I use dry shampoo more and more as the weather gets colder. I work out less — the idea of leaving my apartment in shorts and crossing my gym’s huge, barren parking lot disgusts me more and more as the temperature drops — and therefore need to take fewer showers. So, read on for reviews of four dry shampoos I recently tried.
Two of these were bargains at Target, and the other two I picked up at Sephora. From left to right…
I had actually been using this Drybar dry shampoo for a while, and to be honest, it was the reason for this post: I don’t love it and wanted to find a better go-to option. I can eek out an extra day without a shower, but my hair feels gunky and is difficult to style even when I spray this on sparingly. It does offer a good dose of color if you want to touch up your roots, but the downside to that is it stained a couple of my white tops. I’d wear my hair up and use a clarifying shampoo the next time you shower if you try this product.
I tried this dry shampoo from Batiste after a yoga class last week in which I didn’t put forth my full, sweaty effort. The color is a lighter brown than the Drybar Detox; I wouldn’t recommend it for root touch-ups if your hair is of a darker shade. However, it did a much better job of absorbing oil — my hair felt clean and refreshed for the rest of the day.
I’d been wanting to try something from Sally Hershberger’s 24K line for a while. And I definitely liked this product — it added nice volume and texture to my hair without leaving powdery streaks, and it had a pleasant vanilla scent that wasn’t cloying. However, if you’re primarily looking to extend a blowout, this dry shampoo may not be the right choice. It just doesn’t absorb enough oil. This is a $32 bottle of hairspray. But it is a really nice hairspray.
Last but not least is the Pantene Pro-V Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo. As it turns out, the drugstore brands absorbed oil the best — this one was comparable to the Batiste in that respect. It’s not made for brunettes, but I was able to massage the product into my hair easily. The only potential downside is that I read some reviews complaining that the aerosol can clogged after a couple of uses.
I liked the Batiste dry shampoo the most out of these four, but I’m still looking for something that eliminates the need to try anything else ever. I’ve read great things about this one by Elizabeth and James, so it’s next on my list.