I’ve written before about how I don’t like to wash my hair too often or put many products in it. One of the only exceptions to my no products rule is dry shampoo, which helps me wait longer between washes without looking too greasy.
I’ve tried quite a few dry shampoos, but my all-time favorite is Batiste’s Original formula.This soaks up about ninety percent of the oil on my scalp and adds awesome volume—even on day four or five hair!
The only drawback is the slight white cast it leaves on my dark roots. If I don’t over apply or hold the can too close to my head, then my hair only ends up looking like my roots have a slightly ashier undertone. If my hair looks gray after application, it means I’ve done something wrong.
Batiste does make a line of tinted dry shampoos in three shades: Light & Blonde, Medium & Brunette, and Dark & Deep Brown. I use Dark & Deep Brown sometimes when I really want to avoid any ashy or white cast in my hair, but I don’t think it absorbs oil quite as well as the original formula. The tinted dry shampoo can also get a little messy if you’re not careful about where you spray.
Here’s how I like to apply Batiste: I hold a small (1-2 inch) section of my hair straight up with one hand and hold and spray my can of dry shampoo eight to ten inches from my head with the other hand. I try to focus the product on my roots as much as possible. Then I repeat the process with the rest of my hair. If I’m in a rush, I’ll wait a minute or two and then use my fingers to distribute the product around before I brush. If I’m not in a rush, I put my hair into a loose bun and then take a shower with a shower cap on. After I’m done showering, I brush my hair out. I find that the dry shampoo works best if I give it time to really soak in like this before I brush my hair.
In addition to their Original and Hint of Color products, Batiste also makes a fragranced line, a nourishing Strength & Shine dry shampoo, and a volumizing XXL Plumping Powder.
In the last few years, a bunch of new, second-generation dry shampoos like Dove Refresh+Care and Suave Refresh & Revive have been released. Their texture is more like hair spray than powder. These are great for adding volume, but in my experience, they don’t work as well as the old school kind for drying up oil. If your hair is relatively clean, you might want to use on of these to add volume or texture; if it’s dirty, use one of the first-generation dry shampoos like Batiste.