9 Dry Shampoos That Make Oily Scalp Woes a Thing of the Past

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In theory, washing your hair every single day sounds like a solid move. More frequent washing means better hair hygiene, right? That's the theory, but it's a far stretch from actuality. This may throw you for a loop, but washing your strands daily can do more harm than good. Not only does it strip naturals oils the hair needs to stay healthy, but it's also plain time-consuming—and that's not even taking into account the additional time spent styling post-shower. That's a good amount of time robbed from your schedule, and you're not even doing your hair any favors.

That's why dry shampoo is a total godsend. A few spritzes are all it takes to sop up excess grease and zhoosh up limp strands for a clean, just-showered look without actually sudsing up. However, the search for a dry shampoo that actually delivers involves a lot of trial and error. Pick the wrong dry shampoo and it can leave your hair oilier than before, or even worse, exacerbate product buildup and cause your scalp to become irritated. Luckily, we did the brunt of the legwork and found the top dry shampoos that are worth your money.

Read on to learn more about the best dry shampoos you can buy now.

Best Overall: Batiste Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo is by far one of the most popular—if not the most popular—options out there for all hair types. Put simply, this classic formula checks off all of the boxes. It refreshes hair instantly, masks odor, and adds va-va volume at the roots without leaving behind a noticeable chalky residue. All that at such an affordable price? You bet we're giving this one top honor.

Best for Oily Hair: Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo

If you’re on day-two hair, skip the suds, and reach for this oil-soaking dry shampoo from hairstylist Kristin Ess’ namesake line. Aside from sopping up oils, the formula contains vitamin C, which promotes hair growth along with the brand’s Zip-Up Technology to protect it from damage while adding strength to strands. The nozzle dispenses just the right amount of powder onto your roots, sopping up any excess oil or grease sitting on your scalp. You can also use it on clean hair if you want to add a bit of texture to the root. Plus, the fresh scent helps eliminate any odors.

Best Volumizing: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

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Let's just cut to the chase, shall we? This fan-favorite dry shampoo contains a molecule (called OFPMA) that’s effective at protecting hair from frizz and oil, so—as the name suggests—you can have a perfect hair day every single day. The formula absorbs oil, adds volume (even to clean hair), and refreshes strands for a fresh look. There's also a time-released fragrance that leaves hair smelling actually amazing, so nobody will be able to tell you're three-plus days in from your last shower.

Best for Curly Hair: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

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This dry shampoo could be applied to a variety of hair textures but is specially formulated for curly hair, both “coiled and tightly coiled.” It addresses product buildup with ingredients that can not only minimize oil and bacteria growth but can also soothe an irritated scalp. The charcoal draws out impurities, witch hazel—an effective astringent—regulates oil production while clay, tapioca, and rice starches absorb oil on your scalp.

Best Drugstore: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo

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Replace flat, greasy hair with clean strands full of volumizing texture. It absorbs excess oil, builds body, and refreshes the hair without it looking like you dumped some baby powder all over your scalp. The product has a nice “beachy” smell (thanks to toasted coconut), though the brand also carries an unscented version if scented beauty products aren't really your thing.

Best for Dark Hair: Bumble and Bumble Bb. Pret-a-Powder Tres Invisible Dry Shampoo

Bumble and bumble Bb. Pret-a-Powder Tres Invisible Dry Shampoo with French Pink Clay

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For a dry shampoo that blends into dark hair, try this clay-infused one from Bumble and Bumble. It sprays on as a light mist that diffuses evenly, with a light fragrance that isn't too overpowering. The formula is so effective at keeping hair clean that reviewers reported being able to go without washing their hair for three to five days. Still, going too long without washing can cause product buildup and irritation so don't push it off too much.

Best for Color-Treated Hair: Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo

Whether you are blessed with naturally scarlet strands or your crimson locks are courtesy of your colorist, it’s not easy to keep the hue looking fresh and vibrant. Over-washing, alcohol-based styling products, and sun exposure can cause the color to change and fade. Thankfully, dry shampoo allows you to go a few extra days without washing your hair.

With the help of oil-absorbing powders, this color-safe spray refreshes and revives days old strands. The star of this dry shampoo is the brand’s Keralock Technology, which infuses keratin into the hair to keep it manageable and smooth between washes. To apply, shake the can, and spray 8 to 12 inches from your roots, let sit for a few seconds, then massage. An added bonus? The delightfully fresh scent smells like you just stepped out of the salon.  

Best for Sensitive Scalps: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

This offering from French pharmacy brand Klorane, now available Stateside, is formulated with rice and corn starches to absorb oil and oat milk to soothe the scalp. It leaves hair fresh and clean without leaving it tangled or caked up with product. You only need a few sprays, according to reviews, but need to massage the product in well to avoid a visible residue.

Best for Blondes: MoroccanOil Dry Shampoo Light Tones

We'd buy boatloads of this dry shampoo off of the addicting scent alone. That's not even the best part though. Ideal for light hair, the formula contains ultra-fine rice starches to absorb oil, as well as subtle violet undertones to fight brassiness.

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