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Naming your most essential hair care products is probably no easy feat—after all, each and every one feels like a must-have. They’re all your precious babies you could never part with (we're looking at you mousse, styling cream, and hair spray!). But, when struggling to narrow things down (if you really, really had to), there’s one product that does stand out: dry shampoo. Once you’ve given your strands a spritz of dry shampoo, chances are you’ll become a fan for life. That’s because dry shampoo can be one of the most useful hair care products to have on hand, whether you’re running late and don’t have time to cleanse your hair in the morning or you need to refresh your hair post-workout. Wondering what exactly dry shampoo is, how to use it, and more? Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know about dry shampoo—including naming our best drugstore dry shampoo, which works for oily hair and can be used on dark hair. If you’re a dry shampoo devotee, you know how big of a deal that is!
Dry shampoo, which is sometimes referred to as waterless shampoo, typically comes in a spray or powder form. It’s a hair care product that revives greasy hair by absorbing oils for a refreshed look and feel. It’s a great travel companion and an absolute holy grail when you’re pressed for time.
The quick answer: no! Dry shampoo isn’t bad for your hair—just don’t let dry shampoo replace your regular hair care routine. This is a surefire way to end up with scalp build-up! Instead, let dry shampoo briefly tide you over until it’s time for your next shower. Dry shampoo will temporarily give you the appearance of clean hair—without actually cleaning it—but you’ll still need to use your shampoo and conditioner on the reg!
Before we explain how to use dry shampoo, allow us to help you pick the best dry shampoo for your hair type. When choosing a dry shampoo, or any hair care product for that matter, you should always consider the active ingredients in the formula. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, our best drugstore dry shampoo, is formulated with three refined clays to instantly refresh hair between shampoos. It absorbs excess oil for fresh, lightweight hair with no visible residue (a must for those with dark hair).
Dry shampoo may seem like a pretty straightforward hair care product to use, but there is a right (and wrong) way to do so. To use our dry shampoo, start by shaking the can really well. Then, hold it six to eight inches away from your hair and spray directly onto oily roots and lightly throughout the rest of your hair to absorb oil. Finally, brush through your hair and you’re ready to go.
Our dry shampoo can be used in conjunction with the rest of our L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay line of hair care products. The Extraordinary Clay system instantly purifies oily roots and hydrates dry lengths without weighing hair down for beautifully fresh, flowing hair from root to tip. Get step-by-step instructions for using each product below.
Creating a gorgeous-looking head of hair starts before you even step foot in the shower. Prior to reaching for shampoo, grab a pre-shampoo hair mask. To use it, apply the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask to your dry roots section by section, making sure to fully cover your entire head. Leave the pre-shampoo mask on for five minutes, then rinse while gently massaging your scalp to ensure that all of the product is washed out.
Once you’re done with the pre-shampoo mask, it’s time to grab the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo. Massage the shampoo onto wet hair, focusing mainly on your roots, lather it up, then rinse out completely. Now you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Just because you have oily roots doesn’t mean you should skip out on using conditioner. All hair types—curly hair, fine hair, color-treated hair, and frizzy hair included—need conditioning. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner to wet hair post-shampooing, focusing on your mid-lengths to ends. Leave the conditioner on for one to three minutes, then rinse out.
One place where dry shampoo can be particularly useful? That’d be the gym! Here are The 6 Best Hairstyles to Wear to the Gym, many of which utilize dry shampoo.