Best Dry Shampoos and Worst Dry Shampoos

When Heidi Montag tearfully declared, “I was just trying to calm Spencer down… he’s so mad because he knows how much this means to me,”  she wasn’t referring to her religion, her wedding ring or even her plastic surgery. Nope, it was the frivolous wasting of Montag’s dry shampoo on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here that elicited this cry of outrage.

And Montag’s not the only girl who loves her dry shampoo, Katy Perry told Vanity Fair that Dry Shampoo is a “staple” in her makeup bag. So this week we’ve got the dish on this cult celebrity favorite including what dry shampoo is, why you might actually need some,  and of course, which ones work and which are just a waste of money.

Dry shampoo is designed to remove excess oil from hair follicles, minus the soap and water, of course.  And if you’re wondering why anyone would want to skip washing their hair in favor of using a dry shampoo, there are actually are a myriad of beauty benefits.

Dry shampoo doesn’t clean hair like tradition al shampoo; it most commonly removes oil and leaves a pleasant scent behind. But for women with color treated hair, shampooing less, even if they traditionally use color safe shampoo, may actually have some benefits including extending the life of their color.

And for those of us who, thanks to oily scalps, can barely make it through 24 hours without having to wash our hair, dry shampoo is a fabulous way to banish those oily roots without drying out the more parched ends of hair.

Stylists often recommend hair that was washed the day before as the optimal “palette” for updos and other styles, but greasy hair doesn’t look good on anyone. Dry shampoo is ideal for keeping day-after hair fresh looking and in great shape for a special event updo or simply creating the braided side pony that is so haute now.

For those considering trying dry shampoo, don’t hit hair salon, specialty store or drugstore without our list of dry shampoo duds and darlings…
Love it! Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo from Alterna

This high end dry shampoo is best for blondes and worth the $20 you’ll pay for 2.65 oz. at Ulta stores and top-notch salons. It’s paraben free and unlike many of the other dry shampoos I tested, it’s non-aerosol; simply rub the product into the scalp and rub oil out. Ideal for extending the life of a blow-out, this talc-free product earns a spot at the top of our love list.

Leave it: Baby Powder

OK do-it-yourselfers, we love an affordable beauty fix as much as the next woman, but sprinkling your hair with baby powder is not the same as using an effective dry shampoo. So leave the powder for Junior’s bum, and skip the lovely gray halo this DIY trick leaves behind. If cost is your concern, try Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo, available at local drugstores for about six bucks.

Love it! Rene Furterer‘s Naturia Dry Shampoo

Rene Furterer‘s Naturia Dry Shampoo promises that its patented formula serves up antisebum benefits, and boy does it deliver.  We give the product high marks for being free of parabens, sulfates, petro chemicals and phthalates and even higher marks for easy spray-on application that absorbs oil and freshens hair for hours; $24 for 3.2 oz. at Sephora stores  and upscale salons.

Leave it: Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder

Bumble and Bumble’s Hair Powder comes in different colors, think black, brown, red, white and even “blondish.” It sprays on, but thanks to a combo of ingredients that include Oat Starch and Oat Flour, this product “starched” our hair, leaving it feeling thick and stiff, like a cheap men’s shirt.

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