After getting an expensive blowout at the salon or spending the time to do it yourself, you want to make sure it lasts. That's why you need a good dry shampoo in your life!
You shouldn't use it every day (built-up residue can clog your hair follicles and that's no bueno), but it can replace a wash, adding volume, helping to maintain your hair color, and minimizing damage, says GolfHr's Beauty Director April Franzino. Even better: You won't need to use hot tools like curling irons and straighteners, which can also damage hair, as often.
Franzino recommends taking your hair in sections and holding the bottle 2-3 inches from your scalp when applying dry shampoo. Lightly massage it into your roots, and brush it down through the ends of your hair. Just avoid these common dry shampoo application mistakes, too.
And Franzino has good news if you're not a morning person: "I like using it before bed," she says. "Hair will absorb it as you sleep and look refreshed in the morning."
Franzino often finds herself reaching for this dry shampoo from Suave. "It leaves zero residue and feels like nothing on hair, yet absorbs oil and makes your hair look freshly washed," she says.
Associate Beauty Editor Pia Velasco rarely leaves home without this spray. "I always keep one in my gym bag and spray it on before working out since it helps absorb scalp sweat," she says, adding that it feels really light.
This budget buy scored high in our Lab's dry shampoo tests for making hair feel "thicker and lifted," and "giving it an airy, fresh look," according to testers. Along with rave reviews on volumizing, one tester even noted that it "got rid of grease."
"I love that my hair actually feels like it's clean after using it," says Assistant Beauty Editor Paige Stables. "Not like I just added on more product. It does have a powdery feel at first, but absorbs any excess oil and doesn't leave residue."
If you have dark brown or black hair, the last thing you want to do is look like you threw chalk on your head. Batiste's line of color-specific dry shampoos is exactly what you need to match your roots.
One of Sephora's bestsellers is also a top pick for Franzino. "It's one of the best dry shampoos I've ever used," she says. "It has a clean, fresh aroma that's not overpowering."
While the other options on this list are spray, Bumble and bumble's formula is a shaker powder. "Powders are more concentrated than sprays and may be better at mopping up oil," says Franzino.