My Love Hate Relationship With Dry Shampoo

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Problems with Dry Shampoo

Warning: this is a rant.

I have a love-hate relationship with dry shampoo.

I’ve tried SO many, but I just haven’t found THE one.

I’m not one of those girls that can get by for one week without washing my hair (kinda jealous, kinda not at the same time haha), because my hair becomes a greaseball fast.  Right before the 24-hour mark, I can see the grease start to seep through.  It also doesn’t help that I have fine hair and my roots are dark brown either.

So the easy solution would be to wash my hair every day, right?

Well, I’ve been scolded once or twice by my hair colorist that washing hair every day is a no-no, at least for bleached hair.  Plus, washing it everyday dries out my scalp BIG TIME, so I have to find ways to keep my hair fresh for at least two days.

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In come the dry shampoo.

I’ve tried a bunch of dry shampoos and I’ve found a few gems that I can get by with.  Some really strong and some really weak.  But there’s always a few problems I’ve come across when I use dry shampoos:

White Residue

This is my biggest problem.  In my experience, the stronger the dry shampoo is, the more residue it leaves behind.  Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo is the best I’ve tried so far (see post here), but I really have to work the product in to get minimal white residue.  It’s a catch 22 for me because I need the stronger dry shampoos that can actually soak up all the oil, but I HATE looking like I have dandruff.  I can brush it out all I want, but there’s always a few specks of dry shampoo stuck in my roots.  I’ve also tried tinted dry shampoos and even those leave a residue!

Lasting Power

Almost every dry shampoo I’ve tried lasts for about a day before my hair is oily and limp again.  I can only use the weaker dry shampoos as a hair refresh on day 1 (i.e. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo).  The more I spray daily, the more my hair gets weighed down and tacky, which leads me to my next point.

Tacky Texture

With each application, my hair gets this weird tacky texture in my roots.  It almost looks too textured, dirty, and stiff.  This is especially true with the Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo.  It soaks up oil AMAZINGLY, but the texture it leaves is almost unbearable.

Problems with Dry Shampoo | The Beauty Vanity
Problems with Dry Shampoo | The Beauty Vanity

Okay, rant over!

What other problems do you come across when you use dry shampoos?  Have you found your holy grail dry shampoo yet?



  • Definitely don’t buy the Ouai dry shampoo. The product makes your hair look so much more oily than it is! It’s terrible, and I wish I could return it but it was past the 14 day mark at SpaceNK 🙁

  • RR

    Not sure if you’ve tried them, but my favorites are by Batiste and Not Your Mother’s (Clean Freak Dry Shampoo). They come in travel size at Ulta, so it won’t be too much of a disappointment for the price if they don’t work out for you. Shaking before each application with both lessens any possible white cast.

    • Thanks girly! I’ve tried those ones as well! You’re so right, they do work well! Both on my favorites list too, but I still come across the slight dandruff issue.