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Dry Shampoo Paste: What It Is, How To Use It, And 4 Picks To Try

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When it comes to reliable hair care products, dry shampoo is without a doubt our number one and we’ve tested out our fair share of formulas over the years. Whether it be a traditional spray or a foam formula, the result is usually the same. They refresh our ash blonde hair between washes, stretch the life of blowouts, and save us a lot of time during our morning routines. 

If you’ve stuck to traditional dry shampoo formulas for a while, you may have missed out on another variation of the product: dry shampoo paste. Not ringing any bells? Don’t worry! We’re breaking down everything you need to know, including what dry shampoo paste is, how to use it, and a few of our favorites that you need to try now. 

What is dry shampoo paste? 

When we reach for traditional dry shampoo, we usually have one thing in mind: taking a breather from our regular shampoo routine. While skipping a shampoo sesh may save you an hour or two, we’re often still left with the responsibility of styling our manes. That’s where dry shampoo paste comes in. 

Unlike traditional dry shampoo, paste comes in handy for more than just a quick hair revival. Since it’s a dry shampoo and dry styler all in one, it can create undone, effortless texture when applied to wet or dry hair. Although the paste acts as a dry shampoo, you can also use it on freshly washed hair for styling purposes. 

How do you use dry shampoo paste? 

Whether you’re looking to amp up your texture or revive your second-day hair, applying dry shampoo paste is simple. Work a small amount of product onto your fingertips and apply it onto your roots and throughout your mid-lengths. 

If you’re looking to add a bit of extra hold to your ‘do, be sure to complete the look with a few spritzes of Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray. The aerosol dry texture finishing spray finishes hair with airy lift and medium hold—no crunch or visible residue in sight. 

Convinced you need to make a switch to dry shampoo paste? Keep scrolling for four of the formulas you need to know about. 

The Best Dry Shampoo Pastes To Try

Redken Dry Shampoo Past 05

Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05

This dry shampoo and styler duo provides texture and reworkable hold with the freshness of dry shampoo.  If you swear by regular texturizing cream, applying too much and ending up with flat clumpy strands may feel all too familiar. Lucky for you, Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05 can be re-layered into your hair over and over again—without the oily effect or residue of a traditional styling cream. 

Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05, $20.00 MSRP

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Amika Got Grit Dry Texture Paste

Sleek, polished strands are beautiful and all, but dry shampoo pastes are all about creating gritty texture (think '90s grunge hair). Amika Got Grit Dry Texture Paste gives second-day hair significant texture and definition while absorbing oil and volumizing roots. 

Amika Got Grit Dry Texture Paste, $25.00 MSRP

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R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste 

Formulated with volcanic ash, coconut oil, zeolite, sunflower seed extract, and argan oil, the R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste adds second-day texture with a matte finish that’s reworkable and free of product buildup. As a bonus, the desert-inspired packaging makes for a eye-catching addition to your collection. 

R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, $29.00 MSRP

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Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste

This unique clay-to-foam formula densifies and volumizes hair while adding texture and absorbing oil and impurities from the scalp. The product also helps to preserve and enhance the vibrancy of color-treated hair. 

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste, $53.00 MSRP

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