The Ultimate Beauty Hack for Busy Women – Dry Shampoo!

I remember in my early twenties hearing about dry shampoo. I thought it sounded gross and couldn’t understand who didn’t have the time to shower so badly that they needed that kind of alternative. Well guess what you little pretentious younger judgy self, not everyone in the world has two free hours every night for their beauty routine!

So what exactly is dry shampoo? For those not familiar, it is a powdery like spray (similar to hair spray) that you can spray in your hair to absorb grease and oils. I have found that I can double the amount of time in between shampoos if necessary, just by spritzing in a little dry shampoo in the morning before heading out the door.

There are many instances where dry shampoo can come in handy – students who are hitting the books hard for a big exam, someone who travels A LOT and wants to stay feeling fresh for a long trip… or in my case, super busy working mom with a blogging side hustle who just can’t find the time for anything anymore (it also saved my life post C-section too!).

Spraying something into your hair to go longer without shampooing – that sounds pretty easy, right? Well my only word of caution would be that all dry shampoos are not created equal. I have found some cheaper shampoos come out STARK WHITE, not smelling great, or leaving a lot of residue in your hair. A good dry shampoo will still leave your hair feeling a little thicker, but will smell great and not look greasy.

I have one ABSOLUTE, ALL-TIME FAVORITE dry shampoo, but it is pretty darn expensive. The product line was only available of Nieman Marcus for a little while, if that tells you anything. I absolutely think it works the best, and it smells beautiful. The brand is Oribe, and you can find the product HERE!  Since Oribe is a little spendy, you can score a trial size for $22 which I think is a great deal.

Okay, yes I understand I just suggested broke college students use this product then dropped that it is almost $50… I completely get it that not everyone has the cheddar to splurge on a beauty product like that. Shoot, I love the stuff, but I can’t bring myself to refill a $50 can every few weeks! So, I set out to find some alternative Dry Shampoos that I love that are also on a budget.

The budget brands I have tested are: Bed Head, Big Sexy Hair, Not Your Mother’s, Dove, Treseme, Nexxus, and TIGI. AND, the award for best BUDGET dry shampoo goes to DOVE!

Dove Dry Shampoo, Volume & Fullness – 5 oz

Well, are any of you out there dry shampoo users now? If so, what is your vote for the best? I would love to hear it!

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Amazon Affiliates program… I am not sponsored by any of these products, I just really like them! I do however get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the links provided. Prices are no different than if you were just shopping on your own 🙂

25 Replies to “The Ultimate Beauty Hack for Busy Women – Dry Shampoo!”

    1. I have not done any research on them, but I think it is no different than any other aerosol product (hairspray). I believe the “Not Your Mother’s” brand is supposed to be the most Eco-Friendly out of the bunch.

    1. Yes I try to not to wash mine too much… I cut my hair short recently and noticed that it needs to be washed more. But the dry shampoo helps so much! The Oribe one I was talking about smells so nice and fresh too.

  1. I started using dry shampoo a year ago to hold it styles longer or just to look “clean” on days I didnt have time to wash my hair. You’re right, the cheaper brands smell horrendous. I love Bumble and Bumble for $26!

    1. I tried a Bumble and Bumble one and it was ‘tinted” to match hair color and it was just too much. Way too much color came out of the can, and it didn’t match my hair color. Is the one you use like that? I usually love Bumble and Bumble.

  2. Yes, definitely try out Batiste! I’ve used MULTIPLE different brands and love this one the best!! (I have a super oily scalp and can go several days between washes with this one–and am also a super busy Mom!) 🙂
    Also, they have a 6 pack on Amazon so you can basically get each can for less than $6 each, which is several $ cheaper than I’ve found anywhere except maybe Marshalls.

  3. I love the idea of dry shampoo, but I have found that it makes my scalp itchy. Perhaps I just need to try a different brand. I will have to check out the Dove kind (I definitely will not be shelling out $50, no matter how awesome it is 😉 )

    1. I have found it itchy if I wear it for too long without a real shampoo, but yes it could be the ingredients… I know Dove is usually focuses on ‘soft on the skin’ types of products but I am not sure if it applies to this or not. For less than $5 for a can I vote it is worth a try 🙂

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