Dry shampoo is the fairy godmother of hair products. It revives sad, greasy roots and extends the life of your blowout. It boosts volume and has the power to turn bedhead into effortless French girl hair. It does your taxes and folds your laundry. Well, maybe not the last two, but it can certainly shave some time off your routine (or, let’s get real, you can hit snooze a few extra times in the morning). So when you find the right one, you never let it go. We asked ELLE Canada editors to share the dry shampoo that they swear by – read their picks below.
Lesa Hannah, Beauty Director
“I received Virtue Labs Refresh Dry Shampoo ($44) after I interviewed Adir Abergel at TIFF in 2018, who insisted I take one with me (he’s the brand’s creative director). I used this down to the last drop. It didn’t leave a white cast and provided excellent volume.”
Victoria DiPlacido, Digital Director
“Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($16) is the GOAT. It makes greasy hair ungreasy, which is obviously the goal of all dry shampoos, but inexplicably, many I’ve come across just…don’t. It works its magic stealthily: it isn’t sticky or overly fragranced and it doesn’t leave a white cast in your hair. Basically, it’s like you took a shower without the shower. J’adore.”
Melissa Perdigao, Beauty Editorial Assistant
“I’m not a die-hard dry shampoo user – I often find it leaves my thin, dark hair feeling coarse and looking dull. I also tend to wash my hair often enough that I don’t need to refresh between sessions. All this aside, I’m a total sucker for fragrance. Joico Weekend Hair Dry Shampoo ($24) smells divine without being overpowering. The scent is encapsulated, meaning it’s released whenever you run your hands through your hair. It uses rice starch and bentone clay to absorb excess oils, which keeps my hair soft to the touch even after spraying liberally.”
Erica Ngao, Fashion Editorial Assistant
“Dry shampoo is one of my essential beauty products. I have thick, pin-straight hair (doesn’t hold curls, doubt it ever will) and bangs, which get stringy with grease by lunch time. The frequency with which I wash my hair depends on the season and how warm it is. In the winter, I can get away with washing my hair every other day but I’m usually relying on dry shampoo to get me through the second day. I’ve only ever used products in aerosol cans which are convenient but also spray a lot of the powder into the air. The pump dispenser on Voir She’s Like the Wind Invisible Dry Shampoo and Conditioner ($25) is surprisingly easy to use and distributes a small amount of product that allows me to control where I want it. My hair feels super soft and the scent is light enough to feel refreshing, and not headache-inducing like the other heavily-fragranced dry shampoos I’ve tried. Best of all, the white powder blends with minimal effort into my black hair – no grey cast!”
Christina Tourloukis, Editorial Assistant
“I have super curly hair so I never actually use dry shampoo unless I get a blowout and am trying to stretch out its lifespan. When I got the chance to try Batiste Waterless Cleaning Foam ($13) I was nervous that the foam texture would turn my straight roots back to curly, but that was not an issue. My blow-dried and flat-ironed hair was instantly refreshed, less oily and more voluminous.”
Phelisha Cassup, Intern
“My approach to dry shampoo is a bit unconventional as traditional dry shampoos don’t work well with my thick, curly hair. My friend from Paris introduced me to using micellar water (a French girl beauty staple) as a dry shampoo and it has been a lifesaver. Micellar technology works by attracting and absorbing oil, without the scalp-suffocating buildup of traditional dry shampoos. The other benefits are that it doesn’t leave any white residue in my dark hair and leaves my hair soft and brushable. My favourite is Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water ($9).”
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