For over ten years, I had short hair.
We’re talking chin length.
I loved my short hair and I felt like it suited me…the only BAD thing about it was that there was no throwing it in a bun or ponytail. It had to be washed, dried, and straightened daily, or it looked like a hot, sticking up mess.
About a year and a half ago, I decided to grow my hair out. It’s the first time since I was a teenager that I’ve let it get past my shoulders, and one thing I discovered is that I love being able to do things with it — curling it, sock buns, sides up…and pony tails!! Another thing I realized was that I don’t have to wash it every day, which is a huge time saver on busy mornings (and I’m sure will continue to come in handy with the new baby).
The only problem? I hate feeling like my hair is dirty. I’ve been hearing about dry shampoos for awhile, but have been skeptical…so I finally decided to put them to the test and see if dry shampoo is something I want to incorporate into my routine.
I love it!! Of course, I didn’t love ALL of the ones I tried, so we are going to go over that. I tried six dry shampoos of all price ranges. Of course, there are many more I haven’t tried, but I feel like these are a good representative of what is out there.
I had high hopes for this one. It’s listed as one of the best and was an Allure magazine top choice. However — I hated that it was a powder. The powder was hard to blend into my hair…I had to brush and brush to keep my roots from being white. The smell was nice and fresh, but a little too lemony for me. It almost reminded me of hand soap or household cleaner.
Price: about $20 for 2.5 oz
End Result: I’d use it in a pinch, but I definitely wouldn’t spend my money on it again.
This one wasn’t bad. The smell was a tad pefumey for me, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t deal with. The thing I liked the least was how it sprayed out — it’s an aerosol, which I loved, but it shot out super concentrated and strong, so it was hard to get an even mist. I kind of felt like I was just able to hit “spots” instead of evenly spraying it along my roots.
Price: about $6 for 4.3 oz
End Result: This is a great option if you’re looking for something inexpensive to just freshen you up a little
This one came highly rated on Sephora, and I really liked it. It’s a light aerosol spray with a clean scent, and it didn’t give my roots a weighted down or super dry feeling. It was easy to spray out and mist all over my roots.
Price: About $20 for 4.75 oz
End Result: Definitely one of my favorites. I’ll use the bottle until it’s empty for sure.
I really didn’t like this one. I’ve heard it’s a great inexpensive option, but it’s a spritz, not aerosol, which I didn’t care for. It left my roots a little damp at first, and the smell was just so so.
Cost: around $5 for 4 oz
End results: I won’t be using, even in a pinch
I really really liked this one too. It smells great, goes on clear, and gave my hair a fresh smell that wasn’t over powering. It is just a little dry feeling, but overall, I think it’s great.
Price: $15 – 20 for 6.3 oz
End result: I’d definitely recommend, but for $20 it’s not my absolute favorite. If you can catch it on sale, grab a can.
My hairdresser got me hooked on the Kenra line a couple of years ago — I use the Blow Dry Spray and Volume Hair Spray religiously. I was excited to try their dry shampoo and see if I loved it as much as their other products. And I did!! It has a light tropical scent instead of smelling perfumey or flowery, and went on evenly and without being overly dry.
Cost: Around $20 for 5 oz
End Result: My favorite of all I tried. I will continue using this — it made my hair look and smell great.
A few tips:
I have hair with JUST enough wave that it gets a bit frizzy and tends to look wrinkled if slept on. I found that skipping a wash looked best on days where I straightened my hair with the Chi iron the day before.
I heard a tip that your hair has more volume if you spray it with dry shampoo before bed instead of in the morning. I liked the way my hair looked and felt after sleeping with it in, but still liked to give it a quick spray in the morning to freshen up.
Even if I’m not washing my hair, I shower every morning. A good shower cap is a real lifesaver — it keeps your hair nice and dry so you can wash up without getting it damp. I own this adorable shower cap and love it. It’s large enough to hold long hair, and is mold resistant. I just keep it rolled up in a cup that sits in my bathroom and get it out when I need it.
So there you have it — feel free to skip a wash and hold your head high!! I’d love to hear your thoughts and if I skipped one of your favorites!