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Hi, my name is Natalie, and I’m a dry shampoo addict. It’s been three months since I’ve washed my hair regularly.
In the great fight for laziness, in the grand battle against flat hair, we have but one weapon. The dry shampoo. And oh, but not all dry shampoos are created equal! Some smell, like, really strange. Others provide an immediate, painful itch. Some (most) are made with propane? Some are tinted, others blast out a really, really white residue and you spend the day looking regrettably similar to George Washington. Some cost more than your dining room table.
I know, it’s tough to navigate these dry shampoo waters, isn’t it? You are sooo lucky I’m here for you.
Here we go! Some of the dry shampoos I’ve known and loved and hated and endured. All just for you!
1. Got2b Powder’ful Volumizing Styling Powder
It’s not a spray! First of all, can we talk about what a tragic name got2b is? And the apostrophe? I don’t know, but here’s this: of all the inexpensive hair care products at the drug store, I always have good luck with this brand. Dry shampoo is, essentially, hair powder on crack, so this kind of product is just taking the aerosol out of the equation and letting you do the hard work of evenly dispensing powder through your roots. So, does this work? Well, yes and no. It’s a really great volumizing/texturizing powder, but it’s not quite strong enough freshen anything past Day Four Hair. But, good for lightweights and those who aren’t interested in pushing the washings past three or four days.
Available now on Amazon, 2 for $15
2. GOT2B Rockin’ It Dry Shampoo
Wow, this stuff! This sucker has a shooting radius of approximately five hundred feet. It works really, REALLY well. Possibly too well? This possibly one of the best dry shampoos on the market. The problem? It blasts everything in your bathroom with a fine layer of powder. Like, the whole thing. Don’t even think about bringing your phone into the bathroom, you’ll never see its actual screen again. (Likewise, leave your morning can of Diet Coke in the other room unless you want a lovely powdery addition to your breakfast). When I buy this dry shampoo I can expect the can to last 30% longer than other brands, but I can also expect to often have gray spots in my hair from lazy application. So, possibly this could be for advanced dry shampooers only.
Available now on Amazon, from $4.18
3. Johnson’s Baby Powder
Can I tell you a secret? People have been “dry shampooing” their hair with baby powder for YEARS before this dry shampoo craze started. All you do is dust a little on the palm of your hand, shake off the excess, then run your hand through your roots. Or dust directly onto your roots, to live on the wild side. Here’s the thing: it takes a lot of talent to do this without leaving a ton of white residue, and that special moment where you scratch your head on Day Seven and realize it’s time for a shampoo because there’s dry shampoo buildup under your nails? That’s going to happen pretty much immediately with this stuff if you’re not intensely careful not to use too much. But–cheap! Will last forever! No propane! (PROPANE THOUGH, I MEAN IT) And if you have a baby you probably already have some laying around!
Available now on Amazon, 3 for $10.49
4. Corn Starch
Another cheap-o already-have-it does-the-job alternative to spendy cans of blasted air! Corn starch works even better than baby powder but clumps even harder, so use care and go slowly.
Available now on Amazon, from $8.20
5. GOT2B Fat-Tastic Dry Shampoo
If you’re only in this for the volume, this is your best friend. Hoooooly Volume. Some mornings when I use this I have to excessively pat my hair back down. Two thumbs. All the way up. (A little warning: this one can make your hair a little helmet-y by Day Six. But a good-looking helmet.)
Available now on Amazon, $7.37
How many Ss in this one? Six. So, this one has been around forever, likely your mom has used it. But Psssssst! is a really, really great dry shampoo. It isn’t fancy, it doesn’t volumize as much as the got2b and it doesn’t smell terribly fantastic, but it does the job and it does it well. Whenever it’s in stock at my drug store (which is hardly never), this is the one I go for first. I tend to go through cans of these in rapid speed.
Available now on Amazon, 3 for $15.54
7. Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo
Do Not Want! This was the most expensive dry shampoo I tried and BY FAR the most itchy. Ouch! My entire head itched from the minute I sprayed it on until the minute I washed my hair seeking relief the very next day. Yikes! Could it be this works TOO well? Those of you with over-productive oil glands, try this one out and report back to me. I suspect it might just be too much dry for my scalp. Also it smells very lemony, and sort of like Pine Sol.
8. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo
This is the powder version of the spray, which I bought at the same time. I’ll say, the design of the bottle is perfect for applying powder to your roots without making a huge mess. But this is a wig duster, lemme tell you. And the itch was intensified, probably because it gets applied even more directly to the scalp! Ouch!
9. Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray
The budget option, coming in at a whopping three bucks! And it works great, smells fine, does the job, all is well! Your options from the Suave line include this guy and another with keratin, but I like this one best.
Available now at Walmart, $2.97
10. Suave Professionals Keratin Infused Dry Shampoo
Keratin is supposed to be good for strengthening your hair and providing heat protection, and this dry shampoo is great! But it is very drying on my hair, and I find I have to brush more when I use this, as I get millions more tangles throughout the day (and my ends start to look mighty crispy by Day Six). For that reason I really recommend the non Keratin Suave shampoo, if you’re able to find it. Also, this stuff is a dollar fifty more expensive.
11. Batiste Tinted Dry Shampoo
This is a great idea… in theory. And I’ll be honest, it smells like chocolate cake. But, and I am sorry to say, this stuff is the worst. Does not work a stitch. For one thing, it’s still gray, just a dark gray. For another thing, you need a lot of this to make a dent in anything past Day Three Hair. For the last thing, and this was quite a shock when I discovered it, if your hair gets wet? Like in the shower (or heaven forbid, an unexpected rain storm), the water that drips from your head down your face and neck is going to be BROWN. YES, BROWN. It’s horrifying the first time unti you realize what it is, and then just really obnoxious every time after that. Can you imagine the horror of being on a date in a sudden rain storm and you’re like “I’d love to kiss you in the rain like they do in the movies, but if I do, my hair is going to melt off!” See? So. Skip this one.
Available now on Amazon, 2 for $22.50