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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 can act 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 and makes it more pliable for various styles.
The best dry shampoos are also a hair saver after sweaty workout sessions. They help 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 the 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.
Amika advertises itself as the ‘closest thing to washing your hair without water’ and we would have to agree. This dry shampoo is made with rice starch to absorb grease, oil and dirt while adding volume. The talc-free dry shampoo can help revive hair on the second or third day of no washing. Vegan and cruelty-free, Amika is made without sulfates, parabens and phthalates. Amika also sells a dry conditioner that can be used in addition to the shampoo and makes a great pairing for users with long, thick or curly hair.
Pros: Amika is safe for use on hair that is color, Brazilian or keratin-treated.
Cons: The Amika dry shampoo is a pricey option.
3. 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. 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.
4. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo
For a dry shampoo that not only makes your hair look fresh and clean but also improves its health, try the Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo. The Detox Dry Shampoo features golden root extract that increases moisture in the hair and helps to prevent breakage that can often happen when hair is over-processed and overwashed. Great for all hair types, the shampoo has a pleasing scent that mixes jasmine, sandalwood, and Madagascar vanilla. Free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates, the shampoo leaves a discrete matte finish. Like Amika, Drybar also makes a dry conditioner that can be paired with their shampoo.
Pros: Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo uses micro-fine rice powder that absorbs oil and becomes translucent when it hits the scalp, blending with all hair colors.
Cons: The dry shampoo is not gluten free although Drybar does sell Detox Dry Shampoo Clear, which is gluten free.
5. 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.
6. Batiste Dry Shampoo
If you want the benefits of a dry shampoo without the strong scent that often comes with hair products, we recommend the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original. The affordable dry shampoo helps to remove excess oil and grease, helping to create volume and texture. Made without the use of dyes, sulfate, parabens or phthalates, a few sprays are all that’s needed to give hair a morning or mid-day pick up. The shampoo is safe for use on all hair types and has a light scent that is ideal for users who don’t want a strong fragrance.
Pros: Batiste offers a wide variety of dry shampoos in different scents and for specific hair colors and types.
Cons: Some users may be able to see white residue on their hair after using Batiste.
7. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo
Smell like you just finished a day at the beach and get hair that looks like you just left the salon with the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo. The dry shampoo has a sweet coconut scent that makes users feel like they’re enjoying a day in the sand. Unwashed hair can look greasy, wet and flat, but the Beach Babe dry shampoo helps to absorb excess oil and puts volume back in your hair. The dry shampoo creates a texture that helps users who want to style their hair even when it hasn’t been washed.
Pros: The Beach Babe collection includes several other products to use alone or in addition to the Dry Shampoo with the same sweet coconut scent, including a Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, Texturizing Cream, and a Soft Waves Sea Salt Spray.
Cons: The Beach Babe is highly fragrant and may not be appropriate for users who are sensitive to smell or work in fragrance-free sites.
8. 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.
9. 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 can last up to 12 hours.
Cons: Clean Freak includes alcohol which can dry out the hair and scalp.