The 10 Best Dry Shampoos of 2024

Oribe, Klorane, and Living Proof top the list.

selection of the best dry shampoos including oribe and vegamour dry shampoo
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There’s no better feeling than a fresh blowout. But let’s be real: I only have the energy to take on that kind of styling twice a week. So, for day two, three, and, on occasion, day four hair, I need reinforcements. That's when I call upon the best dry shampoos in existence to soak up oil, add volume, and genuinely cleanse my roots. I want cleanliness not crunchiness, volume that doesn’t get accompanied by powdery flakes, and a fresh scent to boot. It’s a tall order, but here’s the good news: Several dry shampoos on the market meet my criteria. 

Be it powders, sprays, or tinted variations—if you can name it, I promise I’ve tried it. Through this journey, I’ve been able to identify the best dry shampoos in existence. Some are best suited for extra oily days, while others can be used on clean hair as a mere volume-boosting styling tool. A few are better for darker hair colors (we love a tinted option!), and others take a good few minutes to work in, but remain worth it. To find the best dry shampoo for you, and have a good hair day every day, read ahead. (If you’re looking for natural dry shampoo options, check out our favorites, too) 

What to Look For in Dry Shampoo

  • Ingredients 

If you scan the ingredients on a dry shampoo bottle, chances are you’re going to see some variation of a starch. “It absorbs excess grease, oil, and dirt from the hair, leaving the hair looking and smelling clean and fresh,” says celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons

  • Texture 

While you might see a rogue liquid dry shampoo, most are going to come in either a spray can or as a powder. They function very similarly, so the best one for you largely boils down to personal preference. “Spray or aerosol dry shampoo absorbs oil and adds volume, but is typically better for thin and fine hair as opposed to a powder dry shampoo," says Fitzsimons. "If you have hair that is thick and oily, you may want to consider a powdery dry shampoo, so you can have a more targeted approach.” 

  • Color 

The last thing you want is for your dry shampoo to leave a white powder residue at your roots, so choose one that genuinely blends in with your hair. “Some dry shampoos are transparent and others leave a white powder on the hair that you have to blow dry in order to avoid the white cast,” says celebrity hairstylist Dimitris Giannetos. If your hair is very dark, you might want to consider seeking out a tinted formula. 

The Best Dry Shampoos

Meet the Experts

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Andrew Fitzsimons

Before he was known as Hollywood’s top hair stylist, Andrew Fitzsimons has been obsessed with fashion, beauty and form for more than two decades. His passion led him from humble roots in Ireland to cultivate his talent in the fashion industry in Dublin, then to Paris and New York and LA where he counts Bella Hadid, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Megan Fox, Joan Smalls, and Shay Mitchell as his regular clientele. Andrew’s incredible knowledge and eye for trend turned him into one of the most respected and finest hair stylists, but it’s his personal beauty philosophy that keeps him the A-list favorite. This free spirit combined with his know-how gives him the ability to translate trends through to individual personal style.

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Dimitris Giannetos

Dimitris Giannetos is a Los Angeles-based hairstylist. After a fruitful career in Greece, Giannetos relocated to the U.S. in 2013 and quickly established himself as an in-demand jack of all trades, working with brands such as L’Oreal as an ambassador and styling the tresses of Camila Cabello, Joey King, Megan Fox, Alessandra Ambrosio, and many more. Giannetos’ work can be seen in the pages of domestic and international editions of publications such as Vogue, Numero, Harper’s Bazaar, V Magazine, Schon, Elle, and Marie Claire, among others. He has collaborated with photographers including Greg Swales, The Morelli Brothers, Cameron McCool, Paul Empson, Tony Kelly, Yu Tsai, and many more