It’s Day 4 of Ginger Wroot’s Beauty Week! Do you use dry shampoo? I do, and I use it often! Dry shampoos can help hold you over on those days or nights when you just don’t have the time or energy to wash, dry, and style your hair. I actually came late to the dry shampoo party, and didn’t start using this wonderful, time-saving stuff until about a year ago. Over that time, having tried and compared different brands of dry shampoos, I thought it would be fun to let you in on what dry shampoos I prefer and why.
So here’s the lineup, and I’m listing the brands of dry shampoo in order of my preference, with my fav first: TRESemme, Aussie, Suave, NYM Clean Freak, Garnier Fructis, Dove, and Herbal Essences. I want to emphasize that my comparison between these seven name brands of dry shampoo was ridiculously unscientific, and very loosely based on three main factors, which in sum were (1) whether after spraying, my dirty and greasy hair “looked better and cleaner” (2) whether after spraying, said dirty and greasy hair “felt better and cleaner,” and (3) whether the dry shampoo “smelled good.” I’ll also mention price below, although it’s not as big of a factor.
Out of all seven dry shampoos compared, I think TRESemme is the best. The powder in the spray comes out evenly and finely, so there’s no buildup of residue on the roots or the scalp, and it does a great job of immediately absorbing the hair and scalp oil, so that the sprayed hair immediately has more body and volume. The sprayed hair doesn’t feel sticky or stiff either. The immediate effects of this TRESemme will last all day. I’m not as crazy about the smell of TRESemme as some of the others, but it certainly isn’t offensive. Price of 4.3-ounce TRESemme Dry Shampoo at Walmart the week of this posting: $4.94.
A very close second to the TRESemme brand is Aussie Dry Shampoo. I was a little bothered when I first used Aussie, because it goes on the wettest of all seven dry shampoos compared here. But it dries very quickly, and leaves the hair and scalp super clean looking. The feel is silky clean too. And I love the smell of Aussie’s Dry Shampoo! Price of 4.9-ounce Aussie Dry Shampoo at Walmart the week of this posting: $3.97. Why rank TRESemme over Aussie? Perhaps the TRESemme-sprayed hair seems to have just a bit more body and is easier to style. Aussie is significantly less expensive though, and so these two dry shampoos rank very close in terms of my preference.
Moving on, in the middle of the dry shampoo pack are Suave, Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak, and Garnier Fructis. All of these dry shampoos do a very decent job of making dirty and oily hair look and feel cleaner, and leave relatively little powdery residue or build-up. The smell of the Suave is okay, but I’m not crazy about the slightly chemically smell of NYM’s Clean Freak or the overly fruity smell of the Garnier Fructis dry shampoos. Price of 4.3-ounce Suave, 7-ounce NYM Clean Freak, and 3.4-ounce Garnier Fructis dry shampoos at Walmart the week of this posting are, respectively: $4.98, $4.74, and $4.47. Because NYM Clean Freak is 7 ounces and Garnier Fructis is only 3.4 ounces, that means that the Garnier Fructis dry shampoo is almost twice as expensive as NYM Clean Freak–wow! Of these three middle-of-the pack dry shampoos, Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak is definitely the best deal, its not-fav smell notwithstanding.
Aaaannd finally the two lowest-scoring dry shampoos: Dove and Herbal Essences. When sprayed, both of these dry shampoos leave a heavy powdery residue on the hair and scalp. Yes, some of the powder gets absorbed by the oils in the hair, but it still leaves my hair looking noticeably duller and the roots white and grayish looking…not what I want, of course. My hair also feels heavy and sticky from both the Dove and Herbal Essences dry shampoos, and I’ve found that it can be difficult to comb out my hair later from the buildup. The Dove smells okay and the Herbal Essences, true to its name, smells divine. Price of 5-ounce Dove and 4.3-ounce Herbal Essences dry shampoos at Walmart the week of this posting are, respectively: $6.02 and $4.97.
To sum up, TRESemme’s and Aussie’s dry shampoos do the best job of making dirty and oily hair look and feel cleaner, more natural, and easier to style. Price-wise? You can’t beat the middle-of-the-pack dry shampoo: Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak. All seven brands can be found at most groceries and drugstores, although Garnier Fructis is often not in stock where I live.
I’ll be back this Thursday for Day 5 of Ginger Wroot’s Beauty Week!
All of my opinions are independent and unbiased, and I received no samples, payments, or financial incentives from any of the brands mentioned above, or any other company, for this dry shampoo review.
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