Love it or hate it, dry shampoo has gotten us through many a bad hair day. Whether you intentionally skip washing your hair due to the evils of over-shampooing or simply because you ain't got the time, dry shampoo can be a hair-saving grace. But how many days can dry shampoo effectively replace a regular cleansing? One? Two? What about (gasp) five days?
Vegan hair brand IGK challenged me to go an entire workweek without washing my tresses. Instead, I was to swap out my regular ol' shampoo for its line of dry shampoo products. Was I a lucky beauty editor picking up a new low-maintenance hair routine or just a dry shampoo guinea pig who was in over her head?
Keep scrolling to find out whether my experience using IGK Hair’s Flight Club Dry Shampoo was boom or bust.
- Leaves no white residue behind
- Lifts dirt and build-up while absorbing oil
- Achieves volume and texture
- Only a small amount of product is needed
- Scent may be overpowering
- Not an all-in-one product (i.e. the set is comprised of three separate dry shampoos)
IGK Hair’s Flight Club Dry Shampoo removes excess dirt and oil from unwashed hair. It's a great option if you're looking to cut down on your morning routine or simply want to wash your hair less—without anyone noticing.
IGK Flight Club Dry Shampoo
- Best for: All hair types.
- Uses: Cleans, refreshes, volumizes, and texturizes hair.
- Star Rating: 3.5
- Potential Allergens: Coconut oil
- Active Ingredients: Direct Flight: Coconut Oil, Turmeric Root Extract, Matcha Tea Leaf Extract; First Class: Charcoal Powder; White Tea Powder; Jet Lag: Volcanic Ash, Mango Fruit Extract, Ginger Root Extract.
- Clean?: Yes
- Price: $29
- About the brand: Founded by four renowned hairstylists, IGK creates styling products that are cool and contemporary.
About My Hair: Curly and frizzy
When you're blessed with hair that is naturally curly and frizzy, you have two options: either invest in the right curly hair products or heat style. While I know I should learn to love and embrace my natural texture, the reality is that I'm prone to doing the latter. As you can imagine, this adds a lot of time to my hair routine. I typically end up washing and restyling my hair three to four times a week unless I find a dry shampoo that holds up. Enter: IGK Flight Club.
Depending on what day of unwashed hair you're working with will determine which one of the three dry shampoos you opt to use (more on that below). While you can apply the dry shampoo at night to cleanse while you sleep, I opted to incorporate the product as part of my morning routine after assessing what kind of hair day I was having. To apply, I simply sectioned my hair and sprayed my roots, plus anywhere else I noticed excess oil. Then I shook my hair out to remove any extra powder before styling.
The Feel: Lightweight, yet effective
As mentioned earlier, IGK offers three levels of dry shampoo as part of their Flight Club set which tackles varying degrees of unwashed hair. Jet Lag is the mildest cleanser and therefore feels the lightest. Next comes Direct Flight which offers a medium cleanse. It holds a little more weight than Jet Lag but is not heavy by any means. The deepest cleanse comes from First Class. It's heavy-duty without weighing hair down. Best of all, none of the shampoos leave behind a white residue which is ace for my dark hair.
The Results: So fresh and so clean, clean
Day one of my no-wash challenge was a breeze. By days two and three, however, my strands were looking a little sad. To perk them up, I opted for Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo ($29), the more gentle of the IGK dry shampoo trio. I sprayed the product all over and suddenly my strands took on a nice wind-blown texture. Maybe it was the dry shampoo fumes talking, but I really thought my hair looked like I got a professional blowout thanks to all the volume. No? Well, it at least appeared clean. Days four and five were another story.
As much as I was loving Jet Lag, 96 to 120 hours sans hair wash required a bit more heavy-lifting. My tresses were greasy, unruly, and frizzy. Knowing my poor dry shampoo had its work cut out for it, I reached for the deepest cleansing of the bunch: First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo ($29). Now, normally at this point, my hair would be weighed down with grease (gross but true). Instead, it felt fresh and bouncy and even smelled clean after using the product.
The Value: Competitive pricing
While it may not be as budget-friendly as some drugstore dry shampoos, IGK's right on par with the competition of more mid-range to luxury dry shampoos that run between $25-$45. However, since Flight Club is not an all-in-one dry shampoo, but rather three separate products, it might not be the most affordable option if you decide to buy the entire set—unless you go for the travel size (it is called Flight Club, after all). Depending on how often you wash your hair, you may end up choosing whichever one of IGK's dry shampoos suits you best.
IGK Flight Club Dry Shampoo vs Neighbourhood Botanicals Sunday Morning
When you compare IGK First Class with other dry shampoos on the market, it presents itself as some stiff competition. But if you've tried the little-known, yet loved, Neighbourhood Botanicals Sunday Morning ($21), you know that that can't be easy. Sunday Morning stands out as a dry shampoo because it comes in powder form rather than your typical aerosol like Flight Club. However, it skews expensive and is meant for lighter touch-ups between washes. If you're looking for a deeper cleansing or a more budget-friendly choice, we recommend First Class.
Our Verdict: Worth missing a few washes for
While shampoo and water are certainly the easiest way to keep your hair clean, these IGK dry shampoos are an excellent product to keep in your back pocket. They managed to keep my hair under control all week, no matter what I threw at them (60 minutes of vinyasa flow with weights included). My hair smelled fresh, looked clean, and was flexible enough to restyle, thereby earning IGK First Class this editor's Byrdie seal of approval.