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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.
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.
Hairstylist Christine Symonds—who calls Kaley Cuoco, Rashida Jones, Scarlett Johansson, and Anna Faris clients—is a fan, too. "Batiste Dry Shampoo is made with rice starch instead of corn starch so it has the dryest, most oil-absorbing application I've found," she says. "They also make tinted dry shampoo to mask grown out roots and unwanted greys. I use it in my clients' roots after a fresh clean blowout to give body and texture. It helps soak up any oils that will accumulate to make their blowout last even longer."
This offering from French pharmacy brand Klorane 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.
It's also a fave of hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein, whose clients include January Jones, Mindy Kaling, and Katie Lowes. "Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is a great one that is good for everybody," she says. "It’s easy to use and hard to go wrong. It does the trick, revives a day old blow dry without any funky residue."
Hairstylist Kylee Heath, whose clients include Diane Kruger, Sofia Vergara, and Rashida Jones, agrees. "Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oak Milk is the best, no doubt," she says.
Hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein also loves this one from Oribe. "It smells amazing and adds awesome volume and texture," she says. Team Byrdie definitely agrees, as does hairstylist Lacy Redway, whose clients include Crystal Renn, Carmen Ejogo, and Olivia Palermo.
"My favorite dry shampoo is Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray," Redway says. "Unlike most dry shampoos that come out as a white powder and leave a residue, the Oribe spray doesn't leave my clients' hair and scalp with any build-up. It also smells great and instantly adds volume to limp hair."
"My favorite trick is using the Dry Texture Spray as a volumizer/texturizer," says Redway. "I like to flip my model or celeb clients' head over, spray the product into the hair while their head is still bent forward, then I have them flip their hair back over and voilà, you have instant cover- or red-carpet-ready hair."
"One of my secret weapons is the Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo TIGI," says hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein. "It is the driest of the dry. It can go on a little white if you spray too closely, but this can easily be brushed out. It’s the best for absorbing oil and adds great volume and texture, the bottle is big, and the price is nice too! Every girl that gets greasy should have this in her arsenal."
"If you want to give your hair a little extra oomph (and you’re planning on washing it the next day), go for the Texturiza Spray by Unite," says hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein. "It's like dry shampoo, a light hairspray, and a volumizer had a baby. It’s everything! Tons of volume and texture, but you’ll definitely need to wash after."
"I'm currently loving Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo, a mineral- and clay-based dry shampoo that is great for absorbing excess oil and product build-up," says hairstylist Ryan Richman, whose clients include Sarah Hyland, Lorde, and Haim.
"Hold the can about eight inches away from your scalp and spray focusing on the roots; holding the can too close to your head will cause the product to be overly concentrated in one place. Let the product sit for two minutes, so it can absorb excess oils. Then use a brush to gently brush away the excess product."
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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. An added bonus? The delightfully fresh scent smells like you just stepped out of the salon.
Using the best dry shampoo between wash days can help prolong the life of your blowout. Our top pick is Batiste Dry Shampoo (see at Amazon) because it immediately absorbs excess scalp oil without leaving behind a noticeable residue or awful itchiness (IYKYK). Speaking of itchiness, if you find your scalp to be super sensitive to product use, Klorane's Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (view at Ulta) is the choice for you. It's gentle but it does the trick of eliminating oil and reviving the hair without leaving it feeling weighed down.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough dry shampoo from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will evaluate the product ASAP.