We don’t even want to remember a world in which dry shampoo didn’t exist. And thankfully we don’t have to. But with hundreds of different brands available at the press of a button, how do you choose a formula that works without leaving your locks chalky? That’s where we come in. Here are three formulas we swear by.
EDITORS’ PICK: LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY DRY SHAMPOO
Absorbs oil, sweat and odor
Safe for color- and chemically-treated hair
Makes hair look, smell and feel clean
According to one PureWow beauty editor (not to mention hundreds of positive reviewers), this dry shampoo is the real deal: “While some formulas leave my fine hair feeling heavy and gritty, this one makes my hair feel fresh, airy and most importantly, clean. It comes out super white at first, but don’t let that scare you—after spraying it on my roots, I let it sit for a minute, then massage it in. It sops up oil like no other and adds a subtle bounce to my hair, letting me stretch my blowouts for three or four days at a time. It's the best."
BEST VALUE: BATISTE ORIGINAL DRY SHAMPOO
Freshens hair and adds volume and texture
Removes oil to extend the life of your style
Free from overpowering fragrances
Meet the OG of dry shampoo. This tried-and-true formula extends the life of your style without the addition of overpowering perfumes or volume-sabotaging weight. It creates the right amount of texture and body to make hair look and feel freshly washed—even when it’s been three days since you last sudsed up. Above all, we love the fact that it costs about as much as a matcha latte…for the whole bottle. No more bad hair days with this stuff.
SPLURGE-WORTHY: ORIBE GOLD LUST DRY SHAMPOO
Absorbs product buildup, oil and impurities with translucent powders
Nourishes and fortifies dry, damaged hair
Leaves hair soft and touchable
If we were judging on fragrance alone, this dry shampoo would take the cake. (Oribe even created a perfume based on this very scent—that’s how much people love it.) But there’s another reason your hairstylist probably has a stockpile of this stuff—it works like nothing we’ve ever tried. Rather than just adding texture (there’s an Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for that), it actually absorbs product buildup and oil, leaving hair soft and touchable like it was freshly washed. We almost don’t even care that it costs a small fortune, because it allows us the ability to skip real shampoo most of the week.
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