the best dry shampoo you can get for the price of a latte


Since my first spritz of Psssst many years ago, dry shampoo has been a staple in my beauty arsenal. At any time, I have at least 3 backup cans stashed around my apartment and never turn down the chance to try an innovative new formula. I’ve used countless iterations from the highest highs to the lowest lows and while this one is still my reigning favorite, there are two budget-friendly options that I always keep stocked: Batiste and Dove.

Ringing up at around $5, these drugstore dry shampoos do everything I ask of them — that is soak up excess oil, create volume and allow me to go that extra day or two (or three) before washing. Of the many versions of Batiste, I’m partial to the dark brown that sprays a tinted formula or the tropical that smells like a beach holiday.

My tried-and-true method for using any dry shampoo is to spray my roots, leave it for 2-3 minutes, massage with my fingers then brush my hair. Once brushed, my hair is back to that perfect second-day feeling where it’s not too squeaky clean and not yet an oily mess. The Dove dry shampoo has the same style-extending results plus adds serious volume. So much so that it works just as well as a styling product from day one. I use a couple of sprays to create body in the lengths if my hair is falling flat or create hold for a ponytail.