10 dry shampoos (for all budgets) to have handy for hair emergencies

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Dry shampoo is the bedrock of every busy girl’s haircare routine. If you’re rolling out of bed just five minutes before you need to leave, a spritz of a cleansing dry shampoo can work in lieu of the shower. For hair that has gotten limp through the day, dry shampoo can cleanse while adding volume—saving post-work plans.

A regular hair wash is important to maintain a healthy scalp and mane, but in an emergency, dry shampoo works well in a pinch. A water-free option, dry shampoos come in the form of a spray and a paste. The main ingredient is common—corn starch or rice starch, which absorbs excess sebum from the sebaceous glands present in the roots. Be sure to opt for a lightweight formula for voluminous hair, rather than the heavy ones that might lead to limp hair over time.

For best use, shake the spray bottle well and hold it at least eight inches away from your scalp. Start at the part line, and then move into the smaller subsections to effectively cover the rest of your hair strands. It helps to let it sit for three to five minutes, so the molecules can work on actually cleaning the strands. Flipping your head upside down and gently massaging the roots with your fingertips will help disperse the spray through the rest of your head. In case the spray feels damp after massaging it in, set a blow-dryer at its coolest setting and hold it such that the air blows directly over the hair roots. In fact, it works beyond just cleansing—it can be used as a styling product to add ’50s style volume for a night out. “Flip your hair over lightly, and spray dry shampoo all over for extra volume and body. The product gives more texture and volume to your hair without being sticky like hairspray,” Mumbai-based celebrity hairstylist Franco Vallelonga told us last month. Scroll ahead for our edit of the best dry shampoos that will add volume, thickness and texture, while refreshing the scalp and smelling great.

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