dry shampoo life | which one worked the best?

Dry shampoos are like culotte pants; I want to love them but they just don’t seem to work for me. Luckily, I have persistence on my side and a box of dry shampoos from a Sephora favourites box I ordered last Christmas during a “treat yo-self” moment. Personally, I love the feeling of clean hair but I know washing it daily isn’t good for it. Since picking up these mini dry shampoos, I’ve made a conscious effort to try them out, even on days when I really don’t want to. There are some hits and misses in this variety pack – let’s get started on the reviews!

This was my favourite of the bunch. I found that this product absorbed oils really well and volumized, while providing that healthy shine I get when I wash my hair in the shower. The product smelled great when applied and the scent faded throughout the day. The press nozzle was user friendly as well. I rubbed in the product with my fingers and was instantly ready to go!

2.     DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo (Score: 2.5/5)

This was probably the product I was most excited to try. Seeing beauty gurus leaving the drybar salon with their healthy bouncy blowouts made me think DryBar was all sorts of magic. This product absorbed oil fairly well but I couldn’t get over the strong scent! The smell was long lasting and I could smell it throughout the work day. It was so strong that it actually distracted me at some moments.

3.     Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (Score 2/5)

I really like this hair product line but unfortunately, this scent was also too overpowering for my taste. Again, I could smell my hair throughout the day and was paranoid that others in my work place could smell this chemical scent as well. I found that this didn’t do as good a job of absorbing oil as others, but if it’s all you have, you could make it work.

4.     Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo (Score 4.5/5)

This was a new name to me and is carried only online at Sephora (when it’s in stock!). This was a pleasant surprise. This shampoo absorbed oil really well and made my hair feel less greasy. The smell was fruity, reminding me of those pre-teen perfumes that I’m sure we all drenched ourselves in. Although fragrant when spraying, the scent doesn’t last all day.

5.     Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam (Score 0/5)

Ouai is another brand I was excited to try out, however, this foam shampoo only added more grease to my hair. Luckily for me, I tested this out over a weekend so I had time to wash all that extra grease out of my hair after applying it! It was all sort of bad – strong scent, added grease and flattened my hair. I would have loved to give this even a .5 mark but there was literally nothing okay about this product.

--> Have you tried any of these dry shampoos? Which one worked best for you?


  1. Amika is my ride or die I love it so much ! I bought two full bottles when they restocked hahaha

    1. Haha amazing! The bumble and bumble is my no.1!