The Best Dry Shampoo So You Can Skip a Day (Or Three) of Washing

A few spritzes does it all, from freshening up to moisturizing to preserving your color.

Happy woman with wonderful hair
Dry shampoo freshens up your strands without stripping them of their natural oils.Isadora Menezes, Pexels

While a good hair washing with traditional, lathering shampoo can feel amazing, doing it every day isn’t the best for the health of your hair. Frequent washing can strip your hair of natural oils, fade your color and cause split ends. Enter your new best friend: dry shampoo. Perfect for after a workout, preserving a blowout for a few extra days or adding volume. Here’s how to choose—and use—this shower-free way to keep your hair healthy, shiny, bouncy and clean with just a few spritzes.

Say Goodbye to Sweat

Living proof Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo
Safe for chemically treated and colored hair.Amazon

If you work out regularly but don’t want to wash your hair after every sweat session, just hit your roots with a shot of dry shampoo to get rid of sweat and oil. To properly use the spray, hold the bottle at least 6 inches from your head so you’re able to spray evenly without build-up. Let the dry shampoo “set” for at least 2 minutes before brushing or finger-combing your hair to distribute the spray evenly.

A Great Boost

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Pack of 3
A vegan-friendly formula.Amazon

Dry shampoo absorbs oil, dirt and grease and it also gives your hair a boost of texture and volume. Make that work to your advantage by applying the dry shampoo in sections. Just pull up your hair and spray evenly at the roots. The trick is to avoid your scalp and aim for the actual hair strands. You can also target specific areas—spray on ends to texturize or mid-shaft for more body.

Blondes Have More Fun

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Light Tones
Made with a UV-protecting, argan oil-infused formula.Amazon

If you’re a natural blonde or a blonde by choice, there are some things to consider when choosing a dry shampoo. Blonde-tinted dry shampoos tend to be on the warm side, and may give ash or platinum strands a yellow-looking finish. A dry shampoo with a violet tint, like this one, will match better with ash and platinum shades and can even counteract brassiness if it’s been a while since you had your hair color refreshed.