Our All-Time Favorite Dry Shampoos
Extend your time between washes with these oil-absorbing formulas.
We've all been there—it's been a day or two since you've last washed your hair, and while things aren't dire, your scalp needs a little bit of help. This is typically where dry shampoo comes in. With this product type, you're just a spritz and a minute-long head massage away from a better hair day (or week). The reason? These formulas absorb the oils that create that "dirty" look, leaving fresher, bouncier hair in their wake—in theory, that is.
Unfortunately, the reality is that not all dry shampoos were created equal. Choose the wrong product for your specific hair type, color, and texture, and you could wind up with sticky residue, a white cast, an irritated scalp, or occlusive product buildup. Making matters even more difficult, determining which formula is best for you can be daunting—especially since virtually every hair company under the sun makes some form of dry shampoo, whether that be in aerosol or powder form.
To eliminate the stress of your search, we went ahead and rounded up our current favorites, all of which were designed to reinvigorate your hair. They also offer a slew of other benefits, including everything from more volume and longer-lasting blowouts to better, richer color (since they require you to wash less!). With these products in your arsenal, you'll also save time each morning, so you can focus less on maintaining and styling your hair, and more on the day ahead.
Here, our favorite dry shampoo products that make your second or third day hair look that much better.
This spray is color-safe and uses fast-absorbing powders to soak up oil and sweat, leaving your hair clean and fresh for the day ahead. It's suited for almost any hair type and texture, too, and is one of the highest-rated dry shampoos on the market.
Shop Now: Living Proof "Perfect Hair Day" Dry Shampoo, $25, sephora.com.
Packed with micro-fine rice powders, this formula absorbs oil and odors. Plus, the product, which sprays on white, becomes translucent as it dries—you won't notice any residue in its wake. Golden root extract also locks in moisture, which means this product is good at preventing dryness.
Shop Now: Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo, $23, www.nordstrom.com.
If it's been a while since you last touched up your roots or you want to hide pesky grays, give this option a try. Batiste offers a line of tinted dry shampoos to complement blonde, light brown, and dark brown shades; they mask growth and reduce oil to boot.
Shop Now: Batiste "Hint of Color" Dry Shampoo, $9.88, ulta.com.
Bumble and Bumble
Best suited for oily, fine hair, this product is formulated with French pink clay and cleanses, adds volume, and even protects against UV rays. It easily blends into dark shades, too, making it a great choice for brunettes.
Shop Now: Bumble and Bumble "Pret-a-Powder" Invisible Dry Shampoo, $29, sephora.com.
Looking for another great drugstore option? This vitamin-enriched dry shampoo instantly soaks up oil, leaving hair feeling fresh. The product contains the company's proprietary strengthening complex, which is designed to bolster and smooth while protecting hair from damage and color fade.
Shop Now: Kristen Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo, $14, target.com.
Bed Head's color-safe dry shampoo works well as a light hairspray, giving hair a bit of hold. It uses hydrophobically modified cornstarch to absorb oil and has added keratin to reduce breakage—and you'll love the hibiscus scent.
Shop Now: Bed Head by TIGI "Oh Bee Hive!" Matte Dry Shampoo, $20, ulta.com.
R + Co
This product is true to its name—it overpowers oil, leaving a dry, matte scalp behind. The body-boosting formula also gives fine, limp hair texture.
Shop Now: R + Co "Death Valley" Dry Shampoo, $32, www.nordstrom.com.
Achieve maximum volume with Amika's formula, which also doubles as a perfume.
Shop Now: Amika "Perk Up" Dry Shampoo, $25, sephora.com.
Here's another dry shampoo that doubles as a texturizer: Oribe's formula has a cult-following for a reason. It creates that polished, but undone look and is best for setting (or reviving) beach waves.
Shop Now: Oribe "Gold Lust" Dry Shampoo, $48, dermstore.com.