if you haven't figured out the amazing-ness that is dry shampoo then you are seriously missing out. dry shampoo is <most often> in an aerosol container that comes out as a liquid and dries quickly into a powder, absorbing some of the oils on your hair as it dries. making it so that you can go another day or two without washing your hair and most often adding a bit of volume as well. basically every hair style product line has their own version of a dry shampoo but here are a few i've tried over the years. if you have a favorite or one that you've hated and wasted money on that i don't mention on this post, go ahead and write it in the comments below! lets just come together to try and help a greasy haired sister out!
as a little bit of information about my own hair, i have fine wavy blonde hair that i just recently have dyed dark. so, i know a bit about both types of hair colors. i usually go 4 days between hair washes and on day 2 or 3 i usually use dry shampoo, and day 4 i always use dry shampoo and even then it's pushing it and i carry a hat around on hand just in case. over the past 6 months i have tried over 20 different brands of dry shampoo just to try and come up with this review. hopefully it helps!
how to apply dry shampoo:
for most dry shampoos you take 1" sections around your part and spray your scalp about 8 inches away from your head, let it sit for about 1 minute, then brush your hair. but honestly, with the popularity of dry shampoo's exploding recently, you really should just read the directions on the back of the bottle because there are new ways of applying, like the dusting powder you just dust onto your scalp by taking 1" sections around your part and then dusting your hair by tapping the bottle and imitating it "snowing" on your scalp. there are also moose/liquid dry shampoo's that you really just need to read the directions.
also, because it is often a powder in the aerosol container, the spray nozzles have a reputation for getting clogged and the bottle seeming to be empty after only a few uses. to those people who complain about that i would say, try to keep your nozzle's as clean as possible and if you do end up buying a bottle that only has a few uses out of it, then keep in mind these products are usually only a couple bucks also, they are not really meant to last for months or years like some other products do. just keep searching until you find the one that works best for you, in the long run, the 20+ bucks you wasted in trying out other brands of dry shampoo will be worth it. promise.
(i will be giving each product a score from 1-10 ten being the best and a brief explanation if you want to know more about a specific product, feel free to ask away in the comments below)
KMS "Hair Play Makeover Spray":9 love this product, comes highly recommended from some of my other hairstylist friends, works well, not much white residue, good smell, adds volume but... you have to have a cosmetology license in order to purchase it. that's why it's not a 10. ask your hairstylists if they can get it for you! i sell it to my clients for under $10
Batiste Dry Shampoo in "Tropical":
10 cheap, works amazing. my most reliable, even if i was pushing it to 10 days without washing my hair i swear this thing would still work, i might have to use an entire can in order to get all of the oil out but it would work. i find that if you spray too close to the scalp then it can leave a white residue but just be sure to spray 8 inches away from scalp and your good. no complaints. oh wait, there is one. the smell can be quite harsh. so if you're sensitive, hold your breath, or walk out of the bathroom for a few seconds afterwards. and... for those brown haired beauties out there batiste just came out with a colored "brown" dry shampoo that has a bit of a tint to it so that you for sure won't see any white powder if that bugs you. but... the smell reminded me of colored hairspray that you would use for Halloween.
Dove Dry Shampoo:
8 when i get a nozzle that doesn't clog up this brand is amazing. but, they do have a reputation of clogging easily or, being seemingly "used up" after only a few times. but i love the volume, and i love the smell, if there is any residue it's easy to brush out. lasts all day.
Johnson's Baby Powder:
5 i put this on the list just so that you know that you can use this as a back up. most everyone has some baby powder lying around the house. the pro's are that it works, and that it's super cheap/easy to find. but besides that, it's hard to apply, leaves white residue really easily, and smells like a baby's bum. people recognize the baby powder smell and have asked me before about it. awkward.
Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray:
9 super cheap (2 bucks) , super easy to find, really, it's a good product. it does make my head itchy after the second day in a row of applying it. but, that's really the only con. super surprising for this hairdresser to love a product from suave. i never thought that would happen! they also recently came out with a "Keratin Infused" dry shampoo (gold bottle) that i've tried and it works well, but not as good as their traditional dry shampoo.
TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo:
2. there are actually 4 different types of dry shampoo's in this line one for damaged hair, one for fine oily hair, one for straight hair, and one for curly hair. i tried the first 3 i mentioned and didn't like a single one. none of them seemed to work. if anything they made my hair more greasy/weighted down. what more do you need to know? i guess the good things are it is cheap and available at most stores.
Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo:
4 it doesn't leave a residue at all. ever. which is nice for people with dark hair, but, i didn't like the smell, and found that it looked oily again after a few hours. i got it at walmart. not the cheapest, not the most expensive. i would not recommend this to a friend.
Beyond The Zone Rock On Dry Shampoo:
5 this one only lasted about 1 hour on my hair. yet it left a pretty intense white residue. hopefully it works better with you because i thought the smell was good, and got it at sally's beauty supply store. i have heard that this one cloggs up as well, but i only used it twice so i guess i didn't even use it enough to see for myself.
Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS + Refresh Dust Bodyfying Dry Shampoo:
9 the best smelling dry shampoo in my opinion. professional quality. fairly expensive but it works! love it, but there are ones that work just as well that are cheaper. that's the only reason i'm not giving it a 10.
Psssssst Instant Dry Spray Shampoo: 9 this one is currently my daily go-to. it's cheap, at almost every store, it has a good scent and works well. if i'm really really greasy it won't do the job unlike the batiste i mentioned earlier, but if it's just for day 2 or 3 hair this product is great!
some other brands i reviewed but would not recommend include
schwartzkopff's got 2b: dry shampoo-weights hair down and doesn't last through the day
redken: powder refresh-doesn't work and is more pricey
alterna: dry shampoo- left my scalp itchy but didn't seem to work.
aveeno: pure renewal dry shampoo-leaves a film and is itchy
some products i have not personally tried but have gotten good reviews about them
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo:edit: i just purchased this for myself after your reccommendations in the comments and LOVE it. i'd now give it a 10 score.
oscar blandi: dry shampoo
john frieda voluminous dry shampoo
bumble and bumble hair powder-more pricey($30), but a very good brand and tinted.
for other reviews women have made online about dry shampoo feel free to check out the links below.
redbook magazine review
sephora's dry shampoo review
a video review on youtube
another video review on youtube
and for those of you that are completely grossed out from hearing this, just know that each person has their own reasons for doing what they do, you may choose to wash your hair everyday out of habit or because your mother told you to do so, but i choose to use dry shampoo one, because it helps my hair stay healthy and grow longer. i choose not to wash my hair as frequently because the process of taking your hair from wet to dry is a big way to damage your hair, so in essence, the less frequently you wash your hair, the healthier it will be and the richer your color will stay. two, out of necessity. having a baby at home makes it very difficult for me to take the time to wash my hair everyday so i still am able to look refreshed by spraying a product in about 30 seconds instead of washing my hair, drying, and styling it in about an hour. big difference. also, more women are doing it than you think. some do it because they are going camping, others because they prefer the look of day 2 or day 3 hair in order to get those natural beach waves, some because they are in the army, some because they work out frequently and cannot always make it to the shower. others because they just live in conditions that make their hair oily even in the first day of washing.
basically. it's an amazing product that has just taken off and is quickly sold out on shelves because it's amazing. don't judge and just give it a try.