Beauty Wars: Amika vs. CIBU Dry Shampoo

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Have you seen an ad stating that 9% women consider dry shampoo the best invention of the 21st century? Bearing in mind how many bottles of this miracle product I use every single year, I understand why it is. Ever since I introduced a dry shampoo into my hair routine, this product became a staple on my bathroom shelf. To be honest, I can’t imagine my life without this useful busy girl tool! In today’s episode of Beauty Wars series I have two popular dry shampoos for your attention: Amika La Peer Beauty Perk Up Dry Shampoo and CIBU Ka Pow Dry Shampoo. Let’s compare those and decide which one is the best.

The Effectiveness: Both products are great with absorbing excess oil and adding volume. I do feel that I need to re-apply each of them throughout the day though. Saying so, it was easier for me to use Amika dry shampoo as I have both a full and a travel size of the product in my collection.

Volume: Both products add volume to hair, especially if you flip your hair forward while applying your dry shampoo. That trick helps to create a super voluminous look!

How About Curls: Even though hair stylists say that it’s a bad habit, I love applying Amika dry shampoo before curling my hair. This product provides extra smoothness and volume to my curls. Not to mention that my hair lasts much longer. I tried a few times repeating the same trick with a CIBU product, but it didn’t work the same way.

Residue: CIBU dry shampoo leaves a slight white residue that disappears when you brush your hair. Amika product is clear and doesn’t stain your hair no matter how much product you applied. That’s why I’m having a miniature bottle of this product in my purse when I’m on the go.

My Shower Trick Factor: CIBU dry shampoo is my favorite product to use right before I take a shower (do you know about my favorite dry shampoo trick?). I love applying a thick layer of the product on my hair (so it almost looks white) before jumping in a shower. After I’m out, I use a hair dryer for a few minutes—and my “just washed” hair is ready.

The Scent: Both products have a chemical scent that is so typical for dry shampoos. But it doesn’t bother me as I’m trying not to breath in when I’m applying any spray product on my hair.

Ingredients: Amika dry shampoo doesn’t contain sodium chloride, talc, aluminum starch, and artificial colors. When it comes to CIBU, you can find all these “bad guys” in there and even more—so disappointing!

Animal Testing: Amika dry shampoo hasn’t been tested on animals. It also doesn’t contain any animal derived ingredients. In other words, this product is vegan (yay!). CIBU doesn’t test its products on animals, but it’s not clear if there is any animal derived ingredients in their products.

The Price Point: CIBU Ka Pow Dry Shampoo: $18 (for 4.5 oz.) and Amika La Peer Beauty Perk Up Dry Shampoo: $24 (for 5.3 oz.).

The Verdict: Without doubt, Amika dry shampoo is a winner! The competitor is strong only in one category that made me think why I’ve been using this product at all?

I hope my review was helpful and look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments area below. Also, feel free to nominate beauty products for future Beauty Wars episodes.

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  • I think Amika is the clear winner, it sounds amazing and has really cool packaging!

    Anika |

  • I agree with Anika, it sounds like the winner is clear here! For my hair, I need to stay far away from the ‘bad guys’, as my coils are easily damaged and dried out by the wrong ingredients. Thanks for this thorough review!

  • Jenn

    I often think to myself ‘what did we do before dry shampoo?’ it really is a life saver. I’ve not tried many brands though so I’m going to be looking out for these.


  • OMG wait I’ve never heard of the shower thing before! So, it works kind of like a regular shampoo except you don’t have to lather up? Or it provides an extra volume boost? Do you still use conditioner on ends? Sorry for all those questions- I’m curious!

    My biggest complaint from dry shampoo is that it makes my hair super limp and lifeless after a few hours. It starts off amazing and then as the day goes on, my hair deflates and looks dirty (even if I washed it prior to the dry shampoo application). I’m not sure whether it’s because of the dry shampoo or whether it’s just my fickle hair. 🙁


  • Jas S

    I’ve never used or heard of either of those dry shampoos but I’m with you on the needyness of this item. I’d also like a little more clarification on the dry shampoo trick as I’m a little confused like Style Tomes below. You’ve got me intregued!

    Cultivation of Jasmin

  • I love using dry shampoo! Amika is a new brand to me, but because one of my pet peeves of dry shampoo is when it makes your hair white, I’ll have to check it out since it’s clear. Sounds great!

    Kathryn • The Fashionography

    • Thank you for stopping by, Kathryn! I explored Amika brand through my Birchbox subscription and loved it since then. Honestly, I didn’t know until recently that they are cruelty-free, but I’m so happy that they are as I love Amika products!

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  • I have a serious soft spot for Amika products. I love the way they smell and I appreciate the quality of their ingredients. Unfortunately my hair is pretty unforgiving and this dry shampoo doesn’t really make my hair look less greasy compared to Batiste. But if my hair isn’t that dirty and just needs a little refresh the Amika is always my go to!

  • I have used the Amika dry shampoo before and have liked it. Usually I use tresemme or psst from the drugstore