The Best Dry Shampoos For Smelly Hat Head

Fall hats are great and all, but they can leave hair greasy and flat.
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August 26, 2014
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kevin murphy, dry shampoos, hair care, hat hair, batiste, greasy hair, Klorane, smelly hair

As much as I hate to say it out loud, summer is nearly over and the time of pumpkin spice, opaque tights, ankle boots, and cute warm hats (!) is upon us.

I’m all about accessorizing with hats in the fall, mostly because I try to avoid washing my hair too much to keep it healthy and protect the color. From beanies to knit headbands to wool wide brimmed hats, I just have one complaint: hat hair.

Hat hair is hideous. We can all agree on that, right? On top of making my hair greasy and bumpy and flat in all the wrong places, hats also leave my hair smelling a bit wooly and musty.

The solution? Dry shampoo.

A good dry shampoo will remove grease, add texture (without leaving any powdery residue), and perfume strands with a pleasant scent. It all feels very Marie Antoinette.

Because there are so many bad dry shampoos out there, here are my top three for fall, ranked by affordability.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry, $8

The U.K.'s Batiste is probably the cutest dry shampoo company on the market. The packaging of its cherry scent is covered with adorable vintage-inspired flowers and cherries, but you can choose from all sorts of scents and formulas, including extra volume and tinted versions for colored hair. Lightweight and super effective, Batiste is used by 2.5 million people in the U.K. alone. Cherry is a new addition to the line. It makes me think of Coca Cola and 1950s diners.

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, $19

A favorite of the ladies at Birchbox (and Gwyneth Paltrow), Klorane’s famous dry shampoo totally gets my vote. A gentle botanical formula with corn starch, rice starch, and oat milk powder, this dry shampoo is finer than most, but it adds great texture and really absorbs sweat and grease without leaving any residue. As far as smell goes, I'd describe it as "exceptionally clean." It's natural, light, and slightly soapy.

Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair Dry Cleaning Spray, $37

This product is actually the first dry shampoo I ever tried. (Before this, I was all baby powder all the time.) I guess you could say it was love at first sniff. It legit smells like MARSHMALLOWS. Plus, it's paraben-free and removes excess grease and oil while adding adding the perfect amount of silky, shiny texture, thanks to burdock root and ivy leaf extract.

What’s your favorite dry shampoo, and how much does it cost? How important is scent?