When I first discovered dry shampoo, my life changed for the better (yes, in such a dramatic way). My hair is limp, fine, and gets oily fast so that perfect trifecta (sarcasm fully intended) makes my hair upkeep an unpleasant experience.
I constantly re-do my hair to create some or any type of volume but in the process of doing so, my hair becomes greasy and piece-y. So you can see how dry shampoo, which cleans, refreshes, and volumizes hair, improved my standard of living.
Because I use dry shampoo so often with several touch-ups throughout the day, I finish a can of product in just a few days. And because I love my hair and also love my wallet, I tend to purchase dry shampoos from discount stores (yes, when specials are on!).
In my search for the best dry shampoo, I’ve compiled a list and reviews for each.
Here are my 5 ranked from best to worst
Award for the Best Dry Shampoo goes to (drumroll, please!) the true, original, Psssst! Instant dry shampoo.
There’s a reason why the original is the best – Psssst! applies easily as the nozzle sprays an even amount and there is little to no white residue (for any remaining residue, I can easily work through with my fingers to dispel the product).
The scent is fresh and long lasting on the hair without being discernible or overpowering during the day. Lastly, Psssst! creates volume at the roots and gives hair a refreshed, just-washed look. The Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo is also the most affordable so this is a winner all around.
2. Batiste Original Dry Shampoo
The second best dry shampoo is Batiste Dry Shampoo – aside from the lovely packaging, Batiste also makes hair clean and lasts for a long time (Batiste lost to Psssst! because it does not create as much volume). I love the different scents that come with the various editions and ultimately, my hair is easier to style and manage when I apply Batiste.
However, there is an issue with one of their range. I will show you below.
3. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak
Another popular option for convenient hair wash is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing edition, which comes third on my list.
I tend to use this dry shampoo when creating a specific hairstyle because the shampoo also has the qualities of a hair spray. This Clean Freak shampoo refreshes hair with minimal residue while also creating hold and volume.
4. Cleo Coco
Here comes my second least favorite.
I’m not sure how to make of this Cleo Coco dry shampoo because it is a 2-in-1 product. And I’m not talking about a shampoo and conditioner combination. Not even close.
This dry shampoo can also be used as a body powder and personally, I find this quite confusing because hair and skin are completely different species. The powder is on the lighter side and it does leave a lot of white residue.
5. Batiste Brunette Hint of Color
Unfortunately, the award for the Worst Dry Shampoo goes to Batiste Brunette Hint of Color. I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to my beauty products, but I cannot recommend Batiste Brunette to anyone (harsh, I know).
This dry shampoo has a “hint of brown” as in the dry shampoo has a brown residue. If your hair touches your face in any way (aka everyone), you will have shadowy brown spots and streaks all over. I have bangs so after only a few hours my whole forehead was a bronzed, golden brown (imagine my frustration as I noticed this during the work day).
I ended up having to use a wet wipe on my hair, having to remove and re-apply my makeup, and having to put my hair in a tight bun (can you tell I’m still bitter about it?). This Batiste Dry Shampoo has no saving elements to it, steer clear!
Do you have an absolute favorite dry shampoo? I’m venturing in the higher end range and would love to discover new “best of” products.