The Ultimate Guide to the Best Dry Shampoo for Your Hair Type
Dry shampoo: a busy gal’s salvation in times of need — a.k.a. when our hair is hovering the thin line between grossly unpresentable and must-go-up-into-a-messy-bun-immediately. No matter how often you use dry shampoo (be in one, two or a thousand times a day), it’s a staple in all of our lives that deserves love in the highest degree.
But if you’re new to the dry shampoo lifestyle, have no fear — it’s never too late to be seduced by this hair-reviving necessity. If you’re a first timer, Mizani artist Donte Mitchell recommends spraying dry shampoo on your hair in the areas that are the oiliest: “It doesn’t need to be sprayed directly into your hair, but should be more focused on your scalp and roots.”
“I spray dry shampoo on before styling to matte down the oil, then again after styling to add a little more texture and a good matte finish — as well as throughout the day, as needed, on the roots and scalp,” Mitchell continues.
There’s no doubt that a few sprays of oil-absorbing powder is a quick, easy and effective alternative for actually washing your hair in the shower, but the reality is that dry shampoo is not always a one-size-fits-all product.
Ahead, discover a guide to determining what kind of dry shampoo is best for your specific hair type.
Choose a product for light or blonde hair to avoid making your color look too flat and matte.
Choose a moisturizing formula that contains ingredients to hydrate and strengthen your hair, like Silica Oil and Castor Oil.
Look for a lightweight powder, like this one from Redken’s Dry Texture Range. It contains charcoal to absorb oils and give your hair some volume.
This beloved dry shampoo slash texturizer gives your hair instant lift and bounce so it look twice as full. You can also get it in “purse size” for more than half the price.
Look for a formula that clearly states it’s oil-absorbing to extend the life of your blowout in between washes. Micro-fine rice powders in this formula will absorb the oil in your hair, as well as lift it and add body.
Try a formula with oats or other ingredients that are soothing or gentle. This hypoallergenic, vegan formula is beloved for the way it refreshes even the most sensitive scalp.
Avoid products that contain harsh, color-stripping ingredients and choose products with sulfate-free, vegan formulas.
Leave this product in your hair for a minute and then brush out your hair to remove any residue and oils.
Fine, sweaty hair isn’t exactly a hair type, but this dry shampoo will clean your hair like you hopped in the shower, washed it and dried it again.
Use your fingertips to massage this dry shampoo through your hair to revitalize your waves or curls with volume.