The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (2024)

When we can't be bothered to wash our hair or just really want to extend that fabulous blowout for an extra day, dry shampoo can come in handy. With a few spritzes, you walk away feeling—and smelling—fresh again. "Dry shampoo is a great way to save a style and can be a huge time-saver after a workout,” hairstylist Bridget Brager tells Bazaar.

A good dry shampoo is magic. But don’t let its time-saving powers make you skip washing hair altogether. "Dry shampoo does not replace real shampoo, but it’s a perfect placeholder,” says Brager. “We know that scalp care is skin care, and just like you’d wash your face to remove debris from your pores, you have to do the same for your scalp, which is where healthy hair starts.”

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Using dry shampoo is fairly simple. Experts recommend sectioning hair and spraying at least six inches away for each part. After it sets in for about 20 seconds, go in and brush to evenly distribute the product throughout. "Don’t spray one spot too long," says Brager. "It can cause a buildup of product."

Worried about any potentially harmful chemicals that might be in those formulas? Don’t be. There are plenty of safe options out there. "Dry shampoos with earth-friendly and cleaner ingredients like rice powder or natural clay are safe to use and effective,” says hairstylist and founder of his eponymous brand Frédéric Fekkai. “We vote for kaolin clay, used to make porcelain and also found in luxury skincare, because the ultra-fine particles absorb excess oils, dirt, and odor from the scalp without causing clogging buildup.”

With all that in mind, Brager and Fekkai break down everything we should know about dry shampoos and give their picks of the best—and safest—ones to shop right now. Below, shop 12 of the most effective dry shampoos—all expert-approved.

Best for Fine Hair

Olaplex No.4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo

The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (7)

Pros
  • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (8)Super lightweight
  • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (9)Leaves hair feeling soft
  • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (10)Color safe
Cons

    Olaplex makes some of our favorite hair-healing products—including an incredible regular shampoo—so we couldn't wait to test the brand's take on dry shampoo. This formula is by far the lightest on this list, and it doesn't leave that annoying powdery finish on hair. Micro-starches in the formula help absorb oil without causing buildup that can inhibit healthy hair growth, and the brand's patented bond-building technology helps repair damage with each spritz. If you hate the feeling of dry shampoo, this is the one to try.

    Customer Review: "I love this dry shampoo!! I use dry shampoo all the time. I liked that this one didn’t feel like it caused my scalp to have a lot of build up. I have a very sensitive scalp so some dry shampoos tend to make my head itch and this didn’t." —SierraSparkle

    Size1.13 oz.
    ScentedYes

    Good for Color-Treated Hair

    Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones

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    Pros
    • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (12)No white residue
    • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (13)Adds volume
    • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (14)Talc-free
    Cons
    • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (15)Strong scent

    If you're a fan of Moroccanoil's iconic treatment oil, you'll love this oil-absorbing spray that boasts the same signature scent and shine-boosting argan oil, but with rice starch to draw out excess oil in the hair.

    Customer Review: "I LOVE this dry shampoo. I didn’t know how to use it at first, but if I use it when my hair just starts to go limp/flat/shows the first signs of grease or heaviness, not only does it revive it back right away but it extends my wash for several days after. Those days will have full, bouncy hair that looks like I didn’t miss any wash days." —nyfashionista

    Size5.4 oz.
    ScentedYes

    Best for Oily Scalp

    Living Proof Perfect hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

    The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (16)

    Pros
    • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (17)Talc-free
    • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (18)Protects against pollution
    Cons

      Living Proof's advanced version of their cult-favorite dry shampoo helps balance the scalp's sebum for fresher hair now and over time. It's the one dry shampoo on this list to try if you're seriously oily.

      Customer Review: "I have tried many many dry shampoos. They all break my scalp out and seem to make my hair worse. This is absolutely amazing!!! It has worked so well and no issues what so ever! It gives me volume and my hair looks and feels clean too!!!" —Kendall S.

      Size5.5 oz.
      ScentedYes

      Best for Hair Growth

      Vegamour Gro Dry Shampoo

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      Pros
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (20)Lightweight
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (21)Provides even distrubution
      Cons
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (22)Subtle fragrance may be off-putting to some

      Vegamour's Gro Dry Shampoo utilizes the same properties as its popular hair maintenance essentials, and uses plant-based phytoactives to absorb excess scalp oil.

      Customer review: "It has a nice fragrance, and doesn’t leave a white residue on my hair. It’s great for adding volume, or absorbing oil when I don’t have time to wash my hair. Very happy with this product." —Michelle Z.

      Size3.95 oz.
      ScentedYes

      Good for Dry Hair

      Fekkai Clean Stylers Sheer Dry Shampoo

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      Pros
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (24)Talc-free
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (25)No white residue
      Cons
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (26)Strong scent

      This invisible spray contains good-for-your-hair ingredients like apple extract to reduce shedding and kaolin clay, which calms scalp irritation and balances the pH of chemically-treated hair, Fekkai says.

      Customer Review: "I love it. I have very dark brown hair and a lot of dry shampoos leave visible residue but this one combs out great. For me this seems to last way longer in my hair that a lot of other dry shampoos I've tried. A bit pricey, but I'm willing to do that for the results." —Anonymous

      Size7.7 oz.
      ScentedYes

      Best Drugstore Pick

      Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

      The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (27)

      Pros
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (28)Budget-friendly
      Cons
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (29)Contains alcohol

      With over 14,000 5-star reviews, this affordable dry shampoo adds body and texture, while removing the look of oil in seconds. Reviews advise to rub in the white powder thoroughly.

      Customer Review: "I have dark brown hair that is thin. It gets greasy after a day. I used this on day two and it kept my hair ungreasy looking for legit 2 days. The white powder needs a good rub in since I have dark hair but it works well and the bottle is massive!! Used very little for the amount of time this worked. I would recommend!" —Holly

      Size8.47 oz.
      ScentedYes

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      Best Aerosol-Alternative

      R+Co Bleu Vapor Lotion To Powder Dry Shampoo

      The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (30)

      Pros
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (31)Weightless
      • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (32)Adds volume
      Cons

        Hate the feeling of a chalky, drying powder? Opt for a lotion-to-powder formula. R+Co Bleu's weightless option not only addresses greasy hair, but it also reduces frizz and helps detangle hair with the brand's molecule complex and radish root ferment, respectively. Rub a small amount between your fingers and work into roots (this also adds texture and volume).

        Customer Review: "Smells like heaven. I’ve used this product in a preventive manner as opposed to using after my hair is greasy from being active, so I’m uncertain how if would perform on already very oily hair. I’m so happy to find this spray-alternative as I don’t want to breathe in more dry shampoo aerosols and am tired of white cast messes. This product keeps oil at bay and there’s no powdery mess." —AnnikaMM

        Size3.0 oz.
        ScentedYes

        Best with Clean Formula

        Davines Hair Refresher

        The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (33)

        Pros
        • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (34)Great for volume
        Cons

          This refreshing dry shampoo won't weigh your hair down, and has a fresh scent that reviewers are raving about.

          Customer Review: "I am obsessed with this dry shampoo. I have tried soooo many different dry shampoo products and nothing comes close to this dry shampoo. It does the trick and it really holds in the oil after three days of not washing my hair. It's definitely worth the price! You won't regret it." —Manda

          Size5.07 oz.
          ScentedYes

          Best for Scalp Health

          Rodan + Fields Refresh+ Dry Shampoo

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          Pros
          • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (36)Lightweight
          Cons

            Look for a dry shampoo that has ingredients that benefit your scalp, says Brager, who recommends Rodan + Fields's dry shampoo that has chamomile extract to calm and soothe skin. "Bonus that it gives you incredible body and washes out easily," she adds.

            Customer Review: "I love this dry shampoo. It refreshes my thin, often oily hair and doesn’t weigh it down. Definitely my new favorite!" —Trish_Yesalonis

            Size4 oz.
            ScentedYes

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            Best All-Around

            Amika Perk Up Talc-Free Dry Shampoo

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            Pros
            • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (38)Talc-free
            Cons
            • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (39)Leaves behind a gritty texture

            Users say this dry shampoo is easy to use and requires little elbow grease to blend into hair. It has natural rice starch to deliver a bouncy style and sea buckthorn packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, and fatty acids to nourish hair between wash days.

            Customer Review: "Finally picked up one of these and OMG it is so worth the hype. I have tried a lot of different ones so far, and hate the heavy feeling that you are left with when using certain formulas. THIS DOES THE OPPOSITE!! My scalp and hair feels refreshed and clean and light." —Melody A.

            Size5.3 oz.
            ScentedYes

            Best with Brush

            Crown Affair The Dry Shampoo

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            Pros
            • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (41)Natural finish
            Cons

              Just when you thought applying dry shampoo couldn't be chic and luxurious, Crown Affair launched its innovative take on refreshing hair. This superfine powder comes with a kabuki brush to lightly dust the formula into roots while Japanese persimmon powder acts as a natural deodorizer.

              Customer Review: "I really enjoy using this product. I mainly use it in the front of my hair (hairline and bangs) and dust a little on my center part and the sides, so I don't have problems working this into my hair like some other reviewers mention. I find that it does just the job of keeping me looking less oily on the days that I don't wash my hair. " —Archie123

              Size.53 oz.
              ScentedYes

              Best for Dry Hair

              Pureology Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo

              The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (42)

              Pros
              • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (43)Adds shine
              • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (44)Provides heat protection
              Cons
              • The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (45)Strong scent

              For under $10, snag this shine-boosting dry shampoo that can be used for days in a row without building up on the scalp. Pro tip: Let the product sit for 30 to 60 seconds to fully absorb oil before working into roots.

              Customer Review: "Smells good and lasts longer than any other dry shampoo I’ve ever used. Totally with the cost. I’m blonde so I haven’t noticed any problems with white residue but that misfit be something to consider if you have darker hair." —hayleyk1

              Size5.3 oz.
              ScentedYes

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              What does dry shampoo do to hair?

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              Dry shampoos absorb excess oil and sweat from the hair and scalp, which gives the appearance of clean, fresh hair. They can be a lifesaver if you’re in a time crunch to extend your hairstyle, in humid climates, or between wash days. Dry shampoo can also be used to add texture and volume when styling. Some dry shampoos contain technology that captures oil and removes it from the scalp, but they will need to be applied with extra care. Read the instructions on the dry shampoo bottle to get the best results.

              Is using dry shampoo good for your hair?

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              Dry shampoo can do wonders for extending wash days and refreshing the hair. However, it shouldn't replace regular shampooing because "it doesn’t remove oil, pollution, scalp flakes, or product buildup from the scalp and hair," Fekkai warns. "This buildup combined with dry shampoo can clog the hair follicles, leading to scalp irritation, inflammation, increased hair fall and thinning of the hair shaft as nutrients are blocked from the follicle."

              Experts wax poetic that scalp care is similar to skin care. "Just like you would wash your face to remove debris from your pores, you must make sure to do the same for your scalp, which is where healthy hair starts," says Brager. Try a scalp scrub or clarifying shampoo weekly to ensure no dry shampoo residue is left behind.

              How often should you use dry shampoo?

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              Experts say resist the urge to use dry shampoo every day. "I recommend using dry shampoo no more than two or three days in a row," Brager explains. Make sure it is evenly distributed." Before applying dry shampoo, the stylist suggests brushing hair using a boar bristle brush to help move around the product (without contributing to frizz) that may be sitting on the scalp; then go in with dry shampoo.

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              How can you avoid white residue from dry shampoo?

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              While white residue is pretty normal when wearing dry shampoo, some formulas are less likely to leave marks. "Avoid talc or tapioca-based dry shampoos," Fekkai says. But if your current dry shampoo rotation leaves a residue, don't worry. There are a few ways to mitigate the white hue. "Spray the dry shampoo on your roots the night before, then the dry shampoo will absorb the oil, and your pillowcase will shake away the white cast," Fekkai adds.

              Another tip is to avoid spraying heavily directly to the top of your hair. "Instead, start at ear level and lift layers of the hair, spraying gradually upward." And when in doubt, flash cool air from your hair dryer to disperse any traces of white. "Fingers have a lot of natural oils, and using your hands to rub away the residue inadvertently adds more oil," Fekkai says.

              Meet The Experts

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              • Bridget Brager is a celebrity hairstylist who works with clients like Priyanka Chopra, Kristen Stewart, and Zoey Deutch.
              • Frédéric Fekkai is a renowned hairstylist, salon owner, and founder of his eponymous haircare brand.

              Why trust Harper's Bazaar?

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              For more than 150 years, Harper’s Bazaar has been the preeminent fashion and beauty resource for women at every age. We cover what’s new and what’s next in beauty by working with the world’s leading authorities in dermatology, plastic surgery, cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and fragrance. Every story we publish has been thoroughly researched and vetted by our team of beauty editors and industry experts.

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              Audrey Noble

              Beauty Contributor

              Audrey Noble is a freelance writer and reporter. She writes celebrity profiles and does deep-dive features about the ways race, gender, sexuality, and other forms of identity impact society via the beauty industry. Her previous work experience includes editorial positions at Vanity Fair, Refinery29, and Allure. Her writing can also be seen in Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR, Bustle, HelloGiggles, and more. You can keep up with her on Twitter.

              The 12 Best Dry Shampoos Experts Love (2024)

              FAQs

              Does Batiste have benzene in 2024? ›

              Batiste dry shampoo contains increased levels of benzene, which may cause cancer in humans.

              Are dry shampoos good for your hair? ›

              Experts say dry shampoo is great once in a while, but it shouldn't be a full-time substitute for washing your hair with water. You can consider dry shampoo to be more of a hair freshener than a hair cleaner. It does nothing to clean your scalp, which collects dirt. Many shampoos help moisturize your hair.

              What is the news about dry shampoos? ›

              Unilever recalls dry shampoos with benzene. FDA advises disposal or return of recalled products. Consumers can report adverse reactions to the FDA website. A recent study has detected alarming levels of benzene, a known carcinogen, in several dry shampoo products still being sold in stores.

              What is the healthiest dry shampoo to use? ›

              When you're not washing on the go, here are our favorite natural and organic shampoo brands!
              1. Vegamour. Best For | Hair growth. ...
              2. rahua. Best For | Volume & texture. ...
              3. Prose. Best For | Custom formulations. ...
              4. Acure. Best For | All hair types. ...
              5. Briogeo. Best For | Detoxifying oily scalps. ...
              6. Act + Acre. ...
              7. Handmade Heroes.
              May 30, 2024

              Is Batiste still recalled? ›

              People who can provide proof-of-purchase for Batiste Bare, Clean or Batiste Light Bare dry shampoos prior to May 30, 2023, are eligible for a full refund. Those who do not have proof of purchase may still be eligible for a $2 refund per product, up to five products.

              Which dry shampoos do not contain benzene? ›

              Your hair— and health— will thank you!
              • K18 AirWash™ Dry Shampoo. ...
              • Verb Dry Shampoo Powder. ...
              • Geologie Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner. ...
              • I Dew Care Dry Shampoo Powder. ...
              • Handmade Heroes Non Aerosol Dry Shampoo Volume Powder. ...
              • Kristin Ess Hair Fragrance Free Dry Shampoo Powder. ...
              • Billie Floof Dry Shampoo. ...
              • Acure Dry Shampoo.
              Nov 14, 2022

              How often is it OK to use dry shampoo? ›

              Dry shampoo comes with a plethora of benefits, but overuse can cause problems. Too much of the product can leave a buildup of residue on the scalp, clogging hair follicles and limiting hair growth. That's why most dry shampoos should only be used once between hair washes.

              Is dry shampoo safe now? ›

              Is dry shampoo safe? “There's nothing inherently bad about dry shampoo. In most dry shampoos, the ingredients are quite safe,” says Dr. Abigail Waldman, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

              Why is dry shampoo being discontinued? ›

              Unilever has voluntarily recalled 19 of their dry shampoos due to concerns over potentially elevated levels of the leukemia-causing chemical, benzene. This recall impacts dry shampoo produced before 2021 and encompasses various popular brands such as Dove, Suave, TRESemmé, Nexxus and Bed Head.

              Is Dove a good dry shampoo? ›

              Dove invisible dry shampoo is the best that I found so far it doesn't leave my hair with any kind of residue and it has a very light scent.. I highly recommend dove dry shampoo!!

              Does all Batiste have benzene? ›

              Of the 148 batches from 34 brands tested, Valisure found that 70 percent, including Sun Bum, Paul Mitchell, and Batiste dry shampoos, contained benzene.

              Is it safe to use Batiste dry shampoo? ›

              Batiste is one of the most popular dry shampoo brands available, found virtually anywhere that dry shampoo is sold. Along with the recent news about the P&G recall, many people have wondered if Batiste's dry shampoos are safe to use. The unfortunate reality is this: Batiste dry shampoo is NOT safe to use.

              Is there a lawsuit against Batiste dry shampoo? ›

              The owner of the Batiste hair product line settled a $2.5 million class-action lawsuit over claims its popular dry shampoo product contains carcinogen benzene. Those who have used or bought a Batiste Dry Shampoo may be able to receive compensation. Here is everything to know about the class-action lawsuit.

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