Choose the Best Dry Shampoo For Your Hair

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There was a time when dry shampoo only came in little shaker containers, requiring you to sprinkle itchy powder into your roots and hope for the best. You can still sometimes find powder shampoo like that in the shops, but most dry shampoos these days come in a spray bottle. So, what exactly are they supposed to help you with?

Give your hair volume and texture


First, let’s clarify something right away. Dry shampoo is not meant to be used instead of actually washing your hair. It will not make your hair clean. The greasiness doesn’t go anywhere, it’s just made to look better and it will build up if you go too long without washing. In that respect, ‘dry shampoo’ is indeed a misnomer. That being said, it’s still a brilliant product that almost anyone will benefit from.


There are situations when your hair isn’t actually dirty, or even properly greasy, it’s just kind of limp, lifeless, lacking any discernible volume or life. It doesn’t need to be washed, just… revived. Refreshed. Maybe even a little restyled. If that sounds familiar, then you might just love getting yourself some dry shampoo to give your hair a little kick in the right direction. There are dozens upon dozens of them on the market, but we’re here to recommend five of the best ones you can find.


Klorane Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair


Our first pick is probably the mildest one when it comes to the fragrance and the way it treats your scalp. Klorane is a brand known for quality hair and body products that are well tolerated even by people with sensitive skin. The Klorane dry shampoo with nettle is backed-up by several celebrity endorsements, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Diane Kruger, and for once it’s not just an empty promise. This dry shampoo feels extremely light, the fragrance is subtle and not at all intrusive. The legend goes that Karl Lagerfed himself uses up half a can of Klorane’s dry shampoo every day to keep his famous hair coiffed and perfectly white. That, of course, is an effect that you obtain when you use a copious amount of the stuff. A light spritz into the roots of your hair will leave you with a little bit of a lift and a nice fresh feeling for the rest of the day.


Kérastase K Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo


Another option for those who dread overpowering fragrance in their dry shampoo would be Kérastase K Powder Bluff, a product designed to lift and thicken hair strands without leaving any residue that could be detected by close inspection, or felt. As is the case with all Kérastase hair care, Powder Bluff is a great high-end alternative to clumsy cheaper products that might require excessive application to provide the same results. Unlike some others, it also doesn’t make your hair look completely matte.


Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo


Just as the name promises, Alterna’s Cleanse Extend should save your hair in situations when it might be more on the oilier side, but you either don’t have time to wash it or you don’t feel a wash is actually in order yet (after all, every washing puts some strain on your hair and it’s quite advisable not to put your mane through the process way too often). Just like the previous one by Kérastase, Alterna also offers a translucent formula with no residue, plus a unique and pleasant scent for those who like their hair products to double as a fragrance.


Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo


The whole Big Sexy Hair line is marketed towards people with thin, flat hair, who struggle to give their hairstyle enough volume and thickness. The Volumizing Dry Shampoo is no exception. Keeping in mind its high-impact formula, we recommend starting with a very light application to the roots, waiting a minute or two and then gently massaging the dry shampoo in. Overdoing it could result in a sticky mess that will make your hair actually look worse than before. However, if you tread lightly and get it right, the unique tacky texture of this dry shampoo will actually work for you and transform your limp hair into a beautiful volumised style.


Batiste XXL Dry Shampoo


Batiste dry shampoo a reliable classic for a great price. At this point, the line includes tinted dry shampoos in several shades, specially scented versions, travel-size cans that you can throw in your handbag, or volumising hair powder in an old-school sprinkler container. In this case we recommend the XXL version that’s particularly amazing for anyone with shorter hair. Not only does it give your hair tons of volume that last until the next day, it also texturises, and when you use it strategically in your roots, you can then set your hairstyle in place using hairspray to make the effect truly impeccable. Put quite simply, whatever variation you go for, Batiste is still arguably the best dry shampoo for the price.

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