I am an avid user of dry shampoo. From wet to straight, it takes nearly an hour to blow dry and straighten my very thick, very curly hair, so anything to make my straight hair last longer is a godsend. I use it at night, that way the any powdery residue has a chance to be absorbed and I wake up with fresh hair.
Over the years, I have tried a lot of dry shampoos to find my absolute favorites, and discovered a few least favorites along the way. To save you from trying 18492 varieties, my favs and least favs are ranked below...
Favorite Overall: KMS Hairplay Makeover Spray
KMS Hairplay Makeover Spray is the perfect balance of oil absorption, scent, and longevity. It doesn't leave a super heavy white residue, the scent is pleasant but not overwhelming, and it doesn't leave my scalp itchy at all like some others have. The bottle lasts a lonnng time too.
Favorite Budget: Sauve Dry Shampoo
For around $3 a bottle Suave's dry shampoo packs a serious bang for its buck. Its smell is a little stronger than I'd like, and if I use it for more than 5 days (don't judge) my scalp starts to get fairly irritated. That being said, for a quick second or third day fix for a fraction of the cost of my favorite, it's pretty hard to beat.
Runner-ups: Sebastian Dry Clean Only and Paul Mitchell Dry Wash
Both are also awesome! I think it really comes down to a scent and "powederiness" preference, and for me KMS edges these out slightly. Both really perform spectacularly though. My mom has shorter, oilier hair and prefers the Paul Mitchell. I've used each and been really pleased well.
TIGI's dry shampoo has a VERY strong odor (why I dislike basically all TIGI products, sorry yo.) It is also very powdery, and since my hair isn't very oily, it starts to feel gritty and itchy very quickly.
Big Sexy Hair was my dry shampoo of choice for awhile, about 3-4 years ago when there were very limited options. It has a strong scent, and it lingers a long time too. Eventually when all the other brands jumped on the dry shampoo bandwagon, it was booted from my product repertoire. It's not awful, it's just definitely not the best.
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