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It wasn’t so long ago that you only had one option when you didn’t feel like washing your hair, and that was dry shampoo. It does exactly what it sounds like, cleaning the hair without requiring you to actually, you know, wash it. Dry shampoo is a total savior for those times when you just can’t even with the shower (or you sleep through your alarm, your back-up alarm, and your back-up back-up alarm. Oops).

It’s also a proven color saver, as the less you can wash your hair, the longer your dye job will last. Plus, since hair is at its weakest when wet, dry shampoo can alleviate some of the stress you might be putting on already damaged strands with constant washing and styling.

Those with fine, straight, or wavy hair were perfect candidates for dry shampoo, but — because they have to be brushed out to be activated, those with curly or coiled hair weren’t able to use them for risk of messing up or even damaging the curl structure. Enter: dry shampoo foam. The newest way to not wash your hair, dry shampoo foam allows even the curliest among us to skip washes for even longer. Dry shampoo foam works for multiple hair types. It all comes down to what you want your hair to do and how you want it to do it.

In order to help you find your perfect non-wash day product, we’ve put together this handy flowchart that breaks down which one is your best bet based on your hair type, daily habits, and the look you want. Check it out below, then keep reading to learn more about your ideal match.

Now, go with the flow!

How often do you wash your hair?

If You Chose Hair Affair Never Tell Dry Shampoo…

Hair that is oily and/or thin benefits most from traditional aerosol dry shampoos as they are both an instant grease absorber and a texture refresher for flat strands. Pantene Hair Affair Never Tell Dry Shampoo uses tapioca starch to absorb the dirt and oil. Simply shake it up, section your hair, and spray at the roots of any area that could use a good de-greasing. Once it’s been worked into the hair, brush out your locks and that absorbed oil is removed, leaving behind refreshed strands. There’s no powdery white residue to worry about, and the addition of pro-vitamin B5 and wild mint, this dry shampoo guarantees your hair will be both clean and nourished.

If You Chose Hair Affair Cheat Day Dry Shampoo Foam…

For those of us with dry, frizzy, or curly hair (and those straight and wavy gals who want more hydration from their dry shampoo), Pantene’s new Hair Affair Cheat Day Dry Shampoo Foam is an innovative way to skip the shower without sacrificing your style. While it also uses tapioca starch to absorb oil and dirt, the water-based formula, rich in conditioning agents and orchid flower water, separates any clumps that may have cropped up after a rough night’s sleep or a sweat session at the gym.

Speaking of exercise, Cheat Day Dry Shampoo Foam is the perfect pick for spinners, runners, yogis, and whatever other sport you love. It features a long-lasting fruit & floral scent encapsulated in touch-activated micro-capsules. Read: In addition to eradicating that sweaty scalp funk on contact, anytime you touch your hair, you’ll unleash a burst of fragrance freshness. Another key benefit? You don’t have the heavy brush-out step that typical dry shampoos require. That’s why it’s one of the only dry shampoo options that will actually work on curly hair.

Here’s how you use it. Prep your hair to work in sections. Dispense a small amount of foam onto your fingertips and then apply it to your roots. Do NOT apply it directly from the can to your roots like you would with a typical dry shampoo. Massage the foam in and repeat for each section. Then, finger-comb throughout your hair. Boom, done. And don’t worry if it feels wetter than typical dry shampoos. This is part of its magic, and it dries in a flash!

If You Chose Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo…

If you absolutely must wash and style your hair every day, Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo will keep your hair healthy, strong, and hydrated. Using the wrong shampoo can lead to dry, brittle strands and even scalp health issues. Switching to a shampoo infused with strengthening vitamins and nourishing, shine-enhancing lipids will ensure hair is protected and soft. It works for almost every hair type, length, and style, which makes it a solid option no matter how often you wash your mane.

Conclusion: How will you know that you’ve found The One? Your hair will be left looking, feeling, and smelling noticeably cleaner and more refreshed — not feeling like a different kind of dirty (i.e. trading grease for grit). Just don’t be surprised if your shower goes on strike after your third, fourth, or even fifth day of wash-free living.


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