Friday, April 11, 2014

Yet Another Damned Dry Shampoo Review: Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo

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Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo is an interesting one. It's not powdery. Like, at all. Hence the name, I guess. That quality has its pros and cons.

An obvious benefit is that you don't end up with grey powdery-looking roots, like this. That's going to be particularly good if you have dark hair.

The downside is that it doesn't seem to absorb oil as well as more powdery formulas. The weird thing is that after using this stuff, my hair looks cleaner and has more volume. But it still feels dirty. Some dry shampoos leave my roots feeling kind of stiff and rough, but that's not what I'm talking about. It feels pretty much exactly the same as before I added the shampoo, but with some more lift. Look:

Hair not washed for 24 hours.
Hair after using Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo
Hair after using Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo.
So it does make your hair look cleaner, which is the main goal, right? To not look like a mess? I also really like the scent. It has a subtle mint fragrance. FINALLY. I'm so sick of dry shampoos that make me sneeze with their over-perfumed granny smells.

Overall, I like it, but I have such an oily scalp that it bothers me a little that I don't really feel any cleaner after I've used it. It's not refreshing, you know? The trade off is a lack of white residue in your hair. I think that if you have dark hair, this is definitely worth trying. I wish I could find something affordable that combined the light fragrance of this stuff with the results of one of the good Suave dry shampoos. As I've said before, I'm a bit of a dry shampoo Goldilocks.


  1. I was curious about this all week for some reason, but the Dove one I have works fairly well and I don't dry shampoo very much. Would rather spend the $3 on a latte! And ditto that thought on scented dry shampoos - it's kind of like deodorants - why do scalps and armpits need to smell like imaginary orchids harvested from underneath some silly waterfalls?

    1. I kind of like it, but I just have a travel/mini size, and I'm not sure I'd buy the full size one. I'll probably just keep looking. I don't mind a little fragrance, but not so much that my eyes itch. I swear I'm not stinky enough to require that level of perfume in my hair products. And they compete with any other scents I choose to wear.

  2. I have a sample of this but haven't opened it yet... how is it not powdery? Is it like a foam or something? I'm very curious now, but want to use up my current dry shampoo before I crack the sample open.

    1. No, it just sprays on like a clear liquid. Not really wet. Kind of the same thing as regular dry shampoo but without the white powder. It does have tapioca starch and silica in it, though, so I assume those perform a similar function to cornstarch, etc., but are clear and don't feel powdery.


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