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Slick vs. Sec: Are Powders the Next Big Thing?

Oils are still red-hot—growing 22 percent in the prestige market according to The NPD Group. But are powders the next big thing?

Oils are still red hot — growing 22 percent in the prestige market according to The NPD Group. But are powders the next big thing? This fall, there’s a host of both for hair and skin. Here, a lineup of the latest innovations — wet and dry.


Alterna Haircare Moisture Intense Caviar Oil Crème Pre-Shampoo Treatment
Abyssinian oil, rich in omega 9 fatty acids, gives dry, coarse hair a moisture boost in this pre-shampoo treatment. $30

René Furterer 5 Sens Enhancing Dry Oil
This blend of plant oils for skin and hair is said to capture the fast absorption effects of dry oil without sacrificing the nourishing benefits of a regular version. $52

Shu Uemura Straightforward Blow Dry Oil
A combination of gliding agents found in foundation and antioxidant-rich black cumin oil coats hair for a flatiron-mimicking effect and halves styling time. $39

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Remington Triple Infusion Straightener
A proprietary blend of oils is infused directly into the porous ceramic plates, and reinforced with micro-conditioners designed to transfer onto hair during the flatiron process without leaving behind a greasy residue. $38


Kevin Murphy Doo.Over Dry Powder Finishing Spray
Kevin Murphy’s new styling product performs double duty, designed for reviving flat styles or restyling second-day blowouts, with a fine powder spray that provides volume, texture and hold. $27.50

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing System Conditioning Dry Shampoo
This utilizes the brand’s signature repairing hair ingredient, monoi oil, for a dry shampoo formula said to strengthen and condition as it cleanses. $22

Rodin Olio Lusso Facial Cleansing Powder
Linda Rodin may be the queen of skin-care oils, but this granular cleansing powder that exfoliates when mixed with water marks a move for her brand into new territory. $45

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Living Proof developed a proprietary technology for its first foray into dry shampoo, a powder-based formula said to eradicate — not just absorb — oil, sweat and odor. $22