The Best Dry Shampoos According to 7 Top Stylists
If we had to bring just five products to a desert island (especially if we landed on said desert island with a blowout to extend for potentially ever), dry shampoo would be cheif on the list. Since bursting onto the beauty market several years ago, these handy body-builders, sweat-eliminators, and blowout-extenders have changed our lives for the better. Oily, limp locks? Throw some dry shampoo in your scalp and seconds later you've got fresh, volumized hair that looks just-washed. Because our love of the product borders on obsession, we really wanted to know which dry shampoos top Hollywood hairstylists' lists. So we asked around and here are the answers! Keep scrolling to see the dry shampoos professional hairstylists call the best—along with some seriously genius styling secrets.
Hair Stylist: Christine Symonds
Clients: Kaley Cuoco, Rashida Jones, Scarlett Johansson and Anna Faris
Favourite Dry Shampoo: "Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8) is made with rice starch instead of corn starch so it has the dryest, most oil absorbing application I've found. It also comes in different scents to match your personality. They also make tinted dry shampoo to mask grown out roots and unwanted greys. I use it in my clients' roots after a fresh clean blowout to give body and texture. It helps soak up any oils that will accumulate to make their blowout last even longer. I also love applying dry shampoo on a finished braid before I gently pull at the sides of the braid to loosen it up. The dry shampoo gives the braid texture and hold. I also use it in almost all of my updos. I spray dry shampoo in the roots to give the style body and texture and it gives the bobby pins something to grip to."
Hair Stylist: Clariss Rubenstein
Clients: January Jones, Mindy Kaling and Katie Lowes
Favourite Dry Shampoo: "I am a huge lover of dry shampoo! I use it for reviving dirty hair, absorbing oil, adding texture to clean hair, and most importantly adding volume to anything. I use a variety of dry shampoos. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($9) is a great one that is good for everybody. It’s easy to use and hard to go wrong. It does the trick, revives a day old blow dry without any funky residue. I love the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42). It smells amazing and adds awesome volume and texture. But one of my secret weapons is the Beadhead Dirty Secret ($22) by Tigi. It is the driest of the dry. It can go on a little white if you spray too closely, but this can easily be brushed out. It’s the best for absorbing oil and adds great volume and texture, the bottle is big, and the price is nice too! Every girl that gets greasy should have this in her arsenal.
If you want to give your hair a little extra oomph (and you’re planning on washing it the next day), go for the Texturiza Spray ($33) by Unite. It's like dry shampoo, a light hairspray, and a volumizer had a baby!!! It’s everything! Tons of volume and texture, but you’ll definitely need to wash after. If you want to go the drugstore route, go for the original: Pssst Instant Dry Shampoo Spray ($6) gives you great bang for your buck, retails for under $6 and does the trick!"
Hair Stylist: Kylee Heath
Clients: Diane Kruger, Sofia Vergara and Rashida Jones
Favourite Dry Shampoo: "Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oak Milk ($9) is the best, no doubt. The powder can be a little intimidating which is why people opt for aerosol. But all you need is a flat brush, preferably boar bristle. Pour a little of the dry shampoo onto the brush, give it a shake and then brush throughout your roots."
Hair Stylist: Lacy Redway
Clients: Crystal Renn, Carmen Ejogo and Olivia Palermo
Favourite Dry Shampoo: "My favourite dry shampoo is Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray ($42). Being a hairstylist that can specialize in all hair types and texture, I have to find products that can be used with most of my clients. Unlike most dry shampoos that come out as a white powder and leave a residue, the Oribe spray doesn't leave my clients' hair and scalp with any build-up. It also smells great and instantly adds volume to limp hair. My favourite trick is using the Dry Texture spray as a volumizer/texurizer. I like to flip my model or celeb clients' head over, spray the product into the hair while their head is still bent forward, then I have them flip their hair back over and voilà, you have instant cover- or red carpet-ready hair!"
Hair Stylist: Michael Duenas
Clients: Rinko Kinkuchi, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Morrison
Favourite Dry Shampoo: "My favourite dry shampoo is Schwarzkopf Professional BC Volume Boost Shampoo ($22). I love BC Volume Boost because it’s nearly invisible. I can spray liberally without any white build-up. You can’t feel it in the hair—it actually almost feels like silk, but it still cleans all the oils and gives a tremendous boost in your volume! Spray BC Volume Boost at the root to clean excess oil from your scalp and proceed to spray to the ends of your hair for added texture and volume. One of my favourite ways to use this is to spray on damp hair, and then blow-dry. I get instant volume, with lasting texture. It collects on your hair strands and can give noticeably fuller hair."
Hair Stylist: Nicole Blais
Clients: Charlotte McKinney, Karen Elson and Mariel Hemmingway
Favourite Dry Shampoo: "Orlando Pita's Revive Instant Boost Dry Shampoo ($29) is a team favourite backstage at fashion week and gives a beautiful, natural lift. It absorbs oil and imparts a lovely, soft, touchable texture that is more subtle than traditional dry shampoos. Its versatility lies in the buildable texture, so it's fantastic as an every day go-to but can also be layered through the lengths to build texture to suit your mood or preference. It's also not the type to go chalky or dull the hair, so blondes and brunettes can rejoice alike! It smells fresh and clean, yet subtle enough not to overwhelm your entire fragrance wardrobe."
Hair Stylist: Ryan Richman
Clients: Sarah Hyland, Lorde and Haim
Favourite Dry Shampoo: "I'm currently loving Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($18), a mineral- and clay-based dry shampoo that is great for absorbing excess oil and product build-up. Hold the can about eight inches away from your scalp and spray focusing on the roots; holding the can too close to your head will cause the product to be overly concentrated in one place. Let the product sit for two minutes, so it can absorb excess oils. Then use a brush to gently brush away the excess product."
Have you tried any of these before? Do you have a favourite dry shampoo that wasn't in this bunch? Tell us below!