Everything You Need To Know About The Best Dry Shampoos And Texturizing Sprays

There's a million of them, but how the hell are you supposed to know the ones to buy? You read this, that's how.
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November 19, 2013
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Davines, oribe, dry shampoos, bumble and bumble, Klorane, Pssssst, redken, texturizers

Let's talk about hair, baby. Let's talk about you and me. Wait--I meant to say sex. Sexy hair. Sex hair!

Let's talk about sex hair and how to get it, no partner needed. Or, less climactically, let’s talk about greasy roots and no time to wash; or fine, limp hair, or flat hair, or a multitude of other unsexy issues.

It's nothing new to rave about dry shampoos and texturizing sprays. It's so un-new in fact, that the market is saturated with them. Everyone makes one, but how the hell are you supposed to know the ones to buy?

Take it from someone who has bought heaps of them: there are differences, some subtle, some big, and ne’er two the same.

Peep my notables below.

Pssssst!

This unassuming dry shampoo is the original gangster of the bunch. It was the (self-proclaimed) first dry shampoo sold--I think Minipoo (enticing name) actually was--and at around $6 is still considerably cheaper than any others.

You can find it at the drugstore, and the scent borderlines on un-scented which is always a plus when your dry shampoo is up against your Tom Ford Tuscan Leather. The bottle also lasts the longest of any dry shampoo I’ve used.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

This mattifying, scrunch-commanding, amazing body, texture and hold builder is not technically a dry shampoo, as you would not want to spray this stuff as liberally all over your dome as you would with say, Pssssst!, but this stuff is brilliant.

I have gone through about 10 cans, which leads me to my problem with it: the price. $40 is a bit steep for something, that if used all over every day, I run out of in less than two weeks.

A good solution that I used for a time was to use Pssssst! all over as sort of my dry shampoo "base" and Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray as more of an accent, to add texture and grip where needed. And let me tell you, this s*$# can grip! I’m talking heavy There’s Something About Mary in the "hair gel" scene realness.

I am currently in a phase where I want silky hair, though, so I am forgoing that cocktail for the time being, which brings me to my new favorite.

Davines Hair Refresher

The scent is right on. With yuzu and lemon fragrance, it’s reminiscent of clean linens and open windows. Fresh to death.

At $28 the price isn’t bad, and it's clear (yay, no Marie-Antoinette-wig sitch). It's definitely more of a refresher than a texturizing spray, but damn, can it refresh.

Davines says the key is the sinodor molecules, which “are derivatives of natural citronella oil... Sinodor acts to capture and neutralize unpleasant odors in the hair,” subsequently removing last night's bar and multiple ciggie breaks smell.

This one is my most prized at the moment, giving me fresh, 2nd day hair that smells beyond.

Klorane Dry Shampoo

This French pharmacy staple (and Arizona Muse’s must-have) lives up to the hype. The protective oat milk gives it its gentle cleansing effect, and it makes your hair so velvety soft.

I’m sure at this point you’re like “So it’s amazing, right?” and it is; BUT--and this is a big but--the Klorane website says it should last 10 to 15 uses (and that’s pushing it). HUH? At $18, it’s not at the top of the price pyramid, but I just can’t spend over a dollar a spray sesh. (And I’ve been known to not bat an eyelash at a $50 Tom Ford lipstick, or $80 Eve Lom Cleanser. I throw down when necessary).

It’s like when you buy one of those small bags of Doritos and there are literally only four chips inside. I would have rather not had them at all! Amazing formula, though (and my favorite packaging) just not enough inside!

Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder

This formula is the s%#@ for building volume and texture. It bulks up your hair like nobody’s business. With four different colors, there is a color for everyone, and it honestly changes your tress size. It makes each of my strands feel three times bigger (totally arbitrary number, but bigger trust).

This is my go-to if I trying to pretend I don’t have short layers all over my head and want a slick, texturized, full ponytail, or wrap-around braid. It’s magic for updos.

Redken Powder Grip 03

Don’t be fooled by the size of this guy: it packs a serious punch, and a little goes straight to infinity, ya dig?

This is not want you want to f*#@ around with if you want overall refreshing, and grease-absorbing powers. This stuff is for if you want serious grip in specific areas. I never freeball this and just dump it on my head; if you do, you are left with clumps of super-sticky hair amidst lightly dusted hair. I always sprinkle the powder into my palm and rub, scrunch, or massage the particles into my roots, or at my ends to give shape.

This stuff is the Abilify of hair powders. You want to add it to something else for best results. Also, DO NOT breathe in when shaking this stuff out.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening DrySpun Finish Spray

Consider this the little sister of Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray; cheaper, lighter in texture, and amazing in its own right.

Its clear consistency makes it great as a refresher and grit supplement. I would say don’t use all over if you are jonesing for that silky-soft effect a la Klorane. I tend to use it in the same vain of my Oribe/Pssssst! cocktail; layering on the cheapy (Pssssst!) and accenting with the luxurious one.

What are your notables dry shampoos and texturizing sprays?