I Tried It… TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

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Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

At 6:45 a.m. on the Monday morning after Thanksgiving break, I had approximately 2.5 minutes to get ready and get out the door to make it on time to my 8 a.m. class. Like almost all Monday mornings, I went to reach for my favorite dry shampoo – Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo – to rejuvenate my hair that I hadn’t washed since Saturday night… except, I couldn’t find it. Of course, I left it on my home bathroom counter, 3000 miles away, and for the remainder of the day, my oily hair was safely hidden under an incredibly unfashionable baseball cap.

As soon as I got out of class (well, after a much-needed shower and some hair-washing), I raced to Walmart to find a replacement for my Oscar Blandi. My college town doesn’t have a Sephora, so I was in search of cult favorites Psst or Batiste. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find either of them. However, I did see TRESemmé’s Fresh Start Dry Shampoo. I purchased it (for about $4), and was ecstatic about finding a dry shampoo that cost less than my favorite Starbucks order.

What is it?

TRESemmé Commercial - April 2010

TRESemmé’s product, like all dry shampoos, promises a clean head of hair without the hassle of washing – perfect for making that blowout last a day or two longer. Basically, you spray the product at your roots, brush it out, and voila– oil-free, clean hair.

The dry shampoo market isn’t perfect – even the best products (like my beloved Oscar Blandi) can give dark hair a greyish tint and take a while to completely brush out, so I really did not have high expectations for TRESemmé’s dry shampoo. I figured as long as it made my hair look not disgusting then I’d be happy. After all, I’d bought it for $4, so really, how could it even be a waste of money?

How did it work?

6:45 a.m., Wednesday morning: I reached for the TRESemmé and sprayed it on my roots. I waited a few minutes while I put on mascara/brow pencil, and then brushed my hair out. When I looked in the mirror, I expected marginally clean, maybe a bit matte, hair.

What I actually got was flat, lifeless, greyish greasy hair. Never before have I used a hair product that’s made my hair look worse than before I used it. Imagine how your hair looks after three or four days without washing it, and that’s how my hair looked after using this product. Some dry shampoo doesn’t exactly clean, but makes hair more voluminous- not this, as my hair fell flatter than before.

Honestly, I cannot see any positive use for this product. It might be one of the worst hair products I’ve ever personally tried – my roommate even tried it and hated it. This is definitely a waste of money – that $4 could have been better spent almost anywhere; even baby powder would have been more effective for the money. So if you’re looking for a good dry shampoo, don’t look to TRESemmé – you’ll end up disappointed.

Your thoughts?

Have you guys tried TRESemmé’s dry shampoo? What did you think? What is your favorite dry shampoo? Tell me in the comments!

72 thoughts on “I Tried It… TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo”

  1. I used the foam one for dry/curly hair and I LOVE it!! I have incredibly dry hair that takes forever to straighten, so I don’t like to get it wet every day… this dry shampoo works wonders for me.

  2. I’ve use the shampoo made for curly hair and from my experience it works. Especially if you are African-American and wear your hair in braids. It’s good for cleaning hair like that.

  3. I’ve tried it for both straight and curly hair and with the curly hair one i still had to blow dry it to make it dry. it did make my hair very soft for the first time. its not that convienant and after the first time it didnt do anything. same with the straight. i couldnt get the grey out of my hair and the sticky gross feel of overuse of hairspray. i blowdried it and it felt a lot better but it still felt really gross. i completely understand how you feel!

  4. I tried this cuz its hard to find Psst or Batiste in my college town and I thought this would be an easy to find option. Boy, this stuff made my hair almost sticky. I found using my fingers to massage the stuff out helps a little bit but since I don’t use dry shampoo very often, just for emergencies, finals week, busy weekends etc. , I’ll just stick with my Batiste Blush and drive to the nearest Sallys.

  5. I used this product and actually really liked it. Did you use it right? You have to shake it really well and apply it all over not just at the roots. Although I have fine blonde hair, i guess results vary. Sorry your experience wasn’t a good one!

  6. Oh god – I bought this stuff last year after it was featured in 17 Magazine, thinking my prayers had been answered – that I’d found the miracle spray that’d save me from being late to work.

    I had the same thing – it made my hair SOOOO Disgusting!!!
    The texture alone would be enough to make me barf, let alone it looks like halloween makeup / turns your hair gray and looks like it’s dandruff-ridden.
    I used it the once, and never again.

  7. I dont use this dry shampoo, I use Salon Grafix Invisable Dry shampoo. It works for all hair types, and it doesn’t leave your hair grey or white.
    I have really wavy hair so the next day the waves never really look like the way they did the day before, so, when I do use this product, I wear my hair up and I spray it on my roots and the greasy-ness disappears!

  8. I’ve never used any type of dry shampoo, I’ve wanted to but could never find one! But I’m super glad that I crossed one off my list. Thanks! 🙂

  9. Pssst is also a personal favorite of mine. It works just as its supposed to and can gives my hair texture when its clean or dries up the greasiness when its not. I highly recommend it. I’ve only found it at Walgreens though, which is sad since there aren’t many Walgreens in my college town.

    Thank you for the review! I was going to try to buy some other brand if I couldn’t get to a Walgreens. Great knowing that this stuff just doesn’t work.

  10. It’s nice to hear real, honest product reviews. Not gonna lie, I’ve passed this a few times at the store and considered trying it out (I’m the owner of a head full of grease-prone, baby-fine tresses), but will now thankfully spend my pocket change elsewhere….after reading these comments, it sounds like I’ll have to check out Psst 🙂

  11. So funny, I actually just used this stuff yesterday. My hair looked okay, but usually dry shampoo gives it more oomph, so I decided to try it and my hair got all piece-y and greasy from it. I have naturally straight, oily hair so usually this sounds like something that’d help… But alas, no.

    My hair stylist recommended the Rockaholic one to me and after reading so many positive comments about it, I just might splurge.

  12. I tried their dry shampoo for curly hair -which I was really excited about since I’ve never seen a curly hair version of it – and I loved it! Granted I only tried it once but I thought it did a great job rejuvenating my day old curls. I’m looking forward to trying it again. Sorry to hear about disappointing straight hair version.

  13. i was a little shocked at this review! i’ve been using this dry shampoo for a while and I LOVE this product! it’s one of my must haves for haircare. i don’t brush it after i put it in though. it leaves my hair 2x more voluminous than any other product i’ve tried. i just spray some on my hands, and rub it on my scalp with my head down. people always tell me how nice my hair looks and smells after i use this stuff, and i have really long brown hair that’s a bit oily. i used to use baby powder which worked but this is much better.

  14. I love dry shampoo! I’ve used most of the cheap ones (Psst, Tresemme, Salon Grafix) as well as cornstarch and baby powder.

    I did not like the Tresemme line at all! I have wavy/ curly hair and have tried both the kind for curly and straight hair. Not a fan at all. Ick.

    I haven’t tried any of the high end non-drugstore kinds, but I don’t know if I will since I like the Psst and Salon Grafix.


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