Dry Shampoo. The best and the worst.


Lets be real for a minute… who has perfect hair everyday? If you say you do, I’m sorry but you are lying and we can’t be friends.

I try to shampoo and condition my locks every-other day but even that, some people thinks is too often. When I have those days where I barely have enough time to shower and get out the door without washing my hair, I can pull off the extra day with a rude amount of dry shampoo.

Below are a few dry shampoos that I have been loving and a few that I have been hating recently. My boyfriend and I will be spending the Christmas vacation in Mexico sipping cervezas in the pool bar so I am on the prowl for the best travel sized items right now – let me know if you have any suggestions or products I should try!

cake dry shampooI have had an unhealthy obsession with Cakebeauty products lately and when I saw The All Powderful launch, I was like a kid in a candy store. They have 3 different tinted dry shampoo powders in the line – light, medium and dark. I purchased both the light and the medium and for my blonde, the light was too light but the medium was a great match. They are super lightweight but leave you with the right amount to texture. (TIP: I actually switch up to the light shade when my roots start to peak through and it lightens them for a smoother look) And, Cake doesn’t disappoint with scent as usual. These have a smell somewhere between lemon and vanilla. I purchased mine at Shoppers Drug Mart for $18.00 and they are the same price at Cake directly. Lastly, they are a win because they are also 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry ShampooBefore I gave The All Powderful a whirl, my go-to for the longest time was Living Proof’s Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo. Although on the pricey side for an aerosol, this product creates wonders! Most aerosol dry shampoos aren’t technically shampoos since they do nothing to physically clean your hair. The Perfect day Hair (PhD) Dry Shampoo is different because it tackles the 3 dimensions of clean hair – how it looks, how it feels and how it smells. Oil and sweat are soaked up quickly, there is a time release fragrance that will keep during the whole day. Honestly, this dry shampoo is a staple for me – I just wish it wasn’t an aerosol. You can order these right from the Living Proof website or at Sephora. Typically a 1.8oz will cost $16.00 and $29.00 for a 4oz.


Usually, I am a big fan of TRESemmeproducts but this was a huge let down for me. The Fresh Start Dry Shampoo does actually have a pleasant citrus smell but sadly, that is the only positive. I found it to leave a gross chalky film and white residue on my hair. You can pick this up almost every drugstore or grocery store for under $10.00 but I would save your money and pass on this one. TRESemme does have a really great heat protector though that I simply adore. If you are looking to test out the brand I would refer you to the Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray which does not leave a film behind, smells nice and still under $10.00

naked dry shampooThis next one is a little tricky to review for you. The product itself isn’t horrible but the packaging is. I was able to use the Naked Dry Shampoo by Herbal Essences maybe 3 times before it simply stopped working. I thought maybe it was a defective bottle so my next trip to the drug store I picked up another bottle because I was liking the product. Same result. The dispenser clogged so easily and so quickly. I attempted to run it under hot water, poke it with a safety pin, shaking it like there was no tomorrow and even tried taking it apart. A combination of all these things did work but only for another use and then it clogged again. I didn’t have the patience for this and ended up chucking it in the trash. If you want to try this one out for yourself, you can pick it up at most drug stores for about $5.99 but I would pass on this item and try out their Set Me Up Moose instead! That, is a product I can get behind!

And, I will let you in on a little secret if you don’t already know… if you are in a jam and don’t have any dry shampoos on hand and no time to stop for some… baby powder! I did this for years as a teen before using an actual dry shampoo!

Have any good tips or secrets to share? I would love to hear them!


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