If washing your hair too often was a crime, I’d be guilty as charged. Which I know, I know—is not good. It strips your strands of their natural oils and can damage them. Plus, showering too often wastes water. But I also have very fine, blonde hair and it can look greasy and dull quickly. So discovering dry shampoo was a game-changer for me. I first started using it when I was a fashion reporter in New York City, and during Fashion Week I had to choose two of the following three: shower, dinner, sleep. So I always chose dinner and sleep. I simply didn’t have time to do all three. So I bought a drugstore dry shampoo, and it saved me, big time.
I eventually graduated to a more prestige brand and started using Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk ($20).
I feel like when it comes to hairspray, often drugstore brands work just as well as the pricier ones you’d find at a salon. But dry shampoo is a different ball game. I think a higher-end French haircare brand like Klorane is well worth it because it doesn’t weigh hair down or leave any residue, like some of the cheaper ones can (no disrespect to drugstore dry shamps—most do the job just fine, but when you have very specific needs, sometimes it's worth shelling out the extra cash for a stronger formula). It’s $20, but using it can extend the life of your professional blowout and keep your highlights looking bright—even if you have fine hair that gets greasy really fast.
Klorane’s dry shampoo has won a ton of industry awards and has a major fan following among beauty experts, and for good reason. The key ingredient here is oat milk, which absorbs oil and leaves your scalp feeling clean. It also softens hair, so it looks shinier and more voluminous. If you’ve never tried dry shampoo before, basically how it works is this: it uses a starch-based active ingredient (in this case, oat milk) which soaks up any built up oils on your scalp, so that your hair is cleaner without actually having to shower or get it wet. No rinse, lather, repeat required.
I just spray it about ten inches away from my hair, focusing on my roots. And then I leave it for two minutes before running my hands or a hairbrush through it. I feel like this step is key. Give it a couple minutes to settle before brushing it out, and it’ll give your hair more volume and look even fresher. Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk makes my fine hair appear fuller, and freshly washed—and this appearance lasts all day long. Best of all? Since it's made with high-quality ingredients like organic oat milk, and natural absorbent microspheres and silica, it doesn't leave behind any residue, or make my scalp feel itchy (although any dry shampoo *can* dry out your scalp over time, so, depending on your hair type, be sure to give it a good wash after a few days).
It also comes in a powder (non-aerosol) formula, which is a bit more environmentally-friendly than an aerosol spray can, so something to keep in mind.
Finally, one more thing to consider with dry shampoos is the scent. Sometimes, you'll pick up a dry shampoo that's incredibly heavy on fragrance, which can feel like an extension of your perfume, and that can be overwhelming for some. This one is so light, fresh and clean—not at all too “chemically” or overly fragrant.
And don't just take my word for it. Hundreds of shoppers have left rave reviews for the oat milk dry shampoo. "This dry shampoo is amazing. Made my second and third day hair look clean and with lots of volume. I even use this on clean hair when I want some extra oomph and it instantly makes my roots voluminous. Smells clean and refreshing. Most importantly, it didn't leave any residue, which I love. The spray can sprays evenly and is easy to apply to roots," one person says.
Just an FYI: Just because I have blonde hair, doesn't mean this stuff doesn't work for folks with dark hair—it does! It works its magic without leaving white residue behind. One shopper writes, "The best dry shampoo i've ever used. It refreshes my hair in minutes and boosts volume for amazing second and third- even fourth day hair. Plus, I have dark brown hair and it doesn't leave a white cast!"
Bottom line? Invest in a quality dry shampoo like Klorane’s if you want to save water, save time, and extend your hair salon treatments.
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