Let me guess- you absolutely love washing your hair and are so eager to wash it that you do so every day? Yeah, said no one ever! That question could be the furthest truth from my own reality at least. I do not enjoy hair washing days and tend to try and extend my days between washes as long as possible. I typically can go about 6-7 days. I know, that’s probably way too long for some, but this is one of the reasons I love my thick hair. (My hair and I have a love-hate relationship.) However, on those non-hair washing days, I still need to give my hair a little extra care and usually top it with some dry shampoo.
I’m never too picky when it comes to dry shampoo because I find that with all dry shampoos leave some white residue, but this can typically be shaken out after some time. Also, in most of my experiences, dry shampoos have a clean or fresh scent to them, which is really what’s most important to me. With that being said, I actually was not in the market for a new dry shampoo, but after hearing about the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo one too many times I found myself in the middle of another swipe up purchase.
I purchased the Full size (4 oz) bottle of the Living Proof Dry Shampoo priced at $25. As soon as I received my dry shampoo in the mail I wanted to put it to the test. I shook the bottle up, as the label advised and started to spray about 6 inches away from my hair. I immediately started to see some white residue but continued with the process. I did find that the scent was very refreshing and within a couple of minutes any natural oils in my hair seemed to be absorbed. However, I was still left with that white residue, but this was fixed with a little hair shaking.
At this point, I’ve used this product countless times and although I do notice that any oils are being absorbed when the dry shampoo is applied, I do not get the “fresh scent throughout the day” effect as claimed. I have seemed to get rid of most of the white reside with extra shaking of the can, but I have found that if you shake it any less than required you will get at least a little white residue. My hair does feel clean as soon as the dry shampoo is applied, but if I’m being honest I get the same kind of effect in my hair, even with some drugstore dry shampoos that I’ve tried. I honestly cannot tell the difference between the Living Proof Dry Shampoo and any other dry shampoo brand that I’ve used. I will continue to use the bottle I purchased until I’m out, but after that I think that’s the end of the road for me and this dry shampoo. I just don’t get the hype around this product and this is a Honey, No for me.
I was super excited to try the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo after hearing it’s high praises from several friends and influencers. I am a big fan of their shampoo and conditioner and they are in my regular rotation of products I use on my hair. I have to preface this by saying I did go into it with some attachment to my usual dry shampoo (Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo). However, I was really trying to keep an open mind in regards to the Living Proof dry shampoo.
I never use dry shampoo on my curls because oil is frankly a curly girl’s bestfriend. I only use it when I have styled my hair straight and have been wearing it that way for a day or two and get a touch of grease the the root. The things I look for in a dry shampoo are three fold: something that smells good, doesn’t leave white residue in my super dark brown roots and neutralizes oil at the root with out leaving my hair feeling dry which it can be because of it’s natural curly texture.
Unfortunately as much as I wanted to love the Living Proof dry shampoo, I couldn’t. It was just okay, not great. It smelled nice enough and did the job it was meant to do but I felt like it dried out my hair a bit too much. It just didn’t feel light enough and almost left some white residue in my very dark hair. When comparing it to my Moroccan Oil brand dry shampoo that I typically use, there is no way I would pick the Living Proof version. I think the Moroccan Oil brand might just be more geared towards dry/dark hair (they actually have a specific one for dark hair). I didn’t hate the Living Proof by any means but it was just a meh for me!
Alright, so I’m going to let y’all in on a dirty little secret. I hate washing my hair. I absolutely love when it’s all pretty and bouncy and my highlights are vibrant and fresh looking BUT I hate the process to get me there. Luckily, there is a solution to help extend the time between washes. Dry shampoo!
I have fairly fine hair that tends to get very oily within one day of washing. This is not a good combo as my hair also has a hard time growing or staying healthy when it’s over-washed. It tends to become either dried out or brittle whenever I happen to wash it too often. Therefore, I rely on products like dry shampoo to help prolong my time between washes.
I have been using various brands of dry shampoo for about 8+ years, so I consider myself an aficionado on the subject now and am always on the hunt for the best product. Sometimes, I find myself loving certain scents while I hate their effects and vice versa. I can confidently say that Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo is one of my top favs. The overall scent is nice but I will say that it is somewhat strong and floral which doesn’t happen to be my favorite. However, it ‘s performance on cutting out excess oils is amazing. I also do notice that I can smell the scent occasionally throughout the day which is nice. I will say, the price point here is more than I would typically spend on this type of product ($25/ 7oz). However, the overall results that I get from the Living Proof version make the cost worth it to me. I typically use this on day 2 after hair washing BUT if I know I have an event or something happening the next day, I will also apply at night and sleep in the Living Proof and not worry about any greasy hair problems when I wake up!
Living Proof Dry Shampoo may leave behind a slight residue if you do not brush it through or massage into your scalp properly. Pro tip: you also MUST shake the can vigorously and often while applying the dry shampoo to avoid the white residue effect. With lighter colored/blonde hair, I do not find this to be a visible issue for me personally. However, I do still find that the spray leaves behind a residue to the touch- a somewhat grainy, dry or crunchy texture is left behind on the scalp when you run your fingers through. Not a major issue in my opinion but just something to consider.
Side note: I am a huge fan of the Living Proof Dry Volume Blast spray ($29/ 7.5 oz) and absolutely LOVE the scent (much lighter and sweeter/less floral than the dry shampoo). I love using this on days that I wash my hair to help give it more volume/ texture and have never had any white residue issues with this product. It also provides great volume and body while also eliminating some excess oil all while leaving a fresh scent all day.
While I do love using Living Proof dry shampoo, I am also really big fan of the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo. Even though it’s a bargain-drugstore dry shampoo, it still smells AMAZING (like coconuts which I prefer) and runs less than $5 for a 7 oz bottle. It works well at eliminating odor and oil build up but I will say the effects don’t last very long like the Living Proof products do. You get what you pay for I guess!
While I know it may not work for everyone and every hair type, Living Proof Dry Shampoo works great for me and my fine/ oil prone hair. It now helps me go around 4-5 days between washes (down from every other day when not using this dry shampoo). While the cost is much higher than most drugstore dry shampoos, this product actually does live up to the hype in my eyes. Many influencers are often given promo codes or put together bundle deals with Living Proof that help cut some of the cost down so personally, I only purchase this product during those times. I do know that Living Proof is often available for less $$ at stores like Target and TJ Maxx (about $14) so be on the look out Honies! I know that I will be since this is a Honey, Yasss for me!