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ALL I NEED IS COFFEE & DRY SHAMPOO
...and jojoba oil, and my RF multi-function eye cream, and chocolate (#firstworldproblems, right?)
Joking aside, I do rely on dry shampoo to get me through my second day hair.
Yes, it’s true that I can barely make it two days without needing to wash my hair.
Which is why I was stoked when Reviews.com asked me to share their research on dry shampoos!
They spent over 45 hours digging into trusted beauty blogs, learning from industry experts, and hand-testing 17 dry shampoo products!
Before reading their research, I was using Not Your Mother’s CLEAN FREAK Dry Shampoo (which made the runner’s up list!) I had been satisfied with it, but felt that maybe it wasn’t soaking up all of the oil on my scalp. Luckily, all of the popular dry shampoo brands have been put to the test to find out which is going to help keep your blowout looking gorgeous for days.
So what is the best dry shampoo? Keep reading to find out!
What was tested
After scouring the web and trusted beauty blogs to find the best dry shampoo, the researchers at Reviews.com gathered information on 54 of the most recommended products. Those were then narrowed down by focusing on the 17 most popular (those that were named in three or more roundups). Both powder and aerosol dry shampoo products were tested on second-day hair (aka hair that hadn’t been washed in at least 24 hours).
Products were cut from the list based on the following criteria:
Products that left a chalky residue
Products that gave the hair an unpleasant odor
If the product had to be reapplied several times to get the desired result
The best dry shampoo
After hand-testing 17 products, the researchers at Reviews.com found the best dry shampoo for you:
Klorane Dry Shampoo has been a best-seller since the 1970s, this dry shampoo has scored an impressive 4.2 out of 5 from over 18,000 reviews.
The reviewers said:
"The [Klorane] dry shampoo dried quickly and left our team’s hair with plenty of movement, as if we’d washed it the traditional way."
They explain that the aerosol spray goes on with a strong, even burst that covers a lot of scalp surface area very quickly.
The Klorane Dry Shampoo leaves a matte finish to the hair and works best for light or medium-toned hair, but can be used by those with curly, thick, or fine hair. The product comes in two varieties: Oat Milk and Nettle. The Oat Milk formula is great for all hair types, while the Nettle is best for those with oilier strands.
The runner’s up
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray - This product lost points only because it made some of the testers' scalps feel slightly dry after repeated applications. Otherwise, this product is a winner!
Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo - Available for both light and dark hair tones, the Moroccan Oil dry shampoo sprays on evenly and, within minutes, gives hair a silky-smooth, run-your-fingers-through clean between washes.
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo - This is the one I use! The reviewers said that this dry shampoo performs incredibly well, especially considering it sits safely in the sub-$10 category.
Prive Volumizing Dry Shampoo - This product is slightly more expensive than the top pick. According to the researchers, however, this dry shampoo creates bountiful volume that makes it worth the price tag.
You can read the full review by Reviews.com > here.
Keep your scalp healthy
Even though dry shampoo is truly a godsend on those days when you're running late and barely have time to shower let alone wash your hair, frequent dry shampoo use may prevent the proper cleansing of your scalp. According to the hair care professionals at Shtrands, dirty hair is heavy and occludes the hair follicle, meaning that dirt, debris, and chemicals are given more time to actually penetrate your scalp.
Your scalp can reap the benefits from a good scrub once a week, just like you exfoliate the skin on your face. Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy celebrity dermatologist Francesca Fusco suggests:
"Add a few spoonfuls of sugar to your shampoo to help get rid of dead skin cells, using the pads of your fingers to work the mixture in. Always avoid using your fingernails when scrubbing, however—this aggressive technique can lead to unintentional scabbing."
TIP: Instead of using your fingernails to scrub, try a shampoo brush, like the ScalpMaster Shampoo Brush.
If you have heavy scalp buildup, try a salicylic acid shampoo once a week.
Now it’s your turn
What is your favorite dry shampoo?! Did it make it to the list of best dry shampoo products? Leave me a comment below with your favorite dry shampoo!
Plus, don’t forget to share this research with a friend who seriously needs some new dry shampoo!