As hair care becomes more and more specialized and complex, at some point, you look at your crowded sink and have to ask: Do I really need all these bottles?
The answer: It depends on how high-maintenance you are (and, how tolerant of a cluttered medicine cabinet). When I learned about dry conditioner — yet another product to add into the rotation — I was skeptical. Was it really worth the space it took up? According to the hair stylist Oribe, who offers sells a dry conditioner in his line, it's like fabric softener for your hair. It contains oil, often argan, and other proteins that are highly micronized into a fine, rather than wet, spray. It can be used for tangles, frizziness, and for adding softness in situations when an oil might be too heavy or wet. It can also help perk up a second-day blowout.
While dry conditioner will probably never be as ubiquitous as dry shampoo — and indeed, some brands which previously had a dry conditioner have discontinued them — there’s definitely a niche.
I used it instead of serum to make some baby hairs near my hairline behave. I have also used it all over my head on ratty, roughed-up second day hair, and it took care of flyaways and made it easy to comb through. (It also worked well on my two boys, who cannot tolerate heavy products but whose hair often looks like they’ve been rolling around in the brambles for hours).
Below, the four dry conditioners I tried:
Oscar Blandi Dry Conditioner Spray, $25: This one is the wettest of the bunch and best for really tangled hair (like that of small children).
Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner, $25: It smells so good. I am guilty of using when my hair is plenty soft, just as a pick-me-up.
Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Condition, $19: This one is wetter than Oribe's and drier than Oscar Blandi's. It’s ideal for colored hair because it contains a color-protecting complex.
Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray, $35: This one wins best all-around spray. It left absolutely no residue and has a soft, non-invasive smell.
Most Viewed Stories
Mary-Kate Olsen Strains Every Muscle in Her Face in an Attempt to Smile
The Fashion Executive Who Doesn’t Wear Underwear on Dates
25 Famous Women on Being Alone
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
Prince George Has No Time for Justin Trudeau’s High Fives
How Angelina Jolie Won the First Big Battle in Her Divorce
It’s Time to Get Over Your White Feelings and Start Taking Action for Black Lives
2009 Called — It Wants Its Vogue-Versus-Bloggers Fight Back.
Former Miss Universe Becomes U.S. Citizen So She Can Vote Against Trump
Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of September 26
From Our Partners
Who What Wear
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Beauty FeaturesPreschool Benefits Women More Than Men
A new study finds preschool is good for all kids, but particularly for girls.Uh-Oh, Is Rob Kardashian Feuding With Kylie Jenner?
Or, at least someone is trying to make it seem that way.Area Woman Interrupted by Man 25 Times in 26 Minutes
Lester Holt also interrupted Hillary Clinton 15 times.Hillary Clinton’s Sickest Debate Burns
She eviscerated Trump.Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber Are Separating After 11 Years Together
“The best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple.”Outrageous Party Photos From Andy Warhol’s Factory Days
Preview the book Brigid Berlin: Polaroids.Morning Sickness May Suck, But It’s Actually a Sign of a Healthy Pregnancy
An upside to the nausea.2009 Called — It Wants Its Vogue-Versus-Bloggers Fight Back.
Vogue called blogging “pathetic,” and bloggers were not pleased.I Can’t Believe I Like This Victoria’s Secret Beauty Product
And why you’ll love it, too.Cheap Thrill: The Perfect Pair of High-Waisted Jeans
Swedish denim label Dr. Denim is here to make denim shopping a lot easier.
Season five arrives on November 7.Emily Kinney on Life After The Walking Dead
Her new show Conviction premieres next Monday on ABC.5 Things on Sale That You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Saint Laurent Jeans to an Isabel Marant Sweater
We dug through the internet to bring you some great deals.Here’s One Reason Why Women Are Underrepresented in Politics
It starts at the local level.Rob Kardashian Meets Chyna’s Parents and They All Take a Trip to a Strip Club
They also have a Fourth of July block party.My Favorite Fruit-Shaped Hand Cream Doubles As a Pill Holder
Can also hold gum, almonds, and paper-clips.Mary-Kate Olsen Strains Every Muscle in Her Face in an Attempt to Smile
It was a good effort.A Weekend of Hair Envy With Rubi Jones
Including an impromptu Weasley family look for a Potter-themed party.All It Took for Anti-Vaxxer to Admit She Was Wrong Was Her Entire Family Getting Sick
Rotavirus made her change her tune.Aparna Nancherla on Sad Girl Twitter, Period Tech, and Vocal Fry
The comedian has a new season of Womanhood coming out soon.