The best dry shampoos you need for second day hairstyles
As a beauty writer, I have a confession to make—my name is Avanti Dalal and I’m addicted to dry shampoo. This beauty product not only saves my life when I roll out of bed for work with seven minutes to spare, it adds volume to my fine mane, and soaks up grease and oil from my sweaty post-gym strands too. Basically, there’s nothing it can’t do when I need it the most. This might feel like a tall order, but my love for dry shampoo means that I’m super particular about the quality of what I use. It’s got to actually clean my tresses, smell nice and not leave a white residue on my thin, dark hair—which is why it made sense to put a list of my recommendations down for you. Here, we’ve put together 10 of the best dry shampoos that work for every hair type, texture and colour.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
This one’s the holy grail of dry shampoos, and my own personal favourite. It has a formula that actually ‘cleans’ the hair due to a proprietary polymer called OFPMA, which coats each strand of hair to dissolve oil, dirt and sweat. It has a clean, light scent and leaves no residue. This one works best if you spray it directly on tresses, wait five minutes for the polymers to do their thing, and then brush it out. You’ll walk out with a straight-out-of-the-salon mane.
Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk
If you have a sensitive scalp and don’t want to rock the boat, this dry shampoo will be your hair hero. Not only is it extremely lightweight, it also employs oat milk to soothe the scalp, while a mix of corn starch and rice flour soaks up the dirt and oil. The fresh scent feels invigorating after a hard workout too.
Bumble & Bumble Prét-a-Powder
This tiny but mighty dry shampoo can give you ’50s style volume while hiding your greasy roots. The natural starches add grit and a piece-y texture to the hair, while pink clay and polysilicone-22 absorb oils from the roots. The non-aerosol delivery is good for the environment and for your hair, because you have control over exactly how much product you want shaken out. The powder is sheer and invisible, so it doesn’t leave a powdery residue despite what you may be worried about.
Batiste Dry Shampoo Strength And Shine
Batiste’s dry shampoo is a cult-favourite for a reason. It uses starches to completely mattify extremely oily scalps, while the amino acid L-arginine strengthens the hair from the shaft. If you hair is dry, pair this with the Batiste Dry Conditioner. Spray this only on the ends and on the driest parts of the hair, or spray it on your palms and work the formula into your mane. Then, finger style and head out the door.
IGK Swipe Up Charcoal Dry Shampoo Hair Blotting Tissues
Spotting matted strands on your forehead just before an important work meeting, because you got stuck on a crowded, sweat-inducing train for the past 45 minutes, can be quite a stressful ordeal. These little sheets are infused with activated black charcoal to quickly absorb excess oil and sweat, and you don’t even need to take your hairstyle down to use them.
Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam
Trust Jen Atkin to change the dry shampoo game by formulating it in a foam. This no-wash foam product, when worked into the hair, makes it looks like you just washed it. Since it’s not a powder, there’s no danger of a white cast left in the hair. It’s quick-drying, and instantly leaves limp hair voluminous and bouncy. Bonus: it leaves a lingering smell of lemon, rose and white musk too. Can’t complain about that!
L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Clay Scalp Refresher
This turquoise blue liquid disappears into tresses while feeling cool and detoxifying hair of oil and sweat. The formula contains menthol and clay for an interesting icy sensation and deep cleansing, and it dries down quickly, leaving hair bouncier than it was.
R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste
While a dry shampoo paste might feel counter-intuitive, this product is heaven-sent if you want perfect second-day texture on third-day hair. It has zeolite to absorb oil, and volcanic ash to cleanse and balance the scalp. Work the matte paste into dry hair to re-shape it into the bouncy, piece-y style you want to flaunt.
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo For Dark Tones
Dark-haired girls, this dry shampoo was made just for you. The fine spray powder contains argan oil to infuse the hair with hydration, and starches to absorb oil and dirt without leaving a residue. The brown powder darkens the roots and maintains rich colour, and considering its tint, there’s no danger of white powder showing up on a black T-shirt by 3pm either.
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
Pick this one if you want to feel super glamorous while you salvage your greasy hair. The Oribe Signature Complex (watermelon, lychee and edelweiss flower extracts) protects hair from oxidative stress and photoageing, and protects coloured hair from being damaged. The translucent starch blend absorbs build up and oil, and the celery seed extract helps extend the time between styling by reducing oil on the scalp.
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Author: Avanti Dalal