I have a total complex about my greasy roots. Most days I opt to just shampoo (my straight Asian hair doesn’t take all that long to dry), but on days when I’m running late, or have something on in the evening and want to take the shine and flatness away, dry shampoo is a godsend.
(A few of these are actually empty. I’m not that much of a freak.)
Clockwise from top in the photo:
Batiste for medium and brunette has “a hint of colour”, and has been the best of the bunch — one of the cheapest, too, especially if you buy it on special from a supermarket. Volumises, soaks up excess oil, and has a light, generic floral smell. I noticed that alcohol is lower on the ingredient list than the rice starch base, which isn’t the case for most of the others.
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Dry Shampoo has a strong citrus-y scent, and costs around $7 from the supermarket. It leaves a white cast, although it seems to rub in fairly easily. Somehow it seems more drying than some of the others though — I’ll forgive this as on my oily hair, the dryer the better. I noticed that the range also includes a dry conditioner and dry oil, which is intriguing!
Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair works reasonably well. This is the second can I’ve purchased, but it leaves coloured dust particles all over the place. I think I’ll stick to the Batiste from now on. It’s priced at around $16 from Farmers, is corn starch and mica based, with alcohol high on the ingredient list.
I really liked the VO5 Plump Me Up! Not as volumising as the Batiste, nor as great at oil absorption, but it’s not too shabby. Amongst the rice starch base is also collagen and elastin, so theoretically this could strengthen the hair — any cosmetic scientists out there want to weigh in? Costs around $7 from the supermarket.
Being a salon-based range, de Lorenzo essential treatments Absorb is at a slightly higher price point, running at about $26. It’s quite strongly scented, and not that great at absorbing oil. It also leaves a white cast, so needs to be massaged in and brushed out. According to their website, this has been reformulated since I used it last.
While not technically a dry shampoo, I’ve been using David Babaii Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier
in a similar way. Texture-wise, though, it’s almost like a hairspray; alcohol is high on the ingredient list, and it’s a little sticky going on. It has a whole bunch of plant extracts and some oils, which I suppose are meant to help condition the hair? Who knows. I got this at Farmers on clearance (original RRP was $30), and they don’t seem to carry the line anymore, plus I just had a look on the DB website -- the Amplifier isn't on there, and the whole line has been repackaged.
A few others not included in the photo:
Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It isn’t marketed as a dry shampoo but I used it as one — this was the first ever dry powder hair product that I tried. It’s great for mattifying and absorbing oil, and gives a “dirty” texture to the hair. Be careful, though, as it can result in tangles if you use too much. The Schwarzkopf extra care Instant Volume Powder is a similar product at a supermarket price point, although not quite as mattifying. de Lorenzo Sandstorm is like a mixture between the Schwarzkopf Dust It and the David Babaii, but in aerosol form.
Ones I really didn’t rate include Tresemme (ugh), KMS (heavy on the menthol and almost smelt like stale cigarettes, but I noticed that they’ve repackaged and possibly reformulated…), and Matrix Clean Remix (lovely apple fragrance, but didn’t seem to do anything).