A Personal History of Dry Shampoo – The Sequel!

A while ago, I made a post detailing my misadventures with dry shampoo. I’m going into this with a few disadvantages, all of which I’ve outlined before, but to sum up: 1) I’ve washed my hair daily for years now, so the oil production is pretty out of control; 2) I have fine hair, which gets oily quickly regardless of how often I wash it; and 3) I can’t stand the feeling of unwashed or product-filled hair. Developing the habit of letting my hair go a day between washings has been difficult to say the least, seemingly impossible to say more.

The results of my last post overwhelmingly favoured Bumble and Bumble’s State of Grace dry shampoo, though I admitted even there that I wasn’t totally sold on the product. Here are a few more dry shampoos that I’ve tried since and my reactions:

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day: this one comes up on a lot of people’s favourites list. I’ve found it promoted at local salons here. It refreshes hair without weighing it down (allegedly). Naturally, I picked up a travel size just to try.

The Pros? I love that the formula didn’t weigh down my hair, and as with the Bumble and Bumble shampoo, I could still run my fingers through it.

The Cons? Living Proof has that typical dry shampoo smell that I’m sensitive to (though I openly admit this is likely a bias I’ve developed from washing my hair to death). I also found it took a lot of product to get my hair looking refreshed with this product.

Batiste Shampoo + Conditioner: I was originally going to dedicate a whole post to this product simply titled WtH Did I Put In My Hair?

Oh, sorry – this isn’t the Cons? section. My bad. I couldn’t help getting that out of the way though. Batiste’s Shampoo + Conditioner purports to be oil-free and moisturizing for dry hair. It also purports to be effective despite being a shampoo/conditioner combination (which I shouldn’t rant about here. What was I doing, again? Oh, right, presenting an unbiased overview of this product).

The Pros? I didn’t spend a lot of money on this.

The Cons? I was originally going to write a post about this titled WtH Did I Put In My Hair? because wth did I put in my hair? I can scarcely describe the effect of this stuff without using onomatopoeia because ew. It was disgusting. This crap was disgusting. My hair afterwards was disgusting. Whatever came out of the bottle glued my hair to my scalp in much the same way oil glues hair to my scalp. I ran my fingers through my hair and it actually held the shape of my hands.

To top off this cosmetological nightmare, this stuff didn’t wash out with a single shampoo. After washing my hair, I combed through it and discovered that there were still large patches of the Batiste product gunking up my roots on either side of my head. I had to go back into the shower for two additional shampooings to make sure this stuff was actually gone.

Batiste makes a solid dry shampoo: affordable and effective, especially if you like a little grit and styling potential. I don’t know what this is good for except disturbing me.

Lush No Drought: a lemon-scented dry shampoo solid in a small plastic bottle. Unlike the other products I’ve tried, this one is applied by sprinkling across the scalp or by hand (which is my preferred method).

Pros? Unlike the other entries on this list, I actually like the smell, and the finely milled powder absorbed easily into my roots. I also liked that it wasn’t an aerosol product.

Cons? As much I’m all for Lush’s earth-friendly packaging, it does make for a difficult and patchy application for a first-time user. The benefit of aerosol is that I can evenly distribute this stuff on my hair. There’s a learning curve associated with Lush’s dry shampoo for sure. I’m also not sure what the comparison is between quantity of Lush product vs. other dry shampoos, so it’s hard to measure whether this is more or less effective than products I spray.

Osis+ Refresh Dust: purchased on the basis of a recommendation from a Chatters associate, Osis dry shampoo claims to refresh hair without weighing it down, provide volume for fine locks, and oil absorption.

Pros? This stuff – when applied correctly – absorbs quickly and easily into the hair. It gives the most natural finish next to the Bumble and Bumble product I had. The smell isn’t a dead giveaway for dry shampoo either, thank goodness.

Cons? The price tag for one. I can justify hefty prices for hefty quantities, but my bottle of this is already getting light, and I have not used it all that much. The learning curve attached to this product is also worth mentioning. This is the most effective dry shampoo I’ve ever used, but it requires a light hand and quick spurts and a fair bit of distance from the scalp to apply properly. Maybe this is why I’ve gone through the product so quickly? Hmmm…I’d suggest buying another bottle for research purposes, but I’m not so sure I want to turn this product into a habit.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Have you tried diy dry shampoos? Basically just cornstarch with spices for coloring. I love them. And it’s $0 marginal cost cause I already have all the stuff I need in my pantry. Maybe you do too?


    1. schristovich says:

      I have! I got scared to use them because I heard about possible infections related to corn starch in hair (arrowroot flour also works and I used that for a bit). My other issue was application: I find the aerosol ones apply so much easier and more consistently.


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