Are the staffers at Glossier HQ washing their hair enough? Is there a mathematically correct number of times you should shampoo? Is dry shampoo the first slip down the steep slope that is the eroding sense of hygiene in New York City that will eventually lead to Armageddon or worse? That feels like speculation only the most qualified minds can definitively answer. What we can answer here at Glossier HQ is that almost everyone at the office has strong feelings about dry shampoo (that they need it) but wavering allegiances to various brands. So, to bring order to unwashed chaos, here is a quick ranking of office favorites. It all works; the dry shampoo you end up going with is just a matter of preference. The decision is yours! From our dirty hair to yours.
The ITG Top 25 favorite. A cold shock to the roots, much like Shu Uemura's Dry Cleaner. Doesn't rub out powdery-looking, though it is powdery-feeling. Use instead of your white floral perfume for a light scent and an airy head of hair.
The Eva Alt GRWM favorite! Puffs out of the bottle with physical oomph, instead of with aerosol, so a perfect choice for environmentalists. In fact, it makes a very fun noise when you squeeze it. See the finer-than-fine mist working immediately. There's almost no way to overdo this one.
The best-seller. Ever since Jennifer Aniston gave her perfect hair stamp of approval to PHD (and then reneged when Unilever acquired the company in 2016, but we won't get into that), this is the dry shampoo for people with an oily root problem. It makes hair soft and touchable. Just like Jennifer's probably is! With a clean, citrus-y scent.
The surprise and delight. Not necessarily touchable but big and sexy and clean-enough. For those who are looking to address the lifeless issue more than anything else. Gaudy, but it works, so suck it up.
The one with the rabid fan base. People love it—but overall reviews are mixed. It's very fine—but so fine, maybe it's not working? Supporters say it's the best for darker hair colors as the powder rubs away to nothing.
The French one. It works, but it also smells. Choose if you would like your cabinet to be more French. Don't choose if you don't want that.
The colorful one. Crazy bottle. Crazy smell. (Sort of your-grandmother's-perfume.) Works well, particularly as a texturizer for limp hair. Consider using it even when you're fresh from the shower (but already dry).
The drugstore standby. A lot of shamp for a little buck. Which is good, because you have to use a lot of it to get the grit you might be looking for. But, again, it costs next to nothing!
Photographed by Tom Newton.
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