dry shampoos aren't in your hair care repertory yet, they should be!
Dry shampoo—a '70s throwback that has been updated and improved—can
give you on-the-spot hair cleansing without water, extend the life of a
blow dry, refresh your hair after a sweaty workout at the gym and offer
instant volume, all with just a bit of oil-absorbing powder.
So what's not to love? Well, dry shampoos once got a bad rep for
depositing a white veil over your hair, but luckily, the latest dry
shampoos solve all of your dirty hair problems beautifully! Here's a
guide busting the myths of this miracle in a canister:
Myth: It leaves behind a white powder residue.
Fact: Yes, many dry shampoos soak up oily
residue between washes with a white, powdery formula. And yes, those
formulas have been known to stick to strands creating a white veil that
gives away your dirty little hair secret. But now smarter dry shampoos
spray on clear, offering a water-free freshen-up that when rubbed in,
completely disappears. Try Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Dry Shampoo, $11. It's the perfect size to toss in your handbag to solve on-the-go hair emergencies.
Myth: It's hard to apply.
Fact: If you've tried dumping a hair powder on your roots, you may have fumbled to dispense the right amount and to
it properly. Improved dispensing technology, including sprays and
specially designed tops make application easy. Try Jonathan Product Green Rootline Dry Shampoo,
$19. Available in light and dark formulas to match your hair color,
this brush-on applicator is equipped with a dial so you can control how
much of the oil-absorbing powder comes out of the brush as you run it
along your hairline.
Myth: The scent leaves something to be desired.
Fact: Dirty hair has a tendency to smell, so
if the very thing that you're using to prolong your blowout leaves an
alcohol-infused overpowering fragrance behind, the results can be less
than satisfying. Beauty manufacturers have smartened up to solve the
problem. Try Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo,
$20. The 99 percent natural formula incorporates oil-absorbing French
clay, and leaves behind the fresh light scent of green tea bergamot.
Myth: All formulas contain talc.
Fact: If you're an eco-beauty maven and you
don't want to risk breathing in talc (a carcinogen), you now have
talc-free formulas to choose from, including the aforementioned Alterna
and Oscar Blandi. Try Frederic Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Shampoo, $23. Cotton fibers, rice starch and cornstarch—not talc—work together to absorb oil and neutralize odor.