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

August 26, 2019

There are a few things we feel like unite most of our female friends: a love for chocolate, a good Meg Ryan movie, and a passionate hate 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!

First thing's first: you are 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 we love that's SUPER cheap to use for an entire week…a few that are good for a day or two, but none that will really help your hair hold out an entire week between washes without getting pretty gross in between.

Favorite Dry Shampoo

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Shampoo

8 out of 10: This texturizing spray 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.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

9 out of 10: I LOVE the smell of this one, it cleanses perfectly, but it does leave a slight white residue if you go overboard.

Perfect Hair Day Living Proof Dry Shampoo

9 out of 10: This 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!

R&Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

8 out of 10: I love the smell and cleansing power of this one! It's definitely a fave of mine but the white residue is definitely a little harder to cover up.

Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-Powder

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.

Big Sexy Hair Powder Play

9 out of 10: This kind is a great volume builder and grease fighter, but it does leave residue and buildup.

Kristen Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo

9 out of 10: I have yet to be disappointed with anything in Kristen’s hair care line! The dry shampoo is no exception: it smells great, is an amazing price and does its job! It doesn’t last suuuuper long, but with the price point it’s so low risk you won’t mind. Also, if you're going for an entire week, this one does start to build up more so you'll have a harder time pulling off a week of not washing with this one. But for 2-3 days it's awesome!!

Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo, dark tones

10 out of 10: Since going back to the dark side, I’ve noticed that my usual dry shampoos leave a stripe of white wherever I spray it! Not my best look! I was 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, smells like heaven! It’s a bit of a higher price point but worth every penny!

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!

How 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.

Then take a brush like this one and brush it through your hair to make sure it's evenly distributed!

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!

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.

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.

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.

Train your hair

And if you've been reading this going, “No freaking 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 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!

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Shampoo
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo
Perfect Hair Day Living Proof Dry Shampoo
R&Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo
Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-Powder
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play
Kristen Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, dark toned
Wet Brush Shine
The Beachwaver
Shower Cap

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, and follow along on @mintarrow on instagram because I'll be sharing my “no wash” week and all my tips all week!

For the TOP 20 best shampoos and conditioners, check out this post!

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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???


All the way from root to end!! 🙂


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!

kristina malinowski:

Where did you get your robe?


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!


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

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