If you’re anything like us, you probably go through dry shampoo at an alarmingly fast rate. One day you’re full stocked and feeling good, and then in the blink of an eye (or rather, the spritz of an aerosol can), it’s empty and your roots are greasy. Given our considerable dry shampoo habit, we do our shopping in the affordable aisles of a drugstore. Though the options are plentiful, it’s easy to take home a letdown (we’ve done it several times). So to help you avoid the dry shampoo disappointment, we recommend you shop hair-type specific. Curly, straight, thick, fine—scroll down to find the degreasing product that’s right for you!
The formula is powdery, but it won’t leave your hair dull with that dry-shampoo residue. It’s not sticky, but it’s not as light as some of the others on this list, which is why it’s our pick for thick, textured hair. It’s also the smart choice for girls with thick curls and waves, because unlike a lot dry shampoos that promise to add volume, this one won’t—just refreshed tresses.
For fine hair that shows oil easily, this is what you need. It soaks up grease quickly, leaving behind a slightly matte—but not chalky—finish. The jury’s out on the scent (some people love it, some people think it’s too much), but in terms of extending hairstyles for fine hair, it’s a winner.
Despite being the priciest on our list, Klorane’s dry shampoo has been a cult favorite for years. Don’t be fooled by the super-fine texture of this spray; it works in heavy-duty times of need, which is why it’s great for particularly oily or very thick hair. Post-Klorane, hair looks and feels clean sans ashy residue. It’s also great for extending the life of blowout, no matter what your hair texture is.
Dry shampoo doesn’t always play well with super-fine or dry hair, because a lot products end up looking like dry shampoo. Either the formulas are too wet, weighing hair down, or they’re too powdery, leaving traces of the product visible on your roots. Aveeno’s gentle dry shampoo refreshes your hair and scalp with soothing seaweed extract—no straw-like strands to speak of. It also delivers a nice volume boost.
The lightweight formula is never sticky, and like everything Dove makes, it’s packed with moisturizers to bring life back to limp strands. It’ll absorb oil and make your dry hair feel soft, as if freshly washed. And it’s powerful—a little goes a long way.
Batiste is one of the original dry shampoos, and it’s still a fan favorite today. The powdery formula may look like it leaves behind a residue, but once you brush it through, it will be undetectable and your tresses will be totally degreased. For really dark hair, try the Deep Brown version—it’s a Byrdie editor favorite. (Klorane’s tinted version is another editor pick for brunettes.)
What’s your go-to drugstore dry shampoo? Share your favorites in the comments!