I Rely On Dry Shampoo To Keep My Hair In Check Between Washes — Here Are My Favorite (And Least Favorite) Brands
In my experience, dry shampoo can either be a miracle or a disaster waiting to happen.
Hi! I'm Fabiana. I'm admittedly someone who is very lazy when it comes my hair. For some context, my hair is long, extremely thick, wavy, and prone to frizz. One of the pros of having this type of hair is that I can put off washing it for a good week. (Or week-and-a-half, if I'm feeling dangerous.)
But since I live an active lifestyle — which includes working out every morning — and I barely wash my hair, dry shampoo has become a best friend.
However, I have yet to find a dry shampoo that I really love.
While I'd like to think I do have realistic expectations of dry shampoo — because nothing can fully replace a good hair washing — I'd still like to find a reliable in-between.
So I decided to test several different dry shampoos after my morning workouts. I was hoping to find a dry shampoo that 1) kept my hair smelling and looking fresh, 2) didn't leave a white residue, and 3) didn't make my hair feel gritty.
Before I embarked on my quest for the best dry shampoo, I asked some hair experts for their best tips for preserving hair in between washes and after workouts with the help of dry shampoo.
Kerry Yates of Colour Collective, a hair expert and trichologist, suggests using a silk scrunchie during workouts so that you're not pulling back your hair too tightly.
Yates also recommends setting the dry shampoo with a cool blast from your hair dryer. "[With the scrunchie], loosely pull your hair back at the nape to keep it off your face during a workout," said Yates. "After working out, lightly spritz your favorite dry shampoo and then do a quick dry followed by a cold hit to smooth out any stubborn spots."
Devin Toth, a hairstylist at Salon SCK in NYC, says his clients use dry shampoo in various ways — and all of them can work well. "Some love to use dry shampoo before their workout, or right before they leave their house on a hot, humid day," Toth said. "Another client sometimes uses it at night before she goes to bed, so it doesn't appear as white the next day."