Dry Shampoo Bonanza!

I consider myself somewhat of a dry shampoo connoisseur. While I may not have tried every brand on the market, I have a long and eventful history with what I like to call ‘miracle in a can’.

Back in the days before dry shampoo was the latest buzz product, the ultra-clever (or so we thought) trick that my friends and I would use was baby or talcum powder sprinkled through your roots. Of course, the brunette girls never fared well with this one, but as a majority blonde, it worked a treat. (Also hid roots wonderfully!)

Moving forward a year or two- a freak sleeping accident left with me with a dislocated neck and in a Regina-from-Mean-Girls style ‘Halo-brace’ (four bolts drilled into my head attached to four poles that met in a plastic brace around my stomach) for three months – no, I’m not even kidding – meant once a fortnight supervised showers up at the Alfred Hospital. Once. A. Fortnight. I’m not an everyday-hair-wash kinda girl, but once every two weeks is seriously pushing it. So, trusty Mum went and searched the hospital pharmacy and came back with a can of dry shampoo. I was 16, and it was the first I had ever heard of it. I don’t recall the brand but it was in an old-school Cedel-style aerosol can, and I remember the label saying it was perfect for the “elderly and bed-ridden”. Great, just what a teenager trying to accept her new metal accessory (my dear brother called it my “roll cage”) wants to hear.

But, it was the start of a long love affair with dry shampoo, so I thought I would share with you some of the brands I have tried over the years, with my two cents thrown in .

In no particular order:

Lee Stafford Poker Straight Dry Shampoo: I love this one so much that I’ll put up with the label being wRitTeN LiKe tHiS…. It’s probably the one I have re-purchased the most, I find it gives a good boost of volume, cleans effectively and doesn’t leave any white residue. Nice smell too! I buy from Priceline for about $8 dollars I think, and it comes in a mini size too, which I carry in my gym bag. Love the hot pink can, and it’s quite long lasting. Winner!

Batiste Coloured Dry Shampoo Brunette: Since having balayage/smudging done to my hair, I’ve been able to trial the Brunette version of the ever-popular Batiste range of dry shampoos. Brunette girls can find that dry shampoo leaves a white dusty tinge to their dark hair, and while I loved this for adding a few extra weeks to nasty regrowth while I was blonde, it’s not ideal for the brunettes among us! Enter the brown coloured dry shampoo, which works perfectly, only without the white tinge. Smells of vanilla, which I loved!

Batiste Dry Shampoo: The original formula comes in a few different flavours such as floral Blush or pineapple-like Tropical. I love scented products so these don’t bother me, but if you’re not a fan/sensitive to flavours and scents, best stick to something natural like the Klorane dry shampoo (which I have never tried as it always looked a bit boring to me!) The Batiste range also comes in mini size like the Lee Stafford, and I buy from Priceline at the budget friendly price of around $7-9 dollars.

A few flavours of Batiste.

Cedel Dry Shampoo: I received this from a goodie bag, and while the newer, more modern take on the old Cedel cans was nice, this dry shampoo didn’t do it for me, and I wouldn’t re-purchase it. Ahh, I hate to be a Negative Nancy, but there was far too much white powder that came out with each spray, and it was really quite difficult to brush out. Normally, there is some white powder to contend with, as that is what helps soak up the oil, but the Cedel was just overload. After brushing and patting my roots plenty of times, the white powder tinge remained, not to mention my brush was covered in white powder, and has been so difficult to remove. Sorry, but I’m not a fan!

TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo: ($11.49) I was sent this can for consideration, and while I love the sleek packaging, lemon-powder scent and larger size, it hasn’t fulfilled all the requirements of a winning dry shampoo for me. After spraying, which left minimal white powder (points there), and brushing/rubbing through, I felt that it didn’t leave my roots with that ‘run your fingers through it’ softness or cleanliness. In fact, it felt kind of sticky and thick… which is why I have changed from trying to use it as a dry shampoo, to a spray to add extra texture and hold when I’m doing volume-ponytails or an up-do. Try that out if you have been getting the same results as I was.

De Lorenzo Essential Treatments Absorb Dry Shampoo: ($17.95) I adore the entire Essential Treatments range, it’s an absolute winner. Apart from their Australian owned and made pedigree, their products smell divine, use the wonder ingredient rose hip oil and are packaged in a beautiful pale pink. They got me! Their dry shampoo, Absorb, is more expensive than the Lee Stafford-types of the group, but the price reflects the fact that it is a salon range. Plus, it’s fantastic at its job! Minimal white powder is needed to effectively remove oil and leave your hair feeling super soft and clean. There’s a lovely faint scent which helps to make you feel like you’ve just had a blowwave, instead of hastily exiting the gym after a spray and going straight into a meeting! If you’re prepared to spend a little more, definitely try this one – and the whole range!

So, do you agree with me?

What is your favourite budget or salon dry shampoo?

Would love to hear your thoughts!






10 Responses to “Dry Shampoo Bonanza!”

  1. 1 pollymae January 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I’m the same when it comes to TRESemme. I was quite surprised when I first tried it out – but now it is my go-to buddy when I need a cute (dirty hair day) updo! x

  2. 3 GirlBug January 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Cool article. Might give the De Lorenzo one a go. I love dry shampoo but I’ve been avoiding it of late as it seems to iritate my scalp. Although I have only tried the Batiste range.

  3. 5 agatha90 January 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I adore the Bastiste ones, especially the Tropical, and mainly just for the smell!!

  4. 6 Tegan January 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I agree agatha, the batiste tropical is my favourite, mostly because of the smell. I havent tried the others that you listed here though Holly. I did however try Klorane, and i didn’t like it because it didnt smell very nice at all, more like a powdery dirty hair smell instead of nice clean hair, and I had to actually go and wash my hair to get rid of the smell.

  5. 7 flickity_split January 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I love Dry Shampoo too Holly, and am glad to hear I wasn’t the only one a bit perplexed by the Tresemme one!
    I thought it worked o-kaaa-y, until I switched back to old faithful Bastiste (the purple can!)

    You are totally right when you say your hair felt “sticky and thick”!! Great idea to use it for volume though!


  6. 8 Stacey January 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I actually really like the Klorane dry shampoo – it’s strong point isn’t it’s smell, but it doesn’t leave as much white residue as the Batiste, I find 🙂

  7. 9 Danielle @ www.danimezza.com January 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    ohh i’ve never tried before. I’m off to buy De Lorenzo

  8. 10 Leigh January 6, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I love dry shampoo, such a life saver. It’s surprising how many people have never tried it.

    I wasn’t keen on the Batiste, have tried a few others that were OK. Don’t mind the Tony & Guy one. Will have to try the De Lorenzo, sounds wonderful.

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