Dry shampoo is one of the sharpest arrows in our beauty quiver, cutting grease and odor without the drying (not to mention time-consuming) effects of traditional lather-and-rinse varieties. But that’s just the beginning—many also deliver bonuses like volume, protection, or healing benefits. Here are 10 of our all-time favorites.
Even strands that look like they’ve been styled by a steamroller go from flat to full-bodied with the help of Sachajuan Volume Powder. Its formula enhances volume and leaves hair with a matte finish, for a quick, refreshing boost between shampoos. Whether your hair is long, short, or somewhere in between, this is one ace you’ll want to have up your sleeve.
Sachajuan Volume Powder, $35.
We’re big proponents of green juice and farmer’s market veggies, so it’s no surprise that we gravitate toward nutrient-rich hair products too. Amika’s lightweight, talc-free dry shampoo contains obliphica (sea buckthorn berry) oil, which is naturally rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fatty acids. For your hair that translates into hydration, shine, and fewer split ends.
Whether your trip involves zipping between business meetings or hopping between art galleries and wine bars, jam-packed itineraries leave little time for primping. Luckily, Serge Normant’s TSA-friendly dry shampoo squeezes into the tiniest carry-on and ensures that you look fresh at every point of the day. The lightweight, residue-free formula daintily mops up grease, while Moroccan cedar extract strengthens strands and cornstarch adds volume.
We love a beachy wave look (hello Blake Lively) but can’t muster the energy to wash, dry, and style our hair day after day. That’s where Oribe’s 2-in-1 dry shampoo and texturizer comes in. Its patented polymers absorb oil and add body and movement with just the right amount of hold. The spray also preps hair for updos—sock bun, anyone?
Dance cardio and spin classes quickly turn sleek strands into a sticky mess. For a quick transition back to the office or to dinner with friends, we use Living Proof's wonder formula. This dry shampoo actually cleans hair by using fast-acting powders soak up not only oil, but also sweat and odor.
Lulu Organics’ dry shampoo provides a one-two punch: cleansing power plus delightful scent (it comes in jasmine and lavender and clary sage varieties). The organic formula is made with superfine cornstarch, rice powder, and white clay that disappear into even dark brown or black hair.
The two-toned roots trend isn’t for everyone. Bumble and Bumble’s spray-on powder (available in four shades) adheres to strands and camouflages roots and grays while also nixing oil. The colored formula also covers up thinning patches and offers gives hair a boost in the fullness department.
On days we look in the mirror and wish there were a “reset” button, we beeline for Ojon’s Rub-Out. Its clear formula (great for dark hair) uses soap bark tree extract to absorb sebum and other gunk, while nourishing ojon oil combats the effects of heat styling, chemical treatments, and other damaging factors. In addition, essential lipids help restore smoothness and bounce.
You don't have to be a control freak to wish for more precision when applying your dry shampoo. This paste does the job of precisely soaking up excess oil and dirt while taking good care of your strands. Just rub a small amount between your fingertips and get it right on the spot where your hair needs a refresh. It also gets extra points for versatility: you can apply the product to damp hair before using the dryer for mega volume or to the ends to get surfy waves.
Sensitive folks don’t have to fear itching or irritation with Klorane’s ultramild formula. Its namesake ingredient, oat, soothes the scalp while softening, hydrating, and volumizing hair. Corn and rice starch cleanse, and natural microspheres remove dirt and odors. And even though it’s a powder, it won’t leave behind any residue.
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Meghana is a firm believer in the classics: the Rolling Stones, Andy Warhol, blazers, and face wash. She often eats ice cream before bed.