The Best Dry Shampoo for Every Situation

Wendy Rodewald
The Best Dry Shampoo for Every Situation
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Dry shampoo is our ultimate desert island product. Not only are there tons of ways to use it, but this miracle worker can transform limp, lifeless strands into a bombshell style and even let us put off washing dirty hair for days. While all hair types can benefit from a dusting of dry shampoo, different formulas work better than others when it comes to specific hair textures and issues. Here, we break down the best dry shampoo for every type.

Best Scent
Alterna Cleanse Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo ($22,

This new duo of dry shampoos from the Katie Holmes-fronted (and co-owned) brand lets you select your scent: floral Sheer Blossom or tropical Mango Coconut. What dirty hair?

Best for Colored Hair
Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo ($24, for salons)

The less frequently you wash your hair, the longer your hair color sticks around, which makes dry shampoo a must. Pureology's new version was formulated to both absorb oil and leave hair with a shiny finish — all the better to bring out that gorgeously multidimensional dye job, of course.

Best Drugstore Dry Shampoo
Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo ($4.49,

We love this product’s ability to create rough texture (even on fine hair) and leave a clean-feeling finish. It absorbs oil at the roots like a champ!

Best for Body
Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-Powder ($26,

You know how some dry shampoos can actually make your hair look greasier? Since this hybrid product is a dry powder and not a spray, it’s better at busting oil and bulking up limp strands than your standard aerosol. Use it to squeeze one more day out of your blowout.

Best On-the-Go Option
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker ($48,

Another loose powder, this one applies with an easy to use brush so you can dust it on your roots while at your desk or anywhere you don’t want to create a cloud of fumes. Its easy-to-control application also makes it perfect for securing extensions and updos.

Best for Styling
Blow Pro Textstyle Dry Texture Spray ($19.75,

This texturizing spray gives hair grip but maintains its softness, creating the perfect non-sticky finish for styling second day hair. And since it doesn't leave a white residue, you can layer up as needed. Fishtail braid, anyone?

Best for Dry Hair
Oscar Blandi Dry Conditioner ($25,

If your hair is dry or damaged, you may not need dry shampoo at all, but rather dry conditioner. What’s the difference? This product refreshes hair with non-greasy oils, emollients and vitamins to detangle hair and give it shine. If your hair has a split personality, consider a few spritzes of dry shampoo to soak up oil the roots and dry conditioner to soften the mid-lengths to ends.

Best All Around
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($39,

Our hands down favorite spray smells amazing and gives hair almost indestructible volume and texture — we even use it as a preventative measure to keep freshly blown out bangs from going greasy. If your goal is to skip as many shampoos as possible, this can will help you get there.

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