The 7 Dry Shampoos We Rely On

For those days when you just can’t.

By: Jodi Taylor

When the going gets tough, the tough stock up on dry shampoo. You never know when you’ll need a quick refresh or when you’ll end up with a morning where there is just no time to wash your hair (don’t act like you haven’t been there before). And this is why we keep bottles of our favorite dry shampoo at our desk, in our purse, in our gym bag—really anywhere we can fit one. While we’ve been lucky enough to try a million brands as editors, we pretty much all have one brand to which we remain loyal (just like our conditioners). Find our faves below. 

Batiste Dry Shampoo, $8

“Don’t quote me on this, but I believe Batiste was the first dry shampoo. At least, for me, it was an entirely new concept at the time. Since then, I’ve picked up and sprayed any dry shampoo that’s landed on my desk, but I’ve always gone back to my OG. I’m obsessed with the smell—light, powdery, and not overpowering—and because I’m one who loves to constantly run my fingers through my hair, I love that it’s not chalky but still soaks up second-day oil.” —Noah Lehava, Senior Editor: Health and Wellness

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose Dry Shampoo, $28

“While Verb’s Dry Shampoo powder sits at the top of my list, my fellow editor Katie will extol its virtues for you guys (please go try it!), so I wanted to put my second favorite on your radar: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose Dry Shampoo. It is powerful—that’s really the best way to describe it. You only need a spray or two for an instant refresh, and it smells exactly the same as their addicting rose perfume. The good news? It will last you all day and then some. Plus, the bottle is so pretty, it’s a great addition to any vanity.” —Jodi Taylor, Assistant Editor

Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder, $27

“Anytime I use an aerosol can of dry shampoo, I always miss a section of hair and walk out of the house with some telltale white roots. I never, ever rub it in enough! I love Bumble and Bumble’s packaging since it’s easy to apply a smaller amount with greater accuracy, and the formula really sops up any leftover oils from second (or fifth) -day hair. I even use it for volume on clean hair that’s lying particularly flat.” —Hannah Baxter, Assistant Editor

Verb Dry Shampoo, $14

“It’s all about that targeted nozzle. (Alterna also used to make one of these and it was my fave, but they changed the packaging… sigh!) It’s so easy to overdo dry shampoo when it’s in a spray —it totes dries out my hair. With the tapered nozzle, I really like dusting it straight into the roots and then massaging it in with my fingertips. However, you MUST let it sit for two full minutes at the roots before you massage it in or brush it out, which is something every expert tells you, but I really only believed it when Eva Chen told me to do this. That’s her power.” —Katie Becker, Contributing Beauty Editor

Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray, $37

“I have super curly hair that is always in need of moisture. The idea that I would ever suffer from oily hair is laughable, but there are definitely days when my hair is in dire need of a shot of moisture (and just a little zhoosh-ing) that doesn’t involve coconut oil or serum, and this does just that. The spray is fine and light, so it’s volumizing in a non-drying way—it’s ideal if my hair is looking a little dry, lackluster, or frizzy, (that’s usually my second- or third-day hair), but it’s also great after a long day at work before my evening plans. I flip my head over, spray the conditioner in circles for a few seconds, flip head back, fluff and re-organize the curls accordingly, and voila: my hair looks fuller, feels softer, and smells divine!” —Caryn Prime, Managing Editor

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, $22

“I have to admit, I hadn’t tried dry shampoo since the early days of yore when it shook out of a bottle like baby powder. Since it literally looked like I had dumped actual baby powder on my head, I had steered clear ever since. In the past few months I noticed my hair was getting really dry from overshampooing almost every a.m. after the gym. On the mornings I don’t sweat too much, I spray this miracle-worker in my hair after a quick jump in the shower. It cuts my prep time in half, keeps my hair in good condition and gives wicked texture. SOLD!” —Stephanie Mark, Co-Founder

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo, $7

“Myth or fact: Washing your hair every day is bad for you? Regardless, I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t had days where I washed my hair in the morning then again in the night. But I have thick, long hair, so there are times that I can easily get away with not washing my hair, either. On those days I rely on Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo. This stuff adds a ton of volume and leaves your hair feeling, as the name would suggest, super clean. Plus, a little goes a long way!” —Tahmina Choudhry, Editorial Intern

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