The Busy Girl's Guide to Choosing a Dry Shampoo

Updated 06/23/19
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It wasn't long ago that dry shampoo was a niche product only available from a select number of brands in one-size-fits-all formulations. Thanks to the realization that overwashing your strands isn't ideal for healthy hair—and the popularity of lived-in texture—almost every haircare brand has added dry shampoo in their ranges, all delivering slightly different results. New formulas have extra benefits—like volume, fullness, and texture—all while soaking up unwanted oil, of course. But how do you know which one is right for you? We broke down each type of dry shampoo (and whether it'll work with your hair color, texture, etc.) so you can have clean hair that looks amazing, too.

Keep scrolling for the editor-tested formulas you need for exactly the look you want.

Dry shampoos that promise volumizing results have ingredients like silica or clay, which gives hair a dose of fullness while soaking up oil. 

Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo $32
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If you're convinced aerosol dry shampoo is the only way to go, you've got to try natural offerings. Fortified with clay, vanilla, and citric acid, this dry shampoo swiftly soaks up oil while delivering mega volume and body at the root, all with just a squeeze of the bottle.

Tresemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo $3
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For $3, you really can't go wrong. This dry shampoo revitalizes hair in a flash and can certainly hold a candle to prestige brands.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo $22
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We can't say enough about this magical spray from Living Proof. Your hair instantly looks cleaner, more voluminous, and smells like a dream, too. (We've actually had people ask what perfume we're wearing after spritzing this on.)

For the girl who's too busy to get to the salon, choose a dry shampoo with a dose of pigment. These formulas do all the work of dry shampoo but also deposit temporary pigments that subtly mask gray hair and roots.

Bumble and Bumble A Bit of Blondish Hair Powder $36
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Got light brunette or sandy-blond hair? This dry shampoo is perfect for you since no white residue will be deposited (many dry shampoos can leave darker hair looking matte and dusty).

Batiste Dark & Deep Brown Dry Shampoo $6
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For auburn and raven-haired women, this spray actually goes on brown while cleaning hair in the process.

Moroccanoil Hint of Color Dry Shampoo $26
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This dry shampoo actually needs to be massaged into your scalp just like a wet shampoo before brushing it out. But afterward, brunettes will be left with clean hair and not a trace of white.

Lusting after the model-off-duty bedhead look? These buildable formulas are packed with ingredients that give light separation, like starch, and a matte finish, so go ahead and spray from root to tip! 

Ouai Dry Shampoo $24
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This dry shampoo (along with all other Ouai products) from Kardashian hair expert, Jen Atkin, smells so amazing, it's being formulated into a perfume soon. But aside from the fact that it smells like an expensive scent, it gives great, gritty texture for achieving "next-day hair."

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo $22
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It's recommended that you spray on this lifting dry shampoo before bed to "beat greasiness to the punch." In the morning, you'll have the best lived-in 'do that'll only require a slight touch-up.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray $44
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If you're a beauty junkie, you've definitely heard of this ultra-volumizing spray from Oribe. Part texturizing spray, part dry shampoo, misting this on will create tousled rock-'n'-roll hair in a matter of seconds.

Prefer a smooth finish for you strands? Choose a classic formula without the added frills of volume or texture, which many of the newer formulas deliver. 

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo $24
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Perfect for discreet touch-ups, this dry shampoo can be placed right on your roots for a quick puff of powder to soak up any excess grease. Shake out your hair and you're good to go.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo $20
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There's a reason this is an award-winning dry shampoo. We believe the large reasoning behind this is that instead of drying out the hair, oat milk helps moisturize and soften your strands in the process.

What's your favorite dry shampoo? Tell us below!

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