Quick version: Read my full list of dry shampoo faves below.
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!
In a hurry? Go straight to my picks below!
Table of Contents
- Favorite Dry Shampoo
- Best for dry scalps: Pureology
- Best gentle dry shampoo: Bumble & Bumble
- Best for volume: Oribe
- Best smell: Drybar
- Best at actually cleaning: Living Proof
- Best powder dry shampoo: Bumble & Bumble
- Best oil absorption: Redken
- Best affordable: Hairitage
- Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo, dark tones
- Spray vs. powder dry shampoo
- How to use dry shampoo
- Getting your curls to last
- Throw a cap on it
- Train your hair
- One week later…
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:
9 out of 10: Pureology – Right after I’m done breastfeeding a baby (just had number five!) 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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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. (Currently sold out!)
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!