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Skip the Suds: The Best Dry Shampoos for You

Skip the Suds: The Best Dry Shampoos for You

Dry shampoos have taken up permanent real estate in our medicine cabinets thanks to their ability to save us precious time on busy days and simplify our beauty routines. But since not all heads of hair are created equal (it's okay, we don't discriminate), there are dry shampoos formulated to provide different types of benefits. Some work to volumize, while others add texture—but ultimately all will help you ride out your style for days on end. No matter your hair type or concern, there's a dry shampoo out there for you and we're here to help you find the best formula to suit your strands. How did we manage BDS (Before Dry Shampoo)?

If hair looks dull or lifeless, try: amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo If your strands are just as tired looking as your busy schedule makes you feel, how could you not reach for a dry shampoo that has the words "Perk Up" in its name? This weightless formula is like a shot of espresso for your strands, giving hair some lift, while absorbing oil with rice starch (read: not talc), and enhancing shine. Hair feels touchably soft thanks to the brand's signature ingredient obliphica oil, and we mean run-your-fingers-through-it kind of soft. It also looks like it's full of body and life—similar to the bottle's psychedelic packaging. No one will know that you're donning second- (or maybe third-) day hair...It will be our little secret.

If you have bangs that get greasy fast, try: R+Co BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste Anyone who's made the brave decision to add some fringe to her look knows that while they can be totally chic, bangs are a bit more high maintenance than you may think. They tend to get greasy faster than the rest of your hair since they're constantly brushing up against the oils on your forehead. That often means you have to wash your hair more frequently, unless of course, you have this dry shampoo paste (yes, paste) in your arsenal. Its unique consistency allows you to target precise areas (like your bangs) so you're not spritzing the entire crown of your head, which may not be in need of "jushing." It also doubles as a pomade-like styler (extra brownie points in our book) to add hold—perfect for that awkward bang grow-out phase, so they're not constantly getting in your eyes.

If your scalp is itchy or irritated, try: Briogeo Scalp Revival™ Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo Products, hot tools, coloring—oh my! We put our hair through a lot, so it's no wonder our scalps get itchy, dry, and flaky. This powder dry shampoo is formulated to balance your scalp for optimal hair health so you can refresh your strands sans water, which can sometimes exacerbate the problem further. It also provides immediate relief from any irritation with the help of charcoal, witch hazel, and tea tree oil, which work to remove the debris, product buildup, and bacteria that clog hair follicles. The non-aerosol packaging allows for precise application at the scalp and makes it easy to pack when you travel. As an added bonus, its ingredient biotin promotes hair growth, so you can feel good about dousing generously.

If hair is dry or brittle, try: Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo Those of us with dry, damaged hair should avoid a ton of washing, spritzing, and styling, but that's sometimes easier said than done. As a happy medium, reach for this luxurious formula that gets rid of oil and grime, plus extends your original style without adding any extra weight or texture. In fact, its impressive blend of ingredients, like the brand's Signature Complex, myrrh extract, bamboo and rice silks, plus lavender and chamomile, work to nourish, hydrate, and fortify your strands, restoring softness and strength. You'll notice how easy it is to brush your hair and layer it without any product buildup.

If your roots get super oily, try: Living proof.® Perfect hair Day™ (PhD) Dry Shampoo If you use dry shampoo, having oily roots is probably why you started using it in the first place. But if you have an oilier-than-normal scalp or just like to work out a lot (go ahead, brag), you need a formula that'll really get down to the dirty. This cult-favorite from Living proof.® actually cleans hair like your regular shampoo but without that whole water part. It sprays on white, but don't be alarmed—that's just the Triple-Action Cleaning Technology working its magic. The brand's patented OFPMA molecule repels further dirt and oil throughout the day while also reducing frizz and smoothing your hair. 30 seconds after spritzing, massage the formula into your scalp, style as usual, and revel in your good hair day.

If you have darker hair, try: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - Natural Tint Calling all brunettes! No one wants to walk around with white streaks from dry shampoo—am I right? But that doesn't mean you shouldn't also be able to skip a wash here and there while still looking fresh. Thankfully, the experts at Klorane took their beloved dry shampoo with nourishing oat milk and added a tint to it, courtesy of mineral pigments. You get all the same benefits as the original (read: volume, oil absorption, texture) but can spritz it on without fear of being mistaken for needing a root touch-up.

If hair falls flat, try: OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam The look and texture of this innovative formula might remind you of your favorite mousse, but it's actually a volumizing and oil-absorbing dry shampoo. Just a few squirts and a little scalp massage later (just make sure it's completely absorbed...and we mean completely), and your roots will instantly look and feel as clean and bouncy as if you just got a blowout. There's no second-day odors to detect thanks to the alluring floral scent, which'll give the perfume on your vanity a run for its money. Even better, there's never any product residue left on your hands after it dries—perfect for us women on-the-move.

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