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Few things help you feel more put together on lazy days than a few spritzes of dry shampoo. If you’ve been washing your hair less in quarantine, you’re not alone. And using these multitaskers means no one needs to know.
Plus, as things start to open up again, dry shampoo — which even has a celebrity entry in the category, Priyanka Chopra’s Anomaly, sold at Target — is also great for travel. It lets you skip a wash and extend the life of your style for another day without having to suds up — or get that icky feeling that your strands look and feel greasy.
Simply spray it at the roots of your hair and you’ll get a mini makeover in seconds. Locks are instantly refreshed with more volume, bounce and texture — and no more dirt, oil, sweat or odor. Plus, using a dry shampoo means that you’re cutting down on heat styling, which can lead to damaged hair.
To really nail it, shop for a dry shampoo according to your hair type. Locks looking limp? Go for a volumizing formula. Highlights taking a toll? Look for one that treats damage. To help you sort through all the options, we narrowed it down to the best dry shampoos for every hair type.
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1. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo
This rockstar tops every best dry shampoo list for good reason. It’s famous for actually cleaning your hair, instead of just hiding dirt, oil and buildup. The Triple-Action Cleaning Technology frees strands of oil, odor and sweat. It is completely invisible meaning that those with darker strands will never have to worry about that tell-tale white cast. Plus, the fragrance has a clever time-release function to keep hair smelling clean and fresh.
2. Batiste Dry Shampoo
The OG of drugstore dry shampoos, this gem from Batiste is a true classic with a fan following to prove it. Even though it sprays on white, as soon as it meets a hairbrush it disappears, leaving silky strands that actually feel clean and refreshed, taking care of any grease at the roots. That’s not all: It brings on major volume that will fool anyone into thinking your blowout is fresh, plus it revitalizes texture. The clean scent of powder, lavender and musk is delightfully subtle.
3. Nexxus Between Washes Dry Shampoo Foam
BEST FOR FINE HAIR
Anyone with fine hair knows that a heavy dry shampoo can weigh locks down, instantly causing them to fall flat. This no-rinse foam dry shampoo from Nexxus is light as air, freshening strands while giving back volume between washes. The formula absorbs oil, extending the life of your hairstyle, while killing odor.
4. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo
BEST FOR BLOWOUTS
When you shell out for a blowout at a salon — or spend the time to DIY — you want it to last. Drybar is the first to know that, and their Detox Dry Shampoo will extend your ’do for an extra day or two. It will give your blowout new life by lifting hair at the roots and deodorizing strands. Extra fine rice powders sop up oils and odors, while golden root extract delivers hydration to prevent breakage and damage. Plus, the fragrance — a blend of jasmine, sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla — is fantastic.
5. Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones
BEST FOR BRUNETTES
Some dry shampoos leave a white cast or reside behind, but Moroccanoil has your back with their version that is especially made for dark tresses. It actually works with the natural richness of your hair color and never leaves any tell-tale chalkiness. Infused with rice starch to pick up excess oil and product buildup, it instantly freshens up hair and deodorizes and protects from harmful UV rays. And in signature Moroccanoil fashion, it carries the brand’s trademark scent and is infused with nourishing argan oil.
6. Dove Care Between Washes Dry Shampoo
This beloved dry shampoo from Dove has garnered legions of fans for its simple scent and refreshing powers. Just a few sprays soak up the oil, leaving hair looking and smelling fresh. The formula is designed to pump up the volume, giving locks loads of body.
7. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
BEST FOR SENSITIVE SCALPS
Dry shampoo can wreak havoc on sensitive scalps, but Klorane’s contains organically harvested oat milk to soothe and protect the scalp. Even though it’s super gentle, it still gets the job done with corn and rice starch to clean, as well as microspheres and silica to get rid of excess oil, odor and dirt. Suitable for all hair types, from fine and straight to thick and coily, it also brings on texture and volume.
8. Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Dry Shampoo
Get bold results without ravaging your wallet. Garnier’s dry shampoo has an addictive, uplifting fragrance courtesy of citrus extract. Hair instantly feels and looks fresher thanks to the oil-absorbing, silicone-free formula. The dry shampoo is weightless, restoring a natural bounce as it removes dirt and oil.
9. Pureology Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo
BEST FOR COLOR-TREATED HAIR
Color-treated hair typically means damaged hair, and that’s where Pureology Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo comes in. It’s infused with sunflower seed, a UV filter and vitamin E to instantly nourish your locks and safeguard them from environmental stressors while removing excess oils and odor. The brand’s Antifade Complex keeps your color looking salon fresh.
10. Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo
BEST FOR DAMAGED HAIR
Split ends are not your friend, but if you suffer from them, then this dry shampoo is a best bet. Kristin Ess’s exclusive Zip-Up Technology — a strengthening complex that can pull together split ends while boosting the weakest areas of the hair — smooths the appearance of damaged cuticles and protects hair from environmental stressors and color fade. The clean dry shampoo is also infused with vitamin C to strengthen strands and boost its overall health.
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