Whether your hair is long or short, curly or straight, fine or thick, dry shampoos can add volume and absorb naturally occurring oils in a pinch when there just isn’t enough time to wash, dry and style your hair. They have become the go-to product for many super-fabulous and super-busy ladies out there in order to extend time in between washings. My hair is fine but quite shiny, so it can tend to look flat and/or oily at times. Though I wash my hair everyday, I use dry shampoos often to add a boost of volume at the roots and absorb any oils.
Over the years, I have tried many different dry shampoos…so many so that I would consider myself a budding expert in the field! Through trial and error, I have discovered that not all dry shampoos are created equally. So with that in mind, this month’s Beauty Bar features a review of some of the most popular dry shampoos out there.
With its range of dry shampoos for every shade of hair and in many different scents, Batiste Dry Shampoo is used by millions in Europe and slowly gaining popularity in North America. I first tried Batiste’s Original Dry Shampoo while in the UK and found it to be a godsend while I was travelling and needed to keep my hair fresh looking. When sprayed, the aerosol deposits the right amount of product which absorbed quickly when brushed through. My only complaint was the heavy fragrance, but now there are all sorts of options to choose from, I would recommend Batiste Dry Shampoos without hesitation.
While trawling the aisles of my local drug store, I stumbled upon Gosh Dry Powder Shampoo. On a whim, I decided to give the product a try. Bad move! I was unimpressed with the strong, powdery scent that reminded me of men’s cologne, and sadly the cheap kind. This was strike one. Strike two was the fact that with each spray you only get a tiny amount of product, which meant using nearly half the aerosol can on my mid length hair in one go. As for absorbing oil and creating volume, Gosh Dry Powder Shampoo did a decent job, but given aforementioned frustrations, I would not recommend buying this dry shampoo.
On the pricier side of the dry shampoo market are those from the product line of celebrity hair stylist Oscar Blandi. Available at Sephora, the fine powdery Pronto Dry Shampoo is meant to be sprinkled at the roots while the Invisible Dry Shampoo Spray is an aerosol that operates like most other dry shampoos. Both products are long-lasting, work well to create volume and have a light citrus scent. I prefered the non-aerosol version and even though the powder is light in colour, it absorbed well into my dark hair because of the high quality ingredients. If you can afford to spend a bit more, Oscar Blandi dry shampoo options are worth their price!
While most dry shampoos use powders to absorb oils and create volume, John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo also has a strong aerosol spray to both distribute the product and lift hair roots away from the scalp. By doing so, less oils are absorbed into the roots of the hair, which means hair looks fresher for longer. This sounds like a strange concept, but it is actually brilliant when you think about it for a moment. John Frieda’s dry shampoo is a great option for those who want the volumizing benefits of dry shampoo but don’t want to use as much product.
Another one of my drugstore finds was TRESemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo which most definitely puts the emphasis on “fresh”. The scent of this product is quite strong and the aerosol deposits a healthy amount of it when sprayed. This would be a good option if your hair is lighter in colour as it is a heavier powder which left my dark hair looking like I had put baby powder in it. I would not use it again for that reason but for absorbing oil and creating volume, TRESemme dry shampoo is a decent and affordable option for those with light or medium coloured hair.
Last but not least, Cake Beauty Satin Sugar for Darker Hues and their Satin Sugar Sweet Fuss Free Volumizing Dry Shampoo spray. The Satin Sugar is a powder to sprinkle at hair roots and also can be used as a body freshener (don’t ask me how!). I adore this product for its colour (great for dark hair), scent (light lemon-y cake!) and last but not least for its ability to absorb oil and create volume. Cake also offers this same powder formula in a non dark hair option (called Satin Sugar Glistening) which would likely have the same results. They have recently added an aerosol dry shampoo called Satin Sugar Sweet Fuss Free to their line which I have also tried. I loved the scent of this product (again that sweet but light lemon cake scent) and it did create volume, but I found that it just did not deposit enough product for my taste. The Satin Sugar is my go to and bonus, it also comes in a cute travel size!