I used to wash my hair daily because it gets greasy after just one day, but some shampoo brands can strip away essential oil and cause damages. I started experimenting with dry shampoo a couple years ago and I have been hooked ever since. Not only is dry shampoo the lazy person’s solution to hair washing, but many are great styling tools that will add extra volume and texture. This has been a savior to my hair, which can look dull, thin and limp in the winter.
First of all, what is dry shampoo? Dry shampoo comes in spray or powder form and cleans hair without water. The ingredients absorb oil from the hair and scalp, leaving it looking and feeling clean again. It is not meant to replace hair washing, because it absorbs oil but does not clean out the dirt. It should be used to lengthen the time between washes, save time, and extend a blow out.
I have tried countless dry shampoo over the years and here are some of my favorites:
- Best for Volume and Texture: Toni&Guy Texture Dry Shampoo and Living Proof Dry Shampoo both add tremendous amount of volume and provide a matte finish. If I had straightened my hair the day before, I will leave my hair as is and tease the roots to give it a little more volume. If my hair is a hot mess, then I will add some curls to it. The Living Proof product is my favorite dry shampoo ever, but it is pricer so the Toni&Guy is a great alternative.
- Best Price: If you’re trying out dry shampoo for the first time, don’t spend too much money on it because there are great budget alternatives. The Batiste Dry Shampoo is a cult favorite and sold in every store (Nordstrom, Target, Walmart, Sephora, etc!) The TRESemme Fresh Start Basic Care is a new product I’ve been trying. Both products will absorb oil and make the hair look clean and fresh, but will not add as much volume and texture as the Living Proof and Toni&Guy.
- Best for Travel: Many of the spray cans are over the TSA 3oz limit, and even the travel size have been flagged for inspection, especially during some of my international flights. Now I only travel with the Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo because it’s in powder form. Even though the bottle is already small, I always transfer the powder to a smaller travel container, and the product inside will last me a couple of weeks. It does not add any volume, but it will absorb all of the oil. Another negative is some difficulty in using it. I’m so used to the ease of spray cans, but with this product I have to put some on my palm first and then rub it all over my scalp. I always get powder on my clothes, so you need to be more careful using this.
Let me know if you have a favorite dry shampoo product! Has anyone tried the Bumble and Bumble Powder? It’s the next product I want to try!