Dry Shampoo Goes Drugstore: Have You Tried a Budget Brand?

Oscar BlandiLast year, a friend introduced me to dry shampoo.

I had always thought it was used primarily by hospital patients who couldn't shower.


Dry shampoo spray had become the hairstyling weapon of choice for women who wanted to extend the life of their blowouts. They also were said to give texture to newly-washed hair and add volume to second-day hair.

Lena let me try her Ojon dry shampoo and I loved it. A month or so later, I tried Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo and I've used it ever since when my hair seems a bit flat on top (which is USUALLY).

But the other day, I've noticed that there may no longer be a need to pay $23-$30 for a bottle. Everyone from Suave to TRESemme is making the stuff. Now, I've gotta know --

Does it work?

Check out these drugstore versions of expensive dry shampoos ...


Drugstore.comThere's got2b Rockin' It Forever Stylestay Encore Fresh Dry Shampoo (Drugstore.com, $5.99). Long name, anyone? Yeesh. This version is supposed to be invisible, which is an important aspect of dry shampoo -- some leave a powdery residue.


Drugstore.comThere's TRESemme FreshStart Dry Shampoo for Oily/Straight to Normal Hair (Drugstore.com, $5.49). Reviewers do not give this one high marks. Says one:

I sprayed this on and brushed my hair thoroughly, and my hair was coated with a gritty residue I could not remove. I am now off all Tressemme products forever. And the next time I need a convenient dry shampoo, I'll mix my own from cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon, and cocoa powder.

Homemade dry shampoo? AWWWW, YEAH!!!

Drugstore.comThere's Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo (Drugstore.com, $2.29), which comes in a nice little travel size. And let's face it -- dry shampoo that works could be incredibly helpful while traveling!


Drugstore.comThere's John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher (Drugstore.com, $6.49).

SuaveEven Suave is offering this Dry Shampoo Spray, but I'm having a little trouble finding it for sale anywhere ...

I'm excited to try a cheaper brand, but I don't want to mess up my hair in the process.

So, dear readers, have you tried a drugstore/supermarket-sold dry shampoo spray? How did you like it?


Images via Drugstore.com, Suave

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heart... heartsandskulls

I have just discovered the joys of dry shampoo!!! I recently purchased the got2b encore fresh dry shampoo and i really like it. Goes on clear, is invisible, leaves a fresh scent in my hair and mops up any grease i have in it. I dye my hair red and i try not to wash it alot so this really helps in keeping it clean looking and fresh smelling.

mommo... mommommamommyyy

I've been using baby powder for years, lol.  I imagine it works just as well, though I have never used any brand of dry shampoo. 

PonyC... PonyChaser

I will be watching this post closely today.  I do a lot of primitive camping, and often, there's no place to wash hair. So a dry shampoo is a necessity, unless you want to feel completely disgusting.

I tried the Tresemme, and am VERY disappointed in it. Maybe I used too much? But it sprayed on really hard, and no matter how much I brushed, it made my light brown/"dirty" blonde hair look GREY. And it had a nasty coating on it. It was awful. Since I have a nearly full can, I will play with it some more - maybe it was user error.  But I don't have high hopes.

One other note - there were other products on the shelf with this can, and in the instructions, they advise using some sort of follow-up product... a "shine enhancer" or something like that. Which, for me, completely negates the whole idea of a dry shampoo.

Carenann Carenann

I have not tried any of the brands that you mentioned but I certainly would. I've tried a brand called "Psssssssst!" (yes really) that's been around long before these dry shampoos became so popular. It works quite well but doesn't have a great fragrance, more of a non-descript fragranceish smell if that makes any sense.

I have long hair and I work out a lot which means I also sweat a lot. I don't like to wash my hair after I work out every day and I've  been using the Tre'Semme no water "shampoo" it's like a mousse that you put in your hair and it helps to keep it fresh and helps the sweaty tangles comb right out. I love it and use it on my in between days. I too heard negative things about the Tre'Semme dry shampoo but this "waterless" one is fantastic! My hair is already wet and has to be dried anyway but it still lessens the drying time and helps save my color from being washed so much.

I look forward to hearing what the rest of the gals have to say!


nonmember avatar Christy

Ugh, I tried the Tresemme Dry Shampoo during the Nashville floods when we were all conserving water. It was awful! It coated my hair in sticky dust and made it look much worse. Glad to know others had a similar experience.

Ashley Szeremet

I tried the TRESemme dry shampoo and was extremely disappointed. It make my hair feel sticky and rough, even worse than had I just left it oily that day. I wonder how the others compare.

Lynette Lynette

I've never tried a spray.  but baby powder I have and it works great

nonmember avatar Gertie

Tried TreSemme. BAD BAD BAD. Left a coating of gray on my head that made my hair look more greasy! BAD. VERY BAD.

MaggieCC MaggieCC

For those who have tried dry shampoo - I use a lot of hairspray and product - I am afraid that the dry shampoo is only good for people who dont use a lot of product on their hair - am i correct in that assumption or should i try it?

nonmember avatar Kim

I have been a huge fan of the Oscar Blandi powder for a few years, and have used the Ojon spray. I found the Suave spray at Wal-Mart and thought for "$3, why not?"
I have to say, I'm impressed. It has more fragrance than the Ojon, which isn't a bad thing. It's a nice light citrus smell, and it does a decent job of providing volume without leaving residue. The key to any dry spray is TO SHAKE THE H&#$ out of the bottle BEFORE AND DURING application to avoid film/residue.

Am I ready to trade in my Oscar Blandi powder? Not yet. I still swear by that as the standard in dry shampoo. I use it as the primary and the Suave is a nice addition/touch-up. Personally, I think dry shampoo is better than baby powder because it blends in better and provides some volume, but to each her own!

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