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How to Pick the Right Dry Shampoo For Your Hair Type

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Deanna McCormack

Deanna McCormack

Deanna McCormack is a Canadian born communications specialist, athlete, writer and dry-shampoo enthusiast living in Chicago. Loves products too much to be considered low-maintenance but can be out the door in 10 minutes or less because #sleep. Joined the Mane Addicts team in May 2015.
Deanna McCormack

Take one step into just about any drugstore or department store, and you’re sure to be greeted by an enormous selection of dry shampoos. Dry shampoos are the holy grail of haircare these days–they add volume, smell great, and can even act as perfume in a pinch. Oh, and they also allow us to go a few extra days without washing our manes and you know that’s a major win in our book. So yeah, dry shampoo is basically our BFF and because there are so many options available, it’s hard to pick the right dry shampoo for your hair type and / or lifestyle. We’re breaking things down below to help alleviate some of the decision making for you. 


FOR THE CURLY-HAIRED

Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day is fantastic for anyone with thick, or curly hair because it easily absorbs oil without any product buildup. A traditional, spray dry-shampoo is the way to go with big hair because you need even distribution.

FOR THE DARK-HAIRED

If you have dark hair and are tired of trying (and failing) to offset that dull, powdery finish, try Alterna’s Translucent Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo is virtually translucent and doesn’t leave a white, powdery residue on your lovely locks. Plus, it comes in three delicious scents.

FOR VOLUME

If you want your dry shampoo to do more than just absorb excess oil, try Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray. It easily adds volume and allows you to create lived-in texture that makes fake-showering that much more believable.

Find Right Dry Shampoo For Your Hair Type Brunette Model with Curly Hair(via iStock)

FOR THE TRAVELER

Large, aerosol sprays are a definite no-go for savvy travelers who skip checked bags. Your best alternative? Bumble and Bumble’s Pret-a-Powder. The full size version is travel sized so you don’t have to worry about running out, and the powdered formula acts as a volumizer so you can leave your backcombing brush at home, too.

FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS

Batiste Dry Shampoo is the drugstore dry shampoo that works wonders and has withstood the test of time, 40 years to be exact. It comes in all kinds of colors and scents and it really works–perfect if you’re on a budget and don’t want to shell out $20+ on a dry shampoo.

FOR THE SCENT-SEEKER

OUAI Dry Shampoo is the way to go if you’re looking for something to revive your unwashed hair, but you don’t want to smell like a newborn baby. It’s scented with OUAI signature No. 2 Fragrance, which contains notes of Italian lemon, amber, and white musk. You won’t regret this one!

FOR A CHANGE

Stray from the norm and give R+CO Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste a whirl. It contains volcanic ash that’ll soak up oil like nobody’s business and you can put it in damp hair, which is rather unique, to increase the size of your blowout.


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