Happy Friday, readers! Who’s excited for this week to be over? Me. I am. It’s been a doozy. Spring is making an angsty teenage entrance to New York City, happy and bright one minute, bitter and dark another. Also, my entire office has contracted the plague, so the week has been an exercise in avoiding wayward germs. I was only half successful. Coughs and fevers and stomach bugs, oh my.
Ah well, the weekend is upon us. And with the weekend comes a new feature on the blog: the low/mid/high series. A fun adventure in which I find my favorite versions of products at low, mid, and high price points. I am always on the hunt for the best price-value relationship for my purchases, knowing that sometimes the cheap thing works and sometimes you gotta throw down some cash for the quality goods. I’m here to guide you on what’s best, then you can decide what you want to spend. Easy peasy.
Today’s feature is all about dry shampoo. Despite my self-proclaimed obsession with beauty products, sometimes I’m lazy. Dry shampoo allows me to be lazy and also still look polished. It’s also great for extending a blowout to day two (or three) or adding a little volume to a hairstyle that might have fallen flat. Whatever your needs, dry shampoo is a great tool to have in your hair arsenal.
Here are my faves at every price point:
Low: Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo, $5.99.
This was a lucky drugstore find that turned into a major win. It’s great at reducing excess oil in your hair and has a pleasant scent to it, which is somewhat rare for dry shampoos. I find your hair stays fresh all day, although it doesn’t add as much volume as the more expensive versions. The bottle goes by pretty quickly for the size, but for the price, it’s a solid choice.
Mid: Ojon Full Detox Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Spray, $13 for travel size, $24 for full size.
First of all, let me just say that for such a great product, I cannot stand the name. It’s like 27 words long and uses the phrase ‘rub-out’. I can’t even. Other than that, it’s fantastic. It keeps your hair looking clean and polished all day long and adds great volume from just a few quick sprays. The smell can be a little strong at first, but that fades quickly. I also like that it comes in two size options; I keep the travel size in my desk at work for touch ups and have the full size version at home.
High: Sachajuan Volume Powder, $32.
This is the Cadillac of dry shampoos, both in terms of features and price. It’s fancy. It’s Swedish. And it is THE BEST dry shampoo I’ve ever used. It usually lasts more than one day, it adds amazing volume and it is the closest thing I’ve found to actually washing your hair. It’s not my every day go-to, mostly due to the price tag, but if I need something with staying power, this is what I reach for. I also sometimes use this as prep for a formal event or a night out. If you want your ‘do to stay fresh all night long (especially if there’s dancing involved), this is a lifesaver.
So there you have it. Go forth and purchase. I hope you enjoyed my first low/mid/high series. What other products should I test drive? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list!