You've never seen dry shampoos like these...
What did I do before dry shampoo? Well, I washed my hair just about every day—or was a hot, greasy mess. This product seriously changed my life, and since it’s become a staple in my haircare regimen, I’ve tried too many to count—but there are a few that I keep going back to. I love Klorane’s original aerosol Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, but I can literally blow through a can in a week, which is why I typically use the more cost-effective non-aerosol version. I also have a travel-size can of Batiste in my bag at all times, just in case I need to touch up while I’m on the go. (There are 10 scents to choose from, but the Cherry is my favorite.)
Despite what seems like hundreds of dry shampoo options, we haven’t seen anything beyond sprays and powders—until recently. Now, there’s a new crop of formulations that extend your style, absorb oil, add texture and impart a pleasant scent (because you know things can get a little stinky after a few days), and I’m pretty excited about them.
Ouai’s Dry Shampoo Foam has made quite a splash in the month or so it’s been available, and this mousse-like product differs from other dry shampoos in that it leaves hair soft and shiny instead of stiff and matte. It smells incredible, does a great job at absorbing oil and leaves absolutely no powdery residue. For me, it’s perfect on Day 2 when I have a hint of greasiness but not enough to bust out the big guns. Creator of Ouai, celebrity stylist Jen Atkin, also recommends the foam if you’ve applied too much product (and don’t want to get back in the shower and start all over again).
After eyeing R+Co’s Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste for quite some time, I finally got my hands on it and I can’t believe I waited so long. This is absolutely the perfect product for my short hair because it gives you major texture (and oil-absorbing, of course). Sometimes I’ll use it on freshly-washed hair so it doesn’t look so clean and fluffy. I really enjoy the hold it provides so I can rake my hair back and off my face with my fingers (and have it stay there). You can also use a dab on damp hair before styling for extra texture. Just take heed: A little goes a long way.
I have a feeling that these are only the first of many more innovative dry shampoo formulas we’ll be seeing. Drybar will be releasing their foam version in May, and it will be interesting to see what else comes to market in the coming months.
If you’re as obsessed with dry shampoo as I am, what are your favorites?