When it comes to makeup, highlighter hit it big this year — really big. Everyone was looking for glowing skin that was wonderfully radiant. But for hair, this year was all about adding fullness, texture, and a cool-girl matte finish — without actually washing your hair.
At this point, almost every single hair brand on the market has a dry shampoo. Some are pricey and some cheap, but all promise to banish scalp grease and leave hair looking and smelling like you just walked out of a salon. Of course, one thing’s for sure, which is that not all formulas are created equal.
Ahead, the best of the best dry shampoos that we tested, loved, and stocked up on this year.
Remember when we tested a lot of drugstore dry shampoo with A-list celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook? This was a favorite because it’s both clear and was made for textured and curly hair — a major first for the category. “It gives a little shine, but not grease,” she explains, “And it’s non-drying so you can put it on your ends.”
Cantu Cleanse Dry Co-Wash, $4.99, available at Target.
It’s what’s inside that counts — this dry shampoo leave zero residue and eliminates oil quickly, — but the bottle also has a textured pink and white overlay that’s adorable in our bathroom.
IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo, $29, available at Sephora.
This dry shampoo works to soak up scalp grease and it smells like “a beautiful stranger” in “a dimly-lit speakeasy,” which is probably why it was nominated for best dry shampoo in our Beauty Innovator Awards,
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon Dry Shampoo, $28, available at Sephora.
With tapioca starch as a main ingredient, this no-frills formula will leave your dirty hair looking perfectly clean for days — and for less than $4.
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo, $3.59, available at Target.
For volumizing fine or thin hair, this clinically-developed Nioxin spray has a scalp-cooling effect, which bounces flat hair back to life.
Nioxin Instant Fullness Dry Cleanser, $22, available at Ulta Beauty.
What could be better than spraying the scent of citrus and mint into your hair? Maybe a mimosa with mint and white grapefruit — but this a good runner-up.
Herbal Essences White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Dry Shampoo, $5.99, available at Target.
Another no-residue formula, there’s no starchy or dry finish with this dry shampoo from Amika. Bonus: The bottle has a cool ’70s vibe.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, $39, available at Jet.
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