I'm obsessed with ... texturizing dry shampoo

May 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM ET

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Oribe's Dry Texturizing Shampoo works hard for the money.

Dry shampoos were all the rage last year (this year it’s all about BB creams), and I went through nearly every brand’s offering in hopes of finding just the right one for my long, thin hair. It was like Goldilocks, but with far more trial and error ... and money.

While there were several strong contenders, such as Bumble and Bumble and Oscar Blandi, it wasn’t until I tried Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray that my hair felt just right. The invisible spray – a less messy alternative to standard dry shampoo – absorbs oil at the roots and builds up hair for a sexy and glamorous yet effortless look. It’s more supermodel volume than "Dynasty" big, with no stiff or unnatural residue. While it’s a bit pricey ($19.50 for travel size, $39 for full 8.5 fl. oz. bottle), it really does provide a salon makeover, without the aid of parabens or sodium chloride (it’s keratin treatment safe!).

The cherry on top? Since its packed with luxurious and moisturizing ingredients – such as kiwi, mango, ginger root and passion flower extracts – it smells like someone just rubbed your hair into a fruit salad (in a good way). And while it’s hard to put a price on a sniff-worthy mane, I do have a backup plan for days when I feel more thrifty: baby powder. Yep, I depend on the diaper-changing staple when my hair needs a volumizing kick, as its still the most affordable and hard-working unintentional hair product out there. I guess you could say I'm a girl of extremes: give me luxe, or give me dirt cheap.

Are you a fan of dry shampoo? Have any favorite brands?

Rina Raphael is a editor who isn't afraid to steal beauty products from her baby nephew's diaper bag.

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