If you're anything like me, your introduction to dry shampoo was life-altering. No longer were you subject to your oily scalp determining how long you could comfortably go between washes. Now, with the best dry shampoos for oily hair at your disposal, you can get second, third, and even fourth-day hair that still looks and feels fresh AF.
If you don't know how dry shampoo works or have never tried it before, the thought of washing your hair without water may seem counterintuitive. But the science behind it is actually pretty simple. Most dry shampoos contain a mattifying ingredient like silica which absorbs excess grease and can be easily brushed out of hair. But while the basic concept behind dry shampoos is the same, formulas can greatly differ — for better or worse.
Today, it seems like every hair care line and beauty brand has their own dry shampoo on the market. From high-end designer formulas to basic drugstore brands, there is a range of options, each promising to be a holy grail in your hair care routine. But beware, while some formulas absorb excess sebum and add volume, others are notorious for leaving behind heavy white residue.
Whether you want a classic, tried-and-true dry shampoo to help you lengthen the life of your blowout, or you are looking for a formula that not only hides grease but texturize, styles, or maybe even adds color, these are the best dry shampoos for oily hair.
1This Dry Shampoo That Has A Cult-Following
Come for the packaging, stay for formula. Amika's dry shampoo has developed somewhat of a cult-following with reviewers claiming that it can keep their hair looking and feeling fresh for four to five days. And it doesn't just absorb oil, it also adds volume, texture, and smells amazing. The not-so-secret ingredient of this paraben and sulfate-free dry shampoo is sea buckthorn berry, which nourishes your scalp.
2This Dry Shampoo That's Vegan, Cruelty-Free, And Biodegradable
Not only is this ACURE dry shampoo vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and USDA-certified organic, it also comes in 100 percent biodegradable packaging — which makes it a guilt-free way to wash your hair.
3This Amazing Smelling Dry Shampoo That Gets Rid Of Product Buildup
Oribe's dry shampoo has a micro-fine powder formula that absorbs grease and product buildup without adding weight to your hair. But one of the biggest draws about this dry shampoo is how its signature musky and citrusy Cote d’Azur scent lasts for hours.
4This Vegan Dry Shampoo Powder That Is Handmade
This dry shampoo comes in a loose powder format instead of the standard aerosol spray. It's available in two formulas, one tinted for brunettes (shown) and the other tinted for blondes. Aside from the fact that this powder absorbs excess oil and naturally deodorizes hair, it's also vegan, cruelty-free, and free from parabens, artificial preservatives, and talc.
5This Organic Dry Shampoo Powder That Smells Amazing
This cruelty-free mermaid dry shampoo powder from Captain Blankenship has an organic formula that smells amazing. Its natural ingredients are wild-harvested and include arrowroot powder and kaolin clay, which are used to absorb oil without irritating the scalp or hair follicles.
6This Dry Shampoo That Is Actually A Paste
Everyone loves R+Co's classic dry shampoo — but their new dry shampoo product is a must-try. It comes in a unique paste-based formula, that not only gets rid of excess oils and cleanses your scalp but also adds texture to your hair, like a pomade would. It's perfect for short hair and pixie cuts, especially when it comes to reworking your morning bedhead-look.
7This Dry Shampoo Made With Volcanic Ash
Unwash's Dry Cleanser has a particularly unique formula. Instead of talc, it uses volcanic ash to absorb excess oil and has vitamin E and panthenol to strengthen and condition hair. It's not tested on animals and has a naturally fruity scent.
8This Dry Shampoo That Thickens Your Hair
If you are looking for a dry shampoo that not only absorbs excess sebum but also adds volume, look no further. In addition to giving you a soft, orange-mango scent, it promises to add a ton of volume to your hair. Consider it a blow-out in a bottle.
9This Dry Shampoo Ideal For Dark Hair Color
This tinted dry shampoo is formulated with mineral pigments derived from oat milk to add natural color to darker hair shades. While many dry shampoos default to a white residue that usually shakes out, this dry shampoo actively adds strength to your color, allowing you to use as much as you want without ending up with a washed-out look. Not a brunette? There is an equally amazing Klorane dry shampoo for all hair types, too.
10This Dry Shampoo That's Ideal For Blonde Hair
Batiste has long been a standard on the dry shampoo scene, and for good reason. This blonde dry shampoo removes oil, cleanses hair, and even has a blonde tint designed to make blonde hair brighter — plus, it's only 10 bucks.
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