Monday, September 16, 2013
New York Streets Dry Shampoo. I received this full-size bottle (5.35 fl. oz; $17) in a BeautyArmy box several months ago. At the time, I had just run out of the Pssssst! Dry Shampoo, so it turned out to be perfect timing to give a new product a try. The product worked well, and I was surprised when it arrived and wasn't just a sample size. The sprayable powder is white, and though it would leave my dark blonde hair looking a bit grey where I used it, massaging it in with my fingers seemed to do the trick and keep it from being a huge problem. I didn't feel like the product lasted for a remarkably long time, or too short a time; it seemed reasonable. It kept my roots clean all day, and sometimes would last up to two without needing another spritz. With cheaper, in my opinion better, options available, I don't think I'd pay the $17 price tag; but it's definitely a product I'd go for again in a BeautyArmy box, or be happy to see arriving in one of my other subscription boxes.
Pssssst! Instant Dry Shampoo (5.3 oz; $6.49). This was the first product I tried when I ventured into the world of dry shampoos. I read about it on Refinery29, listed as a must-have product for one of their beauty editors. It appealed to me because I was attempting to cut back from washing my hair every day, and though I had occasionally used talcum powder on my roots (a trick from my mother), I was ready to upgrade from that mess. I enjoyed using Pssssst!. It was reasonably priced, available at Walgreens, Walmart, and Target, and it worked well. I was prone to overusing it here and there and ending up with white residue, but that was more because I failed to simply build with small amounts until my hair looked right rather than over-estimating how much I needed. I repurchased this several times, and though I've since switched to a new favorite dry shampoo, it's certainly a good, workable product that's got good value for the price. It's something I'd certainly repurchase again in the future if I tire of my current favorite.
Speaking of which...
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo (7oz. $4.74). By far, this is not only the best value out of these three dry shampoos, but the best working. I'm obsessed with this brand in general, and this was the second product in their lineup that I purchased. Not only do you get a gigantic bottle that has taken me forever to use up (and I should point out that I use dry shampoo a lot, at least every other day, sometimes more). Out of the ones I've tried, the Not Your Mother's has given my hair the best volume, and been the only one that's never given me problems with grey or white buildup in my hair. The bottle does recommend massaging it in with your fingers, which may have made the difference (yes, I try to follow the directions on the bottle!), but either way--I love love love this product. You can't beat the size to price value. The brand is gluten-free and (mostly?) vegan-friendly (though they point out that the Smooth Moves Frizz Control Cream does contain silk-extracts) and the company does not test on animals. I've already repurchased a bottle of this, and I'll be repurchasing it again and again and again until my hair begins to hate it.