Saturday, January 16, 2010

Dry Shampoo Showdown

Do you wash your hair everyday? I do. If I don't my hair ends up being so greasy. Growing up I heard from people that washing your hair every day is bad for it. Really? I always thought this was strange, because who wants to sport an extra greasy look. I know there were some guys in school who probably never washed their hair. Gross! Well if you have a dry scalp then you're lucky I guess!

What is Dry Shampoo? It's a product (mist or powder) you work into your hair to absorb the oil. Actually baby powder (a talc) works just fine too!

First a look at both of the Dry Shampoos I've tried. Why do I need it? Some days I just get lazy, okay?

Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser, 4.5 oz, $24
From Sephora
A dry cleanser that revives, refreshes, and recharges hair and scalp without water.

Ojon® Rub-Out™ Dry Cleanser instantly "erases" impurities, toxins, excess oil, and product build-up. It increases hair volume at the root while treating the hair and scalp. Ideal between washings, as a hair pick-me-up, when you're in a rush, or when you overuse a styling product. The Dry Cleanser leaves hair cleansed, light, luminous, and healthy -looking.
My thoughts:
This product actually works really, really well! It gives my unwashed hair a little lift and gets rid of the excess oil. I'm not sure about it "erasing" the product build up. I used this a really long time ago so I can't remember exactly if you could feel this in your hair or not. If you can, it's very, very light.
The bad:
The smell! It smells like an old grandma. Really it smells like this viet dessert from my childhood. I forgot the name of it, but it was sticky and had lotus seed paste I think? Gosh, most people will HATE this smell! I did. The other bad thing is that it gets clogged up easily. Just browse the reviews on sephora and you'll see all the people complaining about it. It wasn't so bad for me because I just bought the travel sized one. It clogged up near the end of it's use- so I was okay with that.

T3 Refresh Volumizing Dry Shampoo, 3.3 oz, $25, $20 sale in-store
From Sephora
A volumizing dry shampoo that cleans hair without water and adds volume and texture.

This waterless spray cleans hair without water—absorbing oil and eliminating odor while adding instant lift and volume. Available in three color tones: blonde, brunette, and auburn, Refresh blends in seamlessly with natural hair color without the powdery residue and is totally healthy for hair with its Vitamin B6 formulation. The perfected aerosol design allows a precise and even application without the mess.
My thoughts:
I feel like what's coming out of this can is very different from what was coming out of the Ojon dry cleanser. The Ojon was more misty, and this was more like hairspray! For me it took more sprays of this stuff to eliminate the oil than it did with the Ojon. The first time I used it I think I used too much because my I could feel it in my hair. The second time I used less, but I could still feel it in my hair. It really reminded me of hairspray because it smells like it too. The best thing about this is the smell, and that's just not good enough for a dry shampoo product.
The bad:
It leaves residue in your hair that you can feel. You get less product for the same price as Ojon. This may get clogged up too. I haven't used it long enough.

The winner? T3! Purely because the smell of Ojon makes it so unusable. Ojon wins hands down on formula, but the T3 still works so it wins. I got a full sized can of the Ojon as a gift, and I exchanged it for the T3 last week. I will continue to use it when I need it, but I won't be purchasing either of these in the future.

Alternatives? Baby powder! I sprinkle it into my hand and then rub that into my roots. Make sure to brush it through with a comb. The scary thing about baby powder is you may miss some and have white powder in your hair.

Also, I heard there's one by bumble and bumble that may work too. I haven't tried it nor do I know the proper name of it.

So, do you wash your hair everyday?