Dry shampoo is the best kept secret of the hair care industry. While it has not been widely marketed until recently, beauticians, stylists and consumers alike have been known for cult-like fervor in supporting their dry shampoo of choice. The following is a guide to the five best dry shampoos and which ones may be right for you.
This is my old standby when it comes to dry shampoos. It’s cheap and consistently easy to find on the shelves at most discount or beauty supply stores. Pssst! sprays white and has a mild, baby powder-esque scent. Just be sure to remember to brush your hair out 2-3 minutes later after the oil absorbs; after one day of getting strange looks at work, I finally realized that I was walking around with white dry shampoo roots all morning. Consider yourself warned, brunettes.
2. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo
The folks at Oscar Blandi had the foresight to create different versions of their tried and true dry shampoo for different hair colors. The powder formula comes in red, brown and blonde versions for maximum invisibility. Pronto Dry Shampoo also does not build up and has a pleasant citrus scent. This mid-range priced dry shampoo, at about $15 per unit, should be a staple in your hair care routine.
3. Bumble and Bumble
The first time I went to purchase a dry shampoo, a fellow shopper stopped me and said that she swears by the Bumble and Bumble Dry Shampoo powder. While it’s not my favorite, B and B’s product smells great and gets th job done. Like the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo, B and B’s comes in different colors for those of us who do not want to run around with white residue in our hair. As this is not a spray formula, the powder bottle application can get messy or heavy handed, so I would recommend this dry shampoo to those whose hair gets particularly oily.
4. Tres Emme Fresh Start
Dry shampoo should be easier to find in most discount store or groceries now as the popular brand Tres Emme has their new Fresh Start line of dry shampoos in stores. Varieties include a gel dry shampoo for normal hair and a powdery spray for oily hair, as well as a refreshing mist to help add more lustre and volume to flat, unwashed hair. All have a refreshing citrus scent and work quite well. My only caution is the gel version of the dry shampoo may actually dampen your hair, so use sparingly when applying.
5. Baby Powder
Although baby powder is not marketed as a dry shampoo, it is the original and cheapest option for those looking to clean up their hair but do not have time to shower and re-style their hair. While it is not optimal for those with darker hair colors, simply sprinkle a bit on your roots and the hair framing your face, wait 2-5 minutes, and brush out. Unscented versions of baby powder are perfect for those with sensitive skin or allergies as it will leave your hair without any fragarance yet remove all dirty hair appearances.