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Thank god for dry shampoo.
Seriously – we all have those days where we really do not want to wash our hair. Plus, it’s actually not good for your hair to wash it every day.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean your hair doesn’t need to be washed.
So whether it’s out of laziness or because you’re just really conscientious about your hair’s health, you probably use dry shampoo.
In fact, you could argue that it’s one of the most important products in your hair care routine.
And that’s why you need a truly fantastic dry shampoo brand.
However, dry shampoo is not all made the same – there are different formulas, textures and colors that work better than others. Plus, the texture and color of your hair also play a pretty big part in determining the best dry shampoo for you.
Luckily, we’ve got your back (or your hair, rather).
We’ve scoured the world of hair products to find the best dry shampoo brands out there for you.
So before you spend tons of money trying out thirty different dry shampoos until you find the perfect one, give this list a quick read.
How We Chose Our Dry Shampoo Ratings
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First and foremost, dry shampoo should soak up that oil in your hair and hide the fact that you haven’t washed your hair in three, four or five days (we’re not judging).
But nowadays, most dry shampoos do more than just cover up dirty hair.
There’s probably a dry shampoo out there for every possible highly specific hair care need you can think of, which is great.
However, it makes the tasks of hunting down the perfect dry shampoo for you a little bit daunting.
So, we of course first looked for dry shampoos that do what they were originally designed to do (make your hair look freshly washed).
But, that wasn’t enough for us. We also picked dry shampoo brands that help with other aspects of hair care and styling.
Some of the newest dry shampoo formulas that add volume, create texture or make your hair look lush and thick.
Basically, we looked for dry shampoos that are a styling double-whammy so you don’t have to add an extra step to your morning hair routine.
Of course, we also looked at reviews from lazy (or efficient, if you’re looking at it from our point of view) people just like you who don’t want to wash their hair every single day. And, we took recommendations from major beauty magazines and blogs into consideration since we know that they all take beauty just as seriously as we do.
The highest rated dry shampoos here have great reviews from plenty of hair care lovers like you, and do something just a little extra beyond absorbing scalp oil and hiding the fact that you haven’t washed your locks in a couple days.
- The Top 7 Best Dry Shampoos For Every Type Of Hair -
We know you’re all in a rush to find the best dry shampoo so you don’t have to wash your hair tomorrow morning – so we won’t keep you waiting.
Here are our favorite dry shampoo brands ever to help you achieve your lazy-girl dreams.
And, these dry shampoos are also each a bit unique because your hair is unique and deserves a product that feels like it's made just for you!
- No wash, no worries! Drybar's Detox Dry Shampoo is a super-absorbent formula that eliminates oils and impurities, leaving hair looking and feeling clean and refreshed with extra volume and a matte finish.
- THE GOOD STUFF: Micro-fine Rice Powders absorb excess oils and odors. As they absorb, they become translucent to naturally blend with all hair colors and expand to provide lift in the roots. Golden Root Extract increases moisture to prevent dryness and breakage. Original fragrance with notes of jasmine, sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla.
- HOW TO USE: Shake extremely well. Spray into roots 4-6" (10-15cm) away from the scalp. Allow to dry, gently rub in and brush through.
- No parabens, sulfates, or phthalates; Cruelty-free, no animal testing
- Created for the perfect blowout. Our philosophy is simple: Focus on one thing and be the best at it. For us that's blowouts! We created a full line of hair products and tools to achieve and maintain the perfect blowout.
This dry shampoo from Drybar will make your blowout last an extra day or two.
First of all, the rice powder formula does an amazing job at absorbing excess oil to leave your hair feeling fresh and clean so you don’t have to wash away that amazing blowout you got at the salon the other day.
But it also adds lift and body to your roots so you look like you got an expertly voluminous blowout just that morning, and contains golden root extract to help maintain moisture.
Plus, the formula deodorizes your dirty hair, thanks to its fresh scent with notes of violet, sandalwood and musk (heck, you might not even have to put on perfume either because this dry shampoo will create a lovely, fragrant aura around you).
It’s also free from all the icky stuff like sulfates, parabens and phthalates, and isn’t tested on animals.
If that’s not convincing enough for you, then you also might like to know that Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo is an Allure’s 2018 Best of Beauty winner.
The name says it all – this dry shampoo is perfect for the lazy girl who wants to go an extra day between washes.
Sam McKnight’s Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo is suitable for all hair types and helps create that signature “undone” look that we all covet.
The powder texture creates texture to give you a messy-yet-chic look, and soaks up oil at your roots. But, it doesn’t rub out powdery-looking – which means you also won’t look like you have dandruff (yuck).
Lastly, it has a “Green Garden” scent with notes of water lily, green stem, juniper and cedar wood. Your hair will look cool but clean, and you’ll walk away with an airy floral scent to follow you throughout the day.
This is the best selling dry shampoo – for good reason.
It does a better job of actually cleaning your hair compared to most other dry shampoos.
Living Proof uses its own patented healthy hair molecule OFPMA and Triple-Action Cleaning Technology that absorbs and eliminates oil, sweat and odor to make your hair smell and feel like you actually did take a shower this morning.
It also works well on all hair colors because it leaves pretty much no visible powder build-up or residue.
And though it’s suitable for almost all hair types, it’s especially ideal for people who have a problem with oily roots.
As for the scent, it has a time-released fragrance so that light, clean scent reappears periodically throughout the day.
- With Oatmilk.
- Clean Hair Without Water.
- Quick And Practical To Use.
- Hair regains volume and lightness within minutes.
This French aerosol-based dry shampoo is another Allure magazine favorite.
It’s a favorite for a good reason: the gentle formulation with oat milk not only absorbs oil and grease, but also nourishes, softens and smoothes hair.
After use, you’ll see that your hair is noticeably softer and lighter – particularly at the roots. In fact, it adds lightweight volume to the roots to give you that blowout style without actually getting a shampoo and blow dry.
After you spray it on, you do have to wait about two minutes and brush your hair thoroughly until all the powder is removed. But you won’t have any ashy residue afterward and is particularly great for darker hair tones.
Some reviewers also say that you have to spend some time massaging it in, but that perhaps depends on your particular hair type.
Regardless, the fragrance is fresh and clean, and it seriously works well.
Does your hair need some TLC in addition to oil absorption? Well, look no further.
The Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo is formulated with rice and potato starches to soak up excess oil and purify your hair. It also contains volcanic ash to trap oil, debris (like from product build-up) and odors.
However, it does a bit more than that too.
The macadamia and argan oils in this dry shampoo contain fatty acids that strengthen strands and provide additional moisture.
Also, the passion fruit extract protects moisture balance and give your hair the protection of antioxidants, and Aloe Vera leaf extract that smoothes, hydrates and nourishes hair.
So if your hair is brittle, dry or damaged, and it looks even more so when you use a powdery dry shampoo, then this is your solution. It will help heal your hair while also hiding the fact that you haven’t washed your hair in a couple days.
If you aren’t a fan of aerosols because of their negative impact on the environment, then this dry shampoo from the environmentally conscious brand Aveda is the perfect option for you.
Instead, the dry shampoo puffs out of the bottle with physical force to give you the appearance of freshly washed hair.
The texture of this one is a bit unique, too: It’s an ultra-fine naturally derived powder mist that you really can’t overdo. No matter how much you use, it doesn’t create excess build-up in your hair.
Its ability to absorb excess oil and impurities from your scalp and hair using 99.8% naturally derived ingredients is pretty amazing.
In addition to reviving your hair, the signature Shampure™ aroma also revives and calms your senses with 25 different plant and flower essences, including lavender, ylang-ylang, and petitgrain.
It’s no surprise that Jen Atkin’s cult beauty brand has managed to produce one of the best dry shampoos of the past couple of years.
Ouai’s dry shampoo neutralizes oil and product build-up to leave hair looking instantly soft and refreshed – without any glaringly obvious white powder residue that sometimes makes an unfortunate appearance with dry shampoo use.
Perfect for any hair type, Ouai’s dry shampoo embodies the brand’s commitment to beauty with minimal effort (i.e., it’s perfect for us ladies who don’t want to spend hours on our hair).
The light floral scent with notes of bergamot, Italian lemon, lily, magnolia, amber, patchouli, violet, blackberry, Rose de Mal, cedarwood, white musk, and sandalwood is so very refreshing – and never overpowering.
Plus, it’s free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
And if you aren’t into the aerosol spray, Ouai also makes its popular dry shampoo in a waterless, cleansing foam texture.
Dry shampoo is a hair care product that we all need and want, and there are so many brands to choose from it’s a little insane.
And yet, it’s a really particular and finicky product.
You hate a dry shampoo, or you love it – there’s not a whole lot of in between. And that’s because everyone’s hair seems to interact so differently with dry shampoo.
We’re sure you’ve at some point tried out a friend’s dry shampoo that he or she swears by, but you can’t stand because it makes your hair feel sticky, smells too strongly or leaves a bunch of powder residue at your roots.
So even though we love these dry shampoos, we understand that they might not work well for your hair type – and that’s totally fine with us.
We just want to help you find the best dry shampoo for your hair, and we hope that it’s maybe on this list.
Just make sure you find one that absorbs oil and dirt, doesn’t leave any sticky residue, and has a fragrance that you can handle smelling all day long.
Beyond that, you can determine if you want a product that also adds volume, creates texture, conditions or strengthens your locks – it’s entirely up to you.
And best of all, you can wake up and not wash your hair if you don’t feel like it!