BEST dry shampoo + how to NOT wash your hair for a week!

There are a few things I feel like unite most of our female friends: a love for chocolate, a good Meg Ryan movie, and a passionate dislike for that dreaded day when you have to wash and dry your hair. Let’s just say, I feel your pain! So much so that today’s post is ALL about how to put off washing your hair as long as possible with the best dry shampoo and more. I’m sharing my step-by-step guide on all of the best tips and tricks for making your one wash last for days right here, right now!

Curled Hair best dry shampoo
Photos by Arielle Levy

In a hurry? Go straight to my picks below!

Favorite Dry Shampoo

First thing’s first: you’re going to need DRY SHAMPOO. I’ve tried just about everything out there from the most expensive dry shampoos to least expensive dry shampoos, all the drugstore kinds, and like most things, you get what you pay for!

I haven’t found anything I love that’s SUPER cheap to use for an entire week…a few that are good for a day or two, but none that’ll really help your hair hold out an entire week between washes without getting pretty gross in between. SO, if you want to invest in some of the good stuff, here are my top recommendations with my ratings, too:

Best for dry scalps: Pureology

9 out of 10: Pureology – Right after I’m done breastfeeding a baby (I’ve had four!) my scalp gets extremely dry as my milk dries up, too. I have to be extra careful during this window to use dry shampoo that’s moisturizing. This is one of the BEST I’ve tried and it’s also the very highest rated one at Sephora!

Best gentle dry shampoo: Bumble & Bumble

10 out of 10 – Bumble & Bumble: Similar to their powder formula, I LOVE this aerosol version that’s also very gentle on my scalp when I’m dealing with dryness, whether that’s visiting a super dry climate (I’m looking at you, Utah!), or I’m just finishing up nursing one of my babies. I love that this stuff has a very very light but pleasant smell!

Best for volume: Oribe

8 out of 10: This Oribe dry shampoo smells amazing, it works super well, DOESN’T create build-up, there’s no residue, but also doesn’t cleanse as well as others. AMAZING for volume and a day two or three look. Harder to use toward the end of your no-wash week.

Best smell: Drybar

8 out of 10: I LOVE the smell of this one from Drybar, it cleanses perfectly, but it does leave a slight white residue if you go overboard. Make sure you hold almost the entire arm’s length away!

drybar dry shampoo

Best at actually cleaning: Living Proof

9 out of 10: This Living Proof dry shampoo is the best at cleansing, it has a great smell, it’s easy to use for beginners. It shows just a little bit if you have darker hair which is why I give it 9/10, but you can massage/brush it out!

Best powder dry shampoo: Bumble & Bumble

10 out of 10: This dry shampoo from Bumble & Bumble is the best powder dry shampoo around! Cuts grease without buildup, no smell (for those who don’t want any fragrance) and creates great volume, too.

Best oil absorption: Redken

9 out of 10: This dry shampoo not only really zaps the oil your hair, it’s a great volume builder and continual grease fighter that works several days in a row. I feel like it leaves very little to zero build up!

Best affordable: Hairitage

9 out of 10: this Hairitage dry shampoo is absolutely, hands down the very best bang for your buck dry shampoo! I genuinely like it better than several other way more expensive dry shampoos out there. It works incredibly well, lasts, creates volume and doesn’t break the bank! You do have to watch out for build-up with this one and really make sure you wash your scalp well in between. I feel like this ACV rinse helps a TON with this and it’s a must for me, too. Side note: if you need a dark-root dry shampoo, I love her tinted for brunette version.

Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo, dark tones

10 out of 10: When I’ve had my hair dyed darker, notice that my usual dry shampoos leave a stripe of white wherever I spray it. Not my best look! I was so excited to find this dark toned dry shampoo that DOES NOT leave a dark, filmy residue on my hands every time I run my fingers through my hair! The bottle lasts forever, and true to brand, it smells like heaven. It’s a bit of a higher price point, but worth every penny!

Oribe Texture Spray best dry shampoo

Spray vs. powder dry shampoo

The thing that’s nice about a spray dry shampoo is it’s a little easier to distribute evenly all over your roots. But the powder dry shampoo is GREAT for travel or even a small bottle to have in your bag in case you look in your car mirror and see that your hair could use a little refresh!

bumble & bumble Dry Shampoo

How to use dry shampoo

STEP ONE: LAYERS

To use dry shampoo, you’ll want take your hair in layers, start at the top of your head, and work all the way down to the nape of your neck, adding a little dry shampoo to each layer, JUST at the root.

STEP TWO: SHAKE IT OUT

Then take a brush like this one and brush it through your hair to make sure it’s evenly distributed, OR you can just massage and shake through your roots to make sure it’s all spread out.

STEP THREE: REPEAT

You have to do this EVERY DAY of the week that you’re trying to get your hair to last between washes.

PRO TIP: I love to put dry shampoo in my hair at night before I go to bed. When I wake up in the morning it’s somehow totally evenly distributed all over the roots of my hair and usually I can’t see any residue at that point. Pretty awesome!

STEP FOUR: PULL IT UP

If you work out, try to keep your hair UP and out of the way of getting sweaty. If your hair does get sweaty at all, go home and use the dryer on “cool shot” to dry up any sweat before you use dry shampoo to cleanse.

See my step by step tutorial below!

Bumble and Bumble powder dry shampoo

Getting your curls to last

Sometimes if you’ve just curled your hair that day, and if you’re using a powder dry shampoo, it helps to put a little into the bottom of your hair where the curls are heavier, to make them last longer!

I also highly, highly recommend using the Beachwaver to curl your hair. There’s just something about that curling iron that makes curls last longer!! Try to use the 1″ barrel to curl the first day, then let the curls relax as the week goes on.

beachwaver curling iron

Throw a cap on it

One of my biggest tips is to be SURE you shower each day with a shower cap! Think about when you walk into a super humid atmosphere (I’m talking to you Texas, or Florida) and your hair suddenly loses its shape or curl or the straightening you just did 3 minutes ago. Same thing happens when you step into the shower with your hair just in a topknot! Throw those locks into a shower cap to protect your hair from the humidity of the shower to keep your look going all week long.

This shower cap is amazing because it’s terry cloth lined so it’s really soft AND stays on your head way better than one that’s just plastic that may slide around and not actually hold your hair very well.

beachwaver curling iron

Train your hair

And if you’ve been reading this going, “There’s no way! My hair gets greasy on day two!”

Girlfriend. I hear you. 

So many people feel this way! It’s literally a matter of training your hair. Add on a day or two each week, and you’ll be amazed at how your hair will start lasting longer when it’s not used to being washed so much!

best dry shampoo
beachwaver curls

One week later…

One last time, these are the best tools and products for making your hair last a whole week!! You don’t need ALL of these, just ONE good dry shampoo, a shower cap, a brush and maybe a good curling iron and you’re good to go!

If you want to see me use some of these products in real life and see a LIVE demo, go to this facebook live video!

For the BEST shampoos and conditioners, check out this post!

Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 3 little girls and baby boy, she runs her blog and business with 7 team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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Comments

  1. Do you brush your hair like how you’d normally brush it (like from root to end) or just in the roots so the dry shampoo stays on the roots???

      1. Thanks for the reply! I’ve always done just the roots, must be what I’m doing wrong because it never feels or looks that ‘clean’ after! Thank you for your help!

  2. Always looking for a good dry shampoo. I love the living proof one your suggested but I felt like I ran out of the bottle faster than others I have used. Out of the ones listed above do any last a long time or more than others on the list? I’d be curious about that. Thanks!

    1. Hi Whitney! Corrine said that the powder dry shampoos for sure last way longer than the aerosol! Hope that helps 🙂 -Kourtney

  3. What do you do following workouts? I feel like dry shampoo with my sweat is like a paste. I’ve tried several brands. Do you have a solution for this? Do the above brands listed solve for that? Thanks! What a great post!

    1. So glad it was helpful!! Corrine said she doesn’t personally sweat a ton, BUT she’s heard from a lot of people that the “cool shot” function on a blow dryer is a game-changer for drying sweat first and then applying dry shampoo after! Hope that helps a little! 🙂 -Kourtney

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