TRIED + TESTED
MY FAVOURITE DRY SHAMPOOS
There's a ton of dry shampoo's on the market but these are my favourites because they don't have to be brushed out and don't leave a nasty residue. From $10 drug store to $50 high end luxury, they all work well and have a pleasant scent. Which dry shampoo is your favourite? Do you have any recommendations for me to try?
I hate washing my hair so much that I put together a list of my top 6 favourite dry shampoos, as well some beauty hacks to extend your hair style to one week sans washing! Can it be done? Keep reading.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not dirty AF and I love the feeling of fresh, clean hair but I hate washing my hair! Like most Hispanic girls, I have a full head of thick frizz prone hair, which means washing it is time consuming as hell. My short hair style is actually a result of the anxiety I was getting because it would take me 30 minutes just to wash my hair and I couldn't do it anymore!! I'd hit my limit so one day I chopped it off and never looked back.
To keep me sane and (mostly) anxiety free, I've become reliant on dry shampoo. I've experimented with so many different brands through out the years, and I now have a solid list of favourites that are my ride or die.
For reference, I'm a brunette with thick hair and an oily/ combo scalp. All of the products listed below are great for that brunettes and won't leave a white cast or residue.
To put these faves to the test, I went one week without washing my hair to see how these products would hold up. Here's how it went down.
DAY 1 - Clean hair don't care.
DAY 2 - Style as usual. I used a little bit of Dry Bar Triple Sec to provide texture to my hair style.
DAY 3 - Oiliness is coming through. I restyled my hair with a flat iron and gave my roots a sprinkling of Cake's The All Powderful to absorb the oil real quick. It left my hair smelling nice and looking fresh and clean.
DAY 4 - Hair is looking flat and more oily. Similar to Day 3: restyle, powder on roots to absorb oil but this time I gave my hair a generous spray of The 'Do Gooder from Cake to absorb more oil and give my hair volume. Hair is smelling good and still looking cute.
DAY 5 - Hair is flatter and more oily. Today I did an messy top bun but I did sprinkle more dry shampoo powder so my roots so it wouldn't look oily.
DAY 6 - My hair is starting to feel gross and "residue-y" from all of the dry shampoo gathering up in my hair. Again I used powder on the roots, restyled my hair with a flat iron and this time I used IGK Beach Club Texturizer because I wanted to create more volume and texture to hide the fact my hair was dirty AF. Thankfully, IGK smells amazing so I didn't have stinky hair.
DAY 7 - The pic you see in this post is on day 7. By then I had given up. I didn't restyle and I didn't put on any dry shampoo. When we were taking this pic, Geoff noticed my hair looking gross and mentioned it looked greasy. I washed my hair right after.
The biggest trick into fooling Geoff that my hair was so fresh and so clean, was to restyle my hair every day. I'd start with the powder dry shampoo to absorb the oil at the roots and then gave it a quick run through with my brush. I found brushing distributes the oils to the rest of the hair and keeps it from building up at the roots and weighing the hair down. Then I'd style my hair and create messy waves with my flat iron. To finish it off I'd add volume by concentrating the the spray dry shampoo at the crown of my head, and then, teased the hair with a boar brush.
Let me know if you have any dry shampoo secrets I should know about. Also, what are your secrets to extend your hair style? Make sure you leave me a comment below and as always, share my pics on Pinterest if this is something you enjoyed. :)
I was a skeptic on dry shampoo powders at first but this one from Cake Beauty changed my mind. I have the one for brunettes and it doesn't leave an obvious residue in my hair. I just sprinkle the powder into the palm of my hands and I rub it into my oily roots where I need it. It keeps my hair looking and smelling (!) fresh in between washings and if I want to add texture to my hair, I just use one of the spray dry shampoos to mess up my style a little. Cake is cruelty free, 100% vegan, gluten free, paraben free, naturally derived and, they're made in Canada.
I first tried Triple Sec at the Drybar in LA last year and it's been my go-to ever since. I've repurchased this all-in-one dry shampoo/ texturizer/ volumizer more times than I should admit because it is on the pricier side. It leaves my hair smelling really nice and adds volume when I tease it with a boar brush. Most importantly, it doesn't leave that nasty white cast that brunettes get with dry shampoo AND you don't have to brush it out! It's totally worth the price because it makes dirty-hair styling super easy - just spray, tease and go. The one down side of Triple Sec is that the more you use it, the more build up you're going to start to get in your hair and it starts to leave hair a little weighed down. Typically I can't go more than 3 days straight of using Triple Sec because it starts to be too much.
Technically not a dry shampoo but it does act like one. The first time I tried this spray was just before the 2016 Grammys. A stylist came to my room and gave my hair the coolest messiest waves ever. He had used a flat iron, a small boar brush to tease my hair and sprayed it plenty of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It's crazy expensive at almost $50 for a 300 mL spray bottle but dammit, it's my all time fave. I just leave it to special occasions like the Grammys. LOL.
Another one Cake Beauty hits this list. I like using this one on my roots at the crown of my head. Then I tease the roots with a brush to get build volume and to get it to stay. Again, Cake is naturally derived and 100% vegan and cruelty free. Did I mention it smells yummy?
IGK Hair is the brain child of four stylists from LA, NY and MIA and launched the brand in 2016. Their Beach Club Texture Spray smells ammmmmaaaazing, like a mini exotic getaway with a subtle scent of guava, coconut water, pink lotus, midnight violet, and vanilla. It's such a good texturizer that it's almost on par with Oribe's iconic spray. "Formulated without mineral oil, petroleum, and gluten, it is vegan, cruelty-free, and color safe with UV protection."
The last drug store shampoo I tried was from Dove and the smell was so strong and so artificial and made me crazy nausea. The residue it left behind was so white and so strong that I couldn't use it anymore. That experience put me off drug store dry shampoo's for years even though I know Batiste and Klorane make good some good ones. Anyway, Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo is one of the best dry shampoo's for under $10 in my opinion. The formula is "a signature blend of essential antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp, designed to help purify and protect against impurities. The dry shampoo instantly absorbs oil and boosts scent for a waterless wash that leaves no excess residue."
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