I’ve called it one of the greatest beauty inventions in the free world. If I were stranded on a desert island, it would be on the list of necessities—right after sun block and before lash extensions. While I could survive without dry shampoo, I’d rather not. It’s the key to sleeping in, the secret to extending a blowout, and better than any root booster I’ve ever used. These are the two I reach for no matter how far back in the beauty closet they’ve been relegated to make room for new products. For bonafide big hair when you’re having a flat-hair day, nothing beats Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($25). If my end game is skipping the shampoo, I blast my roots with Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8), which sops up oil like nobody’s business and, like a good tube of cheap mascara, isn’t so precious that I feel the need to conserve it. Also, I’m a sucker for anything animal print. —Bets
Dry shampoo is quite possibly the greatest beauty invention in the free world. These oil absorbing potions refresh your roots so that you can go longer in between shampoos and stretch out your blowout. I practically stopped washing my hair altogether this summer so I could bring you this guide. At times, it wasn’t pretty. But after testing nearly a dozen dry shampoos, I discovered the real winners. Which ever one you choose, I can promise you this: Once you try dry shampoo, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Best for Fine Hair
Oscar Blandi Pronto Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($23) – Oscar makes a number of dry shampoos, but this is my favorite. Sprays on clear, not white, and gives the most amazing root boost without any stickiness or residue. Sometimes I use it on clean hair, just to give my blow-out some extra lift.
Rene Futerer Nutria Dry Shampoo ($24) – To quote Jaimi Brooks of Fiore Beauty, “This dry shampoo is the gold standard, allowing you to keep your blowdry for an extra day or add texture to clean hair when you want to put your hair up. Plus, the powder spray is finer then other brands so you can’t mess it up.”
Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8) – Although Pssssst! gets more play in the press and among celeb stylists, Batiste is hands-down the more powerful of the two drugstore brands. And unlike Psssssst! it doesn’t make me look like I’m graying prematurely.
Best for Travel
Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion ($23) – This little bottle contains magic powder that once massaged into your roots takes on a slightly sticky consistency that thickens hair. The secret mattifying ingredient: Kaolin clay. Perfect for airplane travel or cleaning up dirty bangs!