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Must-Have: Drybar Detox Shampoo for Brunettes

2014 May 5


I hate washing my hair.

There is a lot of it to deal with and it’s heavy and unruly and long and unlike my husband, who considers the shower his sanctuary and could easily spend all day in there, I am ready to get out the minute I step in.

So I have always wanted to love the idea of dry shampoo but could never find a solution for my dark brown locks that didn’t leave them looking like they had been attacked by a bottle of baby powder.

Until I heard about Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo for Brunettes a while back and finally took it for a trial run this month.

Here’s the good: it works. It just does. It turned my hair from a greasy, flat mess to a seemingly freshly washed mane. It does what it’s supposed to do, with no white residue or powder finish. It works almost like an aerosol spray so you need to apply it a few inches away from your head and proceed with a little caution until you get used to the flow, but once you do, it gives you a clean, natural look that stays all day.

Here’s the not so good: I was warned on Instagram that some people cannot handle the smell. I didn’t find it that unbearable the first time I used it, but the second time (when I admittedly needed a little more…hee hee), I could see what they were saying. The smell is not for everybody. But it wasn’t bad enough to turn me off. It also leaves a lot of residue on your hands. You need to wash them immediately after use and be careful because it may end up on your white pillow cases, like it did mine. Thankfully, it’s easy to get rid of. My other issue was that at the end of the day, my hair did not feel good at all. Yes, it was dirty. I realize that. But it felt stiff and grimy and just not pleasant. It prompted me to wash it asap, so maybe it was trying to make a point: wash your hair more often.

Overall, the pros outweigh the cons and compared to any other dry shampoo I have tried, this undoubtedly gave the most natural finish for my dark hair and saved me a lot of time and energy.

And until someone invents a day with 29 hours in it, that will have to do. 😉

5 Responses leave one →
  1. elizabeth permalink
    May 5, 2014

    I like the inside scoop, good and bad!

  2. May 5, 2014

    Oof, smell and pillowcase residue? I guess on one hand the residue is good because it’s a reminder of what’s getting on pillows with the white stuff even if you can’t see it… – a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired!

  3. May 5, 2014

    I love dry shampoo – but it is hard to find a good one when you have darker hair. Thanks for the review!

  4. May 5, 2014

    As a fellow brunette and a dry shampoo connoisseur, I have to recommend staying away from the brown dry shampoos. They get all over everything and don’t seem to feel as clean. After trying tons of expensive and bargain dry shampoos, my favorite is the Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo that is available in drug stores. It sprays on in a very fine mist that almost looks invisible, even before you rub it in. It also really feels like your hair is clean.

    I also love to apply any dry shampoo right before bed, so that it is fully absorbed while you sleep and you wake up with clean looking hair and no powdery residue.

  5. May 5, 2014

    I find dry shampoo that I like to be the same. It’s great, but by the end of the day, it feels icky.

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