Beauty Finds

Beauty Test Drive: Are Volumizing Dry Shampoos Overrated?

We measure the scent, residue and oil-absorbing ability of three top powder texturizers

In her new weekly column, beauty contributor Andrea Karr tries the latest products on the market to give you the real deal on what to try and why. Check back every Wednesday for her take on the finds worth adding to your makeup bag.

Dry shampoo: It’s the joy and bane of every woman’s existence. When it fails, a powdery mess and grimy hair is left in its wake. When it works, it cuts down on oil and extends the life of a blowout, often adding volume and texture to limp strands. See how these offerings from Cake, Redken and L’Oréal Professionnel stack up.

Cake Dry Shampoo

Cake Satin Sugar Sweet Fuss-Free Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray is like candy for the hair, $22 at

The Review: If you’re at all girly, you’ll love this dry shampoo spray. It smells like powdered sugar and absorbs hair-flattening oils in an instant to reveal yesterday’s blowout in all its glory. Though the spray leaves no visible residue, several spritzes result in a tiny Sweethearts-scented cloud, so plan to clear the bathroom for a minute or two after applying.

Redken Dry Shampoo

Redken Powder Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder/Dry Shampoo absorbs oil without leaving residue, $23 at salons.

The Review: For women that want a less overtly feminine hair refresher, this odourless aerosol powder also leaves no residue, even on dark hair. Spray at the roots then rub the powder in with your fingers, brushing through to the ends to distribute the product. No one will be able to tell you haven’t washed your hair!


L’Oréal Professionnel Super Dust Volume Saviour Texturizing Powder has major grip for those styles that need extra hold, $19 at salons.

The Review: Not strictly a dry shampoo (but with similar characteristics), this white dust looks and smells a bit like baking powder. Still, it’s amazing for adding sexy volume (thereby disguising greasy roots) and giving bobby pins and clips something to hold onto. It works best for creating a rocker-chic look, rather than prolonging a smooth, sleek blow-dry.

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Up next week, Andrea tries out the season’s hottest metallics.