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Hair

theSKIN Audit: IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo

by Carissa Zadwarny

• By Carissa Zadwarny

Product: IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo
Price: $27 for 6.3oz
For: Oily scalps
Scent? Clean and subtle
Overall rating: 2/5

So, I have a bone to pick with dry shampoo. As a proud anti-hair-washer, the concept couldn’t be more appealing to someone like me. The idea of clean hair sans the hour-long blowout and arms-are-sore-from-scrubbing-my-scalp shower? I’m so there. Greasy hair is my reality — the bane of my existence really. I’ve been known to dodge workouts to spare a hair wash. Judge me if you will but clean hair is sacred around here. And sadly, I’ve yet to come across a dry shampoo that works for me, or my oil-lovin’ follicles for that matter.

That being said, I’m constantly on the hunt for a dry shampoo that actually works. I want to call BS so bad but maybe I just haven’t found the one. And believe me, I’ve tried all the best-sellers. Batiste, Klorane, Bumble and Bumble, Living Proof, Ouai: you name it, it’s probably been on my scalp and then the trash (in that order). So, I decided to give IGK’s Charcoal Detox a whirl, because why not. To no one’s surprise, I didn’t have to wait long after purchasing to be able to test it out. Like clockwork, on day 1.5 after a fresh wash, my scalp started doing that cute thing where it starts to dispense grease like it’s getting ready to cook bacon for an entire sorority. Lucky me, right?

“Judge me if you will but clean hair is sacred around here.”

Let me preface this by saying, dry shampoo is finicky. Maybe I’m doing it wrong? This is possible, I’ve watched a few too many YouTube tutorials to know that there’s more than just one way to apply dry shampoo and my method is totally basic. I simply part my hair and spray it in. Some people follow the rules and hold the can 8-12 inches away from the scalp. Sometimes I’ll scrub out the white residue if it’s there because you sort of have no other choice. IGK’s Dry Shampoo pump is nice, I will say. Easy output of product with minimal effort, it starts out on such a high note. Fragrance is fresh without being overpowering, I dig it. 

As for effectiveness, I can’t say it works. On the front of the label, IGK promises ‘oil-erasing’ which almost sounds too good to be true, and it is. I’m sad to report this simply isn’t true. Oil remains, no matter how much product I apply and how much I scrub into my scalp. I was bummed but not the least bit surprised. 

If it’s not obvious yet, I wouldn’t repurchase. It’s not that it’s a bad dry shampoo, it’s just that it’s not great either. If you’re in a pinch and it’s all you had, it’s better than nothing right? I’ll let you make the call. With 736 4-star reviews on Sephora, I could totally be off my rocker. Dry shampoo might just not be for me but I’ll continue to search for one regardless because I’m stubborn like that. And so, my hunt for a holy grail dry shampoo continues. If you have one that I should try next, please know I’m all ears. Until then I’ll just be over here washing my hair or something.