Updated June 14, 2020 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Dry Shampoos

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Shampooing your hair too often may strip it of its natural oils and make it fragile. If you prefer to let your tresses rest every few days or so, but you don't want to go out with a greasy looking head, try one of these dry shampoos. We gathered up some of the best formulas for keeping your locks looking good, and they're handy for getting you through days when you don't have the time to groom. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Moroccanoil For Light Tones

2. Amika Perk Up

3. Drybar Detox Clear

Editor's Notes

June 12, 2020:

Dry shampoos can be incredibly useful on those days when you need to look your best but just don't have the time; however, there's some evidence to suggest that using them regularly, in place of real shampooing, can lead to hair loss over time. For that reason, no matter which formula you choose, you may want to save this hair care product for occasional, rather than daily, use.

With that said, we still think Moroccanoil For Light Tones and Living Proof PhD offer excellent results — as long as you have the budget for their somewhat hefty price tag. They boast a scent that most find pleasing, unlike some less expensive versions, such as Suave Professionals. We kept Amika Perk Up, too, and added Drybar Detox Clear. The latter is lightweight, and there's a matching dry conditioner. This means you won't have to skip moisturizing your locks, which is particularly helpful if you use styling tools that can be rough on your hair, such as a hair straightener.

For something on the more wallet-friendly side, there's Dove Refresh, Tigi Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Matte, and Batiste Cherry. These offer plenty of texture, but some find that the Dove version can be a little sticky. We've also added one choice for protective styles, Taliah Waajid Refresh & So Clean. It's a dry gel shampoo with bamboo, avocado, and peppermint that was designed to supply the hair follicle with nutrients. The peppermint makes it smell wonderful, too.

Special Honors

Lush No Drought Even dark hair will have a clean, matte finish with Lush No Drought, which won't leave behind annoying white streaks. Plus, the refreshingly fruity scent features lemon, lime, and grapefruit oils, so you'll smell just as good as you look. lushusa.com

Prose Custom If you're struggling to find just the right match for your mane, you may want to consider Prose Custom, which is blended to meet your hair's cleansing and nourishing needs. All you have to do is answer a handful of questions, and a formula will be recommended just for you. prose.com

Billie Floof Get the volume you need with Billie Floof, which will combat excess oil while giving you body and lift at the same time. And unlike many, it's offered in two shades, for dark or light hair, so there's never any unattractive, noticeable streaks. mybillie.com

4. Klorane Shampoo Powder

5. Taliah Waajid Refresh & So Clean

6. Living Proof PhD

7. Batiste Cherry

8. Tigi Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Matte

9. Suave Professionals

10. Dove Refresh


Melissa Harr
Last updated on June 14, 2020 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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