Skin Deep: Dry shampoo

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Dry shampoo is designed to freshen hair and absorb oil between showers. Most are a spray- or sprinkle-on formula that might make you feel like you're Febreze-ing your hair instead of washing it.

Convenient, right? Kind of gross, right?

Yes to both. But you have to admit, it'd come in handy on those Saturday mornings when tailgating starts at 10.

And stylists love one of dry shampoo's side effects - it gives hair texture that's great for crafting updos. Plus, if you listen to those magazine articles that say it's healthier not to wash your hair every day, this is one way to make that work.

Below, see how a vintage dry shampoo standby stacks up against some newcomers to the market.


2 of 5 stars

Pros: Pleasant scent, and the brush tip allowed me to smooth the powder in - especially helpful around the obvious root area. Leaves hair feeling light.

Cons: Mostly technical ones. Having to remove a seal between the brush and powder left my bathroom quite messy. And a cap for covering the brush is nearly impossible to fit on.

Available at, $16

Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder

1 of 5 stars

Pros: Gives hair a stiff texture, which makes it great for styling.

Cons: Stiff hair isn't so great for everyday looks. Plus, the color rubs off on your fingers and ends up washing out into your bath water.

Available at , $35

Frederic Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Shampoo

4 of 5 stars

Pros: A few quick shakes of the bottle over the hairline delivers a light coating of the powder, which does the job without creating a dandruff-like situation.

Cons: Has a somewhat off-putting, slightly chemical smell.

Available at, $23


4 of 5 stars

Pros: The unscented, liquid-to-powder spray has been around since the '60s. Just a quick spray does the job, and a second layer adds texture that helps hold styling.

Cons: Couldn't stop thinking that even though this is Jessica Simpson's fave, it's marketed toward people who, for whatever reason, are unable to shower.

Available at, $6