I am a product junkie through and through. I love love LOVE trying out new products, and continuously switch things up with my skincare, beauty, and hair care routines. Yes, sometimes rent is due in a few days…but Sephora is just right there…and the black and white pillars are like a magical entrance to such a happy place. Tell me I’m not alone. It’s just who I am, so I figured I may as well turn my shopping habits into something positive, and share my thoughts (whether good or bad) with all of you! I’ve decided to start a little series on DearEverything where I’ll share my honest opinions and compare products within a certain category to save you time from having to do so, or just to give you a little more information before you try out a new product. So let’s get the ball rolling, and welcome the first entry of the series! Tried & Tested: Dry Shampoo.

Confession time: I get lazy with the lather, rinse, repeat cycle, so I’ve found a best friend in dry shampoo. While this product is quite simply a miracle worker (I can’t imagine what I did before this stuff existed), some formulas can be quite chalky, and nobody wants to look Karl Lagerfeld powdered, except for the legend himself. If you’re curious about the dry shampoos that have been in my roster as of late, the things I love, and the things I wasn’t so keen about, keep reading!

Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1: Apparently this puppy does it all – it’s a volumizer, texturizer, and dry shampoo. While I do enjoy this product as a volumizer and texturizer, the dry shampoo part didn’t shine through for me. The formula is really buildable (which can be bad if you prefer to layer products without build-up), and gives your hair a ton of grit, but it didn’t refresh my locks. I also find I can’t be too heavy-handed with this stuff because I wasn’t a fan of the smell – it has a sweet, somewhat nutty fragrance that was too strong for my liking.

Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder: While I do enjoy the smell, I find the application awkward and uneven. If I try and apply it directly to my head, too much product ends up coming out, and if I shake some in my hands first, and then apply, I feel like it doesn’t get to my roots enough. As a dry shampoo I’m not sold, but as a volumizing powder this stuff works great. It gives you a good amount of texture to areas you can apply with the palm of your hand – think adding grip to braids and ends of hair.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: This is my never fail, cult-classic-status dry shampoo. Try it, like, right now. This stuff actually works, and for more than just a couple hours. The formula soaks up oil and sweat instead of just masking it, and legitimately makes your hair feel clean because of a patented molecule in the spray (it encapsulates your hair and takes all of the grime with it when you brush your hair out!). Even if you have a few other products in your hair, it still manages to make your hair feel clean, and the scent is light and refreshing, I sense notes of grapefruit.

Verb Dry Shampoo: This was a new brand that intrigued me – cruelty-free and professional products, but at a reasonable price. I like the packaging of this product, it’s simple and the light pink bottle looks nice in your bathroom, but I just don’t think powder dry shampoos are for me. I like that this formula leaves your hair clean, while giving it a nice lightness, and it’s barely scented. The only drawback again for me is the application. The applicator allows you to be more direct with where the product ends up, but I find powders awkward to apply at the crown because I can’t tell how much product is coming out. I end up erring on the heavy side and things just get too chalky and uneven.

Ouai Dry Shampoo: While we’re all waiting to join the roster of Jen Atkin’s celebrity clients, buying her products is the next best thing I suppose. With this product too, I found it to be more of a volumizer than an oily root soaking up machine. The scent is a little too musky and floral for my liking, but the sleek simple packaging is lovely. Makes sense, Atkins designed her product line to be aesthetically pleasing in a bathroom and for Instagram. While I probably won’t repurchase this dry shampoo, there are plenty of other products from her hair line that I do want to try.

I hope this gives you some insight into these products, and just remember, these are my personal opinions and what worked to make me the happiest unshowered lady may be different for you.

Until next time,

Courtney