A Personal History of Dry Shampoo

Fine hair makes it near impossible for me to go more than a day without shampooing. I’ve read the articles; I know stripping hair of its oils is bad, and that it’s important to train hair to go more than a day between washes. Unfortunately, I’m having a hard time breaking with my routine. I hate the feeling of unwashed hair, and I’m not keen on the feeling of dry shampoo either. I’ve either got hair slicked to my head or I’ve got a gritty cloud frizzy, dry locks.

My adventures in dry shampoo have, like my adventures in DIY skincare, taken me to strange places, some more successful than others. Please bear in mind that my reactions come with my fine hair and nearly a lifetime of washing my hair on the daily. Nevertheless, I hope this helps!

Batiste Dry Shampoo: The go-to starter dry shampoo, I should think, given its price point and availability. Batiste can be found in pretty much any hair care section for as low as five bucks a bottle. There’s a number of different formulas to volumize, to moisturizer, to blend with dark hair. I’ve tried the Original, the Heavenly Volume, and the Deep and Dark.

The Pros? The smell on the Heavenly Volume and the Deep and Dark is quiet nice, and all of the formulas absorb into the hair well. You can easily get a full day’s worth of wear from Batiste.

The Cons? I don’t love the smell on the original formula, and I find there’s a fine line between just enough and too much Batiste. It’s really easy to end up with gray or dull roots from this stuff. I found the Deep and Dark much more forgiving, probably because it was tinted with brown to blend with darker hair colours.

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Dry Shampoo: I don’t know why I thought this would work, honestly. Oil in a dry shampoo is counter intuitive. The whole idea is to sop up the oils at the roots to make hair look washed. OGX does a number of different formulas, but I have only tried this one, and it worked about as well as…well, I really haven’t done a good job at hiding my feelings on this one, have I?

Pros? This dry shampoo smelled wonderful and blended much more seamlessly than the Batiste.

Cons? It blended well because there’s oil in the formula, that’s why, and oil is what makes me wash my hair so frequently in the first place. I spent an hour or two struggling with my stringy, oily hair before finally conceding defeat and washing my hair. Maybe this is better for thicker or coarser hair?

Philosophy Amazing Grace Dry Shampoo: Purchased in a travel size on my recent trip, I felt confident about this purchase. I used Philosophy Purity facial cleanser for years and loved it. I looked forward to giving this one a shot.

Pros? This dry shampoo wears light. Unlike Batiste, I can actually run my fingers through my hair after I’ve applied it. My hair also doesn’t balloon from all the added volume and grit. This is the closest I’ve come to a dry shampoo that mimics washed hair.

Cons? The smell, again. I get the sense that there’s a standard dry shampoo smell, and I associate it so strongly with unwashed hair, I can feel it clinging to me all day. On the bright side, Amazing Grace does not have an overwhelming scent like Batiste’s Original formula.

DIY Dry Shampoo: Come on – you knew this one was coming. The standard DIY dry shampoo for brown hair, which I had when I used it, was arrowroot flour, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. You can apply it with your fingers or a fluffy powder brush along the roots of unwashed hair.

Pros? This stuff smells amazing, like chocolate and cinnamon, and it doesn’t dull or mattify the roots in the same way other dry shampoos do. It absorbs quickly into oily roots.

Cons? I’ve read mixed reports about the safety of applying arrowroot powder to the skin. I was unable to get a clear understanding of what exactly it can promote only that it may promote bacteria or fungal growth. It’s also really easy to apply too much of this stuff, and unlike an aerosol dry shampoo, applying too much of this DIY dry shampoo feels gritty, like your hair is full of sand.

I’m still looking for a go-to dry shampoo for my fine hair. What are you recommendations? How can a gal like me train my hair to go a day between washes? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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