Picture this: You’ve just put the finishing touches on your makeup, you’ve zipped up your favorite dress, doused yourself in your perfume du jour, and you’re about to walk out the door. Before you leave, you decide to zhuzh your hair a little with a shot of dry shampoo.
Suddenly, you’re scrambling to leave without being extremely late (like, missing-your-dinner-reservation late). Anyone with dark hair knows this feeling because if you grab the wrong dry shampoo, you’ll find yourself with hair that wouldn’t be out of place at a Cruella de Vil–themed costume party.
Don’t worry—just because you have dark hair doesn’t mean you’re doomed to always over-wash your hair. As someone with dark hair who works in the beauty industry, I’ll let you in on all the tips I’ve learned for using dry shampoo on dark hair. The key is to pick a high-quality dry shampoo (tinted or untinted), give it enough time to absorb into hair, and only use a small amount. If you can, either brush it through your hair or use your fingers at the roots to help distribute it more evenly. Keep reading for our favorite dry-shampoo picks for dark hair.