My hair is pretty middle of the road: mostly straight, mostly healthy yet pretty greasy (the latter problem has led me to be a perpetual daily washer). My hair is so oil-prone that if I wash it in the morning, it's weighed down and slightly slick by the time my S.O. and I are trying to figure out dinner. I've tried a whole slew of shampoos, conditioners and treatments aimed at solving my greasy hair issues.
I've tried "training" my hair for weeks after friends and beauty websites recommended my scalp produced excess oil because it was too clean, and it would regulate itself if I just let it be. Nothing worked. And somewhere along the way—after years of being tired of smelling like baby powder with second-day hair I tried to freshen up—I gave dry shampoo a run.
My first experience with the so-called hair lifesaver wasn't a great one. Whatever I picked up at my local CVS was a bit of a disaster, and my hair ended up far worse for wear (user error, possibly?). I asked friends and co-workers what brands they loved, and shelled out some $$$ at Sephora, Ulta and Target trying out what everyone was raving about. Everything I tested was just okay; nothing blew me away, so I started to believe that I was destined for a life of every day washes. That is, until Amika's Perk Up Dry Shampoo showed up in my monthly beauty subscription box.
With a retail price tag of about $24, it's not exactly a thrifty item, but one I feel well worth the splurge. Where other dry shampoos left my hair a chalky mess, this one left little to no white powdery residue on my dark brunette locks. The scent is fresh (better than my regular shampoo, in fact), and provides my flat, lifeless hair with much needed volume. The first time I tried it, I literally said out loud in disbelief "Is this my hair?!?" and from then on I was addicted.
Many dry shampoos are formulated with talc and aluminum starch, and according to the Amika website, Perk Up is one of the only dry shampoos on the market made without those two ingredients (instead, it uses rice starch, which is a light, absorbent powder). Where I was normally left with hair that felt dusty, tangled and somehow (sometimes) even greasier, this just left me feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world without lathering up.
A few months later, I've officially made the switch from washing my hair every.single.day to (mostly) washing it every other day, and frankly, I've never looked back.
Throughout my journey to find this HG dry shampoo, I also tested a handful of others that received relatively high marks from me. Check them out below!