up the Kardashian Beauty dry shampoo from my local HEB. And, OH MY GOD! Am I glad I did! Reasons below:
1. Scent: I cannot quite describe it, but the scent of this dry shampoo is amazing. I doubt that there is anyone that would not like this smell. However, those of you who are sensitive to fragrances and maybe they give you headaches, you might want to stay away from this one.
2. White Cast: One of the biggest selling points of this dry shampoo is that it has a ZERO white cast. I mean, it doesn’t have the slightest white chalkiness when sprayed on to your hair. Which is why this would be perfect for those busy women who need fast acting, no fuss products in their lives.
3. Oil Absorbancy: This dry shampoo doesn’t do as good of a job of oil absorbancy as the Batiste one does. That doesn’t mean it’s unable to absorb oil at all; it just means that I would probably restrict its use to first or second day hair.
4. Volume and/or Texture: Here is why this dry shampoo has taken up holy grail status for me right next to my Batiste one. This dry shampoo gives good volume, but not as much as the Batiste one, atleast for my hair. BUT. This dry shampoo gives your hair the most amazing texture, and SHAPE. It somehow manages to make your hair look tousled, textured, sexy, beachy, wavy and shapely all in one fell swoop. This is incredible! P.S The spray nozzle on this bottle is really well made-the product comes out as a beautiful, uniform mist.
5. Price: The slightly lesser volume and slightly higher price is what makes this dry shampoo come in second to my Batiste one. This is a very inexpensive product nevertheless considering how good it is. Can be bought at Ulta.
Mediocre Dry Shampoos:
- TRESemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo comes in the mediocre category for me for a couple of reasons.
1. Scent: It has a nice scent. Not too overpowering.
2. White Cast: Similar to the Kardashian Beauty dry shampoo, this one also has a very fine spray and no white cast.
3. Oil Absorbancy: This is why I find this shampoo just average. It doesn’t do much absorbing of the grease and oil that builds up following the days of washed hair. It basically doesn’t do the core function it is supposed to do. This kinda shampoo is good if you just want to spritz some dry shampoo after maybe three or four hours of being at work and when your hair needs a bit of a pick me up. But this is not heavy duty at all.
4. Volume and/or Texture: Here is my biggest beef with this dry shampoo. It is clearly labeled and marketed as a volumizing dry shampoo. It gave my hair ZERO volume.
5. Price: It is a very affordable product, but personally I wouldn’t repurchase. I’m just going to finish up this bottle for the sake of it. Can be found at Ulta.
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Living Proof is a really good, high end brand for haircare so I was really excited to try this dry shampoo. Unfortunately, this just didn’t live up to the hype for me. Reasons below:
1. Scent: The scent is amazing!
2. White Cast: Here is the biggest con about this product. It has the strongest white cast I have ever experienced in all the dry shampoos I have tried. And it is not the kind of white cast which goes away after a quick 30 second massage. Lighter haired women will probably not find this to be a problem, but for anyone who is a brunette or darker, this is a no go.
3. Oil Absorbancy: It does a good job of absorbing the oil in your hair. However, due to the white cast issue, I would put this in my hair in the night, leave it on overnight and have it work for me that way. By the time you wake up in the morning, the white cast has gone completely and your hair definitely feels much cleaner. But, for an expensive dry shampoo like this one, I just don’t think it’s worth the hassle.
4. Volume and/or Texture: It does not give my hair any volume whatsoever, and gives it only a slight texture. But again, nothing worth swooning over. This product received an Allure Best of Beauty ward, and I just fail to see why.
5. Price: This is an expensive dry shampoo. The steep price tag combined with the average performance just makes this a no-repurchase for me. I’m glad I only got the trial size. Can be found at Sephora.
Worst Dry Shampoos
- Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo
I only have one in this category. I just really really dislike this dry shampoo. And every time I read good reviews about it anywhere, I am always perplexed because I just don’t get why anyone would like this dry shampoo. I am not even going to bother categorizing this shampoo with reasons I don’t like it, but suffice to say it just does nothing for your hair. It doesn’t give your volume, or texture, or builds and shape and body to you hair. It has a white cast which is difficult to work with (not as strong as the Living Proof one). This does not absorb the oils in your hair whatsoever. Possibly the worse thing about this dry shampoo is the matted/dry/dead feeling/texture it leaves your hair with. Throughly disappointed in this product.
P.S. I do love a lot of NYM products and so I was just especially disappointed with this one. For anyone who’s curious and wants to give it a go themselves, this can be found at most drugstores for a super affordable price. Not worth it IMO.
Well there you go lovelies. Hope you found this post useful and maybe found some inspiration for what to or what not to try in dry shampoos. I hope you all have a lovely weekend.