A dry shampoo can be a beauty lifesaver. Used to refresh hair, prolong a blowout, add extra volume or texture, salvage a bad hair day…a good dry shampoo is a beauty product to have in your arsenal. It’s a staple during New York Fashion Week, as in this soft updo by Antoinette Beenders, Aveda Global Creative Director, at the Spring/Summer 2016 Okslen show.
I’ve tried many dry shampoos over the years, these are my favorites:
- AVEDA shampure™ Dry Shampoo (review) – this is a “non-aerosol” dry shampoo, perfect for travel.
- AG Hair Dry Shampoo (review) – I like that there are 4 shade choices (Blonde, Light Brown, Brunette and Simply Dry, which is clear); the Brunette shade is great for covering up roots, a plus!
- Batiste Dry Shampoo (review) – This is a classic, and at under $10, a good buy. You do need to work at getting this one out, though, or it will leave a residue.
- Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Dry Shampoo – If you’re looking to scent your hair, this one is excellent! So pretty!
- Kerastase V.I.P. Volume in Powder – Best for volumizing second-day hair.
- Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Gentle formula, great at oil absorption, with a light scent. Formulas for all hair types and for brown/dark hair.
- MOROCCANOIL® Dry Shampoo (Light Tones or Dark Tones) – I love MOROCCANOIL products, and this dry shampoo is no exception. This dry shampoo has UV protectors, imparts shine and of course, smells great.
- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – All around great, I love the very fine spray on this one; no residue, easy to wash out. Definitely a splurge, but you can also get this in a travel size (warning, you will trade up!).
- Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender – This dry shampoo is excellent at oil absorption; has a nice, light fragrance that revives hair.
- Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo – Another excellent dry shampoo for oil absorption, the formula also contains essential oils for shine
- Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo (review) – The dry shampoo that I rebuy over and over. Gorgeous scent, conditions hair, easy to wash out without a residue–as close to perfect as you can get.
- Unwash Dry Cleanser – Volcanic Ash is used in this formula, so there is absolutely no residue left on hair. It’s lightly scented and conditions hair.
What I look for in a dry shampoo is mainly a product that refreshes hair without leaving a residue. We’ve all been there with the white residue that you can’t brush out of your hair. It’s also important to be safe for color-treated hair, and selfishly for me, I like it to smell good. I also like some of the color-specific dry shampoos, but “invisible” is my first choice.
No matter the dry shampoo you use, it’s important to shake well before using, spray evenly and direct at the roots of your hair. Most hairstylists agree that holding the can anywhere from 6-10 inches away is best. Leave product in hair for a couple of minutes, then massage in with your fingers or use a brush to distribute/remove excess. These are just general tips; make sure to carefully read the label of whatever dry shampoo you buy.
Do you have a favorite dry shampoo? Share it with me in the comments!