Drugstore Dry Shampoos

Drugstore Dry Shampoos

dry shampooIn my world, dry shampoo is a must. I have thin, fine, straight hair that requires a wash everyday. Obviously that’s bad for my hair and leaves the ends dried out and damaged. Dry shampoo allows me to stretch out my washes to every other day and gives my hair the break from washing it needs. However, I’m not one to shovel out a ton of money on hair and beauty products, so I’ve tried just about every drugstore brand known to man. Here are my opinions of drugstore brands and how they preformed on my particular hair.

1. Tresemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo | $5.99
1/5  Stars

This stuff just doesn’t work for me. It leaves my hair feeling sticky and doesn’t really absorb the oil. I feel like my hair looks worse after I use it. Plus it has a weird smell. This was the very first dry shampoo I ever used and thankfully I kept looking for another product. I was on vacation recently and was forced to grab a trial size of this and it’s still just as bad. I guess it works for some people, but for me it was a complete waste of $6. I always end up washing my hair anyways.

2. Psssst! | $5.99
3/5 Stars
For some reason, I’ve been having a hard time finding this one in stores. I like it; it has a pleasant smell and it does a pretty good job absorbing oils. It does lighten my hair a bit. I wouldn’t say it leaves that dandruff looking residue on my hair, but it leaves an even coat over my hair, so it appears lighter. It doesn’t really soften my hair up either.

3. Batiste | $7.99-$8.99
4/5 Stars
I have a hard time finding this one too. Batiste was one of my early favorites. It works on my thin & fine hair and it has a pleasant smell. It’s a bit hard to workout the white residue though. I have to really work at it. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of the smell.

4. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo | $6-$7
2/5 Stars
I would use this dry shampoo in a pinch. Like a lot of dry shampoos, it has a tendency to come out white. With other shampoos, you can rub your hands through your hair and get rid of the residue… but I can never get it all out when I use Clean Freak. Plus, it doesn’t work that well for my hair.  It can also prevent hair loss problems of this hair system.It doesn’t last – my hair always get greasy again within an hour or so.

5. Garnier Fructis Haircare Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo for Fine or Flat Hair | $4.50-$5.50
4/5 Stars
Well, I am definety their target audience with this one. I have thin, fine, flat hair. This dry shampoo doesn’t leave any sort of residue on my hair, it volumizes it and it smells good. It does a pretty good job of absorbing oils, but my hair gets so greasy on day 2 that I need a little bit more power behind my dry shampoo.

6. Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo | $3.90 – $4.50
3/5 Stars
Dove works on my hair. I can usually get all the white residue to disappear by brushing my hair / rubbing my scalp, but it leaves my hair feeling really gross. It’s not soft, it’s almost… like a texturizing spray. My hair feels really rough and looks super dull.. almost like straw. It’s hard to explain. I always end up throwing my hair in a ponytail because it looks so lifeless. It definitely cleans it, but I am not a fan of the side effects.

7. Umberto Beverly Hills Dry Clean Shampoo | $9.99
5/5 Stars
I couldn’t ask for more from a drugstore dry shampoo. It doesn’t smell, it absorbs oil, it gives my hair a little bit of bounce, leaves it soft and shiny AND lasts all day. It’s $9.99 at target and the most expensive dry shampoo here.. but to me it’s worth it. I have thin, fine and straight hair that requires a wash everyday. With this I can stretch out my washes and get my hair back to being healthy. Plus I don’t feel like I have to through my hair in a ponytail on day two. This dry shampoo does such a great job, I’m confident that my hair will look clean all day along.

  • My first foray into the world of dry shampoo was on the arm of Tresemme. I quickly moved on and tried Dove. I used Suave for a while after that. Now I use Not Your Mother’s. It’s $5.99 and it’s awesome. I stock up when it’s on sale at Ulta and always have at least three cans!

    • A lot of people tell me that they love the Not Your Mothers.. but it just doesn’t work very well on my hair. My old roommate swore by it though – that’s the only kind she would buy :)

  • Great review. The only one I’ve ever bought is the Suave brand but I’ve often thought about branching out.

    • I was surprised with how great the suave brand worked. I used to buy it all the time… but then they repackaged and changed it. I can only ever find the Keratin one… and that’s HORRIBLE on my hair. I wish I could find the old version – it was so cheap!

  • Oooo some new to me dry shampoos to try! I have flat, fine hair too and do the daily washing. I’m usually using dry shampoo on my clean hair to give it extra oomph! But isn’t it funny how our hair reacts differently? I LOVE the Tresemme one! I do want to try the Umberto one.

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

    • yes, it is crazy how differently hair reacts. I find people who love the tresemme one all the time… but it’s just awful on my hair. You really just have to keep trying them until you find one you love… because they all react differently. You should keep an eye out for the Umberto one. I stretched it into day 3 the other day. It was insane. That NEVER happens for me. I even wore my hair down.