Washing my hair is one of those things that has just turned into a chore. I don’t mind the actual washing, but having wet hair is just the worst. So I guess you could say that I am a dry shampoo addict. I will go as long as I possibly can between hair washes (don’t worry, I still shower…) and thanks to my friend dry shampoo I don’t look like a greaseball.
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I’ve tried my fair share of dry shampoo in the past, though I do admit that since finding COLAB I’ve been less likely to branch out. It’s hard to want to try new product when you’re so in love with the one you have, but it’s time.
COLAB Dry Shampoo: Extreme Volume and Sheer Invisible Formulas
Seems as I’ve already mentioned COLAB, I’ll start there. Before finding COLAB I hadn’t found a dry shampoo that satisfied me. Others at similar price points left my roots looking ashy and didn’t cut it in the shampoo department either, but Ruth Crilly’s creation changed that for me. There are six scents: Paris, London New York, Rio, Monaco and Toyko. I’ve tried four of the scents now and my favourite is Rio – it smells like vacation! Some of the other scents are a bit too perfumey for me but it all depends on your personal taste.
COLAB Sheer and Invisible
If you have issues with finding a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave a white cast, the Sheer and Invisible formula is what you’ve been looking for. It’s light weight and doesn’t leave that heavy product build-up feel that others can and doesn’t leave any sort of white powder in my hair.
COLAB Extreme Volume
This is my favourite ever dry shampoo. Hands down. It acts as a dry shampoo AND a volume booster which is everything I want in a hair product. It does leave some white powder behind, but so long as I make sure to work it into my roots it disappears on my hair colour.
Batiste Dry Shampoo: Original and A Hint of Colour Dark and Deep Brown Formulas
I feel like Batiste Dry Shampoos were the first dry shampoo to really hit the nail on the head – at least, they’re the first I remember hearing beauty vloggers/bloggers rave about. They leave your hair feeling (and smelling) fresh and don’t leave a terrible white cast in your hair.
Batiste Dry Shampoo: Original
When I can’t find COLAB, this is usually what I will pick up. It’s just about everywhere now, and the scent is really pleasant. It smells fresh with a hint of something lemony. It’s not too perfumey so it doesn’t give me a headache which I really appreciate. This particular Batiste formula doesn’t give me as much volume as I like, but I also prefer it to the XXL volume formula. I bought the Batiste XXL Volume formula once but the scent gave me a headache so I won’t buy it again.
Batiste Dry Shampoo A Hint of Colour: Dark & Deep Brown
The Batiste Dry Shampoo in A Hint of Colour Dark & Deep Brown seems to be the same in formula and scent as the Original, but it’s tinted. It gives a tiny bit of texture and volume, but not as much as the COLAB Extreme Volume. I don’t have an issue with the Batiste Original Dry Shampoo leaving a white cast unless I go really overboard so the A Hint of Colour dry shampoo isn’t 100% necessary, but it’s nice if you don’t want to think too much about the amount you’re using. Just make sure not to accidentally spray it on your clothes!
LUSH No Drought Dry Shampoo
I admit that I was hesitant to try LUSH No Drought for the longest time purely based on the packaging. I was afraid of getting white powder all over my floor, my clothes, my head…and I’m not going to lie, it can be messy. But it doesn’t have to be.
I find applying No Drought directly to the roots of my hair works best for the mess situation. It doesn’t give me the volume that the aerosal cans of the other dry shampoo can, but the plastic bottle is so much better for the environment. It can leave a white cast in my hair if I put too much of it in, but once I figured out what the sweet spot was, I’ve been fine. It does really well on second day hair for sopping up oil, but for me it starts to struggle with third and fourth day hair. I do like it, especially because it is environmentally friendly and I will probably repurchase it in the future. Oh, and the smell? Definitely lighter than the others I feature in this post. It’s nice and citrusy so your hair smells clean but not perfumed.
Dry shampoo is such a personal thing, I find. Everyone I talk to has different favourites, it’s really all up to what you look for. I like having a few different kinds in my arsenal if I can so that I can switch it up depending on my mood, but if I had to pick one I would go for COLAB Extreme Volume. It does everything I want! If LUSH No Drought gave me more volume I would definitely go for that one though. Ehhh it’s so hard to choose!
What’s your favourite dry shampoo?