Dry shampoos can be hit or miss: They either work amazingly well, or they don’t work at all. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that it’s a total pain for me to do my hair; I’m also probably not alone in the fact that I’m usually on the lookout for something that will let me wear it down more than once. Hey, it takes time to straighten, style, and so on—I may as well get a few good days out of it, amiright?
Knowing this, then, guess how excited I was to find Alterna Haircare’s Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend dry shampoo ($22, sephora.com) waiting for me in my mailbox recently? SO. FLIPPIN’. EXCITED. Seriously. And happily, it falls into the first camp, rather than the second: It works!
The bamboo extract used in Alterna’s offering boosts hair’s intrinsic strength, flexibility, and sustainability, while blue yucca root nourishes and provides hold. Oh, and the formula is virtually translucent, which means it doesn’t leave any of that chalky white residue some dry shampoos are guilty of—unless, y’know, you spray it for thirty seconds on one part of your head. Some things just can’t be helped.
I usually do a quick flat iron run over the top layers first to tame any cowlicks that may have settled while I was sleeping; then, sectioning my hair out bit by bit, I spritz a little at the roots to absorb excess oil and freshen things up. FYI, the ideal distance to hold the can is about ten inches away from your head. Once the shampoo has had a few minutes to work its magic, I brush it through, then do a little finger styling. Et voila! More than passable second-day hair with a delish mango coconut scent.
Apparently you can also use it to boost volume in freshly washed hair, too; I haven’t tried this particular technique (the last thing my ridiculous mane needs is more volume), but for the fine-haired ladies out there, it might be worth a shot. For those of you who aren’t wild about fruity fragrances, it’s also available in sheer blossom; in both cases, though, the scent isn’t at all overwhelming, so you’re good to go no matter which you choose.
Pick ‘em up at Sephora stores and sephora.com. If they’re good enough for Katie Holmes, they’re good enough for us!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.