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The 10 Best Dry Shampoos

Yesterday I shared with you how to use dry shampoo, and today I’m sharing my favorite dry shampoos!

Update: New post about how to pick the right dry shampoo for you!

I’ve tried about 25-30, and while no dry shampoo is absolutely perfect, some of them are really amazing! I’ve only shared the best of the best here. These are the ones that work great for me and I’m more than willing to pay money to use them again. All of these do the job. They suck up the oil, give me volume and don’t leave a white cast to my hair. They all will last a good 12 hours as well!

the best dry shampoos
While there are 4 products featured here, this is really 3 products, with an alternative form that I think works a tad better for curly hair. These are products that should be easy for pretty much any one to buy at a big box store near you. I bought the Suave at my local Target, the TRESemmé has been at my Walmart, etc.

Batiste Dry Shampoo: Look for this one at ULTA. It comes in 2 scents, I’ve only used the “Blush” which is a light floral scent. I smell it during application, nothing lingers.

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo: This stuff works great but can be hard to track down. At least near me. It’s constantly sold out! Maybe it’s a sign?

TRESemmé Dry Shampoo: There are a lot of options for the TRESemmé dry shampoos. Volumizing or not? Foam or spray? It should be easy to find one that might provide a little side benefit for your hair. I’d stick with the spray unless you’re curly, I found that the foam is easier to use than a spray on days I’m curly. Why? Because I need to use a natural bristle brush to get rid of all the white-ish cast left behind by a dry shampoo, which is a nightmare with curls. The foam doesn’t need this step, though it usually isn’t quite enough to sop up my oily hair on straight days.

the best salon dry shampoo

In case you feel the need to splurge a bit on your dry shampoo, I do have 2 favorites.

Ojon Full Detox: This has a nice fresh scent and I thought it was one of the easiest to apply without a white cast to my hair.

Oliver Ifergan: Full confession…. this is the dry shampoo that lives on my bathroom counter and that I reach for about 95% of the time. I love this stuff. It sucks everything up, gives just enough (but not too much) volume and I barely even have to zjoos my fingers through my hair to remove the white. I’ll be sad when I finish the can.

the best luxury powder dry shampoos

If you’d prefer to sprinkle over shake and spray, I found some options, though they’re all over the $10 price tag.

Finley Hair Powder: Finley comes in different colors, which is great for avoiding the white cast if you have darker hair. But use a very light touch! Too much and you can make your hair look like hair plugs. Really! (I did it.) A small sprinkle, zjoos and zjoos a bit more and you’re done.

Keratin Complex: I can’t actually find my Keratin Complex dry shampoo (I believe it is hiding out in my bathroom somewhere), so instead you get to look at my box with the refill. This is my favorite of the powder products. It is released through the brush! Just shake a little, and brush onto hair. It is so easy to get a well distributed application and no overdo it! Oh, and it comes with a free refill!

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo: This is a classic, mentioned on almost every dry shampoo best of list. It just works. I like that the application tip is little, I put it in my part and slightly squeeze the bottle. (I don’t know if this is what you’re meant to do, but it is how I use it.)

the best dry shampoo to use in an updo

Redken Powder Grip: This isn’t really a “dry shampoo” so much as a texturizer, volumizer and dry shampoo all rolled into one. If you want to achieve volume, reach only for the Powder Grip 03. This stuff seriously puts all of the other products to shame. A small amount and your hair feels a bit tacky. You can move it anywhere. Put your hair up and I swear you will need fewer bobby pins. This is a must buy for prom and wedding season!

Some of these products I bought, some were sent to me.

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I’m a doctor, a mommy and a bit of a beauty addict. If you let me, I can take 2 hours to get ready in the morning. Really. I'm on a quest for faster beauty that works!

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  1. 1.16.12
    StephieJ said:

    The Batiste is my favourite and comes in a few scents! I prefer Diva or Tropical .. I bought those at Winners (in Canada)

  2. 1.16.12
    J said:

    great review! i've been interested in finding a good dry shampoo product!

  3. 1.16.12
    Megan said:

    Love Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo!! Have you had a chance to try it?

  4. 1.16.12

    The new leopard batiste is my fave 🙂

  5. 1.16.12
    Christine said:

    I haven't tried the Alterna, I'll have to check it out sometime!

  6. 1.17.12

    My favorite is one by David Evangelista. The one I didn't care for was by Bumble & bumble since it left residue on my pillowcase.
    I searched for the Suave too and haven't found it.

  7. 1.17.12

    I just picked up the new Suave one and I can't wait to try it. I have heard great things about it.

  8. 1.21.12
    Lindsey said:

    Oh my gosh, I love this post. I'm totally obsessed with dry shampoo. I have really thick hair that takes for-e-ver to blow dry, so dry shampoo has changed my life. I have found that the Tressemme ones don't really cut it for me, but I do like the Suave one. Have you tried Psssst? That one is by far my fave. They also just came out with one for curly hair, which is amazing because it's clear so you can skip the "zjoos" step, which I find sometimes makes my hair frizz a bit, even though I have straight hair.

  9. 1.22.12
    Christine said:

    Sooooo embarrassed… I bought Psst, and then I kind of lost it in the mess of my office before I could try it? I need to locate it and try it out, I've heard it is really good. I'm in the process of reorganizing now… I hope it turns up!

  10. 3.13.12
    styrch said:

    Thank you for this post. I need to start looking into dry shampoos, particularly with my increased workout schedule. I'm taking this list with me to the store! 🙂

  11. 2.15.13
    Melanie said:

    I get the Suave Professionals Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo Spray and it's amazing.

  12. 7.31.13

    I have dark hair and most dry shampoos leave the white powder, even after brushing, which makes me look like I have grey hair (you, know, the stuff I color). I've found that SG Salon Grafix works great and is very economical. Thanks for the review!

  13. 8.5.13
    smarkies said:

    I have tried Batiste and Suave and they do do a decent job but my favourite has to be Klorane.

  14. 9.23.13
    Sana said:

    Read your post, hunted it down, and used it. I love it! Thanks!!

  15. 3.18.14

    I'm looking to try a dry shampoo. I suffer from severe M.E and have paralysis from below the neck down (I use a voice software to control my pc via my voice, hence why im able to post this). Im in a care home and they dont always have time to wash my hair (theyre very busy) and so it often feels greasy and yucky (gross I know, but theres currently nothing I can do about It!) A dry shampoo could solve my problem between washes …. (here comes the BUT…) I cannot use aresoles as it sets of my asthma 🙁
    I did try batiste (I originally thought I could get someone to spray it on my brush outside my room and then for them to bring the brush back in to brush through my hair. But the career said that it should be sprayed directly on to the hair. So … I risked it, and predictably ended up setting of my asthma, partly because of the spray but I also highly suspect the strong scent did NOT help (original scent).

    So I'm eager to try a dry shampoo powder (or if they do a mousee in a pot ?). I wanted advice in what one you think might be ok for me. I have very long, (now brown) thick hair.

    Hope you an help!

    Hannah x

  16. 3.18.14

    Hi Hannah! I'd go for the Keratin Complex one, here's a link on Amazon:

    The brush makes using it almost foolproof, anyone should be able to brush it into your hair and then just run a brush through it. It also keeps the powder pretty well contained, so it shouldn't mess with your asthma.

    Alternatively, you could try the TresEmme dry shampoo mousse, but I dont think that works as well as the powder. Let me know if it works!