Many of us have heard that washing our hair less often will lead to shinier, softer, and overall healthier hair. When I first heard this from my hair stylist, I was pretty excited about the idea of not washing my hair every day. Part of this is due to the fact that my freshly washed hair falls flat and straight, making it nearly impossible to style, the other is due to my laziness.
The first attempt to transition into not washing my hair every day took place before my discovery of dry shampoo, and I have to say that it was not easy. The first few months of re-training my hair was uncomfortable and made me feel very self conscious. I tried using baby powder but I can’t stand the smell and I always felt like I looked like I had bad dandruff. Eventually I was able to get to washing it every other day, maybe every three days if I was lucky, but if I washed it two days in a row I was back at square one for the next few weeks. It wasn’t a perfect scenario.
Then, while on a trip to visit my best friend for the holidays, the hot water tank in her apartment broke down, and since it was a long weekend no one was coming to fix it. The water was ice cold and I couldn’t stand it long enough to wash my hair, so she handed me a bottle of dry shampoo and showed my how to refresh my hair, sans water. I became a quick convert. Now, years later, I wash my hair about two times a week and use dry shampoo on the regular. Since I am such a lover of dry shampoo, I decided to spend the last few weeks trying some out and let you know how they fared. I selected two types from each price-point (it seems to jump from the $5-$10 at the drug store to at least $25 at Sephora, with little middle ground) to compare and see if spending the extra moola is worth it or not. Here’s what I found:
This Dove dry shampoo did a pretty good job and at $4 for 142g per bottle it is the most cost effective option out there. I wouldn’t recommend this if you have darker hair as it does come out white and didn’t fully clear up, even after brushing it through. It made my hair feel a bit stiff after using it, so I probably wouldn’t buy this again, but it will do in a pinch.
I have read some reviews of this product that noted issues with the packaging. In some cases the sprayer just stopped working all together, thankfully I did not run into this issue. I liked that this dry shampoo is inexpensive, that my hair looked clean after using it, and that it gave me some good volume. I didn’t love that it felt a bit heavy and almost clumpy if I didn’t do a really good job of brushing it through, and that when I sprayed this in my bathroom I would have to step outside for a minute to avoid coughing. Overall I would say this dry shampoo is just okay.
Batiste Dry Shampoo ($9) – BEST VALUE
I have been using Batiste dry shampoo for a couple years now and I really can’t say anything bad about it. This product does a great job of absorbing oils and giving your hair an overall refresh. It does come out white which can be concerning if you have darker hair, but once it is brushed through it blends nicely. At 200g in a bottle, this is significantly bigger than any of the other options I reviewed – the next largest was Dove with 142g per bottle – Batiste is definitely the best value of any of the products I reviewed. If you’re looking for an affordable, reliable, and effective dry shampoo, I would recommend Batiste every time.
This clear dry shampoo did live up to its claim of being clear so if you have dark hair, I would suggest trying this one. It did a good job of making my hair look clean and refreshed, but it did make my hair feel a little bit stiff and dry after using it for a couple days. It also didn’t really give me any added volume, which most dry shampoos do. If you have thicker hair and don’t want to add much volume to it this would be a good pick.
Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo ($29) – MY FAVOURITE
Initially, I wasn’t 100% sure if I loved this one, but that quickly changed. One of my favourite things about the Drybar is how all their products smell. If you have been to a Drybar, or tried any of their products, you know exactly what I’m talking about. So when I was testing this out at home and it didn’t smell anything like the Drybar I’m used to (it was actually a bit unpleasant at first) I was a little disappointed, however that changed after about a half hour. This dry shampoo made my hair look fresher and cleaner than any of the other products I tried. To be sure it was really as good as I thought I let my hair go four days without a wash then used this and wore my hair down, it looked as good as if I had freshly cleaned locks. The ultimate test was when I went to dinner at my parents place and my mom, who will always tell it like it is, didn’t notice it had been a while since it’s last wash.
When Josh asked me what I wanted for my stocking for Christmas, I said “dry shampoo and a travel brush”. He nailed it with this Tangle Teezer Compact Styler and Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PHD) dry shampoo. I absolutely love this dry shampoo! Like the Drybar dry shampoo, this one also truly makes my hair look and feel fresh and clean, even if it has been a few days since I washed it. The power was nearly clear and didn’t feel heavy or cakey at all. I really do love this dry shampoo, and I still think it is worth the splurge. It was a close call between this one and the Drybar when it came to picking my overall favourite, but . After going through and testing all of these dry shampoo options, I have to admit that the more expensive ones really are better at making your hair look refreshed.