battle of the dry shampoo

Apr 26, 2016

Dry shampoo. By far my most coveted beauty item. I will choose dry shampoo over makeup any day. I mean, if I have to choose one. Greasy hair or bare face, it's going to be bare face. I kind of feel like dry shampoo has always been apart of my life. Way back in the days of competitive dance and cheer where the stage moms would shake baby powder on our hair during a quick change, to soak up sweat and make our hair look fresh for the next routine. Well some genius decided to throw it in an aerosol can and give it a name. And to you...whoever you are, allow me to say thank you. 
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I have used a lot of different dry shampoos. Some I absolutely hate. Others are just okay if you are in a pinch. Then there are your holy grail ones. The ones you are grabbing if your house catches on fire, because damn it you will not have gross flat lifeless hair.

Clearly that is a little dramatic, but I need to get my passion for this product across. Which brings me to the battle rounds. I decided to pit these bottles against each other, why? Who knows....but here are my feelings.

Starting in the left corner with Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo. I started using this one awhile ago, and I really do like it. It does come out of the can white, but I find that it absorbs nicely, and the white powder brushes away rather easily. I don't mind the smell, and I love that the bottle is large and at a nice price point, $6.19 to be exact. The only thing that I don't get with this dry shampoo is volume. And I really need volume. I usually have to follow this one up with a root spray to get a little height. 

Our next contender in the brown bottle with the grey top we have Batiste! I have sung the praises of this super affordable dry shampoo for years. I absolutely love that this comes in a tinted version for brown hair. When my hair was much darker this also helped to hide my lighter roots. I love this stuff. If you are looking for a super affordable dry shampoo, this is the one. Smells good, refreshes the hair, and adds some volume. 

Moving on to the pricier opponents. Starting with Living Proof's dry shampoo. I saw Cara review this product on her blog awhile ago, and I watched the video a couple times and thought, okay, I should try this. Then I saw Kate sing it's praises on snapchat and thought, what am I waiting for? So I bought a bottle. This stuff is a grease magician. I'm telling you I can get away with 24 hours of good looking hair by using this one time. It smells nice, it leaves no white residue, and it volumizes. The other thing I noticed with this is that it gave my hair some texture. It is not a texturizing spray by any means, but I started noticing that I could actually curl my second or third day hair with this stuff. Truly, truly like it. It comes in at the $22 price point. So if you only use dry shampoo a couple times a week, I think this would last for you. But for me, I use dry shampoo almost daily, sometimes twice a day depending on if I need a touch up before I go out. Like I said, I also found myself spraying this on clean hair for some texture, so I went through it quick! If you don't happen to use dry shampoo that often I would recommend this. 

And our final dry shampoo fighter, weighing in at about 3.5 oz is Detox Dry Shampoo by Drybar. When I went and got a couple hair treatments about a month ago, this was used on my hair during my blowout. I was like, well well well, what have we here? The next time I was at Sephora I picked up a bottle. Right off the bat I have to say that when it was sprayed in the salon I thought it had a very nice smell. But then when I used it in my very small bathroom I was like WHOA! That packs a punch. Not in a horrible smell way, more in an intense way. If you need a dry shampoo after a workout to freshen up, this is what you need. The smell does stay for a long time too. Which I guess can be good or bad. For me it was a little overpowering. But I looked past that because the results are AMAZING! It also comes in a tinted version for darker hair, which is a huge plus. It volumizes and absorbs oil without drying out your hair. I also noticed how light this one was. You really didn't feel like you sprayed anything in your hair, but you saw a noticeable difference. It is $23, and I am still currently using it. 

It looks like none of these were a total knock out. So it goes to the cards. If you are new to dry shampoos I would definitely recommend the Batiste, you get the most bang for your buck. If you have been using dry shampoos for awhile and are ready to step your game up, I'd go straight for the Living Proof. As much as I like the results of the Drybar, the smell for me is a little much.

So there you have it! What is your favorite dry shampoo?


  1. So these are just baby powder? Because dry shampoo seems like a great thing for travel, but you can't take aerosols in planes.

    1. The dry shampoos are a powder, not necessarily baby powder. But baby powder does the same thing, soaks up the oils.

  2. I'm a Batiste girl through and through but I sometimes struggle to find it here and mailing aerosols to Hawaii gets agriculture's pants in a bind. So! I sometimes use Suave (2 for $7 at Target), but you get what you pay for there unfortunately. I need to hunt down some DryBar! I love their other products!

  3. I still haven't tried dry shampoo, eventually I will hop on the bandwagon.

    1. You must!! Total life changer! Right up there with coffee for me. LOL :)

  4. I've only recently gotten in to the whole dry shampoo thing and I loooove it!



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