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.
Important to Know
In light of the recent recalls concerning benzene-contaminated dry shampoos, we have removed any potentially impacted products from this round-up, including Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo, Batiste Hint of Color Brunette Dry Shampoo, Tigi Copyright Revitalizing Dry Shampoo, and Tresemme Between Washes Fresh & Clean, which were in the original version of this list. We will continue to update these stories as more information becomes available.
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
Reduces surface fiction
Drying to some
Who else recommends it? CNET, Glamour, and Vogue all picked Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo.
What do buyers say? 89% of 2,600+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
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.
Active Ingredients: Patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) | Hair Type: All | Free of: Silicones, Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates | Size: 8.0 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No
Best Splurge: Philip B Everyday Beautiful Dry Shampoo
Lush, powdery-clean feel
Only made from natural ingredients
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.
Active Ingredients: Bergamot, Orange Peel Oil | Hair Type: All | Free of: Sulfates, Phthalates | Size: 8.8 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Best for Deep Brunettes: MoroccanOil Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones
Doesn't lighten hair
Protects against UV damage
Leaves a dull residue
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.
Active Ingredients: Rice Starch, Argan Oil | Hair Type: Normal | Free of: Silicones, Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates | Size: 5.4 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No
Best for Thick Hair: Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo
Leaves no white cast
Puts one in mind of perfume
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.
Active Ingredients: Pink Clay, UV Filters | Hair Type: All | Free of: Silicones, Sulfates, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Phthalates | Size: 1.3, 3.1, or 7.5 oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No
Best for Curly Hair: Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
No talc or aluminum
Cools the scalp
Contains superfood ingredients
Feels a tad greasy
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.
Active Ingredients: Sea Buckthorn Berry, Rice Starch | Hair Type: Oily | Free of: Silicones, Sulfates, Phthalates | Size: 5.3 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Best for Concealing Grays: Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo for Brunettes
Naturally blends with all hair colors
Conceals roots between colors
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.
Active Ingredients: Mineral Pigments, Golden Root Extract | Hair Type: Normal | Free of: Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates | Size: 3.5 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No
Best for Protective Hairstyles: ORS Herbal Cleanse Hair and Scalp Dry Shampoo
Helps with dandruff and itchiness
Makes the hair greasy to some
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.
Active Ingredients: Lavender, Aloe Vera | Hair Type: Dry | Free of: Silicones, Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates | Size: 8.0 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No
Best for Hair Growth: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo
Easy to use
Safe on color-treated hair
Can be chalky
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.
Active Ingredients: Charcoal, Biotin | Hair Type: Dry, Oily | Free of: Alcohol, Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates | Size: 1.7 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Best for Scalp Health: dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Shampoo
Keeps pH balanced
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.
Active Ingredients: Apple Cider Vinegar | Hair Type: Dry | Free of: Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates | Size: 1.6 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
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.
How We Researched
To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best products on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like ingredients, shade range, or design—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.
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The Best Dry Shampoo to Refresh Greasy Hair. Glamour. https://www.glamour.com/gallery/best-dry-shampoo
The Best Dry Shampoos to Stock Up on this Season. Vogue. https://www.vogue.com/article/best-dry-shampoo
Our Science. Living Proof. https://www.livingproof.com/our-science/our-science.html.
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