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What did we do before dry shampoo? We definitely washed our hair a lot more. But these oil-absorbing, odor-eliminating, style-refreshing powders and sprays do more than save us time—they also lend sexy texture to squeaky-clean strands and extra grip that helps certain styles stay in place. But a new era has dawned, as dry shampoos and texturizing products now come in unique formulations that we once never imagined.
R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste ($28)
Offering oil-absorption plus tousled texture and a touch of hold, this paste is a must-try for any dry shampoo devotee. Great for short or layered styles that require a piece-y look, it leaves hair with a matte finish—and no heavy build-up. Use it on clean hair for a touch of messiness minus the weighed-down feel, or on day two to take bedhead to a chic new level.
Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam ($28)
Designed to volumize hair that has fallen flat and restore just-washed shine, this dry shampoo mousse is a game-changer. It definitely revives your style and eliminates that “not-so-fresh” feeling (and scent), but it doesn’t leave any white or powdery residue like traditional dry shampoos. Just keep in mind that this product is more about recapturing the look of clean, newly-styled strands and less about adding texture—and it’s not recommended for super-oily hair.
IGK 1995 2-in-1 Shampoo and Texturizer ($25)
If you turn to dry shampoo for texture instead of stretching time between washes, you just might want to give this shampoo a try. Truly a first of its kind, this shampoo gently cleanses while leaving a touch of grit and grip behind. The secret ingredient behind this wash-in texture is clay powder, which is deposited on the hair as you wash, and it manages to stick around after you rinse. A wonderful way to thicken fine hair (and ensure ponytails and braids stay in place), just remember to skip the conditioner to reap the maximum benefits.
Drybar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam ($24)
Yes another powderless foam option, this dry shampoo mousse targets the roots to maintain bounce and shine between washes. Recommended for drier scalps as well as thick, coarse and color-treated hair, the hydrating formula absorbs oil and dries quickly to give your strands an instant lift—and Drybar’s signature coconut-vanilla-amber scent can’t be beat.
Color Wow Style on Steroids ($24)
More of a texturizing product than a dry shampoo (although it does revive day-two hair), this spray is unique because it eliminates the powdery residue that can stand between you and rich, vibrant color. Spray on freshly-styled hair for extra oomph that lasts, and breathe easy knowing that you can use heat-based styling tools for touch-ups afterwards without winding up with a sticky mess. P.S. It provides heat protection, too!
Nunzio Saviano Dry Shampoo Blotting Sheets ($24 for 50)
Using dry shampoo can be messy (and a nuisance to anyone in close proximity), but these blotting papers for your hair make using this must-have much more discreet. Infused with oil-absorbing powder, these sheets of rice paper give your style a reboot when you’re on the go. Pat lightly on flat or greasy spots, brush through and enjoy a resurgence in volume and shine.
NOTE: R+Co, Ouai and Color Wow products were sent complimentary for review. Opinions are my own.