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If you’re anything like us, you probably go through dry shampoo at an alarmingly fast rate. One day you’re fully stocked and feeling good, and then in the blink of an eye (or rather, the spritz of an aerosol can), it’s empty and your roots are greasy. Therefore, we have a hard time justifying a huge price tag per bottle. Plus, to be completely honest, some of our favorite formulas cost considerably less than ones three times (or more!) their price.
Given our considerable dry shampoo habit, we do our shopping in the affordable aisles of a drugstore. And even though the options are plentiful, we also know it's just as easy to take home a letdown. Luckily, we've rounded up foolproof picks sure to make your investment worthwhile.
Keep reading for the best drugstore dry shampoos for every hair type.
Best Overall: Batiste Dry Shampoo
Batiste is one of the original dry shampoo companies, and this product is still a fan favorite today. The powdery formula may look like it leaves behind a residue, but once you brush it through, it will be undetectable, and your tresses will be totally degreased. It also delivers loads of volume that fake that just-done blowout vibe, revitalizing texture. For really dark hair, try the Divine Dark version—it’s a Byrdie-editor favorite.
Best Budget: Garnier Pure Clean Dry Shampoo
Garnier’s dry shampoo gives your hair the most pleasant pick-me-up there is; with citrus extract and a silicon-free formula, this will leave your hair smelling amazing and oil-free throughout the rest of the day without it feeling weighed down or dry. Using it between washes will remove dirt and oil, all while keeping hair natural, soft, and weightless.
Best for Oily Hair: Nexxus Volume Refreshing Mist Dry Shampoo
Oil can weigh hair down throughout the day—especially finer hair that collects oil faster. To get the volume back in and keep your hair fresh between washes, Nexxus’s formula absorbs the oil, adds volume, and can extend the life of any hairstyle. It also kills sweat and odor, so you might want to stash this one in your gym bag.
Best for Colored Hair: Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo
Coloring your hair is a great way to change up your look or express your personal style, but it’s also a great way to damage your hair and leave it dull and dry. This formula is infused with keratin, which works to revive damaged hair and keep it looking as fresh as the day it was first colored.
Best for Fine Hair: Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo
For fine hair that shows oil easily, this is what you need. It soaks up grease quickly, leaving behind a slightly matte—but not chalky—finish. The jury’s out on the scent (some people love it, some people think it’s too much), but in terms of extending hairstyles for fine hair, it’s a winner.
Best for Thick Hair: Klorane Dry Shampoo
Klorane’s dry shampoo has been a cult favorite for years. Don’t be fooled by the super-fine texture of this spray; it works in heavy-duty times of need, which is why it’s great for particularly oily or very thick hair. Post-Klorane, hair looks and feels clean sans ashy residue. It’s also great for extending the life of a blowout, no matter what your hair texture is.
Best for Curly Hair: Pssssst! Dry Shampoo
This formula is powdery, but it won’t leave your hair dull with that dry-shampoo residue. It’s not sticky, but it’s not as light as some of the others on this list, which is why it’s our pick for thick, textured hair. It’s also the smart choice for girls with thick curls and waves because unlike a lot of dry shampoos that promise to add volume, this one won’t—just refreshed tresses.
Best Volumizing: Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo
This beloved dry shampoo from Dove has garnered legions of fans for its simple scent and refreshing powers. Just a few sprays soak up the oil, leaving hair looking and smelling fresh. The formula is designed to pump up the volume, leaving locks with loads of volume and body.
Best Purifying: Hask Charcoal Purifying Dry Shampoo
Charcoal is a star beauty ingredient for its ability to detox and remove impurities, making it the perfect hero ingredient for dry shampoo. This one also contains ultra-fine rice starch to sop up dirt, oil, sweat, and odor, making greasy locks a thing of the past. The formula has a botanical citrus scent that you’ll want to keep getting a whiff of.
Best for Growth: Kristin Ess Dry Shampoo
If you’re trying to grow out your hair, reach for this bottle. The dry shampoo is infused with vitamin C, which helps strengthen and grow hair, and boosts its overall health. It also contains Kristin Ess’s exclusive Zip-Up Technology, a strengthening complex that can "zip-up" split ends while boosting the weakest areas of the hair, smoothing the appearance of damaged cuticles and protecting hair from environmental stressors and color fade. Since it’s translucent, no one will ever know it’s there.