Oh, dry shampoo, how we love you. You make our hair look fresh even if we secretly haven’t washed it in three (OK, maybe four) days. And although it’s hard to play favorites, we’re doing just that. Here, the best formula for every hair concern.
Dry Hair: Amika Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam
Just because your hair is dry doesn’t mean it won’t fall flat after a couple of days. Made with a blend of rice, tapioca and cornstarch, this dry shampoo foam absorbs dirt, oil and product buildup at the scalp, literally cleansing and hydrating your hair without the need to hop in the shower.
Oily Hair: Batiste Dry Shampoo Original
This drugstore standby has hundreds of glowing reviews—because it actually works. The matte finish helps to remove excess grease and shine while adding body and texture to help extend the life of your blowout by an extra day or two.
Sweaty Hair: Living Proof Perfect hair Day (Phd) Dry Shampoo
A midday spin sesh is no longer off-limits thanks to this dry shampoo, specifically formulated by MIT scientists to absorb and remove oil, sweat and odor. Spray it onto a sweaty hairline for an instant refresh and a light, clean scent before heading back to work.
Color-Treated Hair: Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo
It soaks up oil, conceals root growth and helps tone down brassiness at the same time. It also protects strands from UV rays, so you don’t have to worry about premature color fade, and it comes in two formulas: one for light hair and one for dark.
Light Hair: IGK Jetlag Dry Shampoo
Having lighter hair doesn’t mean you can still get away with white, chalky roots. This one goes on clear and blends into hair without a trace of residue, so your locks never look powdery.
Dark Hair: Theorie Dry Cleansing Conditioner
Because dark hair tends to be naturally glossy, think about using a dry conditioner that absorbs oil without dulling your shine. This formula goes on totally clear, smells clean and adds softness for a fresh-out-of-the-salon look (even if you haven’t been in weeks).
Curly Hair: Devacurl No-Poo Quick Cleanser
Moisture is key to frizz-free curls, and this lightweight spray brings all the hydration. With macadamia nut and glycerin to condition, curls are left smooth and nourished, without a stitch of grease.
Thick Hair: OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam
This foam formula is unlike anything else out there. Its mousse-like consistency works especially well for thick hair because you can easily work it into your scalp and reach every last strand.
Fine Hair: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Hear us out: This great alternative to dry shampoo is ideal for ladies with thin locks because it mattifies grease and adds all the volume and texture of a traditional dry shampoo, only without weighing down your strands. It’s a win-win.
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