Dry shampoo

Woman spraying product in her hair (Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels)

The best dry shampoos are a game-changer in the world of hair care, offering a quick and effective solution for refreshing and reviving your locks between washes. They effectively absorb excess oil, leaving hair feeling clean and voluminous while extending the time between traditional washes. Look for options that offer a lightweight, residue-free formula and a pleasant scent to keep your hair looking and smelling its best.Let’s face it, we all lead busy lives. Making time for a lengthy hair care routine is sometimes impossible. Using a dry shampoo is one way to give your hair a refresh on those in-between wash days without jumping in the shower. The best dry shampoos save time while giving your locks a clean boost, stopping oil and grease build up.

Feeling fresh can help with self-esteem too. In fact, a recent poll notes the average American feels insecure five times a day. The survey of 2,000 people looked at their confidence levels and found that for many, confidence can be tough to come by. Results showed that people find their nerves shaken the most when confronted with difficult situations like speaking in front of a large group (40%), not being properly prepared (34%) or starting a new job (28%). Respondents would also be on edge when in awkward situations like trying a new dating app for the first time (27%) or if they were the last ones to walk into a meeting (22%). 

Interestingly, 55 percent of those who have faked confidence before said it actually helped boost their real confidence. In fact, a third of respondents (32%) “often” or “always” feel like they have to “fake it ‘till they make it” to feel more confident. 

Don’t let your appearance, (especially how your hair looks) stop you from feeling confident in social situations. Choosing the right dry shampoo for your hair style and hair type can make all the difference. That’s why StudyFinds went on a quest to find the top five products from ten expert websites to find the absolute best dry shampoos for your hair. As always, we’d like to see your own recommendations in the comments below! 

Dry shampoo and hair
Dry shampoo and hair (Photo by Antonio Gabola on Unsplash)

The List: Best Dry Shampoos, According to Experts


1. Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo gets rave reviews and comes in both light and dark tone formulas. Prices range depending on the size bottle you choose. “The ultra-fine rice starch absorbs oil, refreshes and rejuvenates hair without leaving any residue build-up. It does not affect the natural thickness of hair and protects it from UV damage,” according to Stylecraze

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Light Tones

Good Housekeeping suggests it works great on curly hair, adding it “comes in two shades: a violet-tinged light formula to nix brassiness in blondes, and dark tones to seamlessly blend on brunettes.”

However, Travel + Leisure points out a potential downside, noting “you have to wait a few minutes after spraying to massage the product into your scalp, so it’s not ideal for when you’re rushing out the door.”

2. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

If you’re looking to add some texture, this dry shampoo from Amika is a great option. “Vegan, sulfate-free and aluminum-free, this dry shampoo is formulated with rice starch to absorb excess oil, buildup and odor — and will leave your hair feeling refreshed and looking ready for the runway with just a few spritzes,” according to Today.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Byrdie notes the clear finish, “which makes it completely invisible regardless of your hair color. This product does have a heavy vanilla scent, though it dissipates throughout the day, similar to perfume.”

Stylecraze adds, the main ingredients “include sea buckthorn berry, which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants to nourish and protect the hair.”

3. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

Here’s my personal favorite. I absolutely love the scent. However, it’s pricey. “Not only does this Oribe dry shampoo provide a luxurious experience, but it expertly absorbs excess oil, dirt, and product buildup to bring life back to hair while adding mega volume,” according to Harper’s BAZAAR.

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

Real Simple points out this aerosol’s “use of translucent rice starch mixes with the Oribe Signature Complex to leave hair feeling refreshed, resilient against environmental stressors, and hydrated, all while enhancing shine and prolonging the time between hair washes.”

People zeroes in on the scent, noting it “may not be ideal for those who are sensitive to strong, perfumey smells. In the end, it comes down to personal preference whether the robust aroma would create a good or bad hair day – and if the price is worth it.”

4. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Reviewers love this gentle dry shampoo. Klorane boasts a formula featuring plant-based ingredients. New York Magazine points out, it’s “a bit better for the environment because it’s released as a powder, not an aerosol spray.” It’s budget-friendly too, which is just the cherry on top.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Glamour highlights its ease of use, adding you “simply shake and then squeeze to dispense the product onto your roots, leaving for two minutes before brushing through.” 

Byrdie notes, “the fine powder soaked up grease from the roots but didn’t leave hair feeling dry or chalky.” An added bonus? It’s suitable for all hair types.

5. Billie Floof Dry Shampoo

Also coming in light and dark options, this dry shampoo is another solid non-aerosol choice. “The nutrient-packed powder is shaken directly onto the hair line where it soaks up oil. Baking soda helps trap grease and give your head a deep clean, while biotin plumps and smooths your tresses,” according to Travel + Leisure.

Billie Floof Dry Shampoo
Billie Floof Dry Shampoo

“The Billie Floof Dry Shampoo is an affordable powder option for anyone keeping natural ingredients top of mind. This super-fine powder dissolves into the roots for an invisible application,” adds Real Simple.

Although People points out, “if you add too much powder it could weigh the hair down, so you need to make sure to use the right amount for your hair type to reap its benefits.”

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Melissa is a freelance writer, based out of New Jersey. She has over two-decades of writing, editing, and producing experience for Radio, TV, and Digital Media.

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