The Only High-End Dry Shampoo That Just Might Be Worth the Money

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I don't want to brag (cue braginess alert), but I like to think of myself as the queen of dry shampoo--self-appointed, of course. My "shampoo Monday morning, oily by Monday night" scalp means I rely on dry shampoo more than any other beauty product, so I've tried a lot of different ones. As you might know from my massive drugstore dry shampoo comparison post, I prefer drugstore cheapies since I go through cans of this stuff like you would not believe.

For years, I've held to my old faithful and very favorite Batiste (post), but I've recently started exploring some high-end options to see if they were worth the extra cash, and almost all across the board, they weren't. (We're talking Drybar, the new Alterna one, Oscar Blandi, TIGI, and a few others. For the record, I do think Klorane is ever so slightly better than Batiste, but the two are honestly so similar that the considerable price difference isn't worth the negligible quality difference). 

I thought I'd seen it all in terms of different types of dry shampoos, but then the Rene Furterer Naturia walked into my life and pleasantly surprised me. My biggest complaint with dry shampoo, or with any other hair product, is with the consistency and texture it has--and how uncomfortable that is to feel in my hair. I can't stand the ones that tangle up my roots and feel stiff, but a lot of them are also a bit too powdery for my liking. Even with my beloved, can't-live-without-it-Batiste, there's a bit of dustiness in my scalp.

The wonderful thing about this product that potentially makes it worth the money for me is that it's not a very powdery dry shampoo. Something about this formula clings to the hair, and it feels like a not-as-powdery-powder, like it's a touch creamy or along those lines. It really helps hang onto the scalp and roots which means no dusty fallout, and also makes it a hell of a lot more blendable. Best of all, when you run your fingers through your roots post-application, your hair feels extremely natural--pretty clean, and not at all like you've put dry shampoo or any other powder into it. Again, I'm very finicky about texture, so this is kind of a huge deal for me.

The one thing that worries me is that this stuff comes out a funky shade of beige-orange. It doesn't have any effect on my pitch-black hair, as it easily blends out, but I imagine if you're very blonde, or whiteish-blonde, you could have a problem with that. Again, it completely blends in, but if you're one of those types who is very particular about the color of dry shampoo in relation to your hair, you might take issue with this. 

Naturia is definitely a great dry shampoo, but as per usual, it all comes down to value and value for money, compared to the cheaper options. Batiste is anywhere from $7-$10 (whether you get it at TJ Maxx, CVS, or Amazon) for 5 oz of product, and Rene is $24 for 3.2 oz. Obviously, Batiste is a way better value, but I still think there's a spot for the Rene on the market and in everybody's bathroom cabinet. 

Yes, it's more expensive, but I really think that the texture and the way it blends out is singular and unparalleled to anything else on the market. 

Honestly, I'm on too much of a budget and go through dry shampoo way too quickly to spend this kind of money on such a utility product. However, if you're willing to spend more on hair products and are finicky about dry shampoo and texture, this is a fantastic option. Otherwise, go right ahead and stock up on some Batiste!

If money were no object, I would probably mostly be using the Rene Naturia dry shampoo, with a few cans of Batiste every now and then. I won't even lie, that sentence was a bit heartbreaking to type.

There you have it, folks! Straight from the mouth of a (self-appointed) dry shampoo queen. 

Hope you're well!

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