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If you have dark hair, chances are you’ve sprayed on dry shampoo and unknowingly walked out the door with a stripe of white in your hair. In other words, the struggle of using dry shampoo as a brunette is real.
“If you have dark hair, one of the most annoying things about dry shampoo is that it's always formulated with a starch ingredient, which can leave a white powdery cast on the hair if you don't apply it correctly,” explains Annagjid "Kee" Taylor, celebrity hairstylist and natural hair YouTuber. The good news? You can prevent this dreaded residue by choosing a tinted or colored product, says Taylor. But also, that's not necessary—if you use a good-quality dry shampoo correctly, you won’t have to deal with a white, chalky cast any longer. “Don't use too much, let it sit, and brush it through,” recommends Taylor.
So which dry shampoo is right for your brunette mane? Here, we’ve rounded up the best dry shampoos for dark hair.
Best Overall: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo receives high marks from people with dark hair. The innovative formula contains a patented molecule that actually removes dirt and oil from hair—and yes, it goes on totally invisible. Plus, it contains odor neutralizers and a time-released fragrance that ensures your hair smells fresh and clean all day long.
Best Budget: Dove Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo
Say goodbye to grease and add some major oomph to roots that are falling flat with this budget-friendly dry shampoo. It does a great job of removing excess oils, pumping up the volume, and refreshing a dirty mane, all without leaving a white cast on dark hair.
Best Drugstore: Batiste with a Hint of Color Divine Dark
The next time you need to restock your stash of dry shampoo, head to the drugstore and pick up this one. It’s a favorite of Byrdie editorial director Faith Xue, and with good reason. This tinted dry shampoo is the perfect pick for brunettes and redheads. Beyond that, it effectively absorbs grease and adds volume to bring life back to limp hair.
Best Splurge: Philip B Everyday Beautiful Dry Shampoo
You deserve to treat yourself to this luxurious dry shampoo that extends the life of a blowout. It’s ultra-lightweight and goes on clear, making it ideal for dark hair. Just a few spritzes and you’ll be amazed by how much body and texture your hair has. Also, its neroli scent is divine and will have everyone asking what fragrance you’re wearing.
Best for Deep Brunettes: MoroccanOil Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones
Byrdie senior editor Hallie Gould loves this dry shampoo for the darkest of dark hair. It relies on rice starch to absorb oil and argan oil to nourish hair, so your strands will be seriously soft and touchable post-application.
Best for Fine Hair: TIGI Copyright Revitalizing Dry Shampoo
Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons likes this dry shampoo because of its ability to add volume, a must-have for thin hair. “I love using dry shampoos not just for their ability to absorb any excess oil or products but also as a styler,” he says. “This dry shampoo is great for adding effortless lift and volume.” And for those with thin, dark hair? You’re in luck. "It also has a really clear finish,” says Fitzsimons.
Best for Thick Hair: Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo is made specifically for thick hair that’s wavy, curly, or coily. It’s got an ultra-nourishing formula that absorbs excess oil without stripping hair of much-needed moisture. Oh, and it’s completely invisible, so there’s no white residue in sight when you spray it onto dark hair. Users say a little goes a long way, so you’ll get great bang for your buck with this product.
Best for Curly Hair: Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Those with wavy, curly, coily, and tightly coiled hair will flip for this softening dry shampoo that refreshes roots. And if you have dark hair, you’ll flip even more.
Best for Natural Hair: Tresemmé Between Washes Fresh & Clean Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo is a favorite of celeb hairstylist Ursula Stephen, who loves it for natural hair, especially. It’s very gentle yet still does an amazing job of absorbing oils and odors. Plus, users note that it doesn’t leave residue behind, so you can spritz to your heart’s content on dark hair.
Best for Concealing Grays: Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo for Brunettes
Can’t make it to the salon for a touchup? This dry shampoo has you covered— literally. It’s chock-full of mineral pigments that conceal roots between dye jobs as well as rice powder, which is great at sopping up grease and smells. When the rice powder absorbs, it becomes translucent, blending in with your hair color.
Best for Protective Hairstyles: ORS Herbal Cleanse Hair and Scalp Dry Shampoo
Refresh braids and locs in between shampoos with this scalp-soothing dry shampoo gel. It’s formulated with lavender oil to curb odors and sweet basil to calm itching. Users rave that this dry shampoo is worth its weight in gold for braid- and loc-wearers.
Best for Hair Growth: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo
Keep your hair looking healthy with this powder dry shampoo. It’s formulated with biotin, a nutrient that supports hair growth. What’s more, it’s also full of charcoal, which draws out oils and other impurities, and witch hazel to keep an oily scalp in check. It rubs in easily with no residue, making it a solid choice for dark hair.
Best for Scalp Health: dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Shampoo
It’s time to show your scalp some love. This dry shampoo is formulated with apple cider vinegar to blast bacteria from your scalp and hair. This dry shampoo feels weightless going on and doesn't leave any white residue, so it's dark hair-friendly.
How to Apply Dry Shampoo to Dark Hair
There is a right—and wrong—way to apply dry shampoo, and this is especially important for dark hair. “The key step that a lot of people miss is allowing the dry shampoo to sit for about five minutes on the hair, then brush the dry shampoo through,” says Taylor. “That will eliminate any white cast or leftover powder, no matter what hair color you have.”
Taylor shares step-by-step instructions for applying dry shampoo to dark hair:
1. Start small. “You're definitely going to see leftover white residue if you go too crazy with application,” says Taylor. Focus on your oiliest areas and start with a light application. “You can easily add more, [but] it's not so easy to work out once you've overdone it with dry shampoo,” she says.
2. Let the dry shampoo sit for five minutes. “This is the part a lot of people skip, probably due to the convenience factor of dry shampoo,” says Taylor.
3. Brush it through. After the five minutes is up, brush the dry shampoo through your strands, suggests Taylor.