A few weeks ago, something completely and utterly unfortunate happened. I ran out of all my dry shampoo at the same time.
I don’t know why the universe would do such a thing to someone. But for whatever reason it did.
And that’s when I had the idea. I needed to purchase several dry shampoos so this kind of thing wouldn’t happen again (at least for a while anyway).
But should I buy a large amount of the dry shampoo I always bought, or should I try something new?
That was the question.
I had heard people rave about a few brands in particular that were a little on the pricey side. Should I risk wasting my money to test them out?
That’s when I realized that many of you probably ask yourselves the same questions. So why not review a handful of options together so we all know when a dry shampoo splurge is a good idea and when it can be skipped.
So over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reviewing 5 popular dry shampoos (chosen by my Instagram community). And now, it’s time to report back with my results!
5 POPULAR DRY SHAMPOOS TRIED & TESTED SO YOU KNOW WHEN TO SPLURGE AND WHEN TO SAVE
There is a lot of criteria that needs to be considered when it comes to these reviews. And I’m not going to rank them for you 1-5 based on what worked for me.
Instead, I’ll share what was good about each, what was not so good, and what my thoughts and opinions were about them.
Then I’ll share my splurge favorite and my budget friendly favorite with you.
Ready? Let’s do this!
Batiste has always been a go-to of mine, but some of their scents are too overwhelming for me. Plus, my hair always felt a little too chalky after using some.
Not with this Bare version! The scent was far less overwhelming and I was shocked at how clean my hair felt over the 2 days I used it. It felt like I just washed my hair.
I didn’t have to use a lot which was great, but I did have to use more than some of the other dry shampoos I tried.
And while I didn’t see any build-up after day 1, I did start to see and feel just a tiny bit after day 2. Still truly not bad.
Based on what you get for the cost and how my hair felt, this was my favorite budget friendly dry shampoo hands down.
Living Proof dry shampoo is a fan favorite. So many of you swear by it, and this was one of the most asked about when I polled initially to get my top 5.
I did like the scent of Living Proof. It didn’t bother me too much. And after day 1 of using it, I didn’t have any build-up in my hair which was fantastic.
To the touch, my hair did feel dirty and like I had dry shampoo in it. I mean it was dirty and I did have dry shampoo in it, but still! I didn’t get that same feeling with Batiste.
And I got that feeling even more with day 2. Which again, understandable, but worth sharing!
My hair did look clean though, and there was virtually no build-up from this dry shampoo either.
Living Proof was $25 for 4oz, so it’s definitely a splurge choice. And honestly for me (and this could be totally different for you), I’ll need to try it again to see if it’s worth the splurge.
Based on the price and how I felt about it, there were others I liked better, but I would definitely use it again. This one fell just out of the top spot for me.
Dry Bar was a stylest recommended dry shampoo, and while there were some things I liked about it, the scent was a little too overpowering for me. This might not be an issue for you, but I want to share it all!
My hair felt lighter and cleaner on day one, but by day two there was build-up and my hair felt chalky.
It got chalkier as the days went on, and my hair just kind of felt dirty still, much worst than with Living Proof.
Honestly, not worth the splurge on this one for me! But it could totally be different for you.
But you get what you pay for, am I right? This went on really nice and light, but I had to use a lot for my hair, so definitely something to take into consideration!
The scent was also really strong and bugged me as I went about my day.
My hair felt clean but chalky, and I did see some build-up after day 2. My hair also felt a little greasier with this one than it did with the others. I felt like you could tell my hair had dry shampoo in it!
But it really wasn’t bad! Especially for the price. Definitely worth a try to see how you like it in your hair at $4, but Batiste was my budget friendly choice winner!
Coming in at $26 for 5.4oz, this was definitely on the splurge side of the line. It’s the most expensive, but not per ounce if you do the math!
But in any case, this one needed to wow me in order to get my stamp of approval for the price point, and wow me it did.
Honestly, it went on so fresh and light, and my hair felt like I just showered after I used it.
I could run my fingers through my hair all day without feeling like my hands were getting chalky from dry shampoo.
I usually wash my hair after 2 days of dry shampoo but I used this one for 3 and each day, my hair still felt nice and clean to the touch.
The scent was not overwhelming, I didn’t have to use a lot to get that fresh, clean look and feel, and it comes in a couple of options for darker and lighter tones and actually made my hair look better because of it.
This dry shampoo pleasantly surprised me, and for me, it’s totally worth the splurge because of how many uses I can get out of it without washing my hair AND because of how it made my hair look and feel.
Miracle worker in a bottle if you ask me. And definitely worth having on hand (maybe with a budget friendly option like Batiste) to use when you can’t wash your hair but need it to look great still!
Moroccan Oil definitely gets my stamp of approval!
WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE?
So based on these 5 reviews, which will you choose to try? Will you go with the budget friendly winner, Batiste? Or will you splurge on the Moroccan Oil to reap the benefits? Let me know in the comments!