The Top 5 Best Dry Shampoos

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The top 5 best dry shampoos

Dry shampoo is a warm weather staple, a must-have if you travel, and a lifesaver in all the worst hair situations.

Ever since I wrote How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?, I’ve received tons of emails and some comments wanting dry shampoo recommendations. Over the past few months, I’ve been on a quest to test them all out, and have finally decided on my top 5 favorite dry shampoos ever.

What is dry shampoo?

For those of you who don’t know, dry shampoo is a powder, usually in a spray can, that absorbs oil in your hair and leaves a fresh scent. It gets rid of greasy “second day” hair, adds volume, and makes hair look and smell fresh and clean, minus the need for water.

Why use dry shampoo?

There are a so many reasons why dry shampoo is amazing. 

First of all, if you’re blonde, it’s the best for getting rid of greasy hair and even lightening up your roots! (This is personally why I’m obsessed with it.)

Second, it’s perfect if you have damaged hair that you don’t want to shampoo every day. Daily shampooing, blow drying, and styling can stress your hair even more, causing extra damage and breakage. By shampooing only 3-4 times a week and using dry shampoo in between washings, your hair will be less damaged and prone to breakage. 

Third, it’s perfect if you travel or just wake up late and need to get ready fast. A quick spray and your hair will be good to go, no shower necessary.

The Top 5 Best Dry Shampoos

Cheapest Option: Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste blush dry shampoo - pack of 3. Best dry shampoos ever - Batiste is our favorite cheap dry shampoo at just  a can.

Don’t let the old school packaging fool you – this stuff is as good now as it probably was in the ’80s when they designed the label. Batiste Dry Shampoo comes in a bunch of scents, but I only tried Original and “Blush”. Original smells clean, lemony, and a little bit chemically, but once it’s on your hair the scent disappears. Blush smells powdery and floral, but not too overpowering. At only $5.99/can (and available to buy in bulk on Amazon!), Batiste is a budget-friendly dry shampoo that works well.

You can buy Batiste Dry Shampoo for $5.99 at Amazon.

Best scent: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo

I’m in LOVE with the lemony scent of this product! It’s definitely pricey, at $11 for a tiny bottle, but pricey is what you have to expect with Oscar Blandi. As far as results go, this worked just as well as the cheaper brands at eliminating oil and leaving hair looking fresh. If you only plan to use dry shampoo once in a while and want to splurge on something that smells amazing, you have to try Oscar Blandi.

You can buy Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo for $11 at Amazon.

Most Stylish: VERB Dry Shampoo

Verb dry shampoo

If you want your vanity (or sink, or desk, or dresser, or wherever you keep your products) to look extra chic, just add a bottle of VERB Dry Shampoo. The packaging is so stylish and the pointed tip makes it easy to apply. As a bonus, this stuff works great, and doesn’t leave a whitish cast on hair if your strands are darker! Although it’s not really economical at $16/bottle, if you’ve got the funds, we highly recommend it.

You can buy VERB Dry Shampoo for $16 at Sephora

DIY version: Baby Powder

Johnson's Baby Powder in Calming Lavender Scent

If you don’t want to shell out the money for any of the products above, and want to use something you might have around the house, you can use baby powder instead. Just sprinkle some baby powder on your roots, turn your head upside down, and brush it out, and your hair will look and smell nice and fresh. As a bonus, baby powder comes in huge containers that last FOREVER.

If you don’t want to smell like baby powder, I highly recommend the Calming Lavender scented powder available on Amazon which smells lovely and works just as well as regular.

You can buy Calming Lavender Scent baby powder for $9.99 on Amazon.

Best Overall: Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo is my favorite of all the ones I’ve tried. It’s definitely pricey and can be hard to find in stores, but it’s worth it for the scent, the fact that it’s natural, and how well it works. It makes hair look clean and fresh, but doesn’t build up or make hair look dull the way other dry shampoos can. Klorane is also great because it’s natural and contains fewer toxic ingredients than other products on the market. It’s also perfect for darker hair, as it doesn’t leave any white residue. Highly recommended!

You can buy Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo for $20 on Amazon.

Your thoughts?

You’ve seen my favorite dry shampoos, now I want to hear your recommendations. Do you use dry shampoo? If so, let me know which one is your favorite in the comments section!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2009; it was completely revamped in 2017 to reflect our current favorite products.

37 thoughts on “The Top 5 Best Dry Shampoos”

  1. I read about dry shampoo in a magazine over the summer & couldn’t wait to try it. I purchased Batiste blush from Sally’s & fell in love immediately. The original scent smells too much like aerosol for me. The blush does have a floral smell that is a little strong (I don’t like perfume smells) but mostly wears off & it lasts well throughout the day. I have never tried using it 2 days in a row though. It is a fairly small can (in my opinion), goes quickly, & the price is more expensive than $5.99 when purchased in-store. Despite the negatives, I would definitely recommend it.

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  2. You have to shampoo only 3-4 times a week and using dry shampoo in between washings? I don’t think so. I wash my hair 2 times a week and it’s enough. Of if you wash your hair daily is damaged. I have very long hair and the whole process ( wash, dry, style) takes me 2 hours. Girls with long hair I think they know what I’m talking about, so I don’t think anyone will stay everyday to wash her hair, unless she doesn’t have smth else to do. I never used dry shampoo….so I can’t say if it’s ok or not. I like the idea but it’s ridiculous to say that it can be used 3-4 times a week + plus your regular hair wash.

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  3. I just picked up Klorane at Shoppers Drug Mart for the regular price of $8.99, not sure why it’s so much at Sephora! Love it.

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  4. I personally use the tony & guy refreshing dry shampoo, Its great as it doesn’t leave a white residue, i bought it from coles for 13.95 It is 180g bottle. Great if u ask me

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  5. When my friend at work recommended Shielo Volumizing Shampoo and I tried it – I was sold on it. I

    Here’s about me: I have used some of the best volumizers in the past. I used stay at home a many of days very upset with my flat, lifeless hair. I would see other girls and they had the most beautiful head of hair. I tried all the mousse, gel, spritz, you name it – I have probably used it.

    Not now though, Shielo Volume Shampoo made my hair is so full and shiny. I can just blow dry a litttle and go. All day lasting fullness. I tell all my friends about it, and even went as far as to give it in gift bags for the women in my family for this past christmas. I was put off at the price at first, but a little tiny drop makes your whole hair later – and its last longer than the cheaper bottles i used to buy…way worth it!

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  6. suave professionals dry shampoo (silver can with yellow cap) is AWESOME and super affordable. it helps give your roots volume, smells great, and dries up grease super fast! just rub it in a little and it leaves no color at all, even on my dark brunette hair. it doesn’t look like dandruff at all because it’s a super-fine powder spray. i won’t use anything else now!

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  7. thanks for all information, I use dry shampoo when I was young, but I ‘m searching for my grandougther,she is 16 and have african and caribian hair. I only can pay one a month for her hair, I need something in betwen. thank againg.

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  8. I have only tried one, and I like it do much I probably won’t try others. The Got2B dry shampoo is around $3 and works great. The smell is Eh, but could be worse. I never brush it out.. Just spray then finger comb a little. It’s not noticeable on my auburn hair either!

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  9. I love KMS California (@ Cosmo prof beauty supply) & TRESemmé dry shampoo for straight & curly hair (@ wal-mart)

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  10. I absolutely love the Batiste dry shampoo!! As I don’t have time to wash my hair before school I can give it a quick burst in the morning and I’m good to go, so quick and easy to use! Also, it’s easily affordable for a teenage girl like me!:)

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  11. You are actually recommending baby powder for your hair? Is this a joke? I’ve tried that before, and as people know who wear wigs, baby powder takes the shine out of your hair and makes it very dull. Also, if you have dark hair, it gives it a grey dull tone. I personally have tried baby powder and would NEVER recommend it, unless you are going for dull grey looking hair. Then have at it!

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  12. Oh man, Sally’s prices are jacked! haha. This article, which was only posted a couple months ago, says that the Batiste Dry Shampoo is $5.99, and I decided to check it out today. It was freakin’ $8.29 in store. and it’s $7.29 on sally’s website. Why the inconsistencies? I might return it. I bought the “blush” one and it smells kind of too powdery/perfumey for my taste.

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  13. does anybody know if the pricier brands last longer?
    i bought Baptiste, and i have very thick hair, and i LOVED it,
    however i only got about 5 uses out of it before the can was empty.

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  14. Wow i tried the baby powder and it really works. My roots were greesy and i just washed my hair last night and now my hair looks great!!!

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  15. I use TIGI Rockaholic dry shampoo, and I have for over a year now. It is a great product! I have dark brown hair, and have tried a few other dry shampoos, including the at-home remedy baby powder. Baby powder works fine for my blonde sister, but make my roots look light brown and gray. In the summer, when my hair gets extremely dry, I use dry shampoo at least twice a week. It has saved my dry hair problem!

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  16. I have dark brown/black hair, so I use Cake powder, which is tinted brown, so very easy to blend. Absorbs oil and gives you a fresh clean scent.. like cake!! I live in Vancouver, Canada and I found it at The Bay. I believe they have different scents and shades to match you too!!

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  17. I have tests done with several types of dry shampoo (I live in the Caribbean) and all the brands mentioned above worked very well.

    The ladies we tested the products on were all satisfied with the products.

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  18. I have been having problems lately with residue left in my hair. My hairstylist suggested it was my water. So i am wondering what is the best DRY shampoo that wont leave a residue???? I am sick of my hair being clumpy and residue in my brushes/combs. I have dark hair so it looks like dandruff…. Please help!

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  19. Thanks for a great list. I love Batiste (bought it in Canada for $6.99). Have tried Ojon and had a terrible time. Greasy and the nozzle stuck on both cans. Maybe will try some others. I used it while in hospital and post-hospital at home. A lifesaver. Also great while vacationing in a hot climate so you won’t completely dry your hair out, especially when colored.

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  20. I am looking for dry shampoo as I will be having surgery in the near future and won’t be able to wash my hair for over a week.
    I had dry shampoo many years ago in a spray can,it worked great.
    All I can find here is a lotion type.This does not work,it goes in globs
    Is the Batiste available in Halifax??
    Thanking you in advance,
    Del

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  21. I agree with the above poster: shampowder rocks. You can buy it at Target online. I used the dark hair color, not black, even though my hair is very dark asian sort of brown. (Bad memories of the very expensive can of Bumble and Bumble black spray powder that makes my hair look better, but feel ugh, horrible. ) I wash my hair and the next day it’s fine, it’s the third day I use the shampowder. Shampowder takes one minute to daub into your hair, fluff, brush and wow, you look cute again.

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  22. I have very thin blond hair and have been using powder as a dry shampoo for over 3 years….I started with a cornstarch free baby powder which worked really well especially the day after I had used shampoo. I would just sprinkle the powder on my roots, flip my head over and massage it into my scalp. The only complaint I had with baby powder is that it was kind of heavy and tended to leave my roots really dull. I have found that (as weird as this may sound) Summers Eve feminine powder works a bit better. The powder is much finer and I find I like the smell a little more than baby powder as well.
    I have also tried the Rockaholic Dirty Little Secret dry shampoo but was not all that impressed with it….I found my roots were dull and it left my hair feeling kinda stringy and “clumped together” at the back.

    For all those curly haired girls…TRESemme now has a product in their “Fresh Start” line that is a foam waterless shampoo. I have not tried the product myself (as I don’t have curly hair) but it claims to “Give curls moisture and shine in-between washes with this unique foam shampoo. Reduces oil and odor without water, leaving hair feeling soft and clean” (http://www.tresemme.com/Products/Fresh-Start/Fresh-Start-Waterless-Foam-Shampoo/)

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  23. Have you guys not heard of NoRinse? Its the new dry shampoo, me and my friends bought it at WOMAD this year and its amazing!! You pour it straight onto your head, massage it in and towel dry it off. The guy said you have to towel dry it off before styling – blowdrying etc.. coz thats where all the dirt and grease goes or it will just dry back into your hair. ive got short hair and it was great but my friend has long hair and we found it was best to do it in sections. They do body washes that smell lush as well. Its £2 for a small bottle and £4 for a big one. x

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  24. Batiste is the best! I can only find it at this one random grocery store here in MN. The can runs out really fast, but this stuff is a lifesaver – I put a little bit on the underside of my bangs and I’m good to go. 🙂 it’s about $7 a can here, but right now they have this little mail in rebate thing for the full price…it’s in a label thing on the top of the can. So…yeah, definitely worth a try!

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