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By Maja Ivancic
Maja Ivancic

Beauty and Skincare enthusiast and the Lead Editor of BeautyBets, Maja's main passion in life is to serve equally beauty-obsessed women with the content they want 24/7.

Last Updated: September 28, 2021
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Looking for a way to extend that blow dry, add a little oomph to flat hair, or refresh your locks when you don’t have time to do a full shampoo? Then dry shampoo is going to be your new bathroom best friend.

The oil-absorbing properties of dry shampoo works hard to mop up any dirt and grease, leaving your hair feeling cleaner, fresher and with a little more bounce in its step. Quick and simple to use and with products to suit all hair types, this hair styling marvel can transform limp locks without adding water and can also take your look from day to night, with a simple spray and shake.

But don’t take our word for it, if you haven’t already now’s the time to try this hair must-have yourself, with our review of the best dry shampoos you can buy.

The Best Dry Shampoo

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo

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    Aerosol dry shampoo

    Fresh citrus scent

    Absorbs dirt and grease

    Made to the classic Batiste formula

The original, and some consider the best, dry shampoo to hit the mass market, Batiste is a familiar sight in many bathrooms. And thanks to its simplicity when it comes to using this powder spray, it is easy to see why. A quick blast of Batiste’s powder fine spray and you can instantly refresh your hair. And the original scent – notes of lemon and musk – soon wears off to leave a subtle, but fresh smell.

As it is an aerosol, you do get the expected butane and propane, but there are natural oils for the scent, including lemon and geranium, to give it a lovely scent. Used between washes or as a way to refresh your hair, Batiste Original effectively mops up dirt and grease, but you do need to thoroughly work the product through your hair you otherwise it does stay a little dusty – which is not a good look.

2. Dove Care Between Washes Dry Shampoo

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    Great for adding volume and bounce

    Fresh, clean scent

    Weightless formula

    Absorbs excess oil and dirt

Add some impressive volume to your hair without the need to go to the hairdresser with Dove’s ‘Care Between Washes’ dry shampoo. Ideal for when you don’t have the time to do a full wash, simply spray this pleasant-smelling and volumizing dry shampoo, leave for a few minutes then massage in. A quick blast with the hairdryer will give you a sleek, bouncy look that looks fresh out of the shower.

This is also a contender for best dry shampoo for oily hair as it has excellent grease absorbing properties and also washes clean out without residue. But reviewers do say you only need a small amount, or it can leave a chalky film on your hair.

3. OGX Extra Strength Refresh Restore + Dry Shampoo

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    Blend of coconut, tiare essence and vanilla

    Works well on dry, thick or curly hair

    Nourishes hair as it cleans

    Leaves a delicious scent

Known for its moisturizing and nourishing properties, coconut is at the heart this extra strength dry shampoo from OGX. Ideal for thick hair, curly or wavy hair, or hair that needs an extra moisture boost between washes, it also smells divine, and makes you think of holidays and beaches!

This is a strong dry shampoo, and its aerosol can delivers a strong blast too, so for best results, spray it in short bursts. Then you do need to work it well in, to get the results you want. But it is worth it. Your hair will feel nourished and refreshed in-between washes and with added vanilla and essence of tiare, it will leave your hair smelling gorgeous too. Just don’t over-use this rich dry shampoo or it can sit a little heavy on your hair.

4. Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

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    Good value dry shampoo

    Excellent oil absorbing properties

    Fresh, long-lasting scent

    Long-lasting 7 ounce can

One for the gym bag or bathroom cabinet, Clean Freak is a good value dry shampoo that leaves your hair feeling fresh thanks to its oil-absorbing abilities. The decent sized can should last a while if you use it once or twice a week and it will become your go-to when your hair needs a little spruce.

The smell is not too strong either, leaving a gentle fragrance on your hair and it works really well at drinking up oil and grease from your hair. You just need to manage how much you spray on to your hair as it can leave a chalky residue, especially if your hair is dark. But if you spend a little time working it through your hair, you can keep the dusty look at bay, and enjoy fresher hair for longer.

5. Hair Dance Dry Shampoo Volume Powder

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    All-natural and organic ingredients

    No talc or aerosols

    Twist cap for easy application

    Fresh, long-lasting lavender scent

If you want to avoid the chemicals needed for an aerosol spray, as well talc, and prefer something more natural, then check out this dry shampoo and volume powder from Hair Dance.  Yes, it does look a little bottle, but a very little goes a long way! Vegan, cruelty free and using organic ingredients, this is the feel-good way to do dry shampoo.

However, getting a handle on how to use it, does take a little practice. Instead of spraying, you tap the bottle to disperse a small amount of powder on to your roots then use your fingertips to rub it in. Leave, then rub again.

This non-aerosol natural powder is pretty good at sipping up any grease and the lavender scent will leave you feeling fresh. And the powder is fine enough to be used on both blonde and darker hair. Perhaps not the deepest cleaning of the dry shampoos in our review, but due to its small size, this is a product that you can always take with you, for on the go touch ups.

6. Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo – Light Tones

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    Formulated for light colored hair

    Rice starch breaks down, leaving no residue

    Moisturizing argan oil

    Protects hair from UV damage

Designed for lighter hair and blondes, this clever dry shampoo features violet pigments which balances brassiness to bring a sheen to the hair. And with the impressive moisturizing properties of argan oil, as well as its luxurious scent, this dry shampoo will also nourish without drying out your hair. Another plus for Moroccanoil is that it also protects hair from UV damage, so a good choice to take on your holidays.

Made using super-fine rice starches, the spray nicely absorbs oil before breaking down as you massage it into the scalp, leaving no unwanted dusty residue. However, the argan oil formulation might be a little heavy for finer hair and it can weigh hair down if you use too much. But for holiday hair that looks great, this is definitely one to put into your suitcase.

7. HASK Coconut Monoi Nourishing Dry Shampoo

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    Paraben and sulfate free spray formula

    Monoi oil to boost hair strength

    Fine rice starch to absorb oil

    Long-lasting fragrance

Aluminum, paraben and sulfate free, Hask Dry Shampoo uses rice starch to soak up oil and odor from your hair. And, as it is infused with monoi oil, it nourishes as it leaves the most delicious scent. The addition of monoi means you don’t need much and, if worked in well, will prevent your hair from looking dry or dull.

And it does also leave your hair with a happy bounce. However, you do need to be careful how you spray this dry shampoo, as it can leave a stubborn residue which can take some time to work in.

This is a well-priced dry shampoo that looks and smells more expensive than it is, and overall, it performs above its price-tag too.

8. Aveeno Fresh Greens Blend Sulfate-Free Dry Shampoo Spray

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    Dry shampoo that also thickens

    Oats, rosemary, cucumber and peppermint

    Absorbs oil without drying

    Paraben and sulfate free

We love the just out of the shower fresh scent of Aveeno’s Fresh Greens dry shampoo which also leaves your hair feeling nourished and with a little bounce in its step! Not only that, but the silky formula helps to make your hair feel more plumped. Not bad for a product that costs less than $10. The spray is also pretty easy to control and is paraben and sulfate free.

Infused with moisturizing oats, as well as cucumber, rosemary and peppermint, Aveeno Fresh Greens is good to use on blonde or color treated hair and makes a good job of absorbing excess oil. The scent may be a little overpowering for some, but it soon fades, and the spray works well into your hair, leaving no residue if you take the time to massage it in. One of the best all-round dry shampoos in our review.

9. Freeman Psssst! Dry Shampoo

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    Builds volume and fullness

    Fine spray absorbs dirt and oil

    Subtle, fresh scent

    Lightweight to prevent build-up

Super-lightweight and with a subtle yet fresh scent, Pssst! Dry Shampoo not only clans but builds up volume so you can extend the life of your last shampoo and blow. The talc-free formula is easy to use and does a decent job of mopping up excess oils, although you will get white dust look if you don’t work it properly into your hair. That said, there is no weighing down of your hair, or any stickiness to leave your hair looking lack-luster.

Some reviewers say the scent could be a little longer lasting, but that shouldn’t be a dealbreaker, as it absorbs odor when you need it. And this is not a replacement for your regular shampoo but will adequately tidy you over in-between full hair cleanses.

10. Batiste Dry Shampoo – Dark & Deep Brown

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    Dark tone dry shampoo

    Sulfate free aerosol application

    Absorbs oils at the roots

    Can be used as a root cover up

So, we end our best dry shampoo review, with the brand we started with, Batiste but this time with their dry shampoo specifically for darker hair. While many other dry shampoos are light in color and so can leave a dusty residue on brunettes if not massaged in properly, this dry shampoo is colored to match.

Using the tried and tested original Batiste formula, this dry shampoo for dark and deep brown hair contains a subtle brunette color to stop that tell-tale white dust look from settling on your hair. And the beauty of this dry shampoo is that it can also double up as a root cover-up for when those stubborn grays show through in-between visits to the hair salon.

Best Dry Shampoo Buying Guide

How to Choose the Right Dry Shampoo

  • Your hair type

You need to match the dry shampoo product to the type of hair that you have. Is it curly or frizzy, oily or dry? It is thick and a little unruly or do you have fine, more flyaway hair? Getting the match right means a dry shampoo has a better chance of bringing the best out of your hair.

  • What you want it to do

As well as your hair type, you may also have specific hair styling needs, in addition to a hair refresh. If, so you can get dry shampoos formulated to add volume, to help thicken fine hair, or to add extra moisture for more shine.

  • Color

Another important consideration is a dry shampoo that is tinted as this can make it easier to blend in. And, you have darker hair, more traditional dry shampoos can be a little chalky and so leave a grey-ish tint on the surface of your hair, so a formulation for brunettes would be the way to go. You can also get blond-tinted products that can also help as a root cover up spray between trips to the salon.

  • Scent

This is down to personal preference, as some dry shampoos can be quite heavily fragranced which may irritate if you are more sensitive to strong fragrances. If so, you should look for an unscented dry shampoo. However, a freshly scented dry shampoo can help to cover up any odors of slightly dirty hair.

  • Powder or spray

Dry shampoo for hair typically comes in a pour out powder form or an aerosol. While an aerosol is quick and convenient, and can with more precision application, it may not be the best if you have particularly fine hair. However, dry shampoo powder can be easier to use on fine hair, and is a good choice if you are not wanting a lot of spray particles in the air.

  • Check the label

If you want to avoid excessive chemicals, including parabens and sulfates which are widely used in many hair care products, then always read the label. There are some really good sulfate-free dry shampoo products that opt for more natural or organic ingredients.

How to Properly Use Dry Shampoo

While you should always read the user instructions for the particular dry shampoo product you have bought, there are some essentials you need to know when it comes to using it properly as a dry wash. The first is to ensure you hold the can far away enough from your head – this is usually at least 15cm away – so that you don’t put too concentrated a spray in just one place but get an even, ‘non-chalky’ cover. You then want to leave the dry shampoo for around two minutes to allow it to work by soaking up any excess oil. Then work the product into your hair thoroughly with your fingers before brushing out any excess. Now you are ready to style your refreshed hair!

Best Dry Shampoo FAQ

Is powder dry shampoo better than spray?

Whether powder or spray dry shampoo is better is down to personal preference as well as your type of hair.

Powder dry shampoo tends to have less chemicals, is more longer lasting, and come in a powder shaker-style container that allows you to sprinkle directly onto your hair. However, powder can be a little messy to apply and is more likely to leave a dust covering on your hair if it is over-applied or not worked through. 

Spray dry shampoo offers a little more convenience as well as precision application and coverage. However, they do tend to have a longer ingredient list than powder and don’t last as long.

How many days can you use dry shampoo?

The hair pros recommend using dry shampoo a couple of times a week max, and no more than two days in a row. And the reason is that if you overuse dry shampoo, it can clog your follicles, and potentially affect your scalp. It can also dry out your hair, leaving it vulnerable to breakage. To get the best out of your dry shampoo product, aim to use it only a couple of times a week and cleanse your hair thoroughly in-between.

Is dry shampoo bad for your hair?

While dry shampoos are safe to use a couple of times a week, they are not good for your hair if you use them too often as they can irritate and clog up your scalp. And dry shampoos should never be used as a regular substitute for fully cleansing your hair using a shampoo as they simply do not clean your hair or scalp or remove oils, dirt, or build-up of other hair products. Ultimately healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp, and nothing can replace a full hair wash to keep everything squeaky clean and shiny!