I don't know about you, but I use dry shampoo quite a bit. In fact, I have small drawer full of full and sample sized dry shampoos. Some are better than others. Some leave me with nice volume. Others leave me looking like Cruella de Vil no matter how hard I rub it in.
Testing this out
But Trader Joe's Dry Shampoo is different from every other dry shampoo I've tried. It isn't an aerosol for starters.
The bottle is a bit more of a pump action. It sprays a small amount of product into your hair. It was enough to avoid the white streak effect that some dry shampoos. As someone with (mostly) naturally dark hair, this was much appreciated.
So each pump gives you a gentle puff of dry shampoo. Just enough to be messaged easily into your hair without those annoying streaks.
If you are in a rush and dry shampoo is something you reach for in the last couple of minutes of your morning routine then this might be less than ideal as it will take a bit longer to apply the same amount of product.
But yes, I'd love to see a dry shampoo adapted to darker hair to avoid the streaking problem, but this still worked just fine.
And to be fair, since less product is distributed with each pump, was very easy to rub in.
Overall, for $4.99 it isn't as cheap as it appears because it is also just over an ounce in size.
I usually reach for Amika Dry Shampoo (which sells for $25 for a 5.3-ounce bottle...or about $5 per ounce) or Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day which sells for $26 for a 4-ounce bottle. Suddenly Trader Joe's is actually priced in line with higher-end products.
Some dry shampoos seem to help with volume better. Some also add in a nice fresh and clean fragrance. This had no fragrance to speak of. So depending on your preference this may or may not matter to you.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I'd consider buying Trader Joe's Dry Shampoo again. I really liked it overall, but which did I keep reaching for? My higher-end standbys. For almost the same price per ounce, I wanted this product to do more than just absorb oil.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
A visual rundown
The bottle of Trader Joe's Dry Shampoo:
Ingredients and description on the bottle
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Trader Joe's Dry Shampoo
Product Name: Trader Joe's Dry Shampoo
Product Description: Trader Joe's Dry Shampoo is a pretty solid product in a small size.
Trader Joe's Dry Shampoo is the newest addition to the health and beauty aisle at Trader Joe's.
- Product works well
- No fragrance to speak of
- Absorbs oil well
- Some dry shampoos I've tried gave my hair a bit of volume too
- Price isn't as great as it seems
- I didn't love how many pumps I had to use to get product into my hair
I think TJ's needs to do travel size shampoos in a travel pouch.
Thanks for doing the review on this. I've been wondering about it. I have also used many many dry shampoos more so for volume than to so call "clean" my hair. More so to extend the volume until the next wash.
Brien Downes says
I was surprised at how quickly I used all the product.
It's a small bottle at one ounce. Thanks for sharing!
I found that it has a really nice smell that I love! Not sure why yours didn’t smell...great on dark hair as you mentioned!
Thanks for sharing Risa!
Kimberly Holmes says
I bought this but haven’t tried it yet. One thing I usually notice is that the non-aerosols typically last longer for me... with aerosol I tend to keep spraying and use more than I realize.
Thanks for sharing Kimberly!
Not sure if I got a bad batch or what but this is awful! it's like putting baby powder on my head and it looks like I have a huge dandruff problem. I'm not someone to complain about products but this is the first time I want to actually try and get my money back because it's completely unusable. I hate being wasteful but I am tempted to throw the full bottle in the garbage.
Thanks for sharing. Don't forget Trader Joe's has a great return policy and you can get your money back.