Friday, May 20, 2011

Guest Review: Dry Shampoos for "2nd Day" Hair

Hello Lovelies! Today I have another fabulous guest on Haute Lunch. Her name is Sarah Beckman and she is a writer and editor for Affordable Scarves! She loves writing product reviews and style tips. When she’s not writing, she’s probably planning her wedding or antiquing with her mom! Today Sarah is going to review a couple dry shampoos, which is perfect since dry shampoo was a big topic in yesterday's comments! Without further ado, here are Sarah's thoughts on these products:

I'm a bride-to-be who is trying her hardest to have long, healthy hair for her wedding. I've been following almost all the rules to achieve long locks. I get a trim every 8 weeks.  I let it air dry. I rarely straighten, curl, or use any heat on my hair. 

Despite these efforts, I've been ignoring rule #1 for growing out hair: don't wash it every day.

Lately there's been a lot of buzz about dry shampoos. I decided to try two different dry shampoos: inexpensive Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo and pricey Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder.

My hair type: I have blonde, thin, straight-to-wavy hair that is a few inches below my shoulders. I also have side bangs. My hair is normal-to-oily, looking clean on the first day of washing, but getting greasy the day after. I used both dry shampoos the day after a washing.

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo: $4.79 at Target. This product comes in an aerosol can that you spray 10 to 12 inches from your head. Let it sit for 30 seconds, and then brush it through.

Honestly, I wasn’t impressed with this product. First of all, the smell is quite unpleasant. It starts out with a decent smell but becomes chemical smelling throughout the day.

The product seemed to work at first. After spraying and brushing it through, it looked like my hair had more volume than usual on a day of no washing. However, after about half an hour, my hair looked unwashed and probably worse than if I hadn’t used the dry shampoo. The spray left my hair feeling heavy and like it had a film over it, and it looked greasy. I ended up putting a scarf over my hair!

Also, when I purchased it, the cashier warned me, “Make sure you hold the bottle far enough away. Otherwise you'll get grey roots." Several of my friends repeated this warning.

Haute Lunch Rating: 1 out of 5 Trays

Bumble and Bumble Blondish Hair Powder: $19 for 1 oz or $35 for 4.4 oz. Bumble and Bumble dry shampoos are aerosol sprays that are tinted for different hair colors. The blondish spray is for dark blondes and light brunettes; black is for dark brown and black hair; brown is for chestnut, mahogany, and chocolate brunettes; and white is for platinum, silver, white, ash, and champagne blonde. I see a spray for red heads on a few websites, but they don’t sell it at Sephora, and I don’t see it on the official Bumble and Bumble website.

I like this product more than Tresemme, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the price tag. Because it’s tinted, you avoid the issue of ending up with grey or white hair; however, the “blondish” spray is too dark for my hair, and I think the white spray would be too light. I was surprised when the blondish color ended up being dark tan.

The spray definitely made my hair less greasy, and it gave my roots volume. It improved the texture of my hair, making it seem thicker and easier to style. It didn’t make my hair feel clean by any means, but it definitely made it more manageable.

Besides the price and incorrect tint, another con is that it’s messy. After one use, the sprayer was completely tan, and it ran down the can a bit. The wall behind my sink – and the sink itself – has little brown specks all over, as does the shirt I wore (luckily, I was wearing an old t-shirt). After I brushed my hair, the white bristles on my brush were brown.

My feeling about the product is that it’s not good as a dry shampoo for frequent use.

Haute Lunch Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Trays

In the end, I didn’t find my go-to dry shampoo, but I’m not giving up! Please share your favorite products in the comments!


  1. Suave dry shampoo is my new fave!! It's half the price of Tresemme, and I really love the citrus-y smell. It sometimes has a greyish tint, but if you brush it through it goes away.

  2. I like Ojon dry shampoo or good old baby powder.
    I'm with you on the Tresemme, though - it makes my hair feel even greasier than it was before!

  3. I'm actually using the Rockaholic dry shampoo now from the Dry Bar, and it's pretty amazing. Once I'm done with mine I may have to hit up Sephora since it's much closer to me than the Dry Bar.


  4. great :) good product!!


    Have a nice weekend :)

  5. oh that's a great review
    never use a dry shampoo befoere so it's great to hear your opinions!

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  6. I've yet to find one I really love either!

  7. Great review, I've been meaning to try Tresemme. So I suppose i won't now! I've tried a bunch of dry shampoos and i have found one I love! It's called: klorane dry shampoo with oat milk, $20 at sephora. It gives me the best results and even though by the end of the day my hair starts looking gross again, it volume and clean look lasts me the whole work day. I just respray before I go out to dinner if needed. It just gets pricey because I go through it so fast! I've also tried the drugstore Pssst and I really don't like it, same reason as your tresemme review: sticky, white, gross, lasts 2 minutes.

  8. I actually haven't tried a dry shampoo since I've always read too many bad reviews on them! After reading this I'll definitely stay away from the Tresemme one, but I think I'll have to try some out!

  9. i really like the honest reviews here. i use Oscar Blandi dry shampoo.

  10. I never even heard of dry shampoo but I think I might give them a try. Thanks!

  11. Thanks for reviewing. I had seen that Suave put one out and was wondering if they worked at all. Not showering leaves me feeling really gross so having clean hair wouldn't help a whole lot. lol