Product Review: Dove Dry Shampoo

Even though Living Proof Dry Shampoo is my favorite, my wallet doesn't always love the price tag. So I've been working my way through some drugstore brands, looking for one (or more) that work similarly.         

Dove Dry Shampoo

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So far, I've only liked Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo. I heard good things about Dove's Dry Shampoo, and as luck would have it, a travel-sized can of the Volume & Fullness version was included in one of my Target Beauty boxes. I used it a few times, and liked it enough to want to buy a full-sized can. Since there was another version, and I didn't really need Volume & Fullness, I decided to give the Detox & Purify version a go...

Interestingly enough, the ingredients for both the Detox & Purify and Volume and Fullness are:
Isobutane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butane, Fragrance (Parfum), Isopropyl Myristate, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane

If you've read my other posts about dry shampoo, you know that I have these expectations from my dry shampoo:
  • light, pleasant scent that dissipates fairly quickly
  • no white/light-colored residue on hair
  • doesn't leave hair feeling stiff or "dirty"
  • doesn't leave hair looking dull
  • leaves my hair easy to style

And you also know that I like to address each of these individually when reviewing a new dry shampoo, giving them a "check" for meeting that expectation or a "fail" for, well, failing:

Light, pleasant scent that dissipates fairly quickly? Check. I do like the scent, but it is a little overwhelming when you first spray it. I usually just hold my breath until I'm finished spraying and it's had a chance to dissipate. And it does dissipate fairly quickly. After awhile, I don't even notice it. I do believe that fragrance is a very subjective thing, so what one person likes, another may hate!

Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo

No white/light-colored residue on hair? Check. Doesn't leave hair looking dull? Check. These pretty much go hand in hand. This dry shampoo sprays on perfectly clear for me. In the photo above, I've concentrated a spray of it on the clear cap - and you can see, well, you can't see - and that's the point, right? Because it sprays on clear, it doesn't dull my roots, and I like that. Please note that I have dark blonde hair, so someone with dark brown or black hair might have a different experience.

Doesn't leave hair feeling stiff or "dirty"? Check. Leaves my hair easy to style? Check. Again, these pretty much go hand in hand. I don't usually need to use dry shampoo until my hair is on at least Day 3 (and I can go even longer in cold weather). I don't usually shampoo until it's Day 4 or 5, so I need the dry shampoo to leave my hair easy to style for a couple of days. I can use the Dove dry shampoo for a day or two and not have any problems with my hair feeling like it has something on it. I can still use a flat iron and style my hair as usual.

Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo

The other version - the Volume & Fullness - is very similar, and I like it, too. Honestly, I'm not sure I can tell a difference between the two - and that was before I knew they had the same ingredients. I have lots of hair and it doesn't really get flat even after several days post-shampoo, so I probably wouldn't notice an increase in volume or fullness anyway. I think any dry shampoo will impart some increase in fullness and volume - especially for someone with fine, thin hair.

This product sells for about $4-5 for a 5 oz. can, so it's very reasonably-priced.

Overall, I really like these products! Since they're basically the same except for the fragrance, I prefer the Detox & Purify. But they both do everything I want my dry shampoo to do. I feel like they could be drying for hair due to the high SD Alcohol content - however, I only spray a small amount on my roots on Day 3 or 4 post-shampoo. Since I keep it directed on my roots and use the smallest amount needed to do the job, I haven't noticed any drying effects, but someone with very dry hair or who uses it all over might find it to be a bit drying (then again, they might notice that with any dry shampoo).

Do you have a favorite dry shampoo? Leave a comment or send me a snap to let me know!


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