For some of us, finding the time to run is no problem. It’s finding the time to run, then shower, then restyle our hair from scratch that makes it easier to find excuses. A quick, 30-minute lunch run can easily turn into an hour and a half routine if you let it.
So here’s the good news: You don’t need to wash your hair every day, says Lauren Thompson Baxter, stylist at Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City. “The natural oils are good for your scalp and your hair, especially those with naturally dry, frizzy hair or dry scalp” she says.
Instead, skip the wash and spray in some dry shampoo. The trick is to spray it underneath where you part your hair and all through the crown of your head, Baxter says. “Dry shampoo is [usually] powder-based, so avoid spraying it right on top of your head so you don‘t see the powder.” After, massage it in with your fingertips or brush through with a comb to distribute it evenly—and voilà: Greasy hair turns into a refreshed style in seconds.
While this product can save you literally hours of washing and restyling your hair each week, it’s not totally foolproof—there are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind. For one, if you’re applying dry shampoo directly after a workout, Baxter recommends blasting your roots with a hair dryer first to evaporate the sweat. “The dry shampoo will not absorb the oil effectively if your roots are wet and sweaty,” she says. “Also, concentrate on spraying the dry shampoo around the hairline and underneath the nape of the neck, where you sweat the most.”
And if you like to work out at night or simply want to extend the life of a blow dry, Baxter’s pro tip: Spritz in dry shampoo before bed. This will allow the product to soak up grease that’s produced overnight, she says.
We put an entire gym bag full of dry shampoos to the sweat test. Below, find the best dry shampoo options according to your hair type.