Since I’ve started coloring my hair red, it pretty much looks like I murdered someone in the bath tub every time I let shampoo hit my overly-processed locks. And while I LOVE my colorist (Michael Angelo at Wonderland Beauty Parlor), I’d rather not pay a visit to the salon every week in order to maintain the superhero like red I’ve grown to love (still waiting for superpowers to penetrate my scalp, FYI).

So, I’ve pretty much stopped washing my hair (in the least gross way possible) in order to maintain the vibrant red hue for longer, extend the time between salon visits and save money – both on aforementioned salon visits and, well, shampoo… although I guess I’m making up for it in the insane amount of dry shampoo I use on a regular basis.

Note to self: buy stock in dry shampoo, if that’s even possible (hey, I’m a beauty expert, not a financial advisor!) and plant some trees (because mother earth does not love me right about now… although I guess I am saving water, right?)

Needless to say, I’ve tried (read: used on hair and inadvertently inhaled) almost every dry shampoo on the market. So, here are the 3 (yes I have 3 in my bathroom at all times… sometimes more) that I cannot live without.

How I Never Rarely Wash My Hair (AKA The Best Dry Shampoo)

1. Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo ($22 at
If you’re looking to add volume to fine hair or just to extend your hair 12-24 hours past your usual shampoo schedule, Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo instantly revives and refreshes and leaves locks smelling freshly washed, without adding a powdery, matte finish (which most dry shampoos do). It also is clear (yes, really!) so you don’t need to worry about anyone seeing it. It does not, however, absorb serious oil, so it’s best kept to hair that needs some freshening up, rather than strands dealing with their own version of an oil spill.

2. Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo ($24 at
If you’re only going to buy one dry shampoo, this should be it. I swear, it can take hair from oh-wait-I’m-almost-a-real-hippie (and not in the trendy way) to clean and chic with just a few sprays directly on your scalp. The only negative is that it does have a powdery finish, so it’s essential to spray, let dry and then vigorously massage scalp to remove residue. When I’m really (and I mean really) pushing the limits of my shampoo-boycott, I also spray this throughout the lengths of my hair to at least give a uniformly matte look, which I’ve actually grown to love.

3. Psssssst Dry Shampoo ($6.99 at
When I’m in a bind (aka I’ve run out of Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo or just don’t want to stomach spending another $24), Psssssst Dry Shampoo does the trick. It’s cheap and gets the job done, without any frills. There’s no pretty scent (but a mist of my beloved  Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne takes care of that) and it’s a bit less workable than either Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo or Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo but, hey, it gets the job done!

Do you have any color extending tricks you swear by? Tell me below, I’d love to know!



  1. How long do these typically last? I’ve bought Treseme and Dove dry shampoos, and both were gone in 2-3 weeks. I only used them a few times!

  2. Alexis Reply

    Danielle – it depends on how often you use them and how much you use but when you’re spraying on your scalp you don’t really need very much – you should just spritz the roots in 5-8 places (no need to hold down and spray continuously). I would say I use the Renee Furterer one 4-5 days/week and it lasts well over a month… Hope that helps!

  3. I second Rene F. and Psssssst :) TRESemmè was the worst ever because it was sticky and crunchy. I was disappointed because it’s always on sale.

    • Alexis Reply

      Ohhh I’ve never tried the TRESemmè one, but clearly won’t now! Thanks for the info!

  4. Grace Gold Reply

    Kenra Platinum is my favorite, and Oribe Texture Spray will really help throw in some volume while also absorbing oils. I must admit though – I also love to use scented baby powder (Crabtree & Evelyn lavender is my fav) – I HATE the smell of unwashed hair, and I feel like old fashioned scented powders do the best refreshment job. You just have to be careful to comb out thoroughly, especially if you have dark hair like me.

    • Alexis Reply

      I LOVE Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray too – but just for adding texture & volume when I want to make my less-than-volumous locks look va-va-voom (or just create a killer Sara Jessica Parker-esque ballerina bun). I don’t, though, think it does a great job at taking hair from day 1 to (I’m a bit terrified to admit this, but) day 5 (or 7). Do you?

  5. Grace Gold Reply

    Agreed, I use the Oribe Texturizing Spray on top of a base of dry shampoo for more volume! I just wish they would make a non-scented or clean scented one – the white floral makes me dizzy.

    I wish I could get to day 5 or 7. I tend to breakout if I attempt that! I used my Crabtree & Evelyn scented baby powder this AM, and now I think it’s my favorite option of all.

  6. I’ve tried many dry shampoos, and I love,love,love, Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray(It’s the one in a brown aerosol can, not the yellow.) It goes on clear,has a nice scent and adds volume. I must say that I haven’t tried Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo or Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo, so I’ll give them a try.

  7. I am addicted to dry shampoo and have tried over 20 different brands. The best there is on the market is B. the Product’s Dry Cleaned. I have black hair, and this product is CLEAR!! No more dusty looking parts. Plus I only have to use a very small amount to get the results need. You can buy it online at or at Neiman Marcus.

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