Best Dry Shampoo – Drugstore Brands

July 11, 2012

Washing hair everyday is considered a chore for me – I hate it with passion and always on the look out for different ways to minimize the frequency of washes. Trust me I have experimented with a lot of silly ideas including rinsing hair without using shampoo, only washing half head or not washing hair for 5 days (which my husband was glad he wasn’t around back then!). Anyhow I have been looking for the best dry shampoo for my haircare regime for the past 2 years.  I normally use it on second-day hair, and find that it is the most convenient, time efficient, and effective way to make the hair look fresh and clean.

I have pretty much tried every single drugstore brand that is available in Australia. So I would like to give a quick run-down on my thoughts on these dry shampoos. I have also used several from the more expensive ranges, which were a hit and miss as well, so for now I like to stick with the drugstore brands until I find the holy grail.


Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo: AUD$15 at Priceline. The only thing I like about this dry shampoo is that the powder is brown which is excellent for my colored hair. Other than that there is no reason for me to repurchase it. It felt sticky on my hair and it wasn’t easy to brush out the powder, as there was always some residue left.

Batiste Dry Shampoo: I have gone through tons of it in its original version which comes in white powder. It is great – for AUD$12 a bottle I really have nothing to complain about other than that it sprays out too much powder compared to other brands. The excessive powder is great for cleaning and removing grease, but it can feel too powdery and takes longer to completely brush them out. The Batiste in the picture is a newer version which comes with gold shimmer, and I thought it would add a golden glow to my hair. Unfortunately it was awful – there were big chunky glitters in it, and I felt like a ’80s beauty queen’ every time I used it.

Toni & Guy Dry Shampoo: This is an odd one, as it applies almost invisible on my dark hair.  At first I thought I had bought a faulty one until I checked the reviews online. I could hardly see any powder on my hair, but I do feel it added “something” and it instantly makes the roots look matte. I leave it on for a few minutes then pat the “invisible powder” off. My hair looks more refreshed with lots of volume. The downside is that it doesn’t clean and remove grease as thoroughly as the other brands. It is mainly for refreshing and adding some volume to the roots. Overall I quite like this dry shampoo, and I always reach out for this one whenever I am on the go because it does not leave any white residue.

CEDEL Dry Shampoo: I buy them in little travel sizes and always carry one in my purse. I currently have the blue one which is designed for dark hair with black powder. I really like this dry shampoo, as it does everything it claims to – refresh dull and greasy hair between washes.

KLORANE Gentle Dry Shampoo with oat milk: This is my all time favorite. I believe Klorane is the first brand that brought dry shampoo to our attention (long before Batiste ), and it’s been a cult favorite ever since. I personally think this is the best out of all the drugstore brands I have used. It sprays just the right amount of powder, and it feels lightweight and very easy to remove. The hair instantly feels clean, revitalized and full of body. Compared to the above brands I have reviewed , I thought the Klorane dry shampoo performs well in all aspects.




{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Flyavsted July 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm

You can dab some baby talc powder in your hands and massage it into the hair. It does pretty much the same thing:)


sleepandwater July 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

Agreed that Klorane is the best, it’s my favourite of the ones I’ve tried as well. I keep a small can in my bag 🙂 I also like Batiste (I’m using the tropical one), but it does seem to disperse more powder than the Klorane, useful for spraying on my roots in the morning to curb greasiness for the whole day.


Renee July 12, 2012 at 3:45 am

I have been exploring dry shampoo for the last 1-2 weeks as my stylist claimed that it will add volume to my hair. I ended up buying the Batiste (original) from Priceline and that “powders” reasonably well imho. It didn’t really add much volume which was unfortunate but only made my hair softer *sigh*. I am keen on trying the Toni & Guy and Klorane. Thanks for the wonderful review Reika! 🙂


Reika July 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Hi Renee, if you just want a styling product for adding volume. Other than dry shampoos, have you tried sea-salt spray (highly recommend bumble&bumble or kevin murphy) or volume powder such as the Aveda pure abundance hair potion? They add sooo much volume to the hair!


Renee July 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

Thanks for your suggestion. I’ve yet to try either of them. My routine is usually wash & go but lately I’ve been paying more attention to them. 😀

Is this the one you’re talking about??


Renee July 16, 2012 at 1:03 am

ops.. I’ve ordered the bumble & bumble Surf Spray. Can’t wait to lay my paws on it!! 🙂 Thanks! x


Reika July 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Wow Renne you are fast! I didn’t even get a chance to answer your previous comment 😛 Okay hope you will like it and keep me updated 🙂

Renee July 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Reika, hahaha I hope it’s the correct one in the first place and works just as well for me. Thanks for your recommendation.

Becca @ The Beauty Sample July 12, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Yeah, I SO wish Klorane was available in drugstores here, too. That would be nice! I really have HATED all spray forms of dry-shampoo that I’ve tried, so it’s kind of turned me off to anything but the loose powder forms…but still, I hear so many rave reviews for Klorane’s version (and I know that pros love it too) that it’s still on my wishlist


kerker July 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

I have Klorane but yet to try it out. Currently trying to finish my cedel dry shampoo which is doing pretty well.


Megan July 15, 2012 at 2:28 am

Thanks for this write up, I’m only just started getting into dry shampoos and I used the Batiste normal one and didn’t like all the white stuff but I’m now using the brown one and really liking it so far. I have heard that Klorane is the best from other sources so I’ll have to give that a try next.


Joyce July 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

thanks for this! I definitely need to explore more dry shampoo options, but my HG is Oscar Blandi Invisible Dry Shampoo. I have no patience for white powders, and this works great to refresh second day hair!


Rola July 31, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I have been trying the Suave dry shampoo in the US, it is pretty good for a drugstore purchase. I will look into Klorane, I have seen it in a specialty pharmacy here.


Lakshmi September 8, 2012 at 2:13 am

Hey Reika! I like the Batiste (original and others), Klorane’s is good but I feel the bottle does not last long, or maybe I use too much! 🙂 I just got the Oribe dry texturizing spray because after the debacle of Tresemme’s dry shampoo (awful: sticky and cloying scent) I needed something luxe and nice smelling! Have you tried the Oribe one? Will let you know how I like it…


Reika September 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Hi Lakshmi so great to hear from you! Your comments always make my day 🙂 OMG we are so similar, I just bought a can of oribe from UK recently (so expensive btw as I paid 40 pounds!) and I’m looooving it!! I think it is more of a light styling and texturizing spray that adds volume to the roots rather than dry shampoo. But it works so great for my hair and feels weightless. What do you think?


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