Real talk: If we could wish for one thing – like, aside from world peace and eternal happiness and health – it would probably be a lifetime of good hair days, every single morning. And though we have yet to have our wishes granted (does anyone have a good genie recommendation?), we’ve at least gotten pretty damn close, thanks to the magical powers of dry shampoo. But, as we’re starting to find out through annoying trial and error, not all dry shampoos are created equal. In fact, some aren’t even created in the same universe, like the clear, sticky, does-nothing-but-smells-tacky formulas. Which is why we’re here.
Because we want you to stop wasting money on crappy products and instead steer you in the direction of dry shampoos that are seriously good, like lightweight, volumizing formulas that leave your hair smelling like a rose garden (for real) or scalp-refreshing formulas specifically designed for curls. So we parsed through the zillion shampoos currently on today’s market and cherry-picked the best dry shampoos for every hair type. Scroll through to see our favorites, and let your secretly three-day-old hair revel in the joy of staying dirty another day longer.
Credit: Elizabeth and James
If You Want Your Hair to Smell Like Fresh-Cut Roses…
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose Dry Shampoo, $28; at Sephora
If You Have Thick, Curly Hair…
Cantu Dry Co-Wash, $4.99; at Target
Credit: Kristen Ess
If You Have Fine, Flat Hair…
Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo, $14; at Target
If You Want a Clear, Lightweight Formula…
IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo, $29; at IGK
If You Have a Naturally Oily Scalp…
L’Oréal Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, $6.99; at L’Oréal
If You Have Dull, Fine Hair…
Batiste Dry Shampoo Strength & Shine, $8.99; at Ulta
If You Have Color-Treated Hair…
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, $24; at Amika
If You Have Dark Hair That’s Terrified of White Patches…
Sachajuan Dark Dry Powder Shampoo, $35; at David Pirrotta
If You Have Light Hair That Needs a Bit of Shine…
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Light Tones, $26; at Moroccanoil
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