Dry Shampoos: The Dirt on Which Ones Keep You Clean
We're all busy, on-the-go babes, so skipping a hair wash here or there isn't unusual. But looking like you skipped a shampoo isn't an option. Good news: You can revive that dirty, greasy, or lifeless hair without the suds by using dry shampoo. It absorbs the oils on your stands without drying them out the way regular washing can. With the plethora of dry shampoos on the market, finding the best one for you can be time-consuming. But fret not: We've done the dirty work for you. Check out our reviews of these 10 dry shampoos.
Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo
What It Is: Dove’s dry shampoo is an incredibly wallet-friendly product available at drugstores and mass retailers. It’s easy to use and comes in a lightweight powder form. Shake well, spray directly onto roots from 8-10 inches away, and rub in using your palm.
DC Review: Dove dominates the market for “get-clean” products—namely soap, deodorant, and body wash. While we love their body products, we weren’t sold on their dry shampoo formula. This one has a cooling effect when used after a workout and gives a good amount of volume. We always worry about a white residue with dark hair, and this didn’t leave any once it settled. But it seemed like you had to use twice as much product as recommended to get good results. All in all, it works but not well enough to be a top pick.
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo
What It Is: Save time with this no-water-required dry shampoo by Oscar Blandi. It was voted Best Dry Shampoo and Best Quick Fix by Allure magazine. It promises to soak up oil, smell fresh, and boost your volume.
DC Review: This powder dry shampoo is a favorite. It doesn’t leave the weird residue you get with some spray versions. Our only advice is to be careful how much you put in, and use your hands rather than the nozzle to apply it —otherwise you may end up feeling like Ally Sheedy’s character in “The Breakfast Club.”
Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo
What It Is:This dry shampoo powder smells like lemon, grapefruit, and lime, and promises to absorb excess oils while adding volume to hair. It costs around $14 and is made from a combination of natural ingredients and safe synthetics.
DC Review: After using this dry shampoo powder a few times, we were hooked. Our favorite thing about it was the amazing citrus aroma. To apply, we found it easiest to tap the powder onto our hands and then rub it into the hair rather than applying it directly. Be careful when opening the bottle for the first time: If there is too much air in the bottle, you will end up with white powder everywhere.
Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, $13.95
Paul Mitchell Dry Wash Waterless Shampoo
What It Is: The Paul Mitchell Dry Wash Waterless Shampoo is a dry, colorless formula that doesn’t leave residue on the hair. This spray is pricier than drugstore options and is readily available at salons.
DC Review: This dry shampoo spray did an adequate job at reviving our second-day hair and smelled really fresh and clean. The most noteworthy thing about this product is that it goes on clear, so it would be great for darker-haired gals who hate chalky residue.
Batiste Dry Shampoo, $7.99
What It Is: Batiste is a favorite budget-buy dry shampoo available at drugstores and beauty retailers. Shake the can and spray onto roots, massage into head with your fingertips, and style.
DC Review: Batiste recently released a new scent—cherry—and it's light and unexpected. The shampoo does a great job of soaking up oil between washes. The product comes out white, but after a few minutes it settles into the hair until you can no longer see the residue. We love the price and the convenient travel size.
Batiste Dry Shampoo, $7.99
Umberto Dry Clean Shampoo
What It Is: Umberto dry clean shampoo eliminates oil buildup and adds volume at the roots—perfect for extending your style without washing your hair. The brand recommends combining this with shimmer shine spray. Umberto is sold at Target stores for $9.99.
DC Review: Umberto dry shampoo is a heavy hitter when it comes to soaking up oil. We sprayed this product on hair that hadn't been washed in two days, and the greasy shine was quickly removed. However, the white residue doesn't easily work into hair. We suggest using this dry shampoo at night so in the morning you can wake up with oil-free hair and the white cast gone. Use a comb or brush to remove the residue before you finish styling your hair.
Umberto Dry Clean Shampoo, $9.99
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
What It Is: Klorane dry shampoo with oat milk is available in a spray or powder form. The combination of oat milk with corn and rice starches soaks up oil. All Klorane dry shampoos are free of sulfates, paraben, and silicone.
DC Review: The powder can be difficult to control but adds nice body to hair. We really loved how clean it seemed to leave the hair. This was a bit pricey, but the travel-friendly bottle and the small amount of product it requires make it worth the buy.
Tresemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo
What It Is: This is a dry shampoo that comes in an aerosol can. The formula contains B12 and keratin to strengthen your locks, while the fine mist soaks up excess oils for a refreshed look.
DC Review: This dry shampoo is easy to apply and mists on lightly. If you have thick, coarse hair that rarely needs to be washed, it will leave your hair appearing cleaner and revived for up to three days. We were pleased but found it left a slight feeling of residue.
Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender
What It Is: Redken created a new line called Pillow Proof. The line includes a style-extending dry shampoo that freshens hair and prolongs the life of your blow-dry by two days. This oil-absorbing dry shampoo is ‘pillow proof’ tested and adds volume and dimension to your strands.
DC Review: Redken’s Pillow Proof line is one of our favorites. It smells fresh without being overwhelming and does a great job of absorbing oil without leaving your hair white or crusty. It adds a decent amount of volume to greasy hair and creates better hold when curling your hair. Overall, we’re impressed and would splurge on it.
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo
What It Is: Drybar created a dry shampoo for all hair types. This product soaks up the oil and other impurities in your hair. It adds body and extends the life of a blow-out without white residue.
DC Review: This is one of our favorite products. It does exactly what it says and smells really good. Detox does a great job of turning greasy hair clean, but our favorite part is the spraying power. This dry shampoo sprays at a high force to boost your locks and create serious volume. We love it!
Bumble and bumble Pret a Powder
What It Is: Pret a Powder is a cult favorite. The dry shampoo is formulated with silicone powder, which targets oils and starches to provide absorbency and bulk. The powder is $26 for two ounces and is available online and in beauty supply stores.
DC Review: Pret a Powder is a great choice if you like powder-formulated dry shampoos instead of sprays. Shake at your roots, and massage into your scalp until the powder disappears. This powder is great for extending your style and absorbing oil. We especially love how much volume it adds.