The New, Genius Way to Use Dry Shampoo

Stop spraying your dry shampoo.

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Perfect bedhead is elusive. Whether your night is spent tossing and turning or sleeping like a log, your hair never quite looks exactly how you want it to when you wake up. But there's an easy way to fake your way to the best bedhead ever—you just need to start looking at your dry shampoo a little differently. Forget the canned stuff: dry shampoo powders and paste are your new MVP.

Don't just focus on your roots—the perfect bedhead has movement all over.
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Some traditional dry shampoos can leave your strands looking limp (and gray, if you get a little spray-crazy), but a powdered option gives you more control over your styling. Just pour a little bit on your hands and tousle your hair so the powder can absorb the excess oil, and get an expertly ruffled look.

Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, $28, randco.com.
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Hair-care brand R+Co has even upped the ante with its Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, which offers slightly more styling power than a powder alone. "It gives great hold and control, thanks to its pinpoint application, as well as texture," says R+Co cofounder Howard McLaren.

Dry Shampoo by Verb, $7, sephora.com.

While spritz-ready dry shampoos may offer convenience, a more hands-on approach will have even more of an impact on your hair the next day (and the one after that, too). It's not just about covering up greasy roots—bedhead has never looked better.

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