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The 15 Best Dry Shampoos

There are tons of reasons to avoid shampoo. Maybe you just dyed your hair a color that fades easily (bright red, anyone?) and you want to avoid the shampoo and water as much as possible. Maybe you’re stretched for time. Or maybe you heard we don’t really need all that shampoo, or you’re trying to reduce your water usage. Whatever the case, below is your guide to the best dry shampoos for those days when a full hair wash just isn’t in the cards.

Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo: For those of you who are really concerned with scent, as in you don’t want your head to merely smell like powder, this product is for you. It comes with a subtle scent of mint and basil. It also uses rice and clay powders, so it leans on the more natural side of products.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo: If you’re looking to go natural with your beauty products, look no further than this sulfate-free dry shampoo. It also helps create volume.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo: This dry shampoo has a bit of a fan base. It’s known for being a product of choice for Karl Lagerfeld, the German design icon. It even has oat milk for nourishing hair.

L’Oreal Paris Everstyle Energizing Dry Shampoo: This stuff actually comes out as a fine mist, so if you don’t like the white powders of more conventional dry shampoos, this product is for you.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: This is another product that uses rice starch to get rid of the oil and add volume. There are also no parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

Redken Powder Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder Dry Shampoo: This dry shampoo was made for people on a time crunch, since it’s easy to spray on quick.

Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo: Here’s another product that is not weak on the volume. It gets right to the source of the problem, in that unwashed hair looks limp and flat. How can you not add volume with a project called Big Sexy Hair?

Blow Pro Faux Dry: This product also comes as a loose powder that you apply to your hair. It also adds volume while it absorbs oil. It doesn’t leave a residue, and the results are supposed to last a couple of days.

Pssssst! Instant Dry Shampoo: This is one of the classic formulas. It works for days and doesn’t have a sticky residue like some dry shampoos can. A quick brush through gets rid of any powder residue. One reviewer stated that, “it just disappears.”

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher: Since it has the word “volume” in its name twice, guess what this product focuses on. The spray allows total coverage for truly bouncy hair.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo: With its truly retro design, Batiste comes with a refreshing lemon scent. It sprays white, but completely fades as you run a brush through your hair.

Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo: This one is on the budget side, sitting at about $5. It adds volume and absorbs oil, while creating smooth hair.

Lulu Organics Hair Powder: This product comes in a ye olde package design that looks like it would have been used on the Orient Express. As the name suggests, it’s all organic, so green lifers will love this product. It’s an actual powder you spread at your roots, so no aerosol nastiness. It even comes in several scents, like lavender and jasmine.

TRESemme Fresh Start: You can find this one in two versions, volumizing and basic care. It even has citrus extracts.

Suave Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo: If you have colored hair, you’ll probably want a dry shampoo that is color safe, as well. The keratin protein in the formula keeps hair soft by replenishing keratin, as the name suggests.