A Lacey Perspective: Dry Shampoo Showdown

If there is one thing I know it’s dry shampoo. I have very thick, long, frequently highlighted hair that I only wash once a week (with purple shampoo/conditioner to keep my blonde from going brassy) so dry shampoo is my life line to give my hair… well… life. I have tried them all. From your local drug store grab to a deep Sephora dive to find my perfect dry shampoo. Much like Goldie Locks I want it scented but not too scented, strong absorption but not too chalky and (of course) a good strong spray but not too much product. Below are my well-tested favorites (with a bonus couple game changing tips at the end)…

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo


Let’s cut to the chase and give you my hands down winner of the Dry Shampoo Showdown, Living Proof Dry Shampoo. There is a reason this magical beauty has just launched in a value size (almost twice the size of the regular). This is a dry shampoo that actually cleans hair, eliminates oil, sweat, and odor. It’s scent smells fresh, not like a strong floral perfume. I can go from a sweaty workout to happy hour no problem AND my hair will look and smell fresh. This life saver is my ride of die.

DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo


Now I know many will be shocked when they find out that this is not my number one but hear me out. If you have hair like mine at all (a type that you can’t wash very often) you want a dry shampoo that will not only dry things up around your scalp but actually soak up the oil and stay that way. I feel like this one isn’t as heavy duty as I prefer. One thing to note is that I feel like the spray on this one is heavier than others I have used, so make sure to hold out the bottle farther from from scalp than directed. If you have medium to thin hair then this baby is for you for sure. The scent is lovely and does a nice quick refresh. I reach for this one when I’m not needing a major overhaul. Yes, I keep multiple dry shampoos around.

Batiste Dry Shampoo


Now for my top drug store (or just overall cheap grab from Amazon, Target, etc) dry shampoo. I have also tried them all when it comes to those desperate budget pinching times and hands down the classic Batiste is the way to go. They also have a brunette version that my darker hair besties love.

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Dry Shampoo Tips & Tricks:

Spray in roots, don’t brush/shake out and put hair up in a bun before a workout to start soaking up oil/sweat during your workout.

Make sure you are spraying at least 6 inches away when you do or you will use much more than you need. Think of it as social distancing for your roots.

When you do spray let it sit for 30 seconds or so before you brush or run your fingers through your hair.

If you really need a freshly blown out look in a flash: Spray dry shampoo all over roots, section hair off and blow dry with a round brush (focusing on adding volume to the roots. This will give you that lift and smoothness of a just blown out look.

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