Okay, let me get this one thing out of the way first—this is quite honestly the literal opposite of what you think a dry shampoo is. In fact, I used it and was quite confident that somehow Tsubaki had royally messed up in labelling this as a dry shampoo because dry, it is absolutely NOT. I know, this is a skin care blog, not a hair care blog, but still. It’s definitely not what I normally consider to be a dry shampoo, which was why I was so intrigued by it in the first place. I mean, why is a dry shampoo a liquid in a squeezy narrow-tipped bottle in the first place?
Tsubaki Dry Shampoo Review
Like the difference between the definitions of toner vs. lotion, ‘dry shampoo’ means something completely different in Japan. *cue confusion*
From what I’ve gathered, a dry shampoo in Japan is just a shampoo that you don’t use water to rinse away—not powder in a spray can that you spritz on your roots.
I don’t really know why, but my train of thought was somehow this was powder suspended in liquid that would absorb the oil. Hilariously OFF on that one girl, but you tried.
So How Do I Use Tsubaki Dry Shampoo?
The gist of it is that you rub it in and then let your hair dry again, and your hair is somehow magically cleaner. The packaging makes it perfect for getting right in there, too—you basically part your hair and squirt the product along your scalp. This is not going to be an instant refresh, FYI—so if you’re short on time in the AM, don’t get rid of your Batiste just yet. However, this could be the one for you if you have a little bit more time at night—but more on that later.
After about twenty minutes, I went to brush my teeth and saw my hair in the mirror.
It looked AMAZING. Not just as fresh as a proper shampoo, obviously, but it was like the clock had been turned back from two-day old hair to one day old hair. My hair is thick, straight, and stereotypically Asian—combined with an oily scalp, I’m pretty prone to some janky-ass, greasy roots if I’m not careful.
Ok no but for real—it looked great! It also smelled super fresh and minty, and not in a “I’m trying to cover up smells with perfume” way. It literally smelled like I had just washed my hair.
It was kind of like waking up to day old hair every time—even though it would have been two days since I washed my hair.
I think it works surprisingly well—my gripe with regular dry shampoos and other hair refreshing hacks is I’m often left with a still itchy, now slightly gunky scalp. Gross. The gunk comes from the powder absorbing the oil and staying on the skin, btw. With this, I get a really nice cooling sensation on my scalp (thanks to the menthol) and just that alone seems to calm down any itching from accumulating oils. I’ve also noticed that even if I only use this once a week (which is about average, considering how often I wash my hair after working out) my scalp is way less prone to being hella itchy, which happens to me a lot more in the tropics.