Best Dry Shampoo
Most people think that it’s necessary to wash your hair daily but the truth is that frequent shampooing can dry the hair leaving it brittle and lackluster. Ever notice how your hair tends to look better the day after you wash it? That’s because the oils produced by your natural hair may give it more shine and style. However, you don’t want an excessive amount of oil on your hair since that can weigh locks down; that’s where dry shampoo comes in.
Let’s take a look at some of the best dry shampoos currently available on the market.
Oscar Blandi Pronto is by far our pick for best dry shampoo for its effectiveness, convenience and fragrance. This dry shampoo is a powder and is packaged in a small bottle which makes it convenient to bring along when you’re traveling (just make sure not to lose the cap).
The easiest way to use this dry shampoo is by putting some product on your fingers and gently massage it into the roots and scalp. My roots are black and this dry shampoo never leaves a white cast on my hair if I massage it in properly (it takes just a few seconds).
The smell is very pleasant and reminiscent of lemons. It leaves hair full of body and shine and manageable. My hair doesn’t feel stiff or icky when using this product. You don’t need a ton of product; a little goes a long way. Start with a small amount and add as needed.
Oscar Blandi Pronto is a bit pricier compared to drugstore dry shampoo but a bottle seems to last forever so it’s well worth the price and our pick for overall best dry shampoo.
Cons are that the cap is small and easy to lose. The cap may also dislodge when travelling (I suggest storing the bottle in a ziploc bag in your toiletry bag when travelling for extra protection. Oscar Blandi Pronto is also difficult to find since it’s been discontinued but still available for sale on Amazon.
Batiste Dry Shampoo is our pick for the best drugstore dry shampoo. This affordable drugstore dry shampoo that comes in a spray bottle. The scent is clean and refreshing without being overpowering. A few quick sprays is all it takes to absorb oil and leave your hair feeling clean and fresh.
For best results it’s recommended to aim the nozzle quite a distance from your hair; don’t spray it extremely close to your hair since this can leave a lot of white powder which may take more work to massage into the hair.
For best results spray a little at a time and work the product into your hair gradually. Batiste Dry Shampoo is excellent for reviving dirty hair, removing excess oil while giving it a bit of a volume boost. This product is a great value for the money and highly recommended for those looking for the best drugstore dry shampoo shampoo in spray form.
Cons are that the aerosol bottle tends to run out faster compared to a powder dry shampoo such as Oscar Blandi reviewed above. In terms of value, powder dry shampoos have lasted me longer and provided more usage.
On the other hand, spray dry shampoos like Batiste Dry Shampoo is faster and more convenient to apply.
If you have black hair or brown hair and have had problems with other dry shampoos leaving a white cast or powder residue you may want to give Batiste Dry Shampoo, Dark & Deep Brown a try. This spray on formula was specifically designed for those with darker hair color.
It goes on with a hint of color to compliment darker shades and blends root re-growth on darker hair. Like the original Batiste formula, it’s recommended to aim the nozzle a nice distance away from hair when applying for an easy application. Spraying too closely may result in an excess amount of product. Batiste Dark & Deep Brown absorbs oil, gives hair more texture and volume and refreshes your hair with a pleasant scent making it our pick for best dry shampoo for dark hair and brunettes.
Disadvantages include the fact that you have to careful not to accidentally spray your face or clothes since the product is colored.
Should I Use A Powder Or Spray Formula?
It’s really down to personal preference. Using a spray-on formula generally means less of a mess. If you use a powder formula it’s more likely to spill. If you’re looking for value we feel that you get more product when using a powder formula compared to a spray on formula. We’ve used Oscar Blandi Pronto for almost a year and have quite a bit left since such a small amount is needed. On the other hand a travel sized Batiste spray can was completely used up with just a few uses.
How Long Can I Go Without Washing My Hair?
The answer is : For as long as you can stand it! We’ve gone for 7 days for no problems. Once your hair starts to get stiff or flaky you may want to wash it with a traditional shampoo. However, you can go on for many days without washing your hair.
Is Dry Shampoo Safe For Colored Hair?
Not only is it safe but using dry shampoo is probably one of the best ways to prolong color since traditional shampoos and washings can strip your hair. In order to prolong your color we highly recommend using a SLS free shampoo and a dry shampoo between washings.
Is It Ok For Men To Use Dry Shampoo?
Absolutely! More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of avoiding washing your hair every day which can aggravate hair loss and dry brittle hair. Going between washings will leave your hair healthier. Everyone’s hair looks better the second day including men too.
Benefits Of Using A Dry Shampoo
One of the biggest benefits of using a dry shampoo is that you’ll save plenty of time. No need to spend that extra 5-10 minutes every morning shampooing, rinsing, conditioning, combing and then blow drying! Applying dry shampoo just takes a minute or less; it’s quick and convenient.
More Volume & Bounce
Believe it or not my hair looks much better when using dry shampoo because I get added volume and body at the roots without having to blow my dry hair out. Dry shampoo can work like a texturizer and give you that coveted “next day” hair but without the smell and grease.
As stated earlier, frequent shampooing can lead to dryer and frizzier hair not to mention the small amounts of hair you loose every time you wash. Frequent blow drying isn’t exactly healthy for your hair either. Dry shampoo allows you to preserve your blow dry for a few days.
Longer Lasting Hair Color
Ladies who color your hair; you know how expensive it can be to get your hair balayged, highlighted (with traditional foils) or colored. The best way to preserve your hair color is to use a SLS-free shampoo in combination with a dry shampoo.