My New Favorite Dry Shampoo

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After years of grad school, my good friend Tania rejoins the workforce today (let’s all wish her luck!). In preparation for her first day back in corporate America, Tania had to cut down her morning grooming ritual. Now that she was facing a long commute, daily hair washing, blowdrying, and flat-ironing just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. Tania needed a secret weapon to help stretch out her blowouts.

A dry shampoo novice, she asked me for my favorites. As a brunette, T3 Dry Shampoo in Dark was my long-time love, but sadly, it’s been discontinued. So for the past few years, I’ve been devoted to the classic Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk and Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo. Newer formulas (especially the ones that claim to be clear) just left my hair looking shiny—the exact opposite of what I want a dry shampoo to do! But to help Tania out, I test drove a slew of new models to see if any were worth a second purchase. And that’s how I discovered Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo.

Beige-tinted and effective, the Klorane and Rene Furterer dry shampoos are hoarded by celebrity stylists, beauty editors, and blondes trying to camouflage their dark roots between hair color appoitnments, but I always found their smell too strong (and if you’re not a blonde, you have to brush your hair to disperse the powdery residue or it’ll look like you have dandruff). While I don’t 100% love the Alterna’s fresh cucumber scent, it’s still a vast improvement. And the formula actually sprays on dry and clear (no brushing required)! Just one application added two extra days to my blowout (I didn’t need to re-spritz), even in the California summer. I think I can finally toss my last can of the T3. Now Alterna, please don’t discontinue this product!