I’ve come to rely on dry shampoo for mornings I take a stupidly-early spin class or simply hit snooze one too many times (thank you, chardonnay). TBH, I use the stuff more than I shower, and up until recently I’ve been loyal to sprays. But, as much as I love them, I’ll be the first to admit their faults: the cloud of dust left in your bathroom, the powdery residue seen on strands, the clunky cans. That’s why I was excited when innovative new formulas — everything from foams to blotting sheets — started hitting my desk. The market has no doubt evolved. So, here are seven no-spray dry shampoos worth trying when you're ready for a change.
Dry Shampoo Foam
Massage this mousse-like formula through dry hair, from roots to ends, similar to how you would apply regular shampoo. As it dries (which takes, like, 30 seconds), oil and product build-up seem to vanish without a trace of chalky residue.
Dry Shampoo Sheets
Consider these blotting sheets for your hair. Made with charcoal powder and clay minerals, these tissues absorb oil without weighing down or disrupting your style. They're perfect for midday touch-ups; simply swipe one over your roots and go!
Overnight Dry Shampoo
Want to save even more time in the morning? Then consider applying dry shampoo before bed. This time-release formula was designed with deodorizing charcoal to absorb oil, sweat, and odor while you sleep. Trust me when I say that it's a game changer!
Dry Shampoo Paste
With more of a waxy consistency, this volcanic-ash paste adds texture to fallen styles while sopping up second-day oils. Use your fingers to work it through roots, then rub some on your ends for more of a lived-in look. Note: It works especially well for short hair.
Sun-Protecting Dry Shampoo
It's no secret that the sun takes a toll on your strands, which is where this oil-absorbing powder comes in. It has added UV-protecting technology to keep your color bright and shiny -- in a good way! Reach for it to refresh your hair before outdoor activities, but be warned: The tropical scent may leave you longing for a beach vacation.
Dry Shampoo Powder
While many powder formulas are known to leave behind dandruff-like residue, this talc-free pick provides the cleanliness of your favorite spray, plus it makes hair look fuller and more lifted. Brush it directly on your scalp to sop up oil, then blend it through the roots with your fingers.
While this is technically a spray and isn't really a dry shampoo, this stuff deserves a spot on the list. That's because it works wonders on hair that gets dry or bristly between washes. Formulated with provitamin B5, the weightless mist smooths over split ends and static for a fresh-from-the-salon finish.