When wash day comes around, you might not always have the time or energy to actually wash your hair. Whether you’re trying to prolong a blowout or you want to add some volume after the gym, dry shampoo is the way to go. The best dry shampoos will revive your hair regardless of what it’s been through. The good stuff won’t leave any sticky or powdery residue on your scalp either.

How to use dry shampoo

Hold the can a few inches away and spray your roots. I like to spray in chunks. So, grab a section of hair, spray along the root and do the same to the other side. You don’t need to go overboard! A few sprays in the places you need it most should do the trick. If it’s a powder, simply dash it on your roots. Wait a couple of minutes to let it set hen, brush your hair like normal and/or rake your fingers through your hair and rub the product in so there’s no visible traces. Shake before use, per individual bottle instructions.

Is dry shampoo bad for your hair?

So, what does dry shampoo do? Dry shampoo livens up your hair. It absorbs oils and odors. It can prolong a style so you don’t have wash and restyle as often. The dry shampoos listed below are paraben and sulfate free, according to their manufacturer’s. Most are also certified “clean” from Sephora and/or Ulta.

With aerosol products, there is a risk of benzene exposure. And, aerosol products, like dry shampoos, have been recalled in the past for benzene exposure. You can read up on dry shampoo recalls here.

Dry shampoo powder

Dry shampoo powder is made with fewer and cleaner ingredients. Typically, dry shampoo powders contain less potentially harmful ingredients or byproducts. The most common ingredient in all dry shampoo powders is arrowroot—a mattifying powder that absorbs oils and adds volume. The trick to a clean application is to use a fluffy powder brush. Shake the dry shampoo powder onto the brush, give it a couple taps (just like you would when you’re applying loose face powder) and then brush it along your roots.

Scroll through for some of the most highly-rated dry shampoos on the market. Then, add to cart because you know you’ll need it when you’re island hopping on your next solo mom vacation. Prices reflect the standard size for all products.

Our favorite dry shampoos sprays

living proof dry shampoo

Living Proof

Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo


Living Proof hair care gets a lot of love and their highly rated dry shampoo is no different. It absorbs oil and sweat and leaves your hair looking and smelling great.

Reviewers say: “Leaves hair feeling super clean without any residue or buildup. The scent is a clean lemony scent not sure why people complain about it. The best dry shampoo I’ve tried.” – deanna93

Brand promise on clean ingredients: “To be clear: Living Proof does not use benzene as an ingredient in its original Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo nor our Perfect hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo.”

amika dry shampoo


Perk Up Talc-Free Dry Shampoo


Besides the fun design on the bottle, this talc-free dry shampoo does exactly what it says it. It perks hair up with a lovely scent and volume for days. The clean ingredients won’t weigh your hair down either.

Reviewers say: “Obviously whether or not you like a product’s scent is super personal, but I am sensitive to smells and this smells amazing but isn’t too strong. And the product works SUPER well—blends into my hair great and makes my hair feel clean and restores my volume :)” – AnnaERR

Brand promise on clean ingredients:The results of these new tests continue to confirm there is no detectable benzene in any of our aerosol products down to 0.1ppm.

oribe dry spray


Dry Texturizing Spray


Yes, it’s a splurge. But, if you’ve tried any Oribe products then you know there’s a pretty good chance that it’s totally worth it. This spray is meant to help style and add texture but it also does a great job at soaking up those pesky oils.

Reviewers say: “This dry texturing spray from Oribe is absolutely incredible! My hair is straight, thin and completely flat, so I’m always looking for some volume. This really adds some oopmh to my hair. Not to mention it also absorbs oils, so it’s a great replacement dry shampoo!” – foreverlacqued

Brand promise on clean ingredients: “Oribe ensures that our aerosol products (including dry shampoo) are safe for human use, and none of the Oribe aerosol products are formulated with benzene. In some instances, trace amounts (< 1 ppm) of technically unavoidable benzene can occur.”

r+co dry shampoo


Death Valley Dry Shampoo


This dry shampoo won’t take away from your hair’s natural shine. It’s paraben and sulfate free. It’s a quick way to add body, get rid of excess oil and get lasting style.

Reviewers say: “I am a hairstylist and I love this dry shampoo!!! I’ve tried them all and this one is by far my favorite. Works well for volume and texture also, even works on my fine hair without being too “gross” feeling and no white marks upon application like some dry shampoos so this is consumer friendly anyone can use it easily”- Sarah

Brand promise on clean ingredients: “R+Co formulas are 100% vegan, gluten, cruelty-free; made without sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, or mineral oil; and are Leaping Bunny certified.”
moroccan oil dry shampoo


Dry Shampoo Light Tones


Moroccanoil offers a great dry shampoo for both light and dark tones. It eliminates buildup and odor, leaving your hair looking, smelling and feeling clean. It’s color-safe and can be used on all hair types.

Reviewers say: “The BEST dry shampoo ever! I’ve tried a lot of different dry shampoos from Sephora & this is by far the absolute best one out there! The way it tones your hair as well as cleans it, it’s amazing, hair feels so soft & so clean! 10/10” – ashhxoo

Brand promise on clean ingredients: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban.

dry bar detox


Detox Dry Shampoo


Drybar is always a winner in my book and their dry shampoo is no different. I’ve only tried the original scent but reviewers say you can’t go wrong with any of them. It’s super absorbent and it’ll refresh your luscious locks in no time at all.

Reviewers say: “A little goes a long way, but this is the holy grail of dry shampoos. Smells great and gives your hair an extra day without having to wash!” – rsalkin

Brand promise on clean ingredients: “‘Focus on one thing and be the best at it. In doing this, we believe our products can be formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates and be cruelty-free with no animal testing. This includes formulating our Detox Dry Shampoo to be free of benzene and other potentially toxic chemicals”—Anna Kimble, hairstylist and senior director of education for Drybar.

Our favorite dry shampoo powder

b&b pret powder

Bumble and bumble

Prêt-à-Powder Dry Shampoo Powder


I’ve used this powder on so many vacations and it’s made my life so much easier. Imagine: after a long day of sightseeing, you take a relaxing soak in the tub and then get ready for your dinner reservations, all without having to rewash or redo your hair. You just rub the fine powder into your scalp, brush and your hair looks better than it did before.

Reviewers say: “I use this product every day. It gives me a little volume and keeps my hair from looking greasy. It’s a better option than dry shampoo spray for the money and how easy it is to use whenever you want and wherever you are. Light fresh sent. Keeps my hair looking great every day” – NeellocKrow

acure dry shampoo


All Hair Types Dry Shampoo


It’s organic, vegan and paraben, sulfate and cruelty free. The rosemary and peppermint refresh hair and the arrowroot and kaolin absorb oils. This dry shampoo is certified organic and the clean ingredients have given it the Target “clean” tag.

Reviewers say: “I’ve used the Acure dry shampoo and really liked it! I mostly like that it’s not a spray to avoid possible benzene exposure, but the powder formula does a good job of soaking up excess oilespecially if you use it the night before.” – Jess, Motherly’s Health and Wellness Director