Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Dry Shampoo Head To Head Comparison

Dry Shampoo Head To Head Comparison


My Dry Shampoo Head-To-Head Comparison: Dry shampooer's, DRY SHAMPOO, and I mostly mean moms with small kids. Dry shampoo is amazing because it means you can go a few days without washing your hair and no one will know. No one will know, right? And while I don't usually encourage people to pretend to be something they are not, I am perfectly comfortable helping sleep-deprived parents look like they've showered when tiny tyrants are holding them hostage.

I'd love to say that I am part of the brilliant generation that came up with this ground-breaking, grease-defying, time-saving concept, but evidence suggests that crafty humans in Asia were using clay powder in their hair as early as the late 15th-century. The first reference of dry shampoo in the US is from the late 1700s when starches were used to make fabulous wigs a more desirable color and less smelly (i.e., more fabulous).

Head To Head Comparison Of The Most Popular Dry Shampoos
Features/Brand Living Proof Moroccanoil amika Dove Batiste OGX
Suitable for all hair colors? Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Smell Strong Citrus Flowers Slightly Floral Baby Powder Fruity Light Coconut
Vegan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sulfate Free? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
Cruelty Free? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Contains Talc? No No No No No No
Safe On Color Treated Hair? Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Made In USA? ? ? Yes ? No Yes
Price per Oz $5.34 $4.81 $4.72 $1.59 $0.73 $1.40
Top Pick Is



Best Value Best For Color

 

Head-To-Head Comparison My Assessment

For the head-to-head comparison assessment I took the most popular Dry Shampoos and compared them head-to-head to see which one was the best. I did not go for just the most expensive ones but picked a wide rage in price. Why? To see if paying more really makes a difference. So let's take a look at the best Dry Shampoo comparison results.

 

Dry shampoos

My Top Pick For Best Value Is: OGX Extra Strength Refresh Restore + Dry Shampoo

My Top Pick for best value: Analysis of the results shows the best value for dry shampoo is the OGX Extra Strength Refresh Restore + Dry Shampoo, Coconut Miracle Oil, 5 Ounce, at $6.99 per can at the time of this article. That is hard to beat for a can of dry shampoo that is made in the USA and is Vegan and Sulfate Free.

My Top Pick For Best Suitable For All Hair Colors Is: Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original Fragrance

My Top Pick for all hair colors: Next up is Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original Fragrance, 6.73 Ounce (2-Pack) at $9.98, which is also hard to beat at that price. The only down side here is it's not made in the USA. That might matter to some. Plus, it may not be ideal for dark color hair. According to Stacey, our in-house Product Analyst, "You should hold the can at a distance (6 inches) and then may need to work in the product to minimize any white residue".

A Dry shampoo needs to be suitable for all hair colors. If you have dark hair and you spray it on and turns your hair white, that's not cool. So "Suitable for all hair colors" is one of the first features listed. Also a big factor in reducing white residue is shaking up the can. I found by shaking the can vigorously for about a minute right before use makes a big difference. The ingredients inside the can will settle to the bottom so shaking is key.

Smell is very important because some dry shampoos have a strong scent like Living Proof. And for me that's an instant turn off. But it may be an advantage for some who needs a strong scent to cover up smoke or maybe after a hard workout at the gym.

The "Safe On Color Treated" hair is a tricky one. The Best Value and the Best All Color choices had no indication if they were color safe. That why I gave them a question mark. By looking at the ingredients and comparing them to the other dry shampoos on the list I feel confident they were. The manufacture does not specifically state it is. Too bad. Big missed opportunity here in my opinion. That is a strong selling point in my opinion.

The funny thing about dry shampoo is that people are expecting more and more out of shampoos. Today shampoos are expected to do more than just clean your hair. I believe general expectations are for shampoos not only to clean but to restore your hair, giving it shine and making it easier to style and manage. According to C Bouillon - Clinics in dermatology, 1988 - Elsevier shampoosa and Hair Conditioners, "It may seem rather obvious to say that shampoos are products aiming at cleansing the hair and the scalp. This is, however, too narrow a definition if one considers the diversity of qualities demanded of a “good” shampoo. If the prime function of a shampoo is indeed to fulfill an elementary hygienic need, the expectations of the consumer go far beyond.

 

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Dry Shampoo Pros and Cons


Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Description: A dry shampoo that purifies hair, removes dirt, sweat and smell. It is free of silicone, paraben, phthalate and cruelty free.

Pros

  • Suitable for all hair colors
  • Safe for chemically treated hair
  • Vegan
  • Gluten free 
  • No Silicones
  • No Phthalates
  • No Parabens

Cons

  • Price
  • I found it to have a strong scent
  • No idea where it's made

 

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, Light Tones

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, Light Tones

Description: A dry cleansing spray created specifically for light hair. Formulated with ultra-fine rice starches to absorb oil and buildup and subtle violet undertones to neutralize brassiness. Features the signature Moroccanoil scent.

Pros

  • I love the Argan oil-infused formula
  • Helps protect against UV damage

Cons

  • Price
  • For light colored hair only

 

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

 

Description:The closest thing to washing your hair without water – a talc-free, true dry cleanser that absorbs oil and refreshes hair with natural rice starch. Leaves no white residue, ever.

Pros

  • Mineral Oil Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Paraben Free

Cons

  • Price

 

Dove Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair Volume & Fullness for Refreshed Hair

Dove Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair Volume & Fullness for Refreshed Hair

 

Description: Take yourself back to the feeling of freshly washed hair with Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo. Perfect for days when you’re short of time, this weightless formula instantly absorbs oil, conveniently cleaning, reviving and volumizing hair in one. Created especially for those with flat hair that can be oily, a little limp or weighed down between washes. Massaging a few sprays of this Dove dry shampoo into the roots is all it takes to take your hair from lifeless to bouncy in moments. 

Pros

  • Price
  • Cruelty free

Cons

  • I found it to have a strong scent
  • No idea where it's made

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original Fragrance

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original Fragrance

 

Description: Shake it up, baby. Before using and between sprays. The more you shake, the better. This step is key to preventing white residue. Separate your hair into sections, hold the bottle 12" away, and spray into your roots. Use a little or a lot - it just depends on what you need. P.S. Don't forget the back of your head.

 

Pros

  • Price

Cons

  • I found you really got to shake it otherwise you will get white spots

 

OGX Extra Strength Refresh Restore + Dry Shampoo, Coconut Miracle Oil

OGX Extra Strength Refresh Restore + Dry Shampoo, Coconut Miracle Oil

 

Description: Refresh your strands with the scent of the tropics with our OGX Extra Strength Refresh & Restore + Coconut Miracle Oil Dry Shampoo. Infused with coconut oil, essence of tiare and vanilla bean extract. Helps extend your style and revive your locks. Bring life to those locks with an oil absorbing secret for the ultimate island-girl hair.

Pros

  • I love the scent
  • I found the price to be good
  • I like the made in USA
  • Suitable for all hair colors

Cons 

  • Does not say if safe for color treated hair on the can, I am guessing it is by looking at the ingredients.

 

DIY Dry Shampoo How To Make Your Own

 

Have you thought about making your own Dry Shampoo? The DIY process on how to make your own shampoo is not that hard to do. There are store-bought options out there that work just fine, but finding one that works for dark hair and with only natural ingredients with a reasonable price tag is not easy. So hey, why not make your own dry shampoo? According to Meesh, our in-house Product Analyst, "This recipe works can be tweaked for either dark or light hair and can be made using just one ingredient. One ingredient! Thank you, Internet".

Dry shampoos use starch-based or alcohols that can build up or leave a residue in your hair. This is according to Dermatologist Wilma Bergfeld, MD. "Dry shampoo has a variety of ingredients in their formulas, but the primary purpose is to soak up the natural oils in your hair. These ingredients can leave your hair dry and brittle." By making your own you control all the ingredients. Ans That is a big advantage.

How To Make Dry Shampoo For Dark Hair


To make Dry Shampoo for dark hair just mix 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder/cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Add a few drops of essential oils for scent (optional). "Without essential oils (and probably still a little with, I haven't tried) this has a lovely, faint, I Am A Fudge Brownie aroma. You really need to be up in someone's business to smell it. It's subtle and delicious, but prob worth noting in case you hate the smell of chocolate. (Weirdo.)

How To Make Dry Shampoo For Light Hair


To make Dry shampoo for light hair just use the arrowroot powder/cornstarch, mixed with 5 drops of essential oils if you want to scent. Mix everything together with a spoon and store it in a small jar. You can sprinkle a little on your roots with your fingers or use a makeup brush to apply it. The makeup brush means less of a mess on your counters and more even application. You will need to comb it through to spread it out a bit, especially if you have really dark hair (like me). Honestly, I just sprinkle some on and use my fingers to rub it all over my roots - as if I am washing my hair. I flip my hair over, make sure to get it everywhere close to the roots, and give it a really vigorous shake with my fingers. Bonus: this stuff also gives your hair some really nice volume. Seriously, I have fine hair, and when I do the crazy shake and flip my hair back over, I have a fantastic pouf of magnificence.

I find it also helps to apply this at night before going to bed. As it gives the powder more of a chance to absorb. If you have dark hair and want to try this with no cocoa powder, this would be the way to do it.

DIY Dry Shampoo Ingredients list:

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Essential oils for skin use
  • Small jars with lids

 

How to Use Dry Shampoo For Best Results

 

Step 1: Shake It

 

The key to getting the most out of day shampoo is shaking the can. To get the best results from all the above dry shampoos, you must shake the can vigorously immediately before use. It seems dry shampoo has contents that settle to the bottom of the can. If you do not shake the can you could end up with a white dust-like product on your hair. Every time right before you spray you must shake the can.

 

Step 2: Hold At Least 6 Inches

 

The next big factor in making sure you hold the can at least 6 inches away from your hair while applying. Holding the can too close, again could cause white spots on your hair.

 

Step 3: Wait 30 Seconds

 

Most of the dry shampoos I waited for at least 30 seconds after spraying on to see if I needed to work in the product with my fingers. If I saw any white residue, then I would work in the dry shampoo using my fingers. This technique usually resulted in excellent results.

 

Step 4: Work It In & Style

 

The last step was to style my hair as usual and re-spray as needed. If you get the right product and you have little to no white residue, then the job goes much quicker. I found stopping to rub in the dry shampoo to remove the white residue was taking longer.

Readers would love to hear your comments below. What do you use? How do you use it? When do you use it?

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