By now, you've probably heard of (and maybe even swear by) dry shampoo, but something you may be a little less familiar with is dry conditioner. If you're wondering what dry conditioner is and are considering trading in your dry shampoo — hold up. These products aren't necessarily interchangeable.
Given that I only wash my hair once a week, dry shampoo is my saving grace, but I'm the first to admit it can definitely dry my hair out. When I heard about dry conditioner, I was considering chucking my dry shampoo and making a swap — but it doesn't work the same way as shampoo.
According to Natasha Sunshine of Byuti Salon and color ambassador for Pureology, dry conditioner is"a weightless aerosol hydrating formula that contains small conditioning molecules — [it can] swoop in and help freshen up your hair from midshaft to ends, making that part of your hair look and feel fluffy and hydrated before you wash it again." Sounds great, right? Hydrated hair is definitely desirable, but dry conditioner isn't going to take the oil out of your hair. You'll still need dry shampoo for that, so it's better to use these products together and not interchangeably.
It should also be noted that dry conditioner may not be strong enough for those with coarse or curly hair, and something like a serum or oil might be better for hydration.
If you want to try dry conditioner, here are eight to shop.
Detox Dry Conditioner, $23, drybar.com
This product is basically life-changing. It smoothes, hydrates, and detangles hair in between washes. A miracle, basically.
Dry Conditioner, $18, ulta.com
If you love your Chi flatiron, then try this dry conditioner.
3. Oscar Blandi
Dry Conditioner Spray, $25, ulta.com
This weightless spray will give your hair extra shine.
4. Kardashian Beauty
Take 2 Dry Conditioner, $14.99, ulta.com
If it's good enough for the Kardashians, you definitely want to try it.
Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner, $24, ulta.com
This one is great for color treated hair.
6. Hempz Couture
Haute Mess Dry Conditioner, $18.95, ulta.com
Have split ends? This will help smooth them.
7. Eva NYC
Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner, $1.87, ulta.com
Detangle while adding softness and shine to your hair.
Dry Conditioner, $10, sephora.com
This conditioner will protect and nourish your strands.
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