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Dirty hair don’t care 💁

Mainly because I douse it with dry shampoo! It’s true –  I don’t wash my hair every day (I probably go 3-4 days before I get my hair wet). That’s why dry shampoo is my true love!

If you’ve ever purchased your own, you probably know there are TONS of options – scented (and unscented), volume, extra hold, tinted, you name it. That’s why we asked all you Hip2Save readers for your best dry shampoos, and we’re here to share the results!

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo

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Batiste is a classic option when it comes to dry shampoo, and TONS of Hip2Save readers love it! Plus, it’s available in so many scents!

“Batiste is my favorite. I’ve tried many others at different price points and this one is the best. I’ve seen it at Sam’s Club and Costco in bundles which makes it even cheaper! I have very oily hair, and this dry shampoo works great without making my hair feel icky.” – Lyd

“Just discovered Batiste. I love it! I can go 4 days between washes and I never could before!” – Allison

“Batiste Original! They sell it at Bed, Bath & Beyond, so you can use coupons for it!” – Dana

I have Batiste and I love it! – Erica at Hip2Save

2. Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo

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For those who have trouble with white dry shampoo residue, Batiste Hint of Color solves that problem whether you have blonde, brunette, or dark hair!

“Batiste for brunettes (if your hair is dark). My hair is jet black and I get no residue plus extra volume.” – Marie

“It’s my favorite dry shampoo because it’s CHEAP and gets the job done. I especially love that they have the ‘blonde’ version as then it’s even EASIER to apply. This stuff truly is a busy girl’s dream…even when my hubby makes fun of me for washing my hair two times a week!” – Amber at Hip2Save

3. Eva NYC Freshen Up

eva nyc freshen up dry shampoo hip2saveMade with natural rice starch, Eva NYC Freshen Up is gentle on hair and won’t leave a white residue. Even better, the bottle says it’s enhanced with Vitamin C and fatty acids to repair, nourish, and boost shine!

“Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo! I’ve tried so many others, it just really depends on your hair. Mine loves this one. I have thin, straight hair that’s dark brown/red. This was the only one that smelled amazing, didn’t dry out my hair, or leave a bad white residue, and it felt like I had just blow dried it. I found it at Ulta for $12. Tried Batiste, Wella, AG, Living Proof, and Dove before but all of them didn’t take well to my hair.” – Amber

“Eva NYC is the best!!!” – Heather

4. Dove Refresh + Care

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Give your hair some lift with Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo. Not only does it soak up oil, it gives your locks a bit of oomph!

“Dove is my new favorite. It doesn’t feel gritty in your hair like others.”- Kelli

“Dove is my go-to dry shampoo. I have thick, wavy hair and it works wonders.” – Cess

“DOVE brand dry SPRAY shampoo is GREAT! ❤ Watch for coupons!” – Janette

5. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak

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This is my personal favorite – Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak! If I’m really loading it on, I do tend to see some white marks in my hair (but after a good tousle, it soaks right in).

“‘Not your mother’s’ brand. I like the coconut one. It’s a texturizer and dry shampoo in one.” – Brooke

“I LOVE ‘Not Your Mother’s’ dry shampoo. It’s the only one I’ve found that doesn’t leave powder behind in my hair. And it’s priced around $5.00. Can’t beat that.” – Kerry

“Love Not Your Mother’s. And they have different ones for hair color, so it covers those pesky greys!” – Katie

6. Psssst! Dry Shampoo

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This is the choice of the Kardashian’s (don’t ask me how I know that) and has been around for decades! For a no-nonsense dry shampoo, give Psssst! a try!

“Psssst works best for me.” – Reanna

“Psssst for sure! A little goes a long way, so sometimes I can even get away with travel versions!” – Emily

7. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (phD) Dry Shampoo

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PhD by Living proof uses patented technology to actually clean hair along with improving its look, feel, and smell! It’s a higher-end purchase but reviewers swear by it.

“If you want a splurge, Living Proof is great…” – Crissy

“Living Proof is my favorite!” – Retha

8. Drybar Dry Shampoo

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This powerhouse dry shampoo extends your style, adds lift, and deodorizes without leaving behind residue thanks to its micro powder. Pick up Drybar Detox when your hair is in need of some TLC.

“I have wavy, thick hair and live in a humid area of the country, so frizz is an issue. The only one that has worked for me is Drybar brand at the roots. I run it through with my fingers, then style. You can purchase on QVC or Ulta beauty. It lasts a good while, too!” – Amy

“Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo. Cheap drugstore brands like Batiste smell horrible and don’t last long. I had to use a lot to make my hair not feel oily the whole day. Drybar only needs a little.” – Susan

9. Bumble and bumble. prêt-à-powder

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“I want to know what kind Collin uses!” – Kimberly

Well, here it is, Kimberly! The prêt-à-powder dry shampoo by Bumble and bumble is her favorite! Not only does it give your hair an oil-banishing refresh, it actually protects your locks from UV rays! And if you have fine/thin hair like Collin, it adds volume and doesn’t seem to weight down hair like other dry shampoo products on the market. Collin can go days without washing hair with this dry shampoo powder!

10. DIY dry shampoo

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Whether you want to save some pennies, prefer a brush on format, or are simply in a pinch, give a mix of cornstarch and cocoa powder (if you have darker hair) a try for a DIY dry shampoo. Other readers say they get by with baby powder alone!

“Honestly I make my own! 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part cocoa powder (for brunettes) and I can put it on at night before bed with a powder brush, then touch up if necessary in the morning. Works amazing for me, with the added bonus that my hair smells like chocolate, especially when I sweat and wash it out haha!” – Aimee

“If you have dark hair, a simple cocoa powder and cornstarch mixture is so cheap, works great, and lasts for eons. I wash like every 5-6 days.” – Kimberly

“Baby powder.” – Jennifer

“Yep!! Baby Powder is the best…” – Gina

“Definitely baby powder!” – Janet

Want great dry shampoo application advice?

“Using them correctly gives the best results with any of the brands (I’ve tried tons of different brands). Use them before your hair starts looking oily. Examples: before your workout, before bed, before your outing, before putting on a shower cap …. (lightly touch up if needed). It eliminates the need to use as much and it keeps down the amount of buildup.” – MJ

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  1. 50ShadesofLipstick

    I have jet black hair and the Batiste Hint of Color Divine Dark get a big NOPE!!! from me. Tinted dry shampoos will stain everything that they come into contact and even bleed onto fabrics and bedding. If you have dark hair, then I suggest that you avoid it! Batiste regular dry shampoo, Dry Bar, Living Proof, and Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo are all awesome but I hate the white residue b/c it’s super apparent on black hair.

    Also, baby powder is no longer made from talc- it’s made from cornstarch.

  2. moria

    I tried dry shampoo once a couple years ago and hated it. It was the Dove on the list, so I wasn’t expecting it to be on a list of best ones, but not everyone likes the same things I guess.

  3. Jana

    Isn’t it concerning that most dry shampoos have butane and propane as the first ingredients? If I were to use a dry shampoo, I’d prefer something safer.

    • Rochelle

      Those are propellants used in aerosols to blast the product out of the can; they’re not particular to dry shampoo.

  4. c

    I think I’ve tried every dry shampoo out there and it just doesn’t work for me. 🙁 It actually feels even dirtier when I use the dry shampoo. If I don’t wash my hair daily it gets really oily and gross. I keep buying different brands of dry shampoo just hoping that it will work for me but it never does.

  5. Penny

    My fav Dry Shampoo is Monat! No residue and gives some volume to my limp hair.

  6. Janet

    My favorite is Klorane. I get it from Sephora. Although it’s not cheap ($20 for a regular-sized can), it works like a dream, and I use it 1 – 2 times a week. Batiste has given me scalp dermatitis, but it is easy to find and cheap.

  7. cheapcheapgoesthemommy

    If you are on the broke broke and need some dry shampoo check out dollar tree….even if you have brunette hair, just touch it up with some brown eyeshadow (nonglitter) and you are good to go girlfriend….on the cheap cheap 🙂

  8. Cobe vizio

    We can’t take aerosols on planes…according to travel agent……..I was so glad to see the dry
    Powder , Bumble and Bumble🎊😄🎉

    • Katie

      When I get off a flight I always go straight to a drugstore and buy hairspray and dry shampoo! I have to have them – and hate non-aerosol hairspray! It’s a pain – especially b/c I have to leave them behind. But, it’s worth it to have my favorites! 🙂

  9. Lucy

    I would suggest using dry shampoo right before going to bed. You’ll wake up with clean looking hair. I’ve only tried Eva NYC from the list and it works great!

  10. Alli

    I have very dry hair naturally and I can’t find one that doesn’t make it drier. I try not to wash too often for that very reason. I like that dry shampoo soaks up the oil from my roots, but hate the way my ends feel. Anyone have any suggestions?

    • Lucy

      Alli, Eva NYC makes a “dry conditioner” that I use on my ends and it works as well as their dry shampoo. You can also try leave in products and only apply them to your ends.

    • JODI P

      Apply it only to the roots.

  11. KT

    I have tried several different spray types or dry shampoo but they all left my hair feeling sticky or static-like. I finally found one at costco called Blow Pro and it is just a loose powder, helped my hair feel fresh in between hair washing days. It also lasted a lot longer than the typical spray types. When I went back to buy more they were discontinuing it at my costco so I got the double pack for 9.97!!

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