Dry shampoo — when done right, it's a lazy girl's best friend.
But when done wrong, it's a nightmare including but not limited to sticky runaway powder, hair breakage, and excessive oil.
Now that hair care's biggest drugstore brands have all developed their own versions, our dry shampoo options are both affordable and limitless — but which one beats them all?
Turns out there's one very clear answer to that question.
Although I was impressed by how little its powder showed on my dark hair, I was instantly perturbed by its smell.
This spray was allegedly infused with "a tint of wild cherry bark," but it smelled more like "a grade school hallway," as our video producer described it.
Not only did it smell a little like disinfectant, but it also didn't do much for my scalp's oil or my hair's volume. The section of my hair that received Aussie's dry shampoo remained limp and almost felt more slippery than it did before.
Rating: Two out of five stars.
This dry shampoo didn't let me down, but it didn't really impress me, either.
The scent of NYM's was light and refreshing, but it had little powder payoff, which means little oil absorption. This really just felt like spraying some nice smelling, cold air into my roots.
Rating: Two and a half out of five stars.
This shampoo gave me slightly better results for a little more residue — and I was just fine with that.
What little residue did show with Tressemme was easy to blend in and brush out. The floral scent was subdued. It gave my hair just enough of a boost and didn't dry it out completely. Not bad.
Rating: Three and half out of five stars.
I didn't think it was possible, but there IS a dry shampoo that's both absorbent AND residue free.
AND IT'S PSSST!, Y'ALL. At the risk of sound like Stefan from "Saturday Night Live," this dry shampoo has everything: A truly untraceable scent, the ability to eliminate oil, AND volumizing properties.
***Rating: Five out of five stars!!!***
The only thing that's kind of a let down is that PSSST! the hardest to find in stores. But who cares, that's why we have the internet, right?