Showers are like pedicures when you’re a woman. You’ve got the:
- Polish Only: when you only have time for a quick rinse,
- The Mini Pedi: a quick rinse and maybe a swipe of the razor, and
- The Spa Pedi: cleanse, exfoliation, shampoo and conditioner, and a full shave.
Washing our hair is an event, isn’t it, ladies? You have to plan that out. It’s a true commitment, because washing your hair takes time, something we all don’t have enough of and need more of, #amiright? Then when you throw in frequent gym trips or workouts, washing our hair becomes even more of a pain. We honestly just don’t have time for it.
So.. for the busy ladies, the active ladies, and the ladies who get that washing our hair is something that sometimes only can get done once a week, dry shampoo is and should be your new best friend. For those who have been wondering how to clean hair without washing, here are 11 of the best (and totally affordable) dry shampoos that will not only freshen that mop, but give it volume and style that will last all day.
Best Volumizing Dry Shampoo for Both Oily or Dry Hair
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Batiste Dry Shampoo is rated the world’s #1 dry shampoo, and will instantly become a favorite. With its clean, original scent, and affordable price tag, this is one dry shampoo you can buy in bulk. Throw one in your gym bag, and keep one in your bathroom so you’re covered no matter the situation.
Batiste’s clean formula helps to absorb dirt and grease to instantly freshen your hair to give it texture and volume, even after the most intense gym session.
Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo, Light Tones is great for those who have lighter colored hair. Designed to cleanse and refresh your hair while enhancing your color, you will absolutely fall in love with the smell and the way it makes your hair look and feel post-spray. Bonus: it even protects against UV damage.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day is color safe and safe for chemically treated hair (which means the majority of us can use it!) Living Proof works to clean hair, while eliminating oil, sweat, and odor; making it the perfect choice for a post-workout dry shampoo. Bonus: it’s silicone-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and also cruelty-free. Not only will this dry shampoo keep your hair looking fresh throughout the day, but it’ll make it smell pretty, too.
Act+Acre Plant Based Dry Shampoo for Light and Dark Hair is a plant-based dry shampoo featuring only 6 organic ingredients, including Fulvic Acid, which is a super nutrient that detoxifies the scalp and elivers over 65 minerals directly into the hair follicle. It works by absorbing oil, odor, and impurities to give your hair a natural refresh while boosting volume and enhancing texture.
While most dry shampoos are guilty of leaving behind a chalky powder, Act+Acre detoxifies and nourishes the scalp to leave your hair follicles healthy after every single use.
Bonus: this special formula turns transparent once applied, which means it’s perfect for all hair colors and textures.
OUAI Super Dry Shampoo pronounced “way” works on the oiliest hair to remove buildup, cleanse the scale, and add volume to any locks. It’s also color safe, meaning you can use it on colored or chemically treated hair, and is great for both light and dark tones.
Pantene Dry Shampoo Foam and Dry Conditioner is the cheat day double pack that you can’t beat. This dry shampoo is great for any hair type, both curly or straight, thick or thin, while the conditioner helps tame frizzy hair that has a tendency to fly away. Bonus: the dry conditioner is packed with pro vitamin B5, Omega 9, Aloe, and jojoba oil to give your hair a natural shine.
TIGI Dirty Secret works to absorb excess oils that are found naturally in our hair while leaving behind a fresh scent. Great for all hair types, but it does leave a little bit of white powder so it tends to work better for those with lighter colored hair.
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo is known for giving us all beach-waves envy. Great for texturizing and helping give locks a little volume and natural wave while refreshing the scalp.
R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo gives you salon vibes from the experts all with the spray of a bottle. R+Co absorbs and removes oil while working to build texture and volume for “big” hair.
Aussie After Hours Texture Dry Shampoo is made with exotic Australian eucalyptus dunnii, and is cruelty-free, Paraben-free, dye-free, sulfate-free, and gluten-free.
Drybar Detox Brunette’s Dry Shampoo serves two main (and very important) purposes: fresh your blowout and cover up gray hairs. What more could you ask for in a dry shampoo? Created specifically for darker hair tones, this dry shampoo is super-absorbent, eliminates oils and impurities, and leaves hair looking, feeling, and smelling clean while concealing gray roots between colorings. Bonus: it’s cruelty free and not tested on animals. Thanks, Drybar!