I have found that dry shampoo is a polarizing hair product – it seems like women either love it, or won’t go near the stuff. I have long been a member of the first group, mostly because I love getting two or three days out of a good blowout (e.g. hitting the snooze button a few more times in the morning). Over the years I have sampled many of the top brands’ dry shampoos and here are my thoughts on the best ones I have tried.
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TIGI Dirty Little Secret . . . $18
This is my go-to when it comes to dry shampoo. Dirty Little Secret effectively eliminates the oily appearance of second-day hair, without leaving your hair with a tacky or overly dry texture. It works well with most hair colors, unlike some dry shampoos that leave a white powdery substance which is very obvious on darker hair colors.
Kenra Platinum Dry Shampoo . . . $21
While I am a huge Kenra fan (I love their styling products) I am not that impressed with the Platinum Dry Shampoo. The product is not as effective as others when it comes to reducing the oily appearance of second-day hair, and with that paired with the price tag I would not buy Kenra’s dry shampoo again.
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo . . . $22
Alterna’s dry shampoo is different from the other dry shampoos reviewed in this post in that it comes in a powder, not an aerosol spray. I’m not a fan of the powder as it is somewhat messy. Like Kenra’s dry shampoo, Alterna’s dry shampoo works – but unfortunately not that well. Additionally, I feel that the white powder would be obvious when used on darker hair colors.
Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo . . . $17
If you are a fan of volume and body, this is the dry shampoo for you. Big Sexy Hair’s dry shampoo delivers on its claim to create “volume as it absorbs impurities, excess oil and product build-up”. The only minor issue that I have with Big Sexy Hair’s dry shampoo is that it leaves a dry and tacky texture on your hair. Other than that, this is a worthy buy when it comes to dry shampoo.
BioSilk Dry Clean Shampoo . . . $18
I’m on the fence with BioSilk’s dry shampoo. It is more effective than the Kenra and Alterna dry shampoos, but less effective than those of Tigi and Big Sexy Hair. I like BioSilk’s dry shampoo because it does not leave a tacky or dry texture on the hair, but what makes it stand out from the others is the pleasant scent. None of the other dry shampoos reviewed here have a particularly unpleasant scent, but BioSilk’s dry shampoo actually has a pleasant scent.
When writing this blog post I came across some other brands with dry shampoos that I have not yet tried. If you are curious if dry shampoo is a good solution for your hair but haven’t yet declared yourself a dry shampoo gal, here are some inexpensive options that may buy more time between blowouts. Note that I have not yet sampled the following products.
Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo . . . $13
(Karen over at the Makeup and Beauty blog has tried and reviewed Lush’s dry shampoo, see her post here.)
TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo . . . $6
Got2Be Fat-tastic Dry Shampoo . . . $6
How do you buy more time between blowouts?
Have you found a dry shampoo that works for your hair?
Ironically, on the same day that this post was published, I received in the mail a preview of the upcoming Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion line – which includes a Dry Shampoo. I will test out the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo soon and share my experience and thoughts with you all in a separate post.