When it comes to washing your hair, less is more. Guys tend to keep their hair short and wash it daily since washing and styling time is minimal. But washing your hair every day actually makes it look worse, with the natural oils needed to keep hair shiny and healthy being stripped by shampoo and conditioner. That’s why dry shampoo is the holy grail of hair grooming products. It allows users to skip washes without suffering through the dreaded ‘greasy-hair’ phase that often comes on days when regular shampoo and conditioners aren’t used.
Dry shampoo goes on as a powder, paste or spray and helps to absorb excess oil that makes hair look stringy and wet. It often acts as a thickening agent, making hair appear fuller and more voluminous. Dry shampoo can also add texture to hair, making it easier to style. We sometimes use dry shampoo on days when we do wash our hair because it adds fullness.
Dry shampoo is also a hair-saver after sweaty workout sessions. It helps to revitalize hair that is limp with sweat and makes it smell fresh and clean.
If you’re ready to shorten shower time and don’t want your hair to be a dead giveaway, try one of these great dry shampoos.
1. Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo
For a dry shampoo that nourishes your hair, try Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo. The cleansing spray uses ultra-fine rice starch, which absorbs excess grease in hair and combats product build-up that can clog follicles and leave hair looking damaged or even causing dandruff and balding. Moroccanoil also has UV protection that stops sun damage, which can dull both natural and colored hair. Infused with argan oil, Moroccanoil absorbs odor and leaves behind a fresh floral scent.
Pros: Unlike many shampoos that go on white and need to be massaged into the hair, the Moroccanoil sprays dark, making it less conspicuous without leaving white traces.
Cons: The Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo shown is here is for dark hair only. Moroccanoil also has options for light colored hair.
2. The Well Groomed Guy Mens Dry Shampoo
Add volume and texture to hair as well as the clean scent of eucalyptus with the Well Groomed Guy Mens Dry Shampoo. The Well Groomed Guys is a powder shampoo made with natural ingredients like kaolin clay, rice powder, horsetail powder and eucalyptus essential oil, which are non-toxic and help to moisturize the scalp and hair. The 2.5-ounce glass bottle can be used when traveling since the dry shampoo is made in powdered form. Simply sprinkle a bit of powder onto your scalp and rub it in to help decrease the appearance of excess oil.
Pros: The Well Groomed Guys use a glass bottle and powder formula for a product that is environmentally conscious and doesn’t require an aerosol spray can.
Cons: The Well Groomed Guys powder is slightly messier to use than spray-and-go options.
3. Old Spice Dry Shampoo for Men
If you want to keep your hair looking and smelling fresh between washes without breaking the bank, try Old Spice Dry Shampoo for Men. A trusted name in men’s grooming products, Old Spice has now entered the dry shampoo market and offers a product that can help to detangle messy, sweaty hair while also absorbing excess oil. Packaged in a convenient spray bottle, Old Spice recommends shaking their product before spraying and working into hair, with the dry shampoo helping to add texture and style.
Pros: Old Spice comes with a strong citrus scent that can help cover odors like sweat.
Cons: Old Spice uses alcohol in their dry shampoo, which can leave hair looking and feeling dry and brittle.
4. R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste
For a dry shampoo that doubles as a styling product, we recommend the R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste. An alternative to the traditional powdered version of dry shampoo, R+Co Badlands absorbs oil like most dry shampoos, but also adds texture and a light hold, making it ideal for styling. Its volcanic ash cleanses and balances the scalp, coconut oil makes hair appear thicker, zeolite absorbs oil and sunflower seed extract and argan oil protect the hair against environmental aggressors while also softening and repairing hair. Users can easily place the dry shampoo exactly where it’s needed by rubbing a small amount of paste between their fingers and then styling their hair. R+Co Badlands makes all their products vegan and cruelty-free.
Pros: The R+Co Badlands works on wet hair and when combined with a blow dryer can add volume.
Cons: R+Co Badlands has a big price tag.
5. Duke Cannon News Anchor Quick Fix Dry Shampoo
Get your hair ready for its closeup using the Duke Cannon News Anchor Quick Fix Dry Shampoo. The shampoo uses several ingredients to leave hair looking salon-worthy, including tapioca starch to soak up excess oil, activated charcoal to remove toxins, wheat protein to leave hair stronger than before, and vitamin B to keep hair hydrated. Duke Cannon’s dry shampoo is also free from harsh CFC’s and parabens. We also like that Duke Cannon is made in the USA and donates a portion of their sales to benefit US Veterans.
Pros: The set comes with a full-sized 5-ounce bottle as well as a smaller 1.8-ounce bottle that is ideal for traveling or throwing in your gym bag.
Cons: Duke Cannon dry shampoo comes in a aerosol spray bottle, which can make it difficult to spray the dry shampoo only in select spots.
6. Hair Dance Dry Shampoo Volume Powder
Want to keep your hair looking and smelling clean without hurting the environment? Then try the Hair Dance Dry Shampoo Volume Powder. All natural ingredients like rice starch, colloidal oatmeal and silica make up the cruelty-free and vegan dry shampoo. Hair Dance is an alternative to aerosol spray bottles and doesn’t include any talc, baking soda, parabens or phthalates. Hair Dance comes in a powder form and can be sprinkled directly onto the scalp and hair and then rubbed in to absorb excess oil and add volume instantly. Ideal for travel, Hair Dance can be applied with fingers or a clean makeup brush.
Pros: Choose between lavender and grapefruit scent. Hair Dance is also appropriate for use on all hair colors.
Cons: Hair Dance has a small opening and it can be difficult when first using the bottle to get the right amount of powder onto the scalp.
7. Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo Clean Freak
Freshen up your hair between washes, while camping, after workouts and more using Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo Clean Freak. The dry shampoo comes in an aerosol spray bottle and works to absorb excess oil which can make hair look thin and greasy. Users can spray Clean Freak on their hair and let it sit for 30 – 60 seconds before brushing the dry shampoo through. The shampoo has a light and pleasant powder and citrus scent that leaves hair smelling clean.
Pros: Clean Freak is the most affordable dry shampoo on our list.
Cons: Clean Freak includes alcohol which can dry out the hair and scalp.