If "I can’t, I have to wash my hair" has been your go-to excuse to get out of things you don’t want to do, you’re going to have to come up with a better one.
Thanks to the genius who invented dry shampoo, you can now keep your beautiful blowouts for days while maintaining fresh, flowing locks. Here are some of our favorite dry shampoos to keep busy brides busy doing things they actually want to do.
First things first, investing in a reliable, quality shower cap is essential. One of our favorites, the Shhowercap, has got you covered—literally. With the silhouette of a chic turban and a patented rubber grip to keep it securely in place, it’s not your granny’s shower cap. (They also make great bridesmaid gifts!)
(The Kent shower cap, $43, Shhhowercap)
Drybar Dry Shampoo
To best preserve your blowouts, or to freshen up after the gym, try this aerosol micropowder, formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, which absorbs accumulated oils while adding volume to your roots. An added bonus: There’s a pigmented version for brunettes that helps to keep your roots looking fresh. Oh, and we’re pretty sure this is what heaven smells like.
(Detox dry shampoo, $23, Drybar available at Sephora)
Batiste Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo spray comes in 10 scents, so you’re certain to find one you love. It tames flyaway hairs and adds texture, and spraying and brushing out Batiste Dry Shampoo absorbs water, banishes any stale odors, and leaves your mane smelling fresh too.
(Dry shampoo, $7.99, Batiste available at Ulta)
Living Proof Dry Shampoo
With its patented Healthy Hair Molecule and Triple-Action Cleaning Technology, this silicone-free dry shampoo spray also has a time-released fragrance that keeps your hair clean and lightly scented, regardless of what your day throws at you. It's safe and formulated for color and chemically treated hair, so simply spray, massage in, and go.
(Perfect Hair Day PhD dry shampoo, $22, Living Proof available at Ulta)
R+Co Dry Shampoo Powder, Spray & Paste
All vegan and cruelty free, R+Co’s dry shampoos are amazing-smelling lifesavers for second-day, after-yoga, or “I’m actually not sure the last time I washed it” hair. As an added bonus, the brand is ingredient conscious, formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, and petrolatum. The Skyline Dry Shampoo Powder provides added volume and features the scent Rosy Eyed, as does the aerosol Death Valley Dry Shampoo, which absorbs oil and adds body with a simple spritz. The innovative Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste boasts a matte finish without adding thick product buildup and is complete with the Relative Paradise scent.
(Skyline dry shampoo powder, $36; Death Valley dry shampoo spray, $29; Badlands dry shampoo paste, $28, R+Co)
Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam
By now you’ve probably heard of Ouai, created by Jen Atkin (hairstylist to stars like the Kardashians and Chrissy Teigen), who aimed for the brand to be a “breath of fresh hair”—and we consider that mission accomplished. Paraben free and without animal testing, the Dry Shampoo Foam cleanses and freshens up your mane, no water necessary. The unique foam doesn’t leave behind a powder or residue but instead light, clean fragrance that will keep you coming back for more.
(Dry shampoo foam, $28, Ouai)
Lush Dry Shampoo Powder
A little bit of this powder goes a long way. It blends in seamlessly with a refreshing citrusy/fruity scent, and you simply need to sprinkle it on your scalp, then massage in or brush out, and nobody will have to know your (not so) dirty little secret. (An added bonus? You can also subscribe to order this through the website, ensuring you’ll never run out!)
(No Drought dry shampoo powders, $8.95, Lush)