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The Dry Shampoo Trials [part 1]

by Ashley on October 27, 2009

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My hair is: Very fine, but there’s a lot of it. Tangles easily. Super absorptive.  Oily. Colored.

Color-treated or Fine shampoos and conditioners make my hair extra oily by day 2, while ones for oily hair make it difficult to comb through and strip the color faster.

I’ve been trying to tame my hair, decrease the oil production and wash it every other day–but by day 2 my hair feels gross (even if others don’t notice it is).  I’d been using baby powder to soak up the extra oils, but it’s not as great as it could be. So I embarked on a process to find the best dry shampoo for my hair.

Ojon [$24, Sephora]

I picked up Ojan brand dry shampoo at the beginning of the year.  Since it was my first forte in to dry shampoos, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Overall, I’d say the Ojon is mediocre, from my memories of it.  It was less messy than using baby powder, but I felt that it worked less well at absorbing oil. I loved the convenience of an aerosol can to apply it, and especially loved that it didn’t leave any visible residue in my hair.

If your hair is less oily than mine, or you can already go several days without washing, this could be a great touch-up or volumizer.   However, for my needs, it wasn’t worth the expense.

Klorane [aerosol, $18, Sephora]

I’d heard amazing things about Klorane through Gala Darling and Princess Poochie, and they were right! When I initially sprayed Klorane on to my roots, I kind of freaked out–my hair was suddenly WHITE! Halloween hair spray paint white.  A quick brush through, though, all residue was gone, and I was good to go.

Not only did Klorane keep my hair from feeling gross, keep it looking nice & bouncy, I also managed to use it for 2 days in row without the greasies. That means I went 3 days without washing my hair! It was a miracle, I tell you.

The downside? It only lasted 5 uses before it clogged/the CO2 ran out/something. Unsatisfactory. I’m tempted to try the non-aerosol version to see if it would last longer & work the same way.  Or maybe I’ll try the aerosol again and see if I can figure out if it was a clog that caused the problem.

Oscar Blandi [aerosol & powdered, $25, Rue La La]

This was an AMAZING deal to be had, especially since I had a $10 Rue La La credit. Birdiee had nothing to say but good things, and since I was getting the powder AND aerosol form (plus some other shine product, which dried out my hair, made it knotted & feel overall disgusting), I figured there was nothing to lose.

To be honest, the spray less than impresses me– of the three, it’s my least favorite.  It sprayed out incredibly unevenly (occasionally coming out as nothing, sometimes leaving streaks of my hair with white residue).  After it dried and I brushed it through, it left small white flecks throughout my hair.  Unsatisfactory.  To be honest, I was so disappointed with this first use, I have no real interest in using it again.

The powdered version’s “Not too Bad.”  I honestly don’t find too much difference between it and baby powder. I find that, in order to de-grease enough, that it ends up leaving my hair dull and slightly “powdered” looking.  Instead of applying to my roots from the bottle, massaging in, and then brushing out as it recommends, I apply it to my brush and brush through.  Otherwise, there’s little control to applying it.  I’m happy to keep using it until it runs out, though I’m not sure I’d buy it again.

Do you use any dry shampoos? Have a brand to recommend to me?  I’ve got a small running list of others to try out now….

All dry shampoos were purchased by me–however, if you’re interested in me trying out a brand, please let me know!


scorpiogirl10 October 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm

No more Ojan for me!! Twice now the co2 runs out with about 1/3 can left, a complete waste! Klorane is great! I saw a commercial that Tressemme’ has a dry shampoo, I’m going to try it.

Dry Shampoo has changed my life!! :)

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Macey Jones November 17, 2009 at 1:55 am

I think I can speak for all dry shampoo users, I cannot live w/out my dry shampoo. I used Bumble and Bumble and the build up of the product was to much. My mom introduced me to LoK Dry Shampoo. It is amazing. Not powdery, and sprays like a hairspray. Here is a commercial I found on Youtube. Kind of gross, but I go like 4 days w/out washing my hair. I luv it! XOXO

Abby November 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I’ve tried a whole host of dry shampoos, as my hair tends to get oily by day 2 without washing (though keep in mind I have dark straight thick hair.) I tried the Sephora Brand dry shampoo, which a) ran out VERY quickly and b) felt uncomfortable. I also tried Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo, which worked well, but like jennine, mine ran out far to quickly for how large a bottle it was. The one I’m currently using is Dr. Hauschka, and is actually called “Body Silk,” but is described on the (non-aerosol) bottle as “a nurturing luxurious powder for face, hair and body.” So far, this is my favoirte, even though the loose powder application is more difficult than the spray can. It very effectively absorbs oil, yet leaves my hair feeling a bit too styled, almost as if I’d put a bit of hairspray in it. It leaves no visual evidence, aside from a slight matte finish, though less than other dry shampoos have left. Over all this one’s my favorite.

Andrea November 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I’ve only used the Oscar Blandi dry powder, which has worked well for me. But now I am curious to try the Klorane and others…
.-= Andrea´s last blog ..IFB Presents: Links à la Mode – 10/29/09 =-.

UnoCosa November 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm

hiya!!! what a fantastic and informative post = and i adore all the pics you chose :-))) btw: got your email – thanks for the updates – dont’ worry, take your time and good luck w/ everything, xx

Katharine November 1, 2009 at 9:14 am

For at-home use, I think cornstarch works slightly better than baby powder.

Inspired by this thread, I bought the TIGI stuff when I saw it as I walked by Trade Secrets in the mall, and I must say I quite like it. (I decided to give it a test run this weekend, and I’m on my fourth day without washing.) It has a nice fresh smell that’s not too overpowering, and it really sucks up the oiliness.

I’ve never tried any dry shampoo (I used to use them a lot back in high school; they were more common then, or something) that didn’t take most of the shine out of my hair, though. I think that’s inevitable because of the nature of the stuff.

Stephanie October 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm

It sounds like our hair type is very similar. I’m on the hunt for a good dry shampoo. Like you, I’m also less than pleased with the Ojon results.

I do have a sample of Frederic Fekkai’s dry shampoo that I’ve been meaning to try…
.-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup =-.

Ashe Mischief October 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Sorry I’m SO behind on comments, loves!

Katy, I’ve had no problems with dry shampoos weighing my hair down! They’re lightweight, and if anything, I find they tend to give me a bit more volume and texture.

Ginger, I had someone else say the cake formula wasn’t bad! When I use a powder (like baby or the Oscar Blandi), I tend to sprinkle it over a flat hair brush (and tap it against the sink so large chunks fall off) and then run it through my hair. This way most of it ends up at the roots and I have less residue…

Greyest Ghost, I’m also not too much a fan of the Oscar Blandi. It reminds me of Lemon Pledge :(

VDO, god, I’d love to get my hair to every 4 days! That’d be a dream come true…

It’s great to see so many other recommendations up there, especially for some I’ve been meaning to try (Cake, Batiste, Rene Furterer, and MAYBE Bumble & Bumble… it’s just SO damned spendy compared to the others!).

jennine October 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

oooh dry shampoos! i’m using Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo and it’s pretty good, but i have only used it a few times, and already feel that it’s running out.

i’ve also used baptiste, which is dirt cheap in the UK, but it seems that only amazon carries it. it’s cheaper than these listed, and i thought it worked pretty good in comparison. so i may go back to it.
.-= jennine´s last blog ..Guerlain Imperiale Holiday Collection: Review and Makeup Lesson Video =-.

IdStyle October 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Thanks for this test drive post! I have a similar problem, hairstylists keep telling me not to wash as often, but mid-day 2 I can hardly stand it. I have been increasingly curious about dry-shampoos, but not sure where to start, so this post is very helpful!
.-= IdStyle´s last blog ..Infatuation List: Top 10 Creepy Collections =-.

Fajr| Stylish Thought October 28, 2009 at 9:23 am

I’ve never even thought of using dry shampoo… not having to go through the 3 hour tour that is washing my hair, sounds too good to be true!
.-= Fajr| Stylish Thought´s last blog ..Well Heeled: Irregular Choice =-.

birdie October 27, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Yeahhhh…. I like the Blandi… but you’re right about it being super hard to apply. On my hair, it feels better than baby powder (baby powder made my head itch!) It’s also weird that there’s not a colored formula (or at least, they didn’t sell me a colored formula when I was at Sephora).
.-= birdie´s last blog ..A Better Barbie =-.

vdoprincess October 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I also try to wash my hair as little as possible, and thanks to the joy of dry shampoo, I have it down to every 4 days (!!!). I’m a huge fan of Bumble & Bumble; it comes in different colors, so it also helps to blend in grays when I’m between colorings. It does have a matte finish, but that’s cool with me.
.-= vdoprincess´s last blog ..there was this one time we went to new york =-.

Katy October 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm

I’ve never used any dry shampoos just because I go to the gym 5-6 times/week and can’t stand not washing my hair afterwards. It’s definitely an interesting concept though and I might try it out on my rest days. Won’t dry shampoos weight your hair down overtime though? I remember my hair use to get all flat if and gross if I don’t wash after 2-3 days but dry shampoo will probably leave it looking flat right?
.-= Katy´s last blog ..First Date: What would YOU wear? =-.

Beatrix October 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I’ve used Batiste and KMS hairplay dry shampoos. The KMS wasn’t as powdery and left white chunky ‘flecks’ rather than smooth powder in my hair, but it smelled really nice.

Out of the two I preferred the Batiste for the consistency, and it worked quite well.
It does go on white then brush out, but I usually left it to disguise up my regrowth, which it did quite well. And it smelled nice!

Michelle October 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I have pretty similar hair to your’s I think, from the sound of it (fine, curly/wavy, abundant, tends towards oiliness, obviously colored!), and I have okay luck with baby powder. I’m wanting to try something else, that’s a bit more effective, but unfortunately have no suggestions! I’ll just read your reviews as they come ;)
.-= Michelle´s last blog ..Marvelous Monday! =-.

Alicia October 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I usually throw a hat on top of dirty hair. LOL. Interesting concept this dry shampoo is…

Sheena October 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm

This is a great roundup of dry shampoos. I use dry shampoo when I wear my hair straight and I used Oscar Blandi’s powder, but I felt like my hair was kind of dull/dry after I used it. I’m tempted to try the Klorane next, though.

The Greyest Ghost October 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I’ve also tried the Oscar Blandi powder formula, and was not very impressed. I’ll use it in a pinch, but it feels like a chalkier form of baby powder and distributes weirdly. I also hate the smell. Sooo much.

I got a free sample of the bumble and bumble colored hair powder spray before, and actually liked it a lot. I have dark hair, so I used the black and it worked very well. You just have to make sure you don’t smear it on your forehead or ears.
.-= The Greyest Ghost´s last blog ..CMJ: The XX at Apple Soho =-.

Ginger October 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I have the Cake Satin Sugar Refreshing Powder. It was also my first foray into dry shampoos, I actually didn’t know they existed until I saw this product!

I’m not really a fan of the scent or the application (it’s just a loose powder & hard to apply) but it seemed to do an ok job, even on my very light natural blonde hair.

I think I’d prefer an aerosol spray-on though, it seems like those would be easier to apply. I don’t really have much experience with dry shampoos though–I only use the Cake stuff every so often.

I’d love to hear more about your experiences!

The Cake stuff is here:

And they have it for dark and light hair colours.

Do you have any application tips?

.-= Ginger´s last blog ..Me-ow! =-.

D'Et October 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

I’ve actually been using the TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo. My stylist and I have the exact same hair type that it sounds like you have. The TIGI is really soft feeling, smells nice, and adds a nice little “bounce” to my hair. It was a lifesaver when I decided my hair needed to be bright red. Hah. :)
.-= D’Et´s last blog ..Song of the Day: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home =-.

Christy October 27, 2009 at 10:08 am

I’ve only experimented w/ dry shampoo once. When I was dyeing my hair pink and orange I did everything within my means to extend my color. I tried Bumble & Bumble’s dry shampoo. It definitely helped soak up the oil but it left a matte finish.
.-= Christy´s last blog ..Slow Southern News =-.

Vixel October 27, 2009 at 7:45 am

I’ve used Batiste since I bought it for a festival 7 years ago and it made me feel a lot less gross on my train journey home! It’s probably not quite as effective as the more expensive brands, but at £1.99 a can, it’s cheap and works, plus it comes in 3 different fragrances!
.-= Vixel´s last blog ..Going Mobile! =-.

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