I have curly, unruly hair that I like to wear straight. This wouldn’t be a problem if I lived some place, like the desert, but I live on the East Coast, in the South, where the humidity is likely to be at least 90% on any given day...even in the winter. With Summer around the corner, the more humid it’s going to get, and the more likely my hair will go from amazing to Chia Pet at the blink of an eye! Nothing against those cute clay characters with the bushy green hair, but I only like that look in the box on the shelf at Walgreen’s or at Halloween. So, when I take the time to load my hair with anti-Chia pet goo, blow dry it with a bristly brush (that would scratch your skin clean off) and flat iron it, I don’t wash it everyday.
This is where Dry Shampoo comes in! I LOVE dry shampoo! It’s a great way to freshen your hair up, when you don’t have time to spend fixing it. There are so many different types of dry shampoo, it’s hard to know which one you should choose. Lucky for you, I use it several times a week and can tell you which ones I prefer.
I won’t lie, I don’t really like to spend hours on my hair. My toddler would never leave me in peace long enough to do that anyway. I’m good with just a ponytail or messy bun, but for you lovely people, I went all the way and styled my hair to see which dry shampoo would leave you with the best looking hair. So, here are my favorites:
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak, $4.74
I use this on my next day hair when I am just running errands. This one is Unscented and I actually don't like that, but it does a pretty good job at reducing oil. I wouldn't use it after the gym or doing yard work, but it is good for ponytails and grocery shopping or in my case, dropping the carpool of at school. Plus, it's under $5, so you don't have to use sparingly.
The Next Step Up
Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo, $4.49
This one isn't a huge step up in price, in fact, I've seen it as cheap as $3.94 (Walmart), but as far as performance goes, it is a step up. This one gets the job done. Takes care of the things you want it to take care of. My only complaint is that it is a little too scented for me, or maybe just not my kind of scent (I know, I'm so picky). Also, it says [use] for clean, voluminous, soft hair. My hair looks clean, but isn't any more voluminous. Still I use it on my second day hair, running errands, all day when I know I am not washing my hair until later that night. I have also used it after a work out, but only once....or twice.
The Mid Grade
Toni & Guy Cleanse Day 2 Freshness, $14
This stuff smells like a salon! I can see how some think its a little much. When I wear it, I can smell it all day. It says Day 2 Freshness and it works great. When I first used it, I tested it on day 2 hair, in the morning. It gave me some lift, but made my hair a little too matte. I went all day smelling fresh and then did an intense 40 min kickboxing cardio in the afternoon. After dinner, my hair still looked and smelled fresh (although by this time it was up in a bun). Also, it is a much finer spray than the cheaper stuff, so I feel you get a really even coat. However, it's a pretty intense dust cloud. I have definitely added this to my collection.
R + Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo, $29
Are you still with me? Just making sure you didn't pass out when you saw the price. I know, it's not cheap, but it is hands down the best dry shampoo I have ever used! Not only does it smell amazing (lightly scented, kind of beachy), my hair looks as good as it does after a fresh wash and style. So much volume! Seriously, it's worth every penny. However, since I don't have an extra 2,900 pennies to just frivolously spend on shampoo, I only use this stuff when I have someplace great to go, like on a date with my husband, or out with my friends. Plus, it really doesn't take much to get the job done with this, so it will last.
These are the ones that I use on a regular basis. Do you use dry shampoo? What brands are your favorite? Let me know! I'm always on the hunt....