REVIEW: EVA NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo

by - August 01, 2014

I think I might be addicted to dry shampoo. Not in a creepy carry it around with me and freshen up my roots every ten minutes kind of a way, but in a... go slightly mad and turn into messy bun lady whenever I don't have a bottle on hand to deal with my second day hair. See, the thing about my hair situation is that I really, really can't wash it too often or it rebels. Hard. So I wash my hair about every third day... sometimes fourth, because I feel like washing my hair becomes such an event these days. Anyone else feel that way? Wet hair requires the time and energy to do something about it... or the knowledge that you're about to likely commit to a ponytail until the next wash. Why am I such a hair slacker?

Anyway. I love dry shampoo and I'm always on the search for my holy grail. Up until now, none of the other options have managed to top Batiste, even though Batiste definitely has its issues for me as well. So. Did this one take the crown? Keep reading to find out.

I picked this up at Winners for $12.99 after being really impressed with the EVA NYC hair mask that I received from IPSY and just used up during Sample Killah. Upon scouring around the internet, I found that it retails in the US for around $12. I'm not sure which retailers regularly stock it in Canada, but I am going to look into it. As far as the price point is concerned, it's definitely a bit higher than Batiste, but at $12 it isn't reaching salon type prices. (However, if you look on the EVA NYC website, they have it listed at $24, which definitely does reach salon prices. So. There's that?) I think this is going to require some more research by me, but you can definitely order this at a pretty affordable price, so I'm calling that a win.

For me, there are three main things that I look for in a dry shampoo, so let's look at how this stacks up:

Obviously this is the most important part when it comes to dry shampoo, because that's basically its entire job. I think this product does a really, really good job of taking care of the oil in my hair. With quite a few other dry shampoos, I've found that they will briefly take care of excess oils in my hair but after a couple of hours my hair looks just as dirty as it did before I applied it. This definitely does a good job of keeping my hair looking fresh and clean all day. Additionally, if I put it on before bed, I wake up with really fresh, clean looking hair.

This is second on the list for two reasons. The first is that I have naturally dark hair, so even with my current balayage I have dark roots, and a lot of dry shampoos can look a hot, powdery mess on dark hair. The second is that some dry shampoos leave a weird texture that, even though it doesn't look dirty, feels really gross and... chunky? I don't know if that's the right word. If you've tried a lot of dry shampoos, I'm sure you know the feeling I mean. You can feel the combination of oil and powder in your hair and it just feels gross and takes away from the lightness of your hair. I'm happy to report that this dry shampoo did not leave a white, powdery residue in my hair and I haven't noticed any excessively weird texture. I have heard some people complain that this does come out white, but I really haven't had that issue at all. I just spray it on, run my fingers through a few times, and then give it a quick brush and I'm good. While your hair is never going to feel quite clean with a dry shampoo, I think this one gets me the closest I've ever gotten.

Oh the scent of a lot of dry shampoos... I'm pretty persnickety about how my hair smells, so a bad smelling dry shampoo isn't going to get it done for me. Whenever I'm going to try a new one, one of the first things I do is give it a sniff. Honestly, if I can't get behind the scent of it, I'm not going to even try. Ever notice how things that smell bad always have the really lingering scent that never seems to fade? Anyway, this smells amazing. It's actually what sold me on it when I picked it up. I'm terrible at explaining scents, but I assure you that this one is very, very nice. It's not overpowering or perfumey, but just makes your hair smell nice.
This product just knocked Batiste out of the top spot... at least for the time being. It ticks all the boxes for me, I find it easier to work with, and it smells even better than Batiste's Tropical scent which formerly held the top spot. I definitely recommend this to anyone in the market for a really good dry shampoo, or anyone who hasn't tried it before.


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