For years, my friend Casey has told me that Living Proof Dry Shampoo was THE REAL DEAL in terms of perfect hair days. And for years, I have resisted. It’s $24 per bottle and I didn’t see why it was any different than the baby powder or the others I was purchasing that I talked about in my hair FAQ post. I still think they are great, but Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo had a sale this summer so I took the plunge. I got two full size bottles, a travel sized bottle and several samples for $28 (including shipping), which seemed like a great deal to me considering all of that at full price is $62 + shipping. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Living Proof Dry Shampoo and if I think it is worth the price…
Is Living Proof Dry Shampoo Worth The Price?
First things first – the part that is most important to me is the smell. Dry shampoo plays a role that is incredibly close to my nose, so if something is overly scented or flowery, it’s not going to work. I’m happy to report this has a clean, slightly floral, but not chemical, scent. It didn’t give me a headache or induce a migraine, so – win!
The marketing for this product states that unlike other dry shampoos, Living Proof doesn’t just soak up oil, it actually removes dirt, grease and sweat. It does this OFPMA, a proprietary molecule that coats hair to help remove the powder, dirt, and oil. It’s also sulfate-free!
On my first use, my hair was only one day “old”, but I had been on a flight the night prior (a red eye where I slept in a middle seat), so things were looking…wonky. I sprayed it in and watched my hair come to life. I sort of expected some kind of Cinderella-level magic where she spins around in the dress…I sprayed it in as the can directed and used my fingers to activate it all.
There wasn’t any animation, but my hair did react positively. The first thing I noticed was that my roots looked more voluminous, which is not odd for dry shampoo (I’ve seen that with other brands). I really loved that this didn’t spray super white into my darker hair, but it definitely is white (I got a little TOO close and ambitious), so hold it at a safe distance from your scalp.
When I really noticed this begin to work was at the end of the day (so full two days, no washing on straight hair in humid weather), my hair looked good. When my hair is straight, that’s a rarity, because I can get so many more days between washes when it’s curled. So…I went for another day.
Turns out, Living Proof also prevents tangling, which is something I struggle with using other dry shampoo products and techniques. For me, the “proof” (HA!) of this product working is that on my fine hair, it still looked remarkably good after 3 full days that included travel, airplanes, new/different shampoo and water — all factors that typically lead to daily washing for me. And not just good in the sense of just looking good, but also feeling good to the touch, which many of you probably know is not normal after days of extended dry shampoo use.
My official vote? TWO THUMBS UP. I get it. I see why people rave about this and all my stars come from the fact that it does exactly what it says it will on the can, which I’ve found is not always the case on beauty-related products. I will 100% buy this again, but to be honest, I have a feeling the cans I purchased already will last a good long while. Another star for longevity!
If you use dry shampoo, what are your go-tos? Have you used Living Proof Dry Shampoo?