Dry Shampoo, Demystified

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When it comes to hair care, I'm quite a minimalist. To be honest, I think my blow dryer is still in a box in our closet from when we bought our house two and a half years ago. I also can't curl my hair or French braid to save my life. I literally shower, add detangler spray out of necessity, and I'm good to go. So, I was very skeptical when beauty buffs kept saying that dry shampoo is their "can't live without" hair care product. That is, until I received Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo in one of my Birchbox (birchbox.com) beauty boxes. Turns out, dry shampoo is a secret weapon!

Here are my thoughts on the dry shampoos I have tried so far and which have worked (or haven't) for me. Do you have a favorite?

1. amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
I'm just going to say it: This is my favorite. It smells delicious, isn't tested on animals, and leaves your hair feeling clean and fresh. There is zero white residue and it is also safe for color-treated hair. Plus, I love the bright colors on all amika products and this dry shampoo is pretty enough to display.

2. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
It's a very close second. This dry shampoo adds volume, smells good but isn't strong, and immediately gets rid of oil or grime for noticeable softness without leaving any residue. For days when I want a bit more bounce, this is my go-to. (If you're looking for a good texturizing spray, I recommend Oribe too.)

3. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
I like Living Proof's whole hair care line. Their dry shampoo really eliminates oil and sweat, making it a great post-workout dry shampoo. This one seems a bit more heavy-duty than the first two, so if your hair is extra dirty, go for this one. It also smells good, although stronger than Oribe.

4. R+Co BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste
If you're traveling, this is a great option. It has a light, fresh scent that isn't overpowering. The ingredients are pretty awesome, including Hawaiian volcanic ash, argan oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil, so it's very moisturizing but not oily. I found this to be a good option when your hair isn't really that dirty. For day-to-day, I think I prefer a spray but this one worked well. A little goes a long way; I have a tiny sample from Birchbox that has lasted me a long time.

5. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo (not pictured above)
Drybar is known for their awesome blowouts and exceptional hair care line, and this dry shampoo does not disappoint. It adds weightless volume without leaving a white residue. It is also safe for color-treated hair.

6. Milk Makeup Natural Dry Shampoo
I wanted to really like this one because it has kaolin, cotton, and rice starch (sounds cool). Apparently, it also has a white tea scent? Unfortunately, I've only been able to use it a couple times because it really just smells like rubbing alcohol to me, and that is not the "clean hair" smell I like. If you're sensitive to scents, this might be the one for you though! It left a white residue that I really had to rub in but it did remove oil effectively.

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