The Only Dry Shampoo You Need, According to This Beauty Editor


Hallie Gould

I go through dry shampoos like I go through french fries—quickly and often. So I’ve certainly tried my fair share of offerings. Some have held my attention for a while (I adore René Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo, $28, and Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, $11), while others have fallen short of the mark. But it wasn’t until my favorite messy-haired twins launched their own bottled offering that I truly knew I’d done it: I found the only dry shampoo I’ll ever need. And, perhaps, the only one you’ll ever need as well. It’s Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo ($28).

The product goes hand in hand with their fine fragrance line made up of warm scented oils and an eau de parfum. I’m partial to the Nirvana White option (a blend of peony, muguet, and musk), but it also comes in the Nirvana Black version with violet, sandalwood, and vanilla notes. So this texturizing, volumizing, oil-soaking dry shampoo also doubles as a fragrance. On days when I spray it on, I don’t feel like I need to wear perfume. 

But the real reason I’m smitten, mind you, is the formula. I wash my hair very rarely—usually about once a week—and this dry shampoo does all the dirty work. The water-free micro-powder is enriched with natural rice starch to absorb oils instantly, while adding body and texture, too. To be honest, it’s so good I use it on clean hair as well. It gives my curls that massive, bedhead-y look I’m constantly craving. But it doesn’t leave behind any gross, powdery residue that has become so synonymous with dry shampoo. It mattifies but it doesn’t leave your roots looking gray. Guys, it’s everything.

And that’s not all. Nirvana also comes in a travel-size version—because if you’re going to be as chic as an Olsen twin, you’ll need to be able to jet-set off at a moment’s notice. So let me recap for a second: It’s TSA-friendly, it makes your hair look effortless, and it makes it so you don’t have to shower as often. Sold? I knew you would be.