Dry Shampoos: 11 Ones Worth the Money

Top picks for oily hair, dark hair, volume boosters & more

A great dry shampoo will buy you a few days between shampoos. Spray it, or sprinkle it, onto your roots and your crown to soak up oils. You can also use dry shampoo to add texture and body to newly shampooed hair that's silky and fine. Dry shampoo is also the perfect start to a long-lasting updo.

Finding the right dry shampoo in a sea of options can be daunting. Listed here are the best dry shampoos from cheap to steep. You'll find great picks for women with dark hair as well.  

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This is a beauty editor favorite and Karl Lagerfeld's, too. It is well-priced (neither cheap nor expensive). It also contains only natural ingredients (hello, calming nettle extracts, whatever you do!), and it turns my blonde hair even blonder (Lagerfeld loves it because it makes his gray hair white). Cheaper than color touch-ups! Plus, it smells good.

Klorane gets rave reviews on all the review sites. The only con is that an aerosol can doesn't last a long time. This also comes in non-aerosol formulas. I may try that.

Ingredients: This dry shampoo is made with rice starches, calming nettle extracts and vitamins.

My sister-in-law has enviable, wash-it-once-a-week hair and it turns out her best kept secret in her beauty arsenal is this dry shampoo. She said a colleague who swears by it turned her on to it and now she uses it regularly.

She has good taste because Pssssst! (that's 5 s's) is one of the most beloved drugstore brands among reviewers. It first entered the market in the 70s and is having a resurgence in popularity. Not only is the retro packaging cool, but the price is low and the finish -- though a bit powdery -- is pretty decent for a drugstore brand.

The ingredients are no frills: Butane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isobutane, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance.

You can fix the white, powdery cast by brushing your hair after you apply and let it dry.

Batiste is cult classic and British import. It's beloved by reviewers and a constant presence on almost all "best dry shampoo" lists. Some of the biggest pros, aside from its super affordable price, is that it comes in 9 different scents including cherry, which is described as "light and fresh" and wild, which is deeper and more intoxicating, just like its name. You can also buy a version for dark hair.

This dry shampoo does require about 3-5 minutes before styling, so keep that in mind. It's also a drugstore shampoo with traditional ingredients so you might notice a powdery, matte finish that you can fix with a good brushing.  

For those of you concerned about using only certified organic products, this is the dry shampoo for you. Alterna is formulated with pure organic bamboo extract and blue yucca root but it's more beloved for what it doesn't have: parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan.

Aside from its ingredients, this dry shampoo is beloved for being great for people with dark hair, like spokesmodel Katie Holmes. You can spray a ton of this stuff on your brown hair and it won't turn white, according to the reviews I've read. (I have blonde hair, so I couldn't try this on myself).

Tigi Bed Head doesn't contain silicone, which means it washes out well with a gentle shampoo. It's a great, basic dry shampoo with a nice citrus-y scent. Most reviewers report it doesn't leave a white cast on hair, unless you have dark hair and spray it too close, but then you can brush it out.

Another benefit is that Ulta offers a buy one get one free option in February or April, so you can get this quality shampoo for a drugstore price.

At more than $40, this texturizing spray is worth every penny if the reviews are to be believed. It's technically not a dry shampoo, but works as one, leaving hair refreshed and revived. It will leave hair a bit sticky -- it is a texturizing spray after all -- but it also absorbs oil beautifully.

For people super picky about their product, who expect their dry shampoo to perform as the bottle says it will (soak up oils, add volume, give 2nd or 3rd day hair lift), this is the dry shampoo for them. It goes on clear with a nice scent so it works on all hair colors.

What sets it apart from other dry shampoos (other than it doesn't seem to disappoint many reviewers), is that it gives hair a "rough 'n tumble sexy texture" (according to the review Website Birchbox) and a bit of hold to keep hair in place.

You may also love that it's scented with Oribe's signature amber, lychee, coconut, and edelweiss scent.

This dry shampoo sprays on clear so it works on all hair colors. It's also made from blend of rice, oat, tapioca starches that are extra fine so it soaks up oils on your hair without product build up. Reviewers love the lemon verbena scent and the fact that it's paraben, sulfate and synthetic-free. It's also not tested on animals.

Another great dry shampoo formulated without parabens or sulfates and not tested on animails, blowPro's Faux Dry Shampoo gives great texture to limp locks without leaving your hair with a white residue.

It's made from a corn starch fine powder and is unscented, which is a huge bonus for people who hate having scent in their hair.

For the best teased hair or updo, you can't beat this hair powder. If you're looking to add texture to freshly washed hair or you want to remove oils and add volume to 2nd or 3rd day hair, this is a great option.

Only con I read about is the packaging. Reviewers said it could be hard to get the powder out.

Bumble and Bumble makes other great powders formulated by hair color. They include:

Formulated with highly absorbent argilla powder, this dry shampoo from Rene Furterer restores both volume and shine to 2nd day hair.

If you like scent, you may love the subtle basil, mint, and blackcurrant scent. You may find it leaves a residue after application because of the rice starch and clay powders, so it's best to brush or blow dry hair after application.

Brunettes and redheads can rejoice, since this is one of the only products that's actually a warm brown shade. This means it's not good for blondes (bummer for me).

This is technically a volume powder and not a dry shampoo, but it works in a similar way and is particularly great for updos. 

Because it uses powder to add volume, you may need to brush your hair out after applying it, depending on the color of your hair. If you have dark hair, consider buying the Dark Volume Powder (buy it from Amazon).