Workout gurus know the magic that is dry shampoo. Not only is it a serious time saver, it can also extend the life of your hair color, because it doesn’t strip color like traditional shampoo.
Everyone can use dry shampoo, but not all dry shampoos are created equal. What works for someone with fine hair might not work for someone with a head full of thick curls. It can be difficult to figure out which dry shampoo is best for your hair type, but never fear. Here are five of the best dry shampoos on the market and why they might work for your particular hair type.
If you have curly hair, try R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo
People with curly hair know that white residue in your dry shampoo is the enemy. Any time you’re trying to get white powder out of your hair, you’re disrupting your curl pattern, and probably transferring oils from your hands onto your roots. This dry shampoo leaves behind far less residue than some of its counterparts, so people with curls won’t have to worry about fussing with their hair too much after a tough sweat session. Plus, it’s super lightweight and won’t weigh down curls.
Buy it now: R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo, $32
If you have fine hair, try TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo
When your workout leaves you on Cloud 9 but your limp strands are dragging you down, all you need is a little dry shampoo in your life to lift you (and your hair) right back up. This formula leaves hair smelling fresh and clean, but most importantly, it gives tons of volume. Bonus points to this one for being affordable and available at just about any drug store near your workout class.
Buy it now: TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $6
If you have short hair, try R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste
Those of us with pixie cuts can get great results with this dry shampoo and pomade hybrid. Unlike many other dry shampoos, this one requires you to use your hands. Warm up a little bit in the palm of your hands, tousle throughout your hair, and be prepared to look extra cool for the rest of the day.
Buy it now: R + Co Bandlands Dry Shampoo Paste, $29
If you have color-treated hair, try Shu Uemura Color Lustre Dry Cleaner
It’s especially important for those with color-treated hair to use dry shampoo to extend the life of their color. This formula leaves behind virtually no white residue, which means women with all shades of hair color can leave their workout looking fresh.
Buy it now: Shu Uemura Color Lustre Dry Cleaner, $39
If you have oily hair, or need a really deep clean, try Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo will take you from boxing to brunch in seconds. The formula contains a molecule thought to actually clean the hair, rather than covering up oil with a powder, so it’s good to use after even the toughest of workouts. Spray it on, wait 30 seconds, and shake out any excess with your fingers. Nobody will even know you were working up a sweat just minutes before.
Buy it now: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, $24
If you have dry hair, try Amika Perk-Up Dry Shampoo
There are so many factors that lead to dry hair, including heat styling and coloring. It’s almost unavoidable to not damage your hair. But that doesn’t mean people with dry hair can’t use dry shampoo—they simply need one that soaks up excess oil. This formula by Amika contains rice starch to remove up dirt and oils and Obliphica oil to moisturize strands. Bottom line: This is a gym bag must-have.
Buy it now: Amika Perk-Up Dry Shampoo, $25