Okay, so maybe the title of this post is a little grand considering I'm just going to discuss whether or not one particular example of an expensive dry shampoo is "better." But I've pointed out before that I'm a dry shampoo Goldilocks, and I still haven't found the one that's just right. (If you would like to spend your precious time looking at dozens of nearly identical photos of the top of my head - who wouldn't! - check out my dry shampoo tag.) So when I had some HauteLook credits and Oscar Blandi showed up, I decided I would give their dry shampoo a try. I'd heard about it from a few people who love it.
|So fancy and Italian., it's like the Renaissance.|
Maybe there are brilliant and expensive dry shampoos out there. But my conclusion from trying this product, at least, is that you're not necessarily going to get a superior dry shampoo just by spending more. This stuff works, and it's fine, but it's not noticeably better than any of the cheap dry shampoos I've used in the past.
It's a powder formula, rather than an aerosol, and it dispenses through a narrow spout. You run the end of the spout through the roots of your dry hair and lightly squeeze the bottle to send out puffs of powder. Then, as with all dry shampoos, you spread it through the roots using your fingers, let it sit for a few minutes, and brush it out.
This shit is messy. Do not wear black or dark or important clothing while dispensing it, because it will end up all over you and all over your bathroom. I haven't discovered a technique that allows me to avoid making a mess. With a powder (like cornstarch), I prefer to use a medium-sized makeup brush to apply it. You get a more even application and it's (slightly) less messy. But there's no real way to do that with the Oscar Blandi.
|Before: hair not washed for 24 hours.|
|After: Oscar Blandi dry shampoo.|
My favorite thing about this particular product is the scent. It's has a light citrusy fragrance that smells more like citronella than lemon. It's pleasant, and it's not overpowering.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this product, even it it weren't so exorbitantly priced. It works okay, and I like the scent, but it's not exciting. It's not my ideal - my ideal dry shampoo would combine the light fragrance of this with the packaging and performance of one of the cheap Suave options. If you prefer a powder to an aerosol, for environmental or other reasons, I would suggest just using a cheap, widely available powder like corn starch (there are many other options such as rice flour, baby powder, tapioca starch/flour, etc.) and applying it to your roots with a cheap makeup brush. I use the one that came with my Maybelline Mineral Veil Translucent Powder, because it's too stiff and scratchy to use on my face, but it works great with corn starch on my hair.
The only reason I can think to get the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo instead of another option would be if you really like the scent and you want to use a powder product. Powder dry shampoos seem to be consistently more expensive than sprays, for whatever reason. I'm going to look into a way to add fragrance to corn starch, because then I might be able to create my own almost-just-right and incredibly cheap dry shampoo. Stay tuned.