Do you remember the first time you ever used dry shampoo? Probably not. That’s likely due to the fact that it’s become such an integral part of your beauty routine that you reach for it automatically, while on cruise control. But it’s probably also because you’ve blocked out the chalky memory that left you with gray, powdery hair which you then proceeded to frantically brush out. Sound familiar? Let’s not even get started on the overwhelming scent.
Thankfully, those messy days, as hilarious as they may be to relive, are gone. The dry shampoos on the market today are plentiful and varied, and available in many different textures. They also certainly don’t smell like your grandma’s powder room.
But the most impressive thing about today’s dry shampoo innovations is how multi-tasking they are. These days, you can expect a dry shampoo to do much more than just soak up oily roots and hide the fact that you skipped hair wash day.
Click through the gallery below to shop 11 great dry shampoos that do way more than just disguise greasy hair.
11 dry shampoos that do more than just clean your hair
SLEEP ON ITPowered by charcoal, this powder works as you sleep to remove oil and detoxify odours. It’s also available in both brunette and blonde shades, so you can rest assured that you won’t wake up with a chalky residue.
Kaia Naturals The Takesumi Detox Overnight Dry Shampoo — Brunette, $32 at The Detox Market. Kaia Naturals
FOAM PARTYThe waterless cleansing foam developed and made famous by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin dries quickly and can be worked into roots for cleaner-looking and feeling hair that’s also detangled in the process.
Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam, $35 at Sephora. Ouai
DEEP CLEANThe oil-absorbing formula actually comes in oil form, and is made with activated charcoal to lift up dirt and impurities, while green coconut nourishes your scalp.
Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Build-Up Blaster, $12 at sheamoisture.com. Shea Moisture
MIST YOU MUCHA wet spray might feel contradictory when thinking about dry shampoo, but this light mist quickly dries as it employs its micellar technology to lift oil and dirt from your scalp. It’ll actually leave your hair feeling more like you just washed it, than like you just used dry shampoo.
R+Co Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist, $36 at Amazon. R+Co
HALF AND HALFThe newest launch on the list, this half-dry shampoo, half-styling paste, is out in March, and cleverly provides root lift and texture while absorbing oils.
Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05, $27, at select salons. Redken
COPY AND PASTEAnother dry shampoo paste, this one is perfect for extending the life of a blowout. Simply rub a small amount between fingertips to warm it up, and run it through your hair, for added volume and cleaner-feeling (and looking) roots.
R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, $36 at Amazon. R+CO
BLONDE AMBITIONThe tried and true formula also comes in a shade for blondes, made with a hint of colour that blends seamlessly into hair while refreshing strands.
Batiste Brilliant Blonde Dry Shampoo, $10 at Walmart. Batiste
NATURAL SELECTIONThis plant-based dry shampoo uses clay and tapioca starch to soak up oil, while citric acid helps to soothe—and prevent—scalp itchiness.
Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo, $45 at The Detox Market. Rahua
GO NUTSA dry shampoo infused with coconut oil might sound suspicious, but this (delightfully scented) dry shampoo leaves hair feeling silky and smooth as it absorbs dirt and grease.
OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Dry Shampoo, $5 at Shoppers Drug Mart. OGX
NOW YOU SEE IT...Available in five different scents, this dry shampoo goes on truly invisible (no white residue—at all) and refreshes and volumizes hair.
L’Oreal Paris Magic Invisible Dry Shampoo, $9 at Walmart. L'Oreal
LIGHT UPPerfect for anyone with pastel or platinum-coloured hair, this dry shampoo not only absorbs oil, but it conditions hair while it works, preventing static and buildup.
Design.Me Quickie.Me — Light, $22 at designmehair.ca. Design.me