Are professional dry shampoos always better than drugstore? Do they really work that much better? I have tried a few different options recently and wanted to review a couple to help you make the best decision for your hair.
I will start with the worst, and end with the best, starting with the most disappointing haircare purchase I’ve made in a while!
I wouldn’t say this is as bad as the reviews on Ulta, but I wouldn’t say that it’s good as an actual dry shampoo either. It feels more like a dry texturizing hairspray and didn’t work as a dry shampoo at all on my hair. It will be really useful as a texturizing hairspray, so I’ll still use it, but it was a disappointing dry shampoo.
This dry shampoo is only $9 and has a serious cult following online, but it just didn’t work as well as the hype. On my hair, it left a white residue that is hard to shake off and it only extended my hair style for one day. I felt really greasy after one day and had to wash my hair. If you have a dry scalp then maybe this will work, but it just didn’t live up to the hype.
This is my favorite drugstore dry shampoo by a long shot. It is only about $4 and makes my hair feel better after using it. It does have a white residue, but you can shake it out easily and have mostly refreshed hair. I can use this to extend my style for at least one day depending on what I’m doing.
Dry Bar is an impressive company with great products and lots of information about how to use them. I had no doubts I would really like their dry shampoo, but I wanted to compare them to the hyped-up Living Proof option. Detox does work really well, and makes my hair feel great after using it. I can extend my hair style for at least 4 days until I need to wash it. If I had not tried the Living Proof Phd; this would definitely be my favorite dry shampoo.
Living Proof hair products have A LOT of hype on social media. I have seen Living Proof ALL OVER Instagram and have long doubted that their products would really be that superior to other salon brands.
This dry shampoo is seriously worth the hype. I went multiple days without washing my hair, and it actually felt like it cleaned my hair instead of just adding on another layer of products. It smells great – not too strong – but just enough of a scent that leaves your hair smelling fantastic.
It does have a white residue, as all good dry shampoos do, but you can also just brush out the residue and your hair still feels good!
As you can see by the order of this, I ended up liking the Living Proof dry shampoo better than the Dry Bar option. I feel like they are so very close, but the Living Proof is easier to shake out the white residue. Since the Dry Bar is $23, and the Living Proof is $24 for more product, I would end up buying the Living Proof again.
If a $24 dry shampoo seems outrageous to you, then there are great drugstore options that cost around half the price! The Dove dry shampoo is obviously my favorite, but if you can find sample/travel sizes of it, I would start there.