EDITOR'S NOTE: We removed some products that appeared in an earlier version of this story; they were among dry shampoos recalled by Unilever last year due to elevated benzene levels (benzene is classified by the FDA as a human carcinogen).
Depending on your hair and scalp type, you may not actually need to wash your hair every day.
Many hairstylists agree that spacing out washes can be beneficial for your locks — lathering up too often may cause an imbalance in your natural oils, make color-treated hair fade and even lead to scalp irritation. Plus, skipping the step for a day (or, if you're like some of us, three or four) can be a huge timesaver.
Hair-washing too often may cause an imbalance in your natural oils, fade color-treated hair and lead to scalp irritation.
That being said, no matter how long you leave between washes, there usually comes a point when your hair needs a refresh. That's when dry shampoo comes in handy.
Whether you want to stretch a blowout for a few more days, get rid of grease or quickly spruce up after a sweaty workout, there are plenty of formulas that deliver. From stylist-loved sprays to aerosol-free options, below are the best dry shampoos that you (and your hair) will love.
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What to look for | Best for dry or damaged hair | Best for oily or greasy hair | Best for dry scalps | Best for color-treated hair | Best natural | Best budget | Best for fine or thinning hair | Dry shampoo FAQs | Are there DIY dry shampoos? | How often can I use dry shampoo? | When is best to use dry shampoo? | Do dry shampoos damage hair? | Meet our expert
What to look for in a dry shampoo
"The right [dry shampoo] can help refresh and revive your hair between washes, while the wrong one can leave your hair feeling heavy, dull or even damaged," says Miranda Furtado, an elite Bellami Pro Educator and owner of Love’s In The Hair, an extension studio based in Toronto.
With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to figure out which one is the right or wrong dry shampoo for you — or even where to begin your search. That's why we asked Furtado to share five factors to consider when you're shopping for the dry shampoo.
Type: Dry shampoos come in a variety of different types, including spray, powder, foam and paste formulas. The decision to use one over the other is generally based on personal preference and your hair's specific needs. For example, sprays tend to be quicker and easier to apply, while powders tend to be more absorbent, explains Furtado.
Ingredients: Pay attention to the ingredients in the dry shampoo. "Choose one that is free of sulfates, parabens and artificial colors, if possible. Some people may also be sensitive to fragrances or alcohol in the product," shares Furtado. If you begin to notice any scalp sensitivity or issues, such as dandruff or itching, check the ingredients list to see if it might be contributing to your discomfort. The fix may be as easy as swapping to another dry shampoo.
Price: "Dry shampoos can vary widely in price, from drugstore options to luxury products. Consider your budget and what is readily available to you," says Furtado. You might even find that having a budget-friendly option on hand for everyday use and saving the pricier product for special occasions can be the way to go.
Smell: "Many dry shampoos contain fragrances to refresh the hair and mask unpleasant odors," says Furtado. If you are sensitive to fragrances, you might opt for a fragrance-free option when available or steer clear of the spray formulas, as they tend to have a stronger scent.
Hair type: "Dry shampoos are formulated for different hair types, such as fine, medium or thick hair, and different textures, such as straight, wavy or curly hair," says Furtado. For example, many find that powder or lightweight spray options are best for thin hair, whereas those with curly hair may prefer a foam formula that can more easily be worked into the roots without affecting the structure of the curls. In most cases, the product will specify which hair type it will work best for.
Best dry shampoos for dry or damaged hair
This dry shampoo can extend your time between washes — and also help repair your dry or damaged hair in the meantime. It's formulated with rambutan seed extract to neutralize odor and soothe the scalp, while the ultra-fine starch absorbs the oil without weighing down hair or leaving residue.
Best of all? This product utilizes the patented OLAPLEX Bond Building Technology™, which is said to repair damage — whether it be from heat, color treatment or extreme temperatures — and improve the strength and appearance of your locks.
Best dry shampoos for oily or greasy hair
In addition to over 1,700 verified five-star ratings on Amazon, reviewers gushed about this dry shampoo’s ability to dry up even the oiliest of hair.
One user said, ”By far the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used. It masks all the oil from your hair and makes it look like you just blow dried your hair after a fresh shower.”
And let’s face it — who doesn't want to look like they just washed their hair when, in reality, it’s probably been a few days?
Vegan, sulfate-free and aluminum-free, this dry shampoo is formulated with rice starch to absorb excess oil, buildup and odor — and will leave your hair feeling refreshed and looking ready for the runway with just a few spritzes.
Along with its 9,500-plus verified five-star ratings on Amazon, reviews aplenty report that it successfully absorbs the oil without leaving a residue. “The best dry shampoo I’ve used yet. Not only does it make my hair LOOK clean; it makes it FEEL clean too without any grimy texture,” shared one customer.
This fan-favorite dry shampoo uses micro-fine rice powders to absorb oils without leaving a visible trace behind. One verified Amazon shopper praised the product, saying, “I have very very oily hair, and this absolutely stands the test.”
Another shared, “I have used every dry shampoo on the market. They either leave a residue or make your hair feel disgusting. This stuff is literally the best dry shampoo on planet earth.”
There are also a range of scents to choose from, so you can be sure to find one that you’ll enjoy throughout the day.
RELATED REVIEW: Read about how Drybar's other dry shampoo makes one personal trainer feel like she just had a salon blowout.
Best dry shampoos for dry scalps
This powder dry shampoo is formulated to absorb excess oil while soothing scalp dryness and irritation, all while using all-natural, vegan and talc-free ingredients.
One Shop TODAY writer tells us this product did just that: It left her dry scalp feeling noticeably less itchy between washes, without weighing down her hair or leaving a noticeable residue. For an added bonus, the pump applicator makes it easy to apply, so you can skip the mess that typically comes with powder formulas.
Another option many hair experts approve of, Klorane's dry shampoo is formulated with oat milk and other plant-based ingredients to soothe the scalp and protect your hair, while cleansing and refreshing your locks. It's said to easily blend into hair and help add volume, without leaving behind a chalky residue.
Best dry shampoo for color-treated hair
More than 6,800 verified five-star reviews on Amazon can’t be wrong! Not only does this formula refresh hair between washes, but the addition of argon oil will help nourish and protect your strands from UV damage. This one has subtle violet undertones to help balance brassiness in blonde, platinum and silver hair, but they also have an option that works well for darker hair colors.
Best natural dry shampoo
Made with 99 percent naturally derived ingredients, Prose Custom Dry Shampoo is created specifically with your hair in mind. A quick online questionnaire will help determine your individual formula, whether you need volume, oil control or a simple root refresh. The powder formula also comes with a handy pump to make application easy.
Best affordable dry shampoos
With star ingredients like rice starch, argan oil and vitamin C, this dry shampoo is meant to lift and liven up your hair.
One verified Amazon buyer shared, “I’ve tried every dry shampoo on the market, including a variety of overpriced, high-end products. ... Nothing works as well as this!”
It even comes in fully recyclable packaging, so when it's done doing good for you, it can also do good for the earth.
Best dry shampoos for fine or thinning hair
Safe for chemically treated and dyed hair, Living Proof's popular dry shampoo is fast-absorbing, so it'll get rid of grease and sweat in no time.
"I absolutely ADORE this brand," wrote one verified reviewer. "I have very thick, wavy, long hair, and this works wonders at keeping my style, blow out, etc., in peak-looking and feeling condition!"
STAFF REVIEW: I have never found a dry shampoo that I’ve loved more than this one. I’ve tried a ton (since I always go at least four days between hair washes). But, this is the only one that doesn’t leave residue, isn’t greasy, smells lovely and leaves my hair looking like I washed it that day. — Brooke Sassman, TODAY Lifestyle Editor
This talc-free dry shampoo is created with plant-based ingredients, like mung bean sprouts and red clover, that not only absorb excess oils, but work to support a healthy scalp. The result? Many report seeing reduced signs of shedding and increased hair density following four months of use, making this a popular option for those struggling with thin hair.
Questions about dry shampoos, answered by experts
What are good DIY alternatives to dry shampoo?
“DIY dry shampoo alternatives include cornstarch, baking soda or baby powder,” says Furtado. Just apply the powder to the roots of your hair, wait a few minutes, and then brush it out.
How often can I use dry shampoo?
The frequency with which you use dry shampoo depends on the oiliness of your hair and scalp and your personal preferences. Some people may use it every day, while others may only use it once a week.
“It is important to listen to your hair and adjust your usage accordingly to avoid overuse and potential damage,” advises Furtado.
When is the best time to use dry shampoo?
“The best time to use dry shampoo is typically in the morning when you notice that your hair looks oily or greasy, but it can also be used at night to absorb excess oil while you sleep,” says Furtado. You can also use it throughout the day if you need a quick refresh.
Are dry shampoos damaging for your hair?
“While dry shampoos can be a lifesaver for many people, some studies have shown that repeated use of dry shampoos can lead to scalp irritation and dryness and potentially damage hair strands,” says Furtado. She recommends using dry shampoo sparingly and following the directions on the packaging.
Meet our expert
Miranda Furtado is the founder and owner of Toronto-based Love’s In The Hair extension studio, where she is also the master stylist. She is a Senior Educator for Bellami Hair in Canada. Furtado offers courses on five hair-extension methods both in-studio and online.