Review of @Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo

Six months ago I discovered an incredibly useful hair product I’d heard of for many years but never thought to actually try for myself. My thought was that it would probably be a waste of money or that it would be something that would just make my hair look dirtier than it would have looked without the product. As you can imagine, I am speaking of dry hair shampoo.

I have quite long hair and the longer it gets, which is bound to happen as I don’t plan on trimming it until right before the wedding, the longer it takes me to clean and style it, hence I don’t like to wash it very often. At most, I wash it three times a week—“at most” which isn’t very often. It just depends on how unimaginable or dirty it becomes throughout the week. Generally, I use dry shampoo on second day dirty hair and thoroughly wash my hair on the fourth day, so as you can imagine I use quite a bit when I do use it in preparation for third day dirty hair.

The first dry shampoo I tried was Batiste Dry Hair Shampoo, which ranges in cost between $5 (when on special at CVS) and $10 (I think I also purchased it at CVS at this price). At first it didn’t seem like a major expense—and it really isn’t if you can make it last for you, but I can’t make it last more than 4 to 6 uses which makes stocking up essential—because it works fabulously—but costly. Notably, this isn’t the most expensive brand on the market. These can cost up to $40 per bottle—which  is totally out of my comfort zone given my concern about the variation in cost of the Batiste Dry Hair Shampoo. It is this concern that made me wonder whether there was something on the market that costs less than $5 that works just as great as my first dry hair shampoo love; enter Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo, which cost me a few pennies less than $5 in-store at Albertsons. You can also find it under $5 at:

1.      Walmart

2.      Walgreens

3.      Drugstore.com

Personal Review – 2 out of 5 Stars

Sadly, yes. I would only give it 2 stars. I generally love all things Dove related, but this product just didn’t impress me. In fact, it quite upset me at times, but I think that I may have been expecting too much from the product on days when I really should have just washed my hair—but then Batiste always did the job.

 I just finished a bottle and these were a few of the notes that I made while I used it:

1.      Smells heavenly!

2.      A lot of work goes into making the white cast disappear.

3.      My hair has a gritty feel all day, which makes me think that others can see the product in my hair or that my hair looks especially dirty.

The scent and cost of this product, in addition to it being a product from Dove, initially sold me. However, I don’t think I will ever repurchase it as I have to rub it in with my fingers and hair brush extensively. For those of you that are used to texturizing spray, this may be a product you’d enjoy using as the gritty feel of the product is what I think texturizing spray feels like. The grittiness may be the reason behind the products volumizing effect. I am quite a minimalist when it comes to adding product to my hair. For me, the only other product I regularly reach for, post wash, is leave-in conditioner.

I know I’m not alone in my rating as it has a three star rating based on 17 reviews on Drugstore.com, a two and a half rating based on 200 reviews on Walmart, and again two and a half ratings out of four reviews on Walgreens.com. Given so many other reviews, why take the time to write a post on my own blog, because I thought it’d be fun to take on a small project which revolves around finding the best dry hair shampoo under $5, and this is just the first installment.

Have you tried it for yourself? Is there something I’m missing? Let me know!

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Jessica GibsonDove