Who knew dry shampoo was actually so personal? I certainly didn’t. I always assumed it was one-size-fits-all. Looking back, I guess that was a little naive of me as a beauty editor. But I didn’t quite understand why my fine hair looked even greasier after using dry shampoo.
“I recommend buying products that are fine-tuned to your specific hair type. Finding the right dry shampoo for your hair takes a bit of trial and exploration,” says Andrew Fitzsimons, LA-based celebrity hairstylist and brand founder.
With a little trial and error, I found out I was using the wrong kind. You can avoid the same mistakes I once did with this complete guide on the types of dry shampoos. Discover the best types of dry shampoo you should be keeping an eye out for on your next trip to Target or Ulta.
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Which Type of Dry Shampoo Is Best for You?
One glance down the dry shampoo aisle can be a bit overwhelming. All of a sudden a sea of products that once looked the same is quickly broken up into many categories. But which do you choose? Or do you have a couple on hand? Fitzsimons says it comes down to your hair type and habits. In the same way that my fine hair calls me to wash it more (almost every single day) than the average person, my dry shampoo likely won’t be the same pick as someone with thick or very dry hair.
Aerosol Dry Shampoo
Aerosol dry shampoos are likely the kind that you’re most familiar with. Perhaps your gateway into trying dry shampoo to extend your wash in the first place. “Aerosol sprays set faster and are super convenient most of the time, but powders are usually better for fine or thin hair,” says Fitzsimons.
Personally, this was a hard lesson to learn, I thought I was doing the right thing. But my thin hair wasn’t having it. Aerosol dry shampoo is likely the obvious choice if you have thicker hair and style often, and you’re already extending your wash into two or three days.
“If you have thicker hair, I suggest using an aerosol dry shampoo as it’s easier to disperse throughout the hair, and the strands can hold that formula better,” says Fitzsimons. Even after you spray dry shampoo, you’ll need to work it through with your fingers or a comb. Try to avoid a brush as it can weigh the hair down further.
Best Aerosol Dry Shampoos
OUAI Super Dry Shampoo
It has “super” in the name for a reason. You can always count on this to absorb excess oil and give your roots a little texture.
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Andrew Fitzsimons Discreet AF Dry Shampoo
You’ll never feel or see a trace of residue with this dry shampoo. It cleanses hair instantly and volumizes like no other.
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Hairitage Lazy Day Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo is great for all hair types, even curly. It’s translucent and doesn’t feel heavy on the hair.
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Powder Dry Shampoo
Ah, my favorite type of dry shampoo! When I discovered powder dry shampoo existed, my whole world changed. Suddenly I could show up to Sunday brunch with friends without having to wash my entire head beforehand—a pump of dry shampoo here and there made me feel a part of the club.
“Powder dry shampoo is best for fine, thin hair, as well as lighter hair colors as it blends in well with the hair,” says Fitzsimons. The products are often light so you may find yourself needing more than you thought. It’s a quick fix and powder dry shampoos will get you through the current day but they don’t last terribly long.
“It is important to note that dry shampoos do not actually clean the hair. With that being said, if you use an aerosol dry shampoo, the active ingredient in the product, whether it be alcohol or starch, works within your hair to soak up oil and grease, making it look much cleaner,” adds Fitzsimons.
Best Powder Dry Shampoos
Odele Dry Shampoo
This was the first powder dry shampoo I ever tried and I completely fell in love. Have a comb handy to work this in a bit after you apply.
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Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk Non-Aerosol
The TikTok beauty community is obsessed with this product, it’s actually how I discovered powder dry shampoo existed in the first place. It’s ultra gentle but does an amazing job of absorbing oil and adding volume and body to hair.
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Kristin Ess Dry Shampoo Powder
Kristin Ess does it again with another affordable and dependable hair product. Fitzsimons actually recommends this powder dry shampoo to his celeb clients—that’s how good it is.
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Dry Shampoo Mists
A dry shampoo mist is as refreshing as it sounds. “Dry shampoos that come in the form of mists are great for soothing itchy or dry scalps,” says Fitzsimons. It all comes back to your hair type and your specific needs. Mists are a great way to “feel” clean as well. They tend to not leave a residue like aerosols or powders and work well alongside other styling products or tools.
I often use a mist if I’m looking to target a specific area of my hair, like my bangs. I’ll spray it just on the necessary pieces for a quick reset.
Best Dry Shampoo Mists
R+Co Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist
Nothing smells better than this dry shampoo mist—plus, it feels so good on your scalp and hair. It will leave you and your hair feeling and looking refreshed, like it was just washed.
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Bumble and Bumble Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist
This is cult-followed and carried in so many gym and yoga bags—it’s no joke! This dry shampoo mist is high-quality and lasts a long time.
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Sunday II Sunday Root Refresh Micellar Rinse Dry Shampoo With Apple Cider Vinegar
Sunday II Sunday knows how to make inclusive hair products. This dry shampoo mist works best for everyone, even those with curly or coily hair. The apple cider vinegar will refresh your scalp in between washes while the micellar rinse aspect absorbs oil and cleanses.
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Dry Shampoo Foams or Mousse
These two are definitely a lot less common of a product but for the right person, they have a specific use. “Foams are great for oilier hair types, as they absorb oil, making them perfect for use right before styling,” says Fitzsimons.
If you know your hair gets oily fast you might want to use a foam dry shampoo once you’ve washed your hair and before you begin to blow-dry or style.
For mousse, it is all about hydration with zero buildup. “When using a mouse or a gel, you are using a product that doesn’t result in buildup in the hair, and it is best if you’re looking to add moisture throughout your locks,” says Fitzsimons. Much like a styling mousse, this would not be an ideal type of dry shampoo for someone with fine, thin hair or an oily scalp.
Best Dry Shampoo Foams and Mousses
DESIGNME QUICKIE.ME Dry Shampoo Foam
This was the first dry shampoo foam I ever tried and I fell in love. I couldn’t believe it worked on my fine hair. It absorbs oils, controls product buildup, and isn’t sticky. No water required, obviously.
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Batiste Waterless Cleansing Foam
Batiste knows a thing or two about dry shampoo. This refreshing foam (that smells like fresh air and coconuts) dries in just 60 seconds. You’ll look totally renewed.
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Nexxus Between Washes Dry Shampoo Foam
If you have super oily hair, this product is a good place to start. You can use the day after wash day or right out of the shower before styling.
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Looking for more refreshing hair products to use in between washes? Check out THIS list here!