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5 drugstore dry shampoos that don’t suck

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Jennifer Picht

Shout out to all the longhaired ladies and lads in New York currently struggling over whether or not to shave their head during this hot, sticky summer. We feel you: It’s hard to maintain a clean, voluminous mane when the weather is like, “NOPE. You’re going to sweat buckets today.” Blowouts seem pointless (but, oh, so necessary) and washing our hair, overall, just feels like a waste of time. Solution? Dry shampoo.

From making your unwashed hair last longer to adding texture to your strands, dry shampoo should be in everyone’s bag right now. And most importantly, you don’t have to spend big bucks on a hair salon quality product to find a bottle that actually gets the job done. These five drugstore dry shampoos seriously work. 

Tresemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo Color Care: Do you color your mane? Perhaps you’re currently rocking a My Little Pony dye job? Tresemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo Color Care ($4) was made specifically for processed strands. Spray the improved formula on your roots to soak up oils. Bonus: Since you won't have to shampoo quite as often, your hot-pink head will last a little bit longer. 

Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo: Some dry shampoos make your hair feel dirtier, but Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($9) makes hair look and feel as if you actually took the time to wash it (it's pure witch craft, we tell ya). And the extra volume you get is just an added bonus.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in deep brown: Dark-haired ladies tend to shy away from dry shampoo due to visible residue (it’s not dandruff, we swear!), but fret not; Batiste Dry Shampoo in Deep Brown ($8) is pigmented, so it soaks up excess oils without a trace of excess product. Better yet, it will camouflage your visible roots. Bow down to the queen beauty product of schemes. 

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo: If your hair is extra oily, Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($6) will transform your slick strands into clean and fresh locks. Just spray generously on your roosts and brush through to diffuse the invisible powder.  

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: This spray is a cult favorite for good reason. While a full-size bottle of Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk runs you $20, you can score the travel-friendly version for a price that doesn’t make you want to scream ($9). Stick it in your handbag and your hair will be looking full and refreshed after a muggy subway ride. 

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