There is one beauty product that is a lifesaver. It is dry shampoo. There are countless brands on the market, but few that I can truly count on. This post contains my favorite brands and why.
I was first introduced to dry shampoo as a styling product when I walked in a friend’s fashion show many moons ago. The brand was Bumble and Bumble and it was a brown colored spray that added grit, which made my hair super voluminous. I used it to bump my hair up, ready for a night full of dancing on the tables at the clubs.
When I started managing a high end salon in LA, I was introduced to the time and ‘lifesaving’ Oscar Blandi pronto dry shampoo. I like the loose powdered version that you shake out either onto a brush or apply to the roots with your finger tips. It has a light citrus scent that helps perk you up in the morning. This specific brand of dry shampoo really absorbs the oil at the roots, which refreshes your blowdry and helps you skip a shampoo if you are in a pinch. Make sure to rub the powder in completely to ensure you don’t end up looking like you are Marie Antoinette. But do eat the cake.
I also like Serge Normant dry shampoo, which does absorb oil, but I prefer using for styling. It is known for its unique formulation using cedar bark extract. This product comes in spray form and you need to shake well and hold it several inches away from your roots during application. After spraying into roots, you can tease with a teasing comb to achieve additional volume before or/and after application if desired. Make sure the product is absorbed into the roots. You can also toss your head back and spray into the end of the hair for added oomph. The result is cover of Cosmopolitan ready hair.
I was recently introduced to Kevyn Murphy Fresh Hair dry shampoo and it is a happy mix between the Oscar Blandi and Serge Normant dry shampoos. By this I mean that it has a lovely scent, absorbs oil, and adds a little grit for volume. This is an all around good choice for a dual purpose product. I like to spray into roots and work it in with my fingertips, then tease the areas I want added volume in. Or if I just need a little refresher at the end of the day, I toss my head back and give my hair a little spritz at the roots and the ends. Make sure to shake well before spraying.
I honestly find a place in my beauty regimen for all three of these dry shampoos. They all serve a different purpose for styling. Dry shampoo has saved me countless times when running late to work or dashing home to quickly freshen up for an evening outing. Trust me, dry shampoo is worth the investment and time spent on practicing and perfecting the application you like best. If you have darker roots or hair like I do, do not be shocked when the spray is white. It will and does work for darker hair colors. You just need to get the application right and you will be well on your way to shaving off time of your beauty schedule and actually being on time for that hot date.
Oscar Blandi pronto dry shampoo retails for $11 and can be purchased at
Serge Normant dry shampoo retails for $25 and can be purchased at
Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair retails for $25 and can be purchased at