Spray n’ SLAY: 6 Best Dry Shampoos (On Any Budget)

Dry shampoo: a most basic need for even the baddest of biddies

My mom is in the middle of a career switch (shout out to the moms!) and has been going to a bunch of interviews lately. If you’re worried about going on interviews as a twenty-something, imagine what it must be like as an older person–the pressure is ON to look 101% fly AF. My mom being my mom, though, is totally chillax about the whole thing (being naturally fabulous definitely gives you an edge). The only thing that causes her to worry is her hair. “Should I wash it again?” she asked. “I want it to look shiny, but I don’t want it to look too greasy. But I just had it colored, so I don’t want the color to fade…”

“Use dry shampoo,” I said.

“No! I don’t want to dry out my hair and damage my scalp,” she said. “I’ll just wash it again.”

My mother, like many poor unfortunate souls out there, has been burned (or parched?) by bad dry shampoo. Hey, world, it happens. Bad beauty products are REAL. It’s also possible to try something new only to use a product too weak or too strong for your particular needs. Dry shampoo can be tricky. It’s supposed to be a time-saver, but if you’re using the wrong kind, you could end up spending an extra 3+ hours frantically attempting a semi-presentable updo and wardrobe change (because everyone knows that hair up vs. hair down totally dictates the kind of neckline your top can have. IJS).

Dry shampoo is not only a time-saver, it’s also a hair-saver. Less washing is super-great for the health of your hair. And if you’re a workout junkie and/or sweat at all, preemptively applied dry shampoo can help to keep heat-styled hair fresh even after the most intense I-Wanna-Be-Beyonce squat session ever.

As a self-professed beauty product guinea pig, I’ve tried my fair share of dry shampoos. I’m a heat addict, work out semi-intensely three times a week, and have some crazy thick and curly hair that’s recovering from some pretty awful damage. I live off of dry shampoo. Hopefully the rundown I give y’all will help you to pick the right dry shampoo for your needs! I tried to give a solid mix of high and low price range products so you can find the right dry shampoo for your budget, too. After this, you’ll be able to hit snooze six times and still strut out the door looking Gone With the Wind fabulous.

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Spray Dry Shampoos

spray_dry_shampooSpray dry shampoos are easy to use and make almost zero mess. Just be sure that you don’t go overboard and end up with cakey roots! Remember, the right dry shampoo should absorb just the right amount of oil and leave your hair and scalp feeling refreshed–not thirsty.

PSSSSSST – This is a solid dry shampoo. It’s not too intense and is a great starter dry shampoo. It’s hard to go too overboard with this one! The fragrance is comparatively mild, too. PSSSSSST Instant Dry Shampoo Spray, $5.99, most drugstores or ulta.com

Batiste – It’s a cult favorite for a reason. Not as strong as PSSSSSST, this is good if you don’t suffer from intense greasiness. It’ll keep your hair soft, and it comes in multiple fragrances, too! I keep a travel-sized bottle on my person almost always. Batiste Dry Shampoo, $7.99, most drugstores or ulta.com

Drybar – This is my favorite spray dry shampoo. It’s pretty strong and smells just like Drybar, and I love Drybar…so every time I use this baby it’s like I’m back at the salon, chillin’ in a chair while sippin’ on some champagne and watching Clueless. So maybe I’m attached to it for reasons other than performance…regardless, it’s a really great dry shampoo. Be wary of the version of this made for brunettes, though; unless you’ve got a shade of brown that’s closer to auburn, it’s gonna be too red. It also leaves your scalp tinted, which can look weird. But the regular version is really great for all hair colors! Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo, $20, drybar.com

Powder Dry Shampoos

powder_dry_shampooPowder dry shampoos are trickier to use and can make a mess, but they ultimately give you a lot more control over how much product you use. You also don’t have to worry about inhaling all those can fumes (yucky!). One trick I’ve read other powder users try is pouring a little powder into the palm of the hand, taking an old powder brush, swirling it in the powder, and then dusting over roots. That’s a bit too complicated for a lazy butt like me, so I just take a pinch, sprinkle it into the hair, and work it into my roots with my fingertips. But hey–to each her own!

Lush – This is my favorite powder dry shampoo. It’s light but buildable, and has a very pleasant–and light–fragrance. It’s all natural and makes your scalp feel great. The bottle cap could use some design improvement, but I just dump a bit in the palm of my hand and sprinkle pinches of it over my roots. It’s also fairly inexpensive and I can see it lasting me a very, very long time! Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, $13.95, lush.com

Oscar Blandi – The applicator on this is excellent for really getting into the roots, and the formula is fab. If avoiding a mess is your primary concern, this is the powder dry shampoo for you! Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo, $11, ulta.com

Bumble and bumble – I am a huge fan of all things Bumble and bumble so it came as no surprise to me that their recently-released powder dry shampoo is so insanely wonderful. It’s really powerful stuff and the scent is really nice. However, the application SUCKS. There’s just a tiny hole in the top of the container so getting the stuff out is a real struggle. There’s also not a lot of product for the $$$. But it’s the Rolls Royce of powder dry shampoos, so if you can afford it, I recommend splurging on this one! Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder, $26, bumbleandbumble.com

Okay, folks. Go out there and break some hearts with your fresh-to-death hair.  TTFN!

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P.S. Do you have a recommended (and possibly life-changing) dry shampoo that wasn’t mentioned above? Share in the comments! We’re always looking for awesome product recommendations and will love you forever. xx

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