I’ve Never Used a Dry Shampoo Like This—And it Aced My 3-Day-Old Hair Test

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One aspect of parenthood I wasn’t prepared for was how washing my hair would be something I’d have to mentally schedule for ahead of time. It sounds dramatic, but if you’re anything like me and hate sleeping on wet hair or are way too tired to start the wash and blow drying process after wrestling two little kids to sleep, it’s accurate.

No surprise then that I rely on dry shampoo more than other beauty products (second only to under-eye concealer, because parenthood also equals shockingly little sleep). I’ve tried countless formulas and while they all soak up excess oil, too many leave a chalky cast or make my hair feel powdery instead of clean. When I received the new AirWash Dry Shampoo ($48) by K18—the brand behind the cult-favorite and celeb-loved bonding treatment mask—I assumed it’d be more or less the same experience. Luckily, I was wrong.

Why AirWash Is Different

AirWash is a true reinvention of dry shampoo. Instead of an aerosol or powder, its texture is a liquid that sprays on hair like a fine mist. And like magic, when massaged in or brushed through strands, it dries instantly sans any white cast or product buildup. Key ingredients include translucent microbeads for non-gritty, lightweight, oil and sweat absorption, scalp-balancing biotech-derived Mediterranean microalgae and K18’s impressive, newly patented odorBIND. The latter technology doesn’t just mask hair odor, but actually eliminates it completely—and keeps working for up to three days.

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My Review

I try dozens of new beauty products a month, but this one actually has me awe-struck. On three-day-old hair, I spritzed the mist twice, at an arm’s length away, to my roots and massaged it in for a minute or so. (I’ll never pass up the opportunity for a scalp massage.) My oily strands immediately disappeared in place of just-blown-out-like hair. What’s more, the non-aerosol formula left my felt incredibly bouncy and soft. Brushing only enhanced the benefits. Left with seemingly fresh-washed and pleasantly smelling hair, I no longer worry about not being able to squeeze in a shampoo every other day.

3-day-old roots before AirWash
Roots immediately after AirWash

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