I am by no means a hair product connoisseur; however when it comes to dry shampoo, let’s just say I’ve been around the block. I’m a huge proponent of not washing your hair every day, as frequent use of the chemicals in shampoos and conditioners strips natural oils from your scalp and hair. Since starting this routine, I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the softness and ease of styling of my hair – not to mention, the the amount of time I save when getting ready (washing my hair everyday?!? Ain’t nobody got time for that…). To alleviate a bit of the greasy look in your hair in between washes, dry shampoo really does the trick. But while there are many products out there, not all of them created are equal; the following is a comparison of various dry shampoos I’ve tried, evaluating them by their price, size, and quality. I will also periodically leave some dry shampoo application tips that I’ve found work for me. Hope you find this guide helpful! (Just click on the title of each product to get your own dry shampoo)
Quality: 4 stars
Ingredients: Butane, Isobutane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Propane, Alcohol Denat, Parfume, Limonene, Linanool, Geranol, Benzyl Benzoate, Distearyldimonium, Cetrimonium Chloride
For the price and quantity, Batiste will give you the most bang for your buck. It has the most variety of scents and tints I’ve seen and works fairly consistently. While I’ve heard that some of their fragrances may be overwhelming, I’ve found the “Cool & Crisp Fresh” variation is a great choice if you’re trying to go for subtlety. This bottle is one of the biggest I’ve seen and lasts for a little over a month (using a couple times a week). Batiste is definitely one of my top choices, and usually my go-to for dry shampoo. As an added bonus, I’ve seen Batiste sold at Marshall’s for a steal price of $3 – it really doesn’t get much better than that.
*** Application tip: when applying dry shampoo to roots, avoid spraying directly on your part line, as the powder is more likely to be visible on that area of your scalp. Instead, lift your hair up and apply to the roots under the layers of hair just next to your part. This technique still distributes the powder to your part line, without obvious signs of visibility.
Quality: 5 stars
Ingredients: -Oat Milk, Corn and Rice Starches, Butane, Propane, Isobutane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, SD Alcohol 39-C (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cyclodextrin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal Isopropyl Myristate, Limonene, Silica.
If you’re looking for simple quality, Klorane is one of the best dry shampoos that I’ve tried so far. Its primary ingredients, oat milk, corn and rice starches act as more natural ingredients for absorption and protection – which makes me feel a little better about what goes in my hair. I also have dark brown hair and LOVED their tinted version, which made the product blend seamlessly with my hair color. However, it is a little bit on the pricey side, and comes in a fairly small container, resulting in me replacing the bottle after just a couple weeks. Personally, while I found the quality to be astounding, I wanted to find a cheaper and longer lasting alternative.
***Application tip: I’ve found massaging the product throughout my hair works a little better than combing the product. Allows for a more tousled look and makes my hair less static-y.
Quality: 2 stars
Ingredients: Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Alcohol Denatured, Zea Mays (Corn) StarchCorn, Magnesium Stearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Benzyl Alcohol, PPG 3 Benzyl Ether Myristate , Fragrance, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, PVP, Kaolin, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methlyproprional, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexylcinnamal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Glycerin, Citrus Grandis Extract (Grapefruit), Citrus Tangerina Peel Extract (Tangerine).
One thing I love about this product is the wonderful citrus scent that comes with it. However, I wish my feelings toward the quality equaled – or, for that matter, even compared – to my affinity for the aroma. After using this dry shampoo, I found little to no difference in greasy appearance. In general, when using dry shampoo, you’ll likely notice that your hair often feels heavier with product. And while the pros of using dry shampoo (eliminating grease) normally outweigh the cons of dry shampoo (namely being the heavy effect of the product), I found that the pros in Tresemme’s product just didn’t make the cut. If you don’t have that big of a problem with oily hair and want more of a freshening up, Tresemme may work well for you.
Quality: 4 stars
Ingredients: Butane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isobutane, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance
Pssst! is one of those brands that gives you the most for your money (similar to Batiste). While it doesn’t have the same plethora of variety as Batiste, and also comes in a slightly smaller bottle for roughly the same price, it’s still a solid choice for dry shampoo. I also really appreciate how few chemicals it has in its formula, especially relative to its competitors. However, the way in which this product applies threw me off a bit. When you first spray Pssst! to your roots, it appears fairly transparent, and only after a few minutes will you see the full color of the powder. It was a little disconcerting when I first started using this brand – I would spray more and more thinking that nothing had come out, only to find that in a few minutes, my whole head was white. Because of this, it becomes quite difficult to gauge how much you’re spraying until after the fact. However, the high quality and the great price definitely keep this product up there as one of the best.
*** Application tip: I’ve found that it helps to leave the dry shampoo sitting in my hair for a few minutes before I massage it out, because I feel that the extra time allows for more grease absorption. What I normally do is apply the product first, go on with the rest of my morning routine, and then lastly massage powder through my hair.
Quality: 4 stars
Ingredients: Isobutane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isopropyl Myristate, Silica, Fragrance
Another solid choice for dry shampoo – I group this product with Batiste and Pssst! due to its high quality and incredibly reasonable price (quantity wise, Not Your Mother’s contains more per bottle than either of the two previously mentioned brands). I actually found that this dry shampoo is most similar to Pssst! particularly in its ingredient contents as well as application. Not Your Mother’s has the same tendency to spray transparently and appear after a few minutes in your hair. Like I stated previously, it’s not my favorite aspect of the application, but it certainly still works and gets the job done fabulously.
Quality: 5 stars
Ingredients: Polysilicone-22: a new hybrid silicone powder which specifically targets oils and absorbs them while remaining invisible on the hair. Helps to provide dry cleansing, leaving hair clean and refreshed.
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Tapioca Starch, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour : Natural starches that provide absorbency and act as bulking ingredients. They help provide texture and add volume to the hair. Helps to provide dry cleansing, leaving hair clean and refreshed.
Silica : Very lightweight, absorbent powder that remains transparent on the hair. Helps to remove oil and other impurities from the hair.
Montmorillonite : a natural clay from the Poitou-Charentes region of France that absorbs oil to dry cleanse.
I have to say, I was pretty excited to try this product – I’ve heard a lot of great things about Bumble and bumble and was eager to see if the hype was true. As a self-proclaimed “dry shampoo, style extender and volume in a pinch” multi-purpose product, it certainly did not disappoint. The quality equaled that of Klorane in its ability to cover grease and, as an added bonus, had a scent that was delightfully light and refreshing. Bumble and bumble also sells other products solely dedicated to dry shampoo capabilities – I’d be interested to see if there’s a huge difference between prêt-à-powder as a multi-purpose product and their various other hair powders that only act as dry shampoo.
I will admit, I was apprehensive of the application technique since you have to shake the product into your hair as opposed to spray it. I thought that this would hinder the control over the amount of product going into my hair, but I found the application to be actually quite easy. The only con of this product is the price – a steep $27 for 2oz. While this may not be sustainable for me, if you are able to swing it and don’t mind spoiling yourself a little, I definitely recommend this product.
*** Application tip: it helps to keep your hair up (I prefer French braids) when you sleep, and during the day right after you wash. It’ll ward off the greasiness a little longer, making your dry shampoo more effective.
Hope this guide was helpful, educational, and empowers you to maybe a skip wash (or two)! Happy dry shampooing!
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Author: Kristina Choo
Kristina is from Orlando, FL and graduated from Northwestern University in 2015. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading, trying new restaurants/food, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and staying active (running, biking, ultimate frisbee!) – basically all the good stuff in life. She is currently exploring and eating her way through Chicago. Her new obsession and next adventure is training for her 350-mile bike tour from Pittsburgh to DC in August!