7 dry shampoos you can rely on every single time
We owe them A LOT
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / August 27 2021
They say there are seven Wonders of the World, but TBH we think it's downright rude not to include dry shampoo as one of them. What else holds the power to gift back hours of sleep and allow you to keep living your best lazy life the way they do?
How do they actually work their magic, you ask? It’s simple. Dry shampoos are made with powders that when applied to the scalp are able to soak up oil from your hair to give it a magically misleading clean, fresh appearance; it's the same concept as dabbing a mattifying powder onto an oily T-zone.
But while most dry shampoos are pretty reliable do-what-they-say-on-the-can types, there are still a few formulas that stand out above the rest.
So, whether you're trying to ditch chalky residue or track down an option that won't send your sensitive scalp straight to struggle street, we've rounded up the best oil-absorbing options on the market...
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo's vanilla, citrus and sweet clover scent is all kinds of addictive; so addictive, in fact, that we'll bet you'll be spritzing pretty frequently, like, even onto squeaky clean strands. It's packed with natural rice starch but free from talc and aluminium, so it soaks up oily residue without weighing down your hair.
$31.95 at Haircare Megastore
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
We've never met an Oribe product we didn't love, and this luxe dry shampoo has only further cemented our obsession. It uses translucent powders to keep hair fresh and free of residue, and the dermatologists who helped put together the fancy formula made sure it hits the scalp with a little soothing action, too.
$68 at Adore Beauty
L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo
As anyone with an affinity for mud masks knows, clay is an excellent oil-absorber. So, packing its purifying benefits into a dry shampoo is genius, especially when you harness the powers of three kinds: blue, white and green. That's not all though; oil may not be invited to this bargain-status balancing dry shampoo formula's party, but volume definitely is.
$5 at Chemist Warehouse
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Talk about a crowd favourite – we doubt you'll find a single person who hasn't had a can of this magic wash-extending stuff in their stash at one time or another. Considering the impressive efficacy, the array of scent options from fruity to floral, and the budget-friendly price, it's easy to see why.
$8 at Chemist Warehouse
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo
A coloured dry shampoo (with options for light tones and dark ones), this lightweight refresher uses rice starch to absorb unwanted oils without leaving any evidence behind; chalky residue is always a dead dirty hair giveaway, after all. It also happens to have built-in UV protection, which is an Aussie gal’s dream come true.
$42.95 at Ry
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Dry shampoo is a godsend, yes, but it can be a little tough on sensitive scalps. That's where this gentle guy comes in – thanks to its calming oat milk blend, hypoallergenic status and sweet yet mild fragrance, it's totally irritant-free and able to revive styles and refresh strands without triggering inflammation.
$10.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair Dry Cleaning Spray
If you like a good boost of volume from your dry shampoo, stock up on this root-reviving option; it’s a great choice for fine hair in need of help, and has a subtly soapy scent that'll definitely allow you to get away with skipping your wash for another day, or three.
$39.95 at Adore Beauty