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Dry Shampoo, an Actual Must-Have

Dry shampoo isn't just camouflage for dirty locks. Use it to score day-two texture on freshly cleaned hair, add grip for up-dos, or just because it smells so good. Here are a few of our favorites.
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  • Pssssst Instant Dry Shampoo Spray ($6)
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    Pssssst Instant Dry Shampoo Spray ($6)

    The best part about this classic formula is that it smells like shampoo, so your hair doesn’t just look freshly washed, but also gives off an I-just-stepped-out-of-the-shower scent.

  • Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo ($25)
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    Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo ($25)

    This aerosol can holds cornstarch and cedar bark, both of which absorb oil to leave your hair feeling pretty close to freshly washed. It doesn’t take a lot to soak up the oil and add volume to your roots--just let it sit for a minute before rubbing into your scalp.

  • Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo ($28)
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    Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo ($28)

    Salvaging second (or third) day locks with dry shampoo often means sacrificing shine. This version is particularly lightweight, meaning you’ll get volume without going matte. It doubles as a hair perfume though, so if you’re not into rich, spicy fragrances, choose another product.

  • L'Oreal Everstyle Energizing Dry Shampoo ($7)
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    L'Oreal Everstyle Energizing Dry Shampoo ($7)

    L’Oreal’s the easiest can to grab at the drugstore--it delivers tons of volume without an overpowering scent and is TSA-friendly at 3.4 ounces.

  • Bumble and bumble Hair Powder ($35)
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    Bumble and bumble Hair Powder ($35)

    Bumble calls their dry shampoo hair powder because it comes in different colors--brunette, blonde, and white--but you still spray it on. If you’re using dry shampoo to cover up grays or add grip before building an updo, this is your best bet.

  • Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo ($18)
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    Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo ($18)

    Klorane’s oat milk-infused aerosol spray is a go-to when it comes to prepping red-carpet hair. The spray formula has a strong scent initially, but soaks up oil like a dream and leaves hair looking voluminous, not puffy.

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8)
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    Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8)

    Batiste is an underground favorite--hard to track down on the West Coast, but readily available in East Coast drugstores. It looks white coming out of the can but goes on clear, a welcome change from powdery formulas.

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