Sorry—If You Have Oily Hair, Stylists Only Recommend These 12 Dry Shampoos


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I never used to be much of a dry shampoo gal because I have dry, thick, curly hair—all the things that generally don't mix well with dry shampoo. But recently, I've found it to be somewhat of a lifesaver. I tend to get a lot of buildup on my roots if I style a lot with gel or mousse, so a tiny bit of a spritz here and there of it really helps keep oiliness at bay. Celebrity hairstylist Michelle Cleveland seconds this saying, "If I were stuck on an island and could only choose one hair product it would 1000% be a dry shampoo! It really helps to extend the life of your hair between shampoos and as a bonus, for fine-haired girls, it can give you some great volume and texture." 

I guess you could say that sentiments like this from stylists are the reason I'm fully a convert now. That being said, I'll let you all in on the ones stylists use and love exclusively. For all their favorites and a few tips on how to apply dry shampoo for oily hair, keep reading.

How to Apply Dry Shampoo

When applying dry shampoo, you'll want to hold it four to six inches away from the hair, spraying it directly onto your roots. You'll want to start where the hair feels oiliest and then apply the product in sections. This will ensure that you won't have any lingering oily patches in those harder-to-reach places. If your hair is finer, you may not need to work in sections but this is especially key if you have thicker hair. If you have curly hair, celebrity colorist Ashleigh Marie has another specific tip for applying dry shampoo. "I recommend applying an oil to the ends first to keep them moisturized and protected from getting dried out, then spraying the dry shampoo," she says. For a few more stylist recs, keep scrolling.

1. Nioxin Instant Fullness Dry Cleanser

2. NuMe Dirty to Flirty Dry Shampoo Aerosol

3. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

4. Alterna My Hair My Canvas Another Day Dry Shampoo


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5. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

6. Vegamour Gro Dry Shampoo

7. Virtue Refresh Dry Shampoo

8. Act + Acre Plant-Based Dry Shampoo

9. Eva NYC Freshen Up Invisible Dry Shampoo

10. OGX Refresh & Revitalize Extra Strengthen Shampoo


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11. Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal Biotin Dry Shampoo

12. Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.