Perspective is a funny thing, especially when it suddenly—without warning—changes. Think Copernicus trying to convince everyone that the earth was not the center of the universe and being totally ignored (haters!), until the general populace was like “oh just kidding, you’re right.”
College! I’m learning things.
All this is to say that until the day a mysterious Klorane package landed on my porch, I believed this to be the cardinal rule of dry shampoos: you either get a formula that feels a bit icky in your hair but works, or you get one that feels weightless and doesn’t do diddly squat. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Let’s begin with the brand’s cult classic original formula, which uses a blend of starches (corn and rice) plus natural absorbent microspheres to soak up those second day oils. It contains oat milk to soothe the scalp, and is super gentle—hypoallergenic, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and suitable for all hair types. The scent is most easily described as pleasant and nicely unobtrusive, a little bit powdery and creamy-sweet. What I love most about this formula is what it does for my bangs. For those of you who haven’t tried the annoyingly high-maintenance fringe, it’s a style that requires daily shampoos—unless you hit it with a good dose of dry shampoo in the morning and fluff it out with a brush. For the rest of my head, I like to spritz the crown and sides, flip my head over, and work my fingers through my hair. Instant volume, no more oily part. Best of all, it’s truly weightless, to the point where I occasionally dry shampoo on third day hair because I think it’s second day hair. I can see why SJP and almost every blogger I’ve run across are fans.
For those who need even more oil control, Klorane’s new nettle formula (read more about it here) should do the trick. It uses the same basic blend of ingredients as the original formula, but substitutes nettle extract for oat milk, which helps regulate sebum production in the scalp. Fun fact: Klorane did a pharmacological study where they found that the formula absorbed sebum as quickly as 25 seconds after application. That’s less time than it takes me to sit up in bed every morning! And like its gentler twin, the nettle version is both fantastically weightless and very lightly scented.
So which should you buy? I’d recommend the oat milk formula for those with normal-oily hair, while those with overzealous oil glands should probably go for the nettle version. Either way, your morning styling routine will thank you.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is available in 1.06 oz ($7.50) and 3.2 oz ($18) cans, plus a non-aerosol 1.7 oz ($18) version. Their Dry Shampoo with Nettle comes in the 3.2 oz size ($18) only.
Do you dry shampoo? Which formula is your favorite?
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