Dry shampoo is a time and hairstyle saver. Maybe you don’t wash your hair every day, but after a day or two, your roots start looking a little oily/greasy. Or maybe you just don’t have the time and energy to wash your hair, but need to look fresh. Well, that’s where dry shampoo can help you out.

Dry shampoo is a dry spray that you use on oily roots to make them appear cleaner. Unlike the shampoo that you use in the shower on wet hair to remove sebum (oil), dirt, etc, from your scalp, dry shampoo is used on dry hair to absorb oil from your roots/scalp. Dry shampoo can actually come in several forms such as a simple dry spray, loose powders, paste, and foam.  

There are also a lot of other benefits and uses for dry shampoo other than it’s ability to absorb oil at your roots.

Dry Shampoo Uses & Benefits

  • The obvious, you don’t have to wash your hair This saves you time, energy, and it’s healthier for your hair if you don’t wash it every day.
  • It creates lift at your roots – When your roots are oily it can cause your hair to be weighed down and look flat. Using a dry shampoo will perk up your roots adding volume in no time.
  • You can get more wear out of a hairstyle – One of the best things about using dry shampoo is you can make your blowout last a few days more. Who doesn’t love that?
  • Use it all over for textures and hold I’m not a huge fan of hairspray on my own hair so I use dry shampoo to give me a light, touchable hold while adding a little texture to my hairstyle.  
  • You can use it to refresh natural curly hair – Naturally curly hair can look a little dry and down after sleeping on it. Using a dry shampoo foam can add much-needed moisture and re-fresh your look. Amika’s Dry Shampoo Foam is great for this. 
  • You can use it to create texture on braids and updo – Spray dry shampoo on a finished braid or updo for a more textured, soft look.
  • Odor Absorption – Let’s be honest, after not washing your hair for a few days there may be a little funk to it. Dry shampoo will freshen that right up.

What You Don’t Want In A Dry Shampoo

  • Tacky, sticky feeling – Some dry shampoos can leave a tacky feeling, which can make your hair feel worse which is not what you want your dry shampoo to do.
  • White Residue – Some dry shampoos can leave a powdery white residue making your hair look dull and flaky. 

They’re a lot of great benefits to using a dry shampoo, but the number one is absorbing the pesky oils on your roots so your hairstyles can live to see another day. Check out my top 3 favorite dry shampoos to get you started on your dry shampoo journey. 

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo, in my opinion, is one of the best dry shampoos in the beauty industry. There’s a reason I choose it for my salon, Blowout Studio. It refreshes your roots, and leaves a soft, light shine behind, it smells amazing, and really leaves your hair looking healthy, clean and fabulous.

Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair

I love the smell of this dry shampoo. It has a tangerine peel oil giving your hair a fresh clean scent while absorbing oils on your roots and scalp. It leaves your hair feeling soft and refreshed. 

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

Vegan, paraben-free, and sulfate-free, this dry shampoo freshens your hair with quality ingredients and a scent you’ll be obsessed with.

For a deeper breakdown of my favorites check out: Best Dry Shampoo