These Dry Shampoos Work Like a Charm on Textured Hair

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Honest hair moment: A few months ago, you couldn't get me to look twice at dry shampoo. Like many other women of color with natural hair, I grew up thinking that any product with the word "dry" attached to it would not cater to my curl type. This is because natural hair is naturally drier than all other hair types, so the curly hair community leans more toward moisturizing products. But I was wrong, ladies and gentlemen, and I'm here to dismantle the misconception that dry shampoo is not meant for textured hair.

Just like straight hair, curly hair certainly gets oily too. Not all dry shampoos weigh your hair down or leave behind that chalky residue. What they do is supply your strands with a necessary refresher when wash day feels so close yet still so far away. It cleanses your hair without you having to do much when you're pressed for time. To delve into the science of dry shampoo and how it works with natural hair, we tapped two trusted celebrity stylists. Celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen (seriously, she does Zendaya's locks) and Dove hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez gave us the A-to-Z guide on how you can make dry shampoo work for your natural hair. 

Read on for the best dry shampoos for textured hair.

Best Overall: Tresemmé Between Washes Fresh & Clean Dry Shampoo

Tresemmé Fresh & Clean Dry Shampoo

 Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Affordable

  • Smells good

What We Don't Like
  • Can leave a white cast

"My favorite dry shampoos are Tresemmé Fresh & Clean Dry Shampoo and Dove Dry Shampoos because they're not too aggressive," suggests Stephen. "The formulas are very light, which allows you to use it a little more often. Plus, it comes in a variety of scents and benefits to choose from." 

Active Ingredients: Natural tapioca cleanser | Hair Type: All | Free of: Parabens, dyes | Size: 7.3 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best for Strengthening Hair: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

4.7
Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk

Courtesy of Ulta 

What We Like
  • Volumizes

  • Strengthens hair

  • No white residue

What We Don't Like
  • Strong smell

"I also like Klorane because it adds great volume and contains oat milk, which strengthens the hair," explains Stephen.

Active Ingredients: Organically harvested oat milk, corn & rice starch, natural absorbent microspheres and silica | Hair Type: All | Free of: Parabens, sulfates, preservatives, silicones, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, triclosan, MIT | Size: 1 fl. oz., 3.2 fl. oz., or 5.4 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Scent: Dove Refresh + Care Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo

Dove Refresh + Care Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo

 Courtesy of CVS

What We Like
  • Smells good

  • Affordable

  • No white residue

What We Don't Like
  • Strong smell

You're looking at Alvarez's go-to dry shampoo for all her clients. "The scent is so refreshing. It puts a smile on my face every time I spray it," she notes. "It literally smells like a vacation, and it instantly absorbs oils without leaving any powdery residue." 

Active Ingredients: Coconut | Hair Type: All | Free of: Parabens, dyes | Size: 5 oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Lightweight: Dove Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo

Dove Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Lightweight

  • Volumizes

What We Don't Like
  • Results aren't long-lasting

She recommends the above for those who are a bit more sensitive to smell. This is also great for small sections of your hair because it's not as heavy as other dry shampoos. "It has a super-lightweight texture, so you can spray it more often with less buildup," explains Alvarez. 

Hair Type: Oily, fine, flat | Free of: Parabens | Size: 5 oz. or 7.3 oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best for Volume: R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Volumizes

  • Hydrating

  • Vegan

What We Don't Like
  • Can leave a sticky residue

For an instant boost of volume, this R+Co dry shampoo will be your new best friend. Pro-vitamin B5 is meant to add body while vitamin E and rice protein are meant to work together to nourish your strands. Plus, it's vegan and cruelty-free, and it smells amazing (thanks to a blend of bergamot, wild fig, cyclamen, lotus flower, cedarwood, and tonka beans).

Active Ingredients: Rice protein, vitamin E, silica, pro-vitamin B5 | Hair Type: All | Free of: Gluten, parabens | Size: 6.3 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best for Scalp Health: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

 Courtesy of Briogeo 

What We Like
  • Balances the scalp

  • Supports healthy hair growth

  • Vegan

What We Don't Like
  • Can leave a white cast

This dry shampoo wasn't just designed with hair in mind—its formula cleanses and balances the scalp, too. How? According to the brand, binchotan charcoal purifies the scalp, a three-starch blend absorbs excess oil, witch hazel extract normalizes oil production on the scalp, and biotin nourishes the hair follicle to support healthy hair growth.

Active Ingredients: Binchotan charcoal, clay, tapioca, rice, witch hazel, biotin | Hair Type: All | Free of: Sulfates, silicones, phthalates, parabens, DEA, artificial dyes | Size: 1.7 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Foam: Ouai Super Dry Shampoo

4.8
Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo

 Courtesy of Sephora

What We Like
  • Adds shine

  • Volumizes

  • Great for styling

What We Don't Like
  • Strong smell

This isn't your regular dry shampoo. Its unique foam texture cleanses hair (no water necessary), adds shine, and removes any leftover product. For best results, just dispense a ping-pong-size ball of foam into your palm, apply to your hair in sections, and style to your heart's content.

Active Ingredients: Volcanic minerals, rhodiola rosea extract, rice starch | Hair Type: Oily, wavy, curly | Free of: Gluten, paraben, phthalate, SLS, SLES | Size: 2 oz. or 4.5 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best for Dark Textured Hair: MoroccanOil Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Recyclable packaging

  • No white residue

  • Safe for color-treated hair

What We Don't Like
  • Strong smell

This Moroccanoil dry shampoo is designed especially for dark hair—its spray formula uses argan oil meant to moisturize hair and rice starch meant to draw out excess oil, all without leaving a white cast. A bonus? It's color-safe and comes in recyclable packaging.

Active Ingredients: Argan oil, rice starch | Hair Type: All | Free of: Sulfates, SLS, SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban | Size: 1.7 fl. oz. or 5.4 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Talc-Free: Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

4.1
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

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What We Like
  • No white residue

  • Nourishing

  • Volumizes

What We Don't Like
  • Can feel heavy

We love Amika's Perk Up Dry Shampoo because it's formulated without any chalky talc or aluminum starch. Instead, its formula uses natural rice starch meant to add volume and absorb excess oil without leaving behind a white residue, while sea buckthorn berry is meant to soften and nourishes your strands. It's also free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil, sodium chloride, petrolatum, and artificial colors.

Active Ingredients: Rice starch, sea buckthorn | Hair Type: All | Free of: Sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil, sodium chloride, petrolatum, artificial colors | Size: 1 oz., 1.8 oz., 5.3 oz., or 7.3 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best for Preventing Damage: Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

4.4
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

Courtesy of Nordstrom 

What We Like
  • Vegan

  • Smells good

  • Nourishing

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

This dry shampoo wears many hats, so to speak. Yes, it absorbs oil and product residue, but it also helps restore stressed-out strands, thanks to the brand's proprietary Signature Complex—according to the brand, watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower extracts work together to prevent oxidative stress, photoaging, and the deterioration of natural keratin. Just spray 8 to 10 inches from your scalp and comb through with your fingers until it's absorbed.

Active Ingredients: Oribe Signature Complex (watermelon, lychee and edelweiss flower extracts), translucent starch blend, celery seed extract, bamboo and rice silks, myrrh extract, lavender, chamomile, Fragrance-Retention Technology | Hair Type: All | Free of: Gluten, parabens, sulfates | Size: 6 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best Clean Feel: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo

living proof perfect hair day dry shampoo
What We Like
  • Vegan

  • Recyclable packaging

  • Safe for color- and chemically-treated hair

What We Don't Like
  • Nozzle gets clogged easily

For that just-showered feel, reach for this dry shampoo. Fast-absorbing powders soak up any excess oil and sweat, while Living Proof's patented healthy hair molecule reduces surface friction on your strands to make it easier to remove that powder (and whatever it's soaked up), according to the brand, while a time-released fragrance leaves you smelling fresh all day long.

Active Ingredients: Triple-Action Cleaning Technology, fast-absorbing powders, Healthy Hair Molecule, odor neutralizers, time-released fragrance | Hair Type: All | Free of: Parabens, silicones, phthalates, sulfates, SLS, SLES, gluten | Size: 1. 8 oz., 4 oz., or 7.3 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

What To Look For in a Dry Shampoo

Application

Alvarez advises against ever using dry shampoo on wet hair or freshly washed, clean hair. "The purpose of dry shampoo is to help refresh your curls and absorb oil in between washes," she says. So when you do need it, follow these steps. "Begin begin by shaking the can of dry shampoo," Alvarez explains. "Part your hair and hold the can about eight to 12 inches away from your roots to distribute the product evenly. This helps prevent product overload and dreaded white spots. Let the product sit on your hair for two minutes as this allows for the dry shampoo to work its magic. Once the time is up, blend the dry shampoo in by massaging your scalp with your fingers." 

Stephen sticks to the same application with dry shampoo, except she mentions you can also use a brush to blend it. "Leave it on the hair for about two minutes. Then brush hair thoroughly until all the product is evenly distributed," explains Stephen. According to Alvarez, you should mainly use dry shampoo on your roots and a few straggly curls coated in too much oil. "People always wonder why I carry dry shampoo in my kit on tour, and it's for this exact reason," she says. "We use oils on Shakira's hair to keep her curls hydrated, but sometimes a few curls, usually face-framing ones, get a little too oily and weighed down. This is when I pull out Dove Refresh+Care Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo and hit a few of these curls to refresh them without having to disturb the curl pattern." 

Use on Textured Hair

Stephen explains exactly why I've been reluctant to use dry shampoo all these years: the word dry. "This scares people, but dry simply means that the product cleanses and refreshes the hair and scalp without water," she says. 

Although the overuse of dry shampoo will absolutely make your hair drier, there are tons of benefits to consider. "After a few days, curly roots tend to get flat, leaving curly girls with a triangle-shaped mane," says Alvarez. "This is a good time to use a dry shampoo to revive those roots and add natural volume back into your hair. After the gym is also a good time to pull out the dry shampoo. It refreshes your curls and also helps to get rid of the sweaty smells your hair may be holding on to."

FAQ
  • How Much Is Too Much Dry Shampoo?

    Wondering how much dry shampoo you should use? Same. It's a frequently asked question, especially when you're new to using the product. "I recommend using dry shampoo two to three times per week to help preserve hair in between washes," recommends Stephen.

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