February 4, 2014 - Hair, Hair and Beauty

Beauty Buzz | Dry Shampoo Showdown

Dry Shampoo Reviews Question:  How often do you wash your hair?

I only shampoo mine twice a week and have for years.

It’s quite an ordeal with over 40 minutes of blow drying and flat ironing to get my very naturally curly hair more manageable.  I don’t have time in my mom schedule to do that often so once it’s done, I do everything I can to extend my blow out for a few days.

I’ve discovered a few tricks for making my blow out last longer between washings.  One is to use conditioner on the ends of my hair only.  Applying conditioner near your roots can boost oil production on your scalp.  The same rule applies to styling products.  I apply them sparingly and avoid my scalp in order to keep my hair cleaner for a longer time.

But my real secret weapon is dry shampoo.  A few days into my blow out, I spray some near the roots of my hair to absorb oil and give it a fresh scent.  An added bonus of dry shampoo is that it creates volume.  This is especially nice on the days when I decide to pull my hair up in a ponytail.

Through the years, I’ve tried many different brands of dry shampoo – expensive brands from the salon and cheaper options from the drugstore.   Recently, I decided to try out two different drugstore brands of dry shampoo that I hadn’t used before – Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo and Tresemme Instant Refresh.  Both products were under $4.

I rated the products on a scale from 1-5 on their abilities to absorb oil, the feel of my hair, how much volume they added and how they smelled.


1.  Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo earned almost perfect marks across the board.  It’s light enough that I could use it two days in a row without build up.

  • Oil Absorption – 5
  • Lightweight Feel – 4
  • Volumizing – 4
  • Scent – 5

2.  Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo got low marks on everything except oil absorption.  Anything this heavy should absorb oil exceptionally well.  It’s too powdery, too thick, weighs hair down and the scent is really bad.

  • Oil Absorption – 4
  • Lightweight Feel – 1
  • Volumizing – 2
  • Scent – 1

Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo was the hands-down winner in this showdown.  It’s a great alternative to more expensive brands and my new go-to dry shampoo.

Note:  This post was not sponsored by either of the brands mentioned.  It’s just my independent review of two products I’ve been wanting to try.

It’s Your Turn:  What are some ways you make your blow out last longer?  Share them in the comments.


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  • I’ve tried some of the Suave dry shampoo and was pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. I am down to washing my hair 3 times a week and am thinking I could longer between washing it soon!

  • Catherine R.

    I have SUPER thick, fine hair, oily. I have tried several dry shampoos but I have fallen in love with the Suave dry shampoo. I love the scent (grapefruit) and it really gets the job done with oil absorption and volume. I only wash and dry my hair twice a week because, like with your hair, it is a 40 minute process. I buy the Suave in the two packs from Target. Great deal and a great product. Thank you for your review. I love your site!

    • Hi Catherine! Thanks for letting me know. That’s two votes for Suave dry shampoo. I must check it out!

  • Kim Kauffman

    I am in the same boat as you. I have very curly hair so I only wash it twice a week because it takes so long to straighten. Once it’s done though I love the ease of the next few days! I am definitely going to get some of the Dove dry shampoo because I’ve been using Suave and just don’t like it. It is TOO powdery and I end up with white streaks – Cruella Deville is NOT the look I’m going for 🙂

  • Kristen

    I want to try this dry shampoo! I typically wash my hair three or four times a week but I think I could go longer if I had a product like this. 🙂

  • I currently have a bottle of the Tressme but haven’t been impressed with it. Only bought it because it said it was safe for color treated hair. Is the Dove safe for color treated hair? I was a wash my hair daily kinda gal and am trying to change that. I have oily, thick, flat hair.

    • Hi Tina! Dove doesn’t say specifically if they are for color treated or not. But I color my hair and it seems to be pretty gentle. Hope that helps!

  • hl

    I have tried several types of dry shampoo. It makes my hair feel producty and stiff. Like I put a ton of hairspray in it. Thanks for the rec. I’m going to give this one a shot!

  • Nicole

    Try Batiste brand.. Make sure to get the brown “color.”

    • Thanks Nicole! I’ve heard good things about Batiste. The brown would probably help disguise my roots between colorings too. Good tip!

  • I have only used the Suave dry shampoo before but I really liked it! I’d be willing to give the Dove a shot though as well 🙂

  • Great reviews! I tried the Tresemme brand and it left a lot of white powder/residue on my hair. Maybe I didn’t know how to use it. I threw the bottle away. I have yet to try the Suave brand.

  • OMG you are psychic! I JUST drafted a post on dry shampoo. However, you mentioned 2 that I have not tried, so yay! I LOVE dry shampoo and it has made my life (and hair) so much better. Not washing/drying/styling from scratchy daily saves so much time…and saves my hair from drying out. Thanks Alison!

    Patrice @ http://dittothatstyle.blogspot.com/

  • Interesting! I’ve only used the Tresemme brand and have been disappointed with it, but I assumed that was just how dry shampoos were – powdery and stinky. I’ll be picking up the Dove version to try out now. Thanks for the comparison!

  • I definitely stretch time between washes if I can- sooo much better for your hair AND saves time.

    I love a dry shampoo- Oscar Blandi makes a good one. So does Batiste for brunettes. 🙂 Great post, lady!


  • I wash it three times a week anymore then that and it gets too frizzy but less too greasy. I never really found dry shampoo I like…I am still looking.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  • As a tried and true user of Tresseme dry shampoo I must say that your results surprised me
    Next time I run out I will have to try the Dove

  • Alison, I have never tried it, I wash my hair every other day! but do not blow it dry, so it is easy? But I will pass this along to my sister and my daughter would would love to know of this!
    XX, Elle

  • Good to know about these other two options. I too like Suave! It does smell really good. I’ve moved away from washing and blow drying everyday and I love the dry shampoos for all the help they give. You have beautiful hair!

  • I was just thinking this week that I wanted to try a dry shampoo. I’m in the hair loss stage of “I just had a baby and my hormones are all over the place” so I’m trying to not wash my hair as much, but after day 1.5 it’s so oily I feel like I have to wash it. I must try this, seems to work for a lot of people. Thanks! Just found your blog, love it! Looking forward to getting to “know” you better.

  • Holly Bo

    I like the Suave dry shampoo as well. I don’t like the one with Keratin though. It is too heavy and weighs it down.

  • Jessica

    I’ve used the Suave dry shampoo several times and have been pleased! In a pinch, I use baby powder on my hair. I apply it with a makeup brush to keep it just where I want it. It can end up gritty if too much is used. Also, my favorite way to use dry shampoo is at night! Looks great in the morning. I think I’m going to try the Dove next!

  • Mishqueen

    I noticed you said you have tested a lot, and that Dove won out of the two you tried. Has there been another, 3rd brand that you liked even more than Dove? You did not clarify that Dove is the best you have ever tried. Please share, thank you!

    • I’ve also tried Suave. It was a little on the heavy side as well. Dove seemed to do the best job while still staying light. Hope that helps! 🙂