Change your opinion of dry shampoo, by picking the right dry shampoo for you
Dry shampoo deserves props because it can do way more than its name implies.
“Dry shampoo allows you to wear a style longer, prevent heat damage with less styling and add speed to your beauty routine,” says Nina Farrauto, official stylist for Batiste Dry Shampoo Canada. She finds that it often gives noticeable lift and texture when sprayed into the roots of fine-haired clients. She also loves using it as a styling starter, particularly on freshly washed hair that can be limp and tricky to work with.
“This is especially key when you need to keep your hair in place for messy braids, ponytails and updos,” she says.
But if you have ever been frustrated by dry shampoo (hello white powder), then you will be happy to know that maybe that dry shampoo brand wasn’t right for you. The right way to pick the right dry shampoo is to consider your hair problem and the dry shampoo solution you’re looking for.
Here’s our guide to find the right shampoo for your hair issues:
Dry shampoo for texture
My Problem: “My just-washed hair is too slippery to work with.” – Beth Thompson, editor-in-chief
My pick: Herbal Essences Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo, $8 at walmart.ca.
Dry shampoo for oily hair
My Problem: “I battle serious hair oiliness and want to use clean ingredients.” – Courtney Reilly-Larke, assistant editor
My pick: Cake The ’Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $19 at cakebeauty.com.
Dry shampoo for volume
My Problem: “I have a hard time going beyond day-two hair because my thin hair just goes flat.” – Lisa Hannam, web editor
My pick: KMS HairPlay Makeover Spray, $23 at select salons.
Dry shampoo for dry, dark hair
My Problem: “By day two, my crown area gets oily, but the rest of my hair feels dry.” – Angela Serednicki, assistant web editor
My pick: Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones, $29, moroccanoil.com.
Dry shampoo for curly locks
My Problem: “A parched texture that’s always seeking an extra shot of hydration and gloss.” – Ingrie Williams, beauty & style director
My pick: Garnier Fructis Frizz Guard Anti-Frizz Dry Conditioner, $6 at mass retailers and drug stores.
Dry shampoo for a subtle pretty scent
Our Problem: We want a perfumed spray that is clean and light.
Our pick: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Lotus, $9 at mass retailers and drug stores.
Dry shampoo for post-workout
Our Problem: We need serious drying power and a pretty scent.
Our pick: Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, $8.95 at lush.ca.
Dry shampoo that’s not aerosol
Our Problem: A travel-safe and environment-friendly option, please.
Our pick: Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo, $39, aveda.ca.