I hate washing my hair. My hair is very long and prone to tangling, so the thought of washing it followed by an hour of detangling and drying is literally my worst nightmare - until dry shampoo was created. I've been using dry shampoos for a couple of years now and they're my savior. Luckily with the beauty industry advancing, dry shampoos aren't restricted to only cleaning your hair, some claim to giving you more advantages too like volumising and giving your hair more grip. As more brands are releasing their own dry shampoos, I thought I would compare a few I have bought over the years and battle them out to see who came out on top.
From left to right: Dove Hair Therapy Refresh & Care, V05 Plump it Up, Batiste Floral and Flirty, Herbal Essences Part Re-fresh
FOURTH PLACE - Batiste Dry Shampoo
I used to swear by Batiste dry shampoo when I was younger. The bottles are very reasonably priced and come in various sizes, definitely a winner for packaging convenience. Since branching out and trialing other dry shampoos, it's unfortunately to say I prefer other dry shampoos. Batiste have a wide range of dry shampoo fragrances, but I've never found a scent I particularly like. Dry shampoos are supposed to be a quick and easy way of refreshing your hair in between washes and I find that the white reside left after application of the Batiste shampoo defeats the purpose. I spent a lot of time brushing the product through my hair and even blasting sections with a hair dryer to get rid of the white reside. I don't think I'll repurchase a large can of Batiste in the future any time soon however, I will continue to repurchase the small 50ml sizes as they are perfect to throw in your handbag on the go.
THIRD PLACE - Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo
I picked this product up last month after seeing it on offer in Superdrug. I'm actually a fan of Herbal Essences products, so I was looking forward to trying out their Limited Edition dry shampoo. I found the fruity and floral scent to be very overpowering, which I'm not a fan of as I like my hair smelling fresh and the fragrance is a little too strong for me. Unfortunately, I didn't find the product to be very volumising at all, but it successfully banished any oily patches in my hair. The product left absolutely no white residue at all, which I was very impressed by. Although the product did not claim to offer any volume, I'm impressed with its ability to freshen up the hair between washes. An all round good product but, in my opinion, there are better dry shampoos out on the market.
SECOND PLACE - Dove Hair Therapy Refresh and Care Dry Shampoo
I'm a huge fan of Dove's hair care products and this product is definitely one of my favourite dry shampoos. I think the packaging is very professional and almost makes it seem like a high-end beauty product at a very affordable price. The scent follows the typical floral scent dry shampoos tend to have, but I find the scent isn't too overpowering unlike other floral scented products I've tried in the past. The product freshens my hair with no white residue at all and manages to volumise my hair at the same time. I've actually referred to this product as my 'good hair day can' as I often use it on the day I've washed my hair to give it a bit more grip and volume. The only down side to this is that I find it can almost give too much texture to my hair, which makes it a bit knotty and difficult to brush out at the end of the day.
FIRST PLACE - Vo5 Plump It Up Dry Shampoo
I only bought this product last week and I'm obsessed with it already. Vo5's Plump it up dry shampoo does exactly what it says on the tin - boosts body and grip while refreshing your style. It banishes all my oily patches between washes and volumises my hair. It leaves no white residue on my hair at all, but can be prone to slight residue if sprayed too close to my roots. I found this was easily resolved by rubbing the product into my hair afterwards. The winner, for me, is the scent of this product. The fragrance isn't floral or artificial at all, but simply provides a fresh scent, making it seem like you've literally just washed your hair. The volume this product gives lasts all day and I'm very pleased with my purchase. Winner all round!
As dry shampoos are fairly inexpensive nowadays, I don't think I'll settle down with one any time soon as I'm always on the hunt for new releases. However, I'll definitely be keeping a bottle of Dove's dry shampoo and Vo5's dry shampoo on my shelf for times of desperation.
Have you tried any of the dry shampoos I've mentioned in this post? What are your favourites?