If there’s one hair product that we absolutely cannot live without, it’s dry shampoo. Washing your hair daily with shampoo and conditioner can strip it of natural oils that are good for the scalp. Dry shampoo is the refreshing solution for days when you’re in-between washes. Just like every other aspect of your beauty routine, some dry shampoos are better for your hair than others. Check out our expert guide to learn the best dry shampoo for your hair and find out some pro application tips along the way.
Best for normal hair
A light, versatile option for normal hair, Bumble and bumble Prêt-À-Powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo shows zero residue in your hair, but instantly cleanses and adds volume. It’s made with French pink clay to soak up grime and fortified with UV filters to protect your hair.
Pro Tip: Remember to always shake your spray cans before applying. Shaking them up helps evenly distribute any product that may have settled in the can.
Best for dry or damaged strands
Damaged hair can still enjoy the fast-acting, clean feeling of a dry shampoo. We recommend Bumble and bumble Prêt-À-Powder Très Invisible Nourishing Dry Shampoo. It has the same benefits as the regular Très Invisible formula, but contains hibiscus extract to heal damage.
Pro Tip: Always spray dry shampoo at the roots 6 to 10 inches away from your scalp. Allow it sit in your hair for 1 -2 minutes, then use your hands to massage it into your scalp and remove any excess.
Best powder formula
Our top choice for dry shampoo powders is R+Co Skyline Dry Shampoo Powder. Powder formulas have the same cleansing effects as the aerosol sprays, but can offer a little more grip for styling. This is especially ideal if you’re using dry shampoo for its volumizing capabilities.
Pro Tip: Going too long without washing your hair will cause scalp irritation. If you're a dry shampoo addict, consider using a scalp scrub once a week like Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt to deeply cleanse your scalp.
For anyone who’s ever been put off by the sometimes powdery scent of dry shampoo, look no further than Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo. It instantly refreshes and softens your ‘do, but features Oribe’s signature scent.
Pro Tip: Skip your personal fragrance on the days you use your Oribe. It smells wonderful all on its own.
Best for post-gym
There’s no denying that dry shampoo is a gym bag hero, but Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo is without a doubt our top pick following a workout. It sops up sweat on all hair types, plus it features a time-released fragrance that delivers a clean scent to mask odor as the day goes on.
Pro Tip: Find yourself missing conditioner on your no-wash days? Try a dry conditioner like Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray. It softens hair and adds extra shine.
Best for styling
In addition to cleansing your hair, dry shampoo is an all-star styling product that boosts texture and volume. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo gives super-high volume and body to lifeless locks and can be used to create messy, tousled styles.
Pro Tip: For a tousled look, turn your head upside down and add a few spritzes of dry shampoo to dry hair. Flip your hair back into place and mess it around a little for chic, mussed-up hair.
Best gentle dry shampoo
For sensitive scalps, we recommend Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. Its ultra-gentle botanical ingredients make it a non-irritating option for soaking up oil and adding chic texture.
Pro Tip: Dry shampoo can help conceal dark roots if you find yourself with a gap between color appointments. Spraying a powder formula at your roots will make your grow-out less obvious.
Best for dark hair
Concerned about a visible residue? Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones absorbs oil and odor without leaving any dulling or chalky residue behind. It’s formulated with argan oil and ultra-fine rice starch to nourish and keep your rich, dark locks fresh.
Pro Tip: Dry shampoo is great for adding light hold to your hair styles. Make it do double-duty and use it as a substitute for your light-hold hair sprays.
Best for blonde hair
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Light Tones contains subtle violet undertones to balance the brassiness that can occur in blonde hair. Spray it on to refresh your hair and bring out the brilliance in your blonde.
Pro Tip: Doing an updo? Spray your bobby pins with dry shampoo before securing them to your hair. Doing this adds extra grip that helps keep them in place for a more secure style.