Dry Spell I just met the man who single-handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: you’re not using enough of it!

Elizabeth Olsen Silent House premiere 2012 I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

Fact: meeting celebrity hairdressers and makeup artists is usually more exciting (at least for beauty editors) than meeting the actual celebrities themselves. I know this is hard to believe and yes, getting to see the Beckhams or Christina Aguilera up close makes for a good story to tell your friends. But you know what? They’re boring. It’s all scripted. The people with the REAL dirt—or at least, really good tips that you can actually use—are the ones who do the hair and makeup.

Which brings me to the man I met this morning, Mark Townsend. Very unassuming, super-nice guy… who only styles the hair of everyone who matters in Hollywood. Seriously, let me just give you a client list: all of the Olsen sisters (including the adorable Elizabeth above), Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel McAdams, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Diane Kruger… well, I could go on but you get the idea.

Know what else is impressive about Mark? Well, I should mention he’s the official celebrity stylist for Dove. And this is exciting: I figured out during the interview that he is basically responsible for the entire dry shampoo revival of the past few years. Except that he thinks you could probably use even MORE of it, and MORE often. So listen up!

But first, let’s talk about the kind of dry shampoo you should be using…

Look for one of the new, “second-generation” formulas

If you’re the DIY type, you’ll find a ton of online resources recommending simple cornstarch, or even baby powder, as a cheapie dry shampoo substitute. Because yes, store-bought dry shampoo can be expensive. Remember three or four years ago, before all of the new drugstore-level options came out? You would have to fork over upwards of $30 for a can from Bumble + Bumble or whoever. Which is painful, especially if you’re using the amounts of it that Mark encourages (which I’ll get to in a sec). I don’t care how good your formula is—it’s just hard to part with that kind of money for a product that goes so fast.

But the problem with using cornstarch or baby powder, or any of what I’ll call the “first-generation” dry shampoos, is the horrible white residue. Unless you’re quite blonde, it’s highly problematic. I mean, DUH—who wants to look like they forgot to go to the colourist and have white hair growing in at the roots? Even the option of brushing it out is sort of a pain. If you have to brush too much, all of that manipulating can breed frizz, and it really defeats the purpose, which is to GET texture—not remove it.

The better solution is to simply BUY smart. The new-generation dry shampoos that brands are coming out with these days basically go on clear. I’ve talked a lot already about a couple of clear formulas I like, such as John Frieda’s:

John Frieda Volume Refresher I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

(It’s $11.99 at Well.ca; free shipping in Canada with no minimum order.)

And Marc Anthony’s:

Marc Anthony 2nd Day Dry Shampoo I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

(Also $11.99 at Well.ca; free shipping in Canada with no minimum order.)

But I’m not just saying this, I like Dove’s even better. Like, WAY better. It is the dry shampoo of champions:

Dove Dry Shampoo I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

It’s also cheaper—hooray!—you can buy it from Well.ca for $7.49 (free shipping in Canada; no minimum order).

Now, unlike the John Frieda and the Marc Anthony, it’s not specifically labelled as a “clear” formula… but I have tested it and there is no white powdery gunk left behind. I like it the best because it smells freaking aMAZing, and seems to work a lot better than the others at texturizing (and, I suspect, at absorbing oil). I think the difference is that it goes on drier than the clear ones, more like a traditional dry shampoo. (The John Frieda and Marc Anthony feel more “wet” until they dry down.)

Plus, if it’s good enough for the Olsens, it’s good enough for me. Consider me converted.

A few other new formulas you might want to try are from LaCoupe

LaCoupe Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

(It’s also clear and has the “wet” feel that I’m a bit less fond of, although it works amazing at bulking up your roots.)

And göt2b from Schwarzkopf:

göt2b Dry Shampoo I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

This one is also well-priced—$6.99 from Well.ca (free shipping in Canada; no minimum order). Again, it goes on clear although it isn’t labelled as such… and smells almost as good as the Dove one. I just felt like it was a bit less texturizing.

If you feel like splurging a bit, I would be amiss if I didn’t inform you that Cake Beauty now makes their Satin Sugar Dry Shampoo & Body Powder in a translucent formula:

Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Glistening Dry Shampoo I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

This is a bit different from the others in that you sprinkle, not spray… and apparently it has light-reflecting properties to make hair look shinier.

There is also the quite serviceable Redken Powder Refresh:

Redken Powder Refresh I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

But enough about the prodz! Let’s talk about how to use them.

On second- or third-day hair

So most of us are probably doing this already. But a few important points…. Hold your dry shampoo canister about eight to 10 inches away from your head and spray generously at the roots. (Mark says holding the can too close is one of the biggest mistakes people make with ALL hair products.) Let it sit for a minute or two before brushing it out a bit (but not too much).

If your ends are looking a bit dry and frizzy—mine definitely start looking frayed on the days I don’t wash—then apply a bit of smoothing cream from the mid-shaft down. That way it won’t weigh down the volume you’ve created at the top. Dove just came out with this Cream-Serum which should work on all hair types (even mine!). I’m afraid of normal serums making my fine, straight hair look oily… so this is perfect.

Dove Cream Serum I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

Another pro tip from Mark: if you, like me, tend to be a daily washer, try just standing under the shower and not using any product, just massaging the water into your roots with your hands. He says it should be enough to get rid of the oil and give you another day in between washes, and when you get out of the shower and dry your hair you can always add dry shampoo to extend your style even more. Just make sure you apply the dry shampoo to dry, not wet or damp hair.

But the most exciting development is to apply your dry shampoo…

On clean hair (yes, CLEAN hair!)

So here’s one you probably weren’t doing. I certainly wasn’t! But holy hair gods, it makes such a HUGE difference that my meeting with Mark this morning just might have changed my life. (Again. These kinds of epiphanies tend to happen in beauty.)

Anyway, Mark made a grand sweeping statement that we all need to ditch our salt spray products. That’s right. And here I just told you to use them last week! I’m sorry. But apparently, they’re not so good for the hair—while they do work great at adding texture, the, er, salt totally dries out your hair. Oopsie!

Instead, the 2.0 texturizer of choice is dry shampoo. And seeing as Mark has been using it on the Olsens (among other clients) for years and years now, I think it’s safe to say that he’s the man behind the whole dry shampoo texture-y hair trend that’s been going on as of late. (Although he says now that it’s more of a brushed-out, not-so-crunchy look.)

Ashley Olsen and Mary Kate Olsen Christian Louboutin Cocktail party I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

So whether your hair is clean or dirty, it doesn’t matter—dry shampoo is the key to looking very 2012. Seriously, give it a try—I showed up to our meeting with damp hair, as per usual, and as soon as I got home blasted my hair all over with the Dove.

Can you say instant supermodel hair? It’s crazy. I might never use mousse or root-lifting spray again!

Another way you can/should use your dry shampoo is…

For an updo

In fact, it’s KEY. You know how hairstylists always say it’s better to do an updo on dirty hair so that it has “grip?” Well, that whole idea always struck me as being a bit gross. I mean, if you’re doing an updo, then it’s probably a special occasion—and do you really want to be going to a wedding or formal or black tie or whatever with dirty-ass hair? Gross.

Mark says he has a lot of clients who share my sentiments, and so dry shampoo, sprayed from roots to tips, is the way he creates texture and grip. That way, the hair both bulks up, looking bigger, AND holds better too. Since falling updos are basically every Hollywood hairstylist’s worst nightmare.

(And believe me, Mark KNOWS updos. He’s the guy who did Jennifer Lawrence’s for the Hunger Games premiere, remember?)

Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games premiere LA 2 I just met the man who single handedly created the dry shampoo trend. And he wants to tell you: youre not using enough of it!

Another insider tip from Mark is to spray your bobby pins with dry shampoo too, before you put them in your hair—it’ll give them more grip. (Also make sure you’re using TWO pins in a criss-cross method—no single pins as they’ll just fall out.) Do these two things and your updo should last all night long.

Tell me:

Are you on the dry shampoo bandwagon?
Ever used it to build texture in clean hair?
Which one’s your go-to? (Have you tried any of the new “second-generation” formulas yet?)

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53 Comments

Trish @ TripStyler.com
Tuesday, April 17/2012 at 1:24 pm

Love this, and love your site. I use dry shampoo constantly—and have done both first- and second-gen—so thanks for the tips. Keep ‘em coming!

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Conny Mc
Tuesday, April 17/2012 at 1:29 pm

Thanks for that I never did understand the whole dry shampoo thing before this!

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Thomas
Tuesday, April 17/2012 at 1:30 pm

I do this too!!! In the mornings when I get up for school I don’t have to time to shower, so I shower/wash my hair the night before (yes, I am a daily hair washer, CANNOT help it I am hooked). Sooo while my hair is still clean, its all messy and sticky uppy and bedhairey, but because I have thickish, naturally straight hair you can always TELL when its not been done. I started to use dry shampoo all over my hair (I don’t know if your supposed to but with my length hair, doing only the roots isn’t really an option) and I swear to God its like MAGIC. It works so well, and I don’t know why but for me it seems to have the same effect as not just washing it, but also smoothing/styling it so that all the messyness and sticky uppy bits go bye byes!! I am so keen to try the Dove stuff, I’ve been using Tresemme but its just a bit… shortlived. As in I feel like I’m buying a new can every week, which isn’t really viable at £5 a pop. I really hope they start doing the Dove one here, I’m already a big fan of their shampoos and conditioners + their bodywashes, may as well complete the collection!

Huge fan, fellow blonderexic Thomas xx

P.S. Yes I am once again a happy blonderexic WOO, feels good to be back!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:35 pm

I LOVE this! Dry shampoo for boys – awesome!

Another one you might want to try is Batiste… I don’t like it because I’m not blonde enough and it leaves white residue, but if you’re blonde again it should be fine! And performance-wise I hear it’s comparable to Dove. AND super cheap. The Tresemme has had very mixed reviews.

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Courtney
Tuesday, April 17/2012 at 1:32 pm

Amazing tips! I hate spending a lot of money on this stuff because I just go through it like crazy! I need to check out the Dove dry shampoo….I already love the Got2B one and Batiste….Bed Head’s is my absolute favourite to date. Stay away from Tresseme! Its horrible!

I can’t wait to try this on clean hair!

xo Courtney

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Vero
Sunday, April 22/2012 at 10:04 am

You’re SO right about the Tresemmé…it was the first one I tried, and I thought it basically sucked hard. I couldn’t stand the smell, either. I’m on the Batiste train now and will def. try the Dove one!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:37 pm

I haven’t tried Bed Head so please let us know how the Dove compares if you try it! The only problem is that you don’t get much in a can and I’ve heard of lots of malfunctions… thankfully it’s very cheap.

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Emma
Tuesday, April 17/2012 at 2:11 pm

hey Michelle,

I’ve been a fan of your blog for a long time but this is my first comment! I have a question: I have pretty dry, long, curly hair that can get a little flat at the top. I use loads of conditioner and shampoo very rarely and my hair is healthier than ever, but I’m wondering if there is a way for me to use dry shampoo to get more volume without making my hair just look kind of tangled and poofy. Do you know if there is a Dove dry shampoo that caters more to people with dry hair? I’m looking for volume but have no need to reduce oil, as I don’t have any! Any help would be appreciated! Thanks for the informative post!

Emma

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jenny
Tuesday, April 17/2012 at 10:19 pm

hey emma
i have hair exactly like yours, and i therefore hate dry shampoo. it makes my hair super yucky and poofy. im gonna try using it when it’s clean, but other than that i just think dry shampoos are not for us.

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Elaine R
Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 2:15 pm

Tresemme makes one for dry curly hair (it’s a mousse instead of a spray). I’ve never tried it, but it’s just a suggestion!

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Dani
Thursday, April 19/2012 at 9:28 am

Yeah, dry shampoo does not seem to work very well for curly hair since you cannot really brush it through or use a towel to get the non-existent oils out. I use it sometimes when I straighten my hair, but I find it completely dries my hair out.

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Emma
Thursday, April 19/2012 at 7:59 pm

thanks, you guys! I think I’ll just have to skip out on this one…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:42 pm

Hi Emma! Hard to say since I have the opposite hair type, but yeah… you wouldn’t want anything that requires brushing out. You could try spraying a clear formula on the roots only and sort of massaging it in. (The Dove isn’t quite clear as Marc Anthony or John Frieda but if you rub it in, disappears.) I wouldn’t put it all over your hair though. Maybe worth a try since the Dove is only $5 or whatever.

Oh and my mom read this post and completely got the instructions wrong – she applied the dry shampoo on WET hair (God love her) and said the results were amazing. Not that she has curly hair but maybe something to experiment with if you’re after volume… since it wouldn’t mess up the curls.

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Katharine
Tuesday, April 17/2012 at 4:09 pm

I always wanted to love the dry shampoos and go a bit longer between washes, but I find that all of them are too strongly scented for me. I know, I know, it’s supposed to mask the stink of your dirty hair, but I get itchy eyes and allergic reactions. I wish I could find a clear, unscented one…

I do use the Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion, which is one of those weird, “wet”, powder thickeners (and unscented, although I’m not actually allergic to any of the Aveda scents) and find that will carry me two or even three days between washes.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:44 pm

I hear you – some of the scents are yuck. (Batiste is one that just doesn’t do it for me.)

The Dove is pretty strongly fruity…

Maybe try a more natural one? Not sure where you are located but Pure + Simple in Toronto just came out with this: http://www.pureandsimple.ca/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=1784&category_id=497&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27&vmcchk=1&Itemid=27 You have to sprinkle, not spray though…

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Meg
Tuesday, April 17/2012 at 5:59 pm

I am OBSESSED with dry shampoo. I used Batiste every other day until I tried the new Dove stuff, and now I feel bad for stocking up on Batiste…

I must say, though, that the got2b did a terrible job with freshening up oily second-day roots when I tried it. It was very disappointing, since that’s what I tend to use dry shampoos for.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:45 pm

Ok, good to know about got2b! I noticed it didn’t give me as much “grip” as Dove.

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Joanna
Tuesday, April 17/2012 at 11:08 pm

I have been using TreSemme’s dry shampoo and I find it a bit disappointing in terms of getting the oil out of my hair. I will be investigating John Freida’s since I’m blonde!

I happen to be one of those people who looks like they dipped their head in a bowl of oil by the end of Day 2. I can’t understand how some people could last DAYS without washing their hair, even if using dry shampoo. Am I the only out of there like this? There is simply NO WAY I could do it!

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Lauren
Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 1:32 am

I’m with you on the oily hair! But because of that I love dry shampoo for day 2!

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Meeka
Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 11:43 pm

Nope, I have that problem too. Usually sometime halfway through day 2 my hair is a disgusting grease pit. I’ve tried to wean myself from shampooing every day but it’s never worked. I’ve got the Tresemme dry shampoo but I’m not a fan, it honestly stinks. I might have to try the Dove one if I see it.

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ninjitakitty
Monday, April 30/2012 at 1:19 pm

Me too! My hair is actually greasy 24 hours after I wash it! I LOVE dry shampoo – it’s the only product I’ll use on the roots of my hair other than something like Schwartzkopf’s Dust It…which is a powder texturizer that gives great volume or even a teased look. I have used dry shampoo on my clean hair before, just for more volume, and love it. I have fine, long, layered, highlighted hair that has a little wave to it. I try to shampoo ever third day (and it’s very tough girls, VERY tough for me to hold out that long), but dry shampoo is the only way through it! I’m more a fan of the sprinkle powders than the spray shampoos, so I go for the Oscar Blandi or Alterna…so far Oscar’s is my fave, but I’m excited to try Dove.

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Lotus Flower
Tuesday, June 25/2013 at 2:49 pm

RE: the 24-hr grease pit hair . . . I used to have the same problem but with the added drama of unruly curly, , thick, long hair (which can’t handle being washed everyday) with super dry ends! You need to redistribute the wealth, so to speak, and get that healthy oil from your scalp to your ends, where it’s needed most. If you have straight or wavy hair then daily brushing before bed from roots to ends will help. Since I can’t really brush my hair without turning into a brillo pad, I use my fingertips spread wide to accomplish similar, and then rinse out the brillo in the morning. Now I can get by with shampooing 2-3 times a week, rinsing with just water between washes and lots of conditioner on ends ONLY.

Try it and see if you don’t notice a difference!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:47 pm

You are not alone! Unless I’ve had a blowout (and even then it’s iffy) my hair has a maximum lifespan of 36 hours.

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Nomadic D
Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 6:55 am

Interesting. I got hooked on dry shampoo due to an ear infection that made washing my hair a nightmare

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com.es/2011/03/not-drop.html

But once I finished the can, I didn’t repurchase, it did just seem so expensive. Nice to know there’s more affordable options out there now! I have to say though, while I will admit to being a big fan of the salt spray, my favoritest product ever (especially now that I have a shorter cut) is bumble and bumble texture hair undressing creme. That stuff on wet hair = perfection. No blow drying necessary, no nothing else necessary at all really. Can’t recommend it enough.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:51 pm

I used to use Klorane! It’s okay, but I think there are better options now. I keep hearing about that Bumble + Bumble product! Do you know if it’s for all hair types or just wavy/thick?

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Nomadic D
Friday, May 4/2012 at 4:04 am

My hair is really thick, but also suuuper straight, and I love the undressing cream. It gives me tousled bedhead/beachy movement with zero effort. Seriously, I just put a tiny bit on damp hair, work it all through and mess up my hair a bit, let it air dry and voila! If I want a little extra wave or something I’ll strategically put in a little hair clip or two to hold it off my face, and those spots turn into perfect natural-looking waves. I know, I’m raving, what can I say, I love this product.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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QuiteLight
Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 2:48 pm

Thanks for all the reviews! I have been doing cornstarch on my second-day bangs, which are often the only bits that need it, since they lie on my heavily-moisturized forehead all night. But I’m a dark blonde, so it doesn’t show too much.

But I admit I’ve been wanting to try the chemical dry shampoos for the volume & an all-over fix when washing plans go awry. Thanks for the affordable options! I feel like a bad Nature Girl, but I’m an insomniac who can turn off alarms in my sleep; a backup plan is important! I actually have nightmares about going places with filthy, oily hair!

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alyssa
Friday, April 20/2012 at 5:57 pm

i’m a natural girl and there are a few natural options – cake beauty’s one is pretty decent – but i honestly just gave up and re-purchased a spray. i don’t use it all the time but sometimes i just sleep in and DON’T have time to wash my hair, and the dry shampoo really helps. i actually just bought the dove one on sale and so far so good!q

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Sophia
Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 3:30 pm

I always felt my hair looked best on Day 2 or 3, and dry shampoo was a godsend when my bangs were looking greasier than the rest of my hair. But I’ve gone much blonder in the past six months and I’m having to wash it way more often to keep the brassiness at bay, so I’m glad to hear using it on clean hair might help to bulk it up a bit.

Surprised by how much I love Elizabeth Olsen’s hair… the length keeps the whole loose-waves thing fresh.

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Jennifer
Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 9:31 pm

I love dry shampoo! I have used Ojon which is my favorite (pricey) but won’t go back, every time I buy it the nozzle clogs. Now with cheaper brands I’m in heaven. I second staying away from Tresamee. I just bought the Suave brand and love it, I have fine hair. I will try Dove next as well as the serum. Thanks!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:54 pm

Yeah, what’s up with the crappy packaging on all of these things? At least with the drugstore ones if they break you haven’t plonked down $30…

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Steph
Wednesday, April 18/2012 at 11:44 pm

SUCH a helpful post! I’ve been wondering about the obsession with dry shampoo. I have Oscar Blandi’s original dry shampoo (sprinkle, not the spray) and while I like it, it’s not HG material because I went back to my natural dark hair and it’s not so easy to blend. I’ve never really heard anything good about the new cheapie dry shampoos, but now I’m itching to try the Dove! Unfortunately, dry shampoo just doesn’t work for me right now because I have a shoulder-length lob cut. When I wake up in the morning, the ends are curled outwards on one side due to my side sleeping habit. If I were to use dry shampoo and coax my hair back into the lob with a blowdryer or straightener, it takes around the same time as a shower and blowdry, so I just go with the shower. Can’t wait to try out these recos when my hair grows a few more inches!

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Alana
Thursday, April 19/2012 at 6:49 pm

Story time: I was just in the drugstore to pick up a couple things and thought to myself, “you also need dry shampoo!”. I have super thick hair that gets really dry if it’s washed too often, so dry shampoo is basically my favourite thing ever. I used to stick exclusively to Klorane, but given that there are lots of cheaper options out there, I thought I’d try others. Except….the cheap ones I tried sucked (ahem, Tresemme Fresh Start!). So I’m standing in the aisle, pondering which other budget dry shampoo to try, when I remembered, “Michelle just wrote an article on this!”. So I pulled up your page on my Blackberry and left the store a very happy camper with a bottle of BeautyEditor.ca-recommended Dove! What would I do without your beauty wisdom? :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:55 pm

Haha! I love this. Have you tried it yet? What do you think?

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Rosie
Thursday, April 19/2012 at 11:37 pm

This may sound counterintuitive – but can I spray dry shampoo on clean, DAMP hair? I have very thick, naturally straight hair and it always looks pretty poofy and ugly as it’s drying on day 1. Day 2 -3 is always best for me and I don’t even need dry shampoo to freshen it up. But I always have problems building texture on day 1 that doesn’t look unkempt. Is dry shampoo the way to go or am I doomed to wait until day 2 forever? Thanks!

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ninjitakitty
Monday, April 30/2012 at 1:28 pm

Hey Rosie,

Maybe you could try Schwartzkopf “Dust It” (a salon-only product) or a similar knock-off product available in the states at Sally Beauty…it’s a sprinkle-powder for the roots of the hair. You use a small amount right at the roots where you want lift, and rub it in kind of vigorously. It gives lift, volume, and texture. But be forewarned…it can make your roots feel very matte and dirty, especially if you use too much by accident. It’s perfect for already dirty hair. But if you are a “I want to run my fingers through my hair” kind of person, this may not be for you. When I use this stuff in addition to a little teasing at my crown (I have fine hair), it works wonders. And the bottle will last you ages!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 4:59 pm

I just wrote above that my mom did this by accident (on wet hair) and loved the results! She has fine hair though… said the dry shampoo made it super volumized. However, not sure if it would cure the poofy factor that is bothering you. I agree with Ninjitakitty’s suggestion re: Dust It. (Aveda and Kevin Murphy also make similar products like that.) They would maybe give you the texture and control without so much volume…

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Denise
Friday, April 20/2012 at 11:04 am

Rosie, I have the same problem. Day one is the worst for me. While there’s certainly nothing to lose and you never know, I don’t think dry shampoo would be the product to use in this situation. It’s formulated for root application and can dull shine. You don’t want to use it for all over application which is what you need. What works for me and you might want to try is a styling or texturizing cream or wax. They’re made for exactly what you’re describing. My favorites are Murrays’ beeswax pomade and bedhead by Tigi though I heard that the bedheads been discontinued. I still have over 3/4 of my stick left and since only the tiniest bit is used I don’t see it being an issue anytime soon.
Also don’t know you’re texture but my very curly daughter will not be without the japanese vegetable was base Tancho tique stick. She tells me to buy another when her’s gets to the halfway point, she’s that paranoid!

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Lauren
Saturday, April 21/2012 at 4:23 pm

I have oily hair and am still pretty scurred to go without washing my hair. But, on Sudnays, I pretty much force myself to not wash it. On those days, I use dry shampoo -I am obsessed with Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo (the shake on, nt the spray). Also, I use it to perk up my hair if it falls a little flat. I keep the small bottle with my at all times.

I have tried the spray ones before. I liked the John Frieda one a lot until it stopped spraying (maybe I used it all in 5 times?). After that, I will just stick with the shake on kind.

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Jane
Sunday, April 22/2012 at 12:18 pm

I could not live without my Batiste dry shampoo! Out of the many many many that I’ve tried this is the one that I go back to. And for $8 a tin, why would I pay more when it delivers just as well? Tresemme has one that is weird and actually made my hair greasier. But I am very excited about the Dove one! Will it ever be available for sale on the shelf in Canada or only online?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 5:00 pm

The Dove is in stores as well as online :)

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Celeste Boyer
Sunday, April 22/2012 at 3:13 pm

I decided to pick up some of the Dove Dry Shampoo on a whim the other day at the grocery — I LOVE IT! It’s SO great as a texturizing spray! I like it more than I like my Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray… more effective and multi-functional.

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Stacey
Monday, April 23/2012 at 12:16 pm

i am in looove with the oscar blandi shake on dry shampoo that lauren mentioned above. i’ve tried the really cheapy drugstore ones before and they work great too but once i read the ingredients it kind of freaked me out of using it haha. the oscar one uses rice and tabioca starches, tea tree oil..and even though i use the powder version it still gives some nice volume to my (usually limp) hair.

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Dani T
Thursday, April 26/2012 at 4:44 am

Am I the only one who prefers the “sprinkle” dry shampoos to the sprays? I have been using the Oscar Blandi one for about 4 years now. I have tried the spray ones and they just don’t do it for me! I dye my hair blonde, and I love that when my roots are coming in the dry shampoo helps disguise them a bit!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 5:02 pm

Wow, so many recs for Oscar Blandi here – who knew!?

I haven’t tried it but I used to use this sprinkle one from Clean: http://reviews.sephora.com/8723/P261812/reviews.htm It’s discontinued now…

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Brandi
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 10:51 am

Hi Michelle,
I love your site – check it everyday! This post was great because I had been looking for a new dry shampoo that wasnt going to break my bank and so I started using the Dove one you recommended and I did love it. The problem is that after three days of use – the can feels empty and nothing will come out. Is this something that you have experienced? Does this happen often with dry shampoos??? I had a similar experience withe another brand, i forget which one – took it back to Shoppers for a full refund and just thought it was a fluke. HELP! I was so happy to find something that worked, didnt make my hair feel like crap and smelled amazing – however, if it only lasts a couple of days…
PS: Tresemme Dry Shampoo – NOT AWESOME, actually really terrible

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, May 3/2012 at 5:04 pm

Soooo many people have complained about this :(
They also have a ton of comments with the same issue on their website.
I’ve had it happen with so many dry shampoos… not sure why but at least with Dove it’s not a big investment. My can is still holding up so I don’t think all of them are defective, but that’s good that Shoppers let you get a refund. Honestly, the results and price is right so I will keep using it despite packaging issues. Hopefully they are taking notice and will fix this for future though!

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Nicky Bromow
Monday, July 9/2012 at 9:05 pm

I bought the Dove one, used it once and now it wont spray! And nothing is stuck under the spray button! I dont get it, what a waste!

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london camille
Thursday, September 13/2012 at 4:08 pm

i’ve been using dry shampoo for years now due to my fine limp hair. i was using the expensive kind but like you said, it goes so fast, you can’t keep up with the cost. then i tried baby powder, and call me weird but i hate the smell of baby powder. not so much on a baby but on my dirty head…gross. anyway, i use an old school kind, Psssst. it comes in a super cute retro logo can and smells divine. my hair always looks better with dry shampoo. and i’ve been puttin it on my clean hair to get extra ooomph! i felt wrong about it but my hair is so fine and limp i needed something. so glad to have it validated here! thank you!

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sandra
Sunday, September 30/2012 at 2:29 pm

i love how he says to criss cross your hair pins to keep them in, and the image above of his creation, the clip is falling out!! lol
I’ve been a big fan of dry shampoo for many years, and since my hair is thinner nowadays, I use it to give body, on clean hair days, glad to know I’m on the right track.
Really enjoyed this article

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Vero
Tuesday, March 19/2013 at 10:11 am

So, I’ve been using the Batiste dry shampoo that I pick up from Winners for $6.99 and I like it. It leaves a powdery look, but I can deal with it if I brush it out. Then, this past weekend, I found the Dove dry shampoo on sale at my local Pharmaprix for $2.99 (!!!) and had to buy it, based on this post. OMG, I’m converted. Hands-down, the best thing ever! Smells better, is invisible, works way better, and the bottle is way bigger than the Batiste one! Well done, Dove! Thanks, Michelle, for turning me onto this!

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Sarah
Monday, March 25/2013 at 11:18 am

I’ve been using the göt2b products- the powder root lift, the spray dry conditioner and the spray dry shampoo. I don’t use them all at the same time of course, but they are cheap and work really well for my various hair needs. The dry shampoo has been my best friend on mornings when I’m late for work and after workouts. I’ve never tried it on clean hair though.. I’ll have to try that :-)

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Laura
Friday, April 12/2013 at 10:18 am

I like Batiste..it seems to work well. Although I do dislike the white powder after affect in my now virgin brown hair..I have tried others, I will maybe try Dove next since I can buy it locally at Shopper’s Drug Mart. I do not tend to shop at Walmart etc..even though there are more Walmart’s than people it seems like. Sally’s also sells Batiste. I did buy the formulation for dark hair/Brown hair in the US a few weeks ago, and does still show up a touch white! So save your money.

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