Dry shampoo is life-changing for a few VIP reasons: 1. It saves those of us who like to roll out of bed five minutes before we have to leave, 2. It adds amazing, bombshell-level volume to your hair, and 3. It makes your greasy roots look straight-from-the-salon fresh. The only catch? You have to find the right formula.
Lucky for you, I rounded up the 12 best dry shampoos that won’t leave your hair powdery, sticky, or heavy, so you can spend less time texting your friends for formula recommendations and more time, uh, doing literally anything else.
1. IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo
The best dry shampoo for everyday use
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Each of IGK’s three dry shampoos has a different cleansing strength based on how dirty your hair is. On day one, try the Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo, which has 1 percent active cleansing powder (volcanic ash!) for a light pick-me-up. On day two or three, use the Direct Flight Multi-Tasking spray, which has 3 percent charcoal powder. And on days four and beyond (or just really greasy days), stick with this one—the First Class Charcoal Detox—which has the most cleansing powder (charcoal) in the trio with 7 per cent.
2. Kaia Naturals The Takesumi Detox Overnight Dry Shampoo
The best dry shampoo for nighttime styling
If you didn’t know that the optimal time to apply your dry shampoo is before bed (it gives the powder extra time to soak up oils), well, now you know. This dry shampoo was actually designed to be used at night. It goes on hella powdery, but that’s the point—by morning, your grease will be gone, the formula will have disappeared, and you’ll be left with ultra-voluminous, clean-looking roots.
3. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo
The best dry shampoo for added texture
If you have fine, flat hair (hi, me), you’re well aware of the off-label use of dry shampoo as a texturizing spray. The only downside? Those powders can majorly dull the shine of your freshly washed hair. Enter: this formula, which takes everything you love about a dry shampoo (nice scent, grease-soaking abilities, etc.) and a texturizer (volume, volume, volume) without a powdery, sheen-killing residue.
4. Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo
The best dry shampoo for hair strengthening
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This dry shampoo will give your hair that ~clean~ feeling without leaving you with buildup or residue. It’s also filled with vitamin C—a key ingredient in helping grow and strengthen your hair over time—along with a proprietary complex that works to smooth and strengthen weak follicles over time.
5. Sachajuan Dry Volume Powder Shampoo
The best dry shampoo for added shine
If you hate that dry, chalky, dull-looking effect most dry shampoos tend to leave you with, meet your new BFF. This dry shampoo is specifically formulated to give your hair an insane level of shine and volume without making it feel tangled or sticky.
6. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
The best dry shampoo that actually cleans your hair
Rather than just masking your dirty-hair scent, this formula actually “cleans” your hair, thanks to a little proprietary molecule called OFPMA. The polymer literally coats each strand of hair after you spray it on to remove oil, sweat, and odor, all while delivering a light, clean scent each time you move your head.
7. Playa Pure Dry Shampoo
The best dry shampoo for easy application
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Fun fact: This dry shampoo has an adjustable nozzle that lets you control how much product you spray on, so you’ll never accidentally blast your roots again. It also contains a touch of rose oil to smooth your hair without weighing it down, no matter how many days in a row you skip a shower.
8.Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk
The best dry shampoo for sensitive scalps
This lightweight dry shampoo uses oat milk, to soothe and protect your scalp, along with a mix of corn starch and rice flour, to eliminate excess dirt and oil. It also has a light scent that won’t overpower you or linger all day, making it perfect for anyone sensitive to fragrance.
9.Arrojo ReFinish Dry Shampoo
The best dry shampoo for taming flyaways
This dry shampoo is filled with two powerhouse ingredients, aloe vera and ginger, that work together to soften hair and smooth flyaways, all without you actually having to wash it. It also contains zeolite, an ingredient that absorbs oil and gives your hair lightweight, non-sticky bounce.
10. Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo
The best plant-based dry shampoo
Filled with 25 flower and plant essences, this dry shampoo not only soaks up excess oils fast but also leaves your hair with a calming, herbal scent. The squeeze bottle (yup, no aerosol sprays here!) also contains morikue protein—a blend of proteins from Brazilian nuts and wheat that works to gently cleanse your hair.
11.Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder
The best dry shampoo for texture and volume
Need to hide your greasy roots but also want to add a little oomph to your fine hair? This dry shampoo was made for you. It’s formulated with polysilicone-22 (a powder that absorbs oils while still remaining sheer and clear—perfect for dark hair) along with natural starches that add grit and volume to your roots.
12. Batiste Dry Shampoo Strength & Shine
The best drugstore dry shampoo
This cult-favorite drugstore shampoo contains an amino acid called L-arginine that helps strengthen the structure of your hair all while using a major dose of powder to mattify the oiliest of scalps. Another plus: It’s super affordable, so you can keep stocking up.