The Benefits of Dry Shampoo + Our Top 5 Picks

by | Updated: September 20th, 2021 | Read time: 4 minutes

There are many benefits of dry shampoo, especially for those of us who are often crunched for time. Using dry shampoo allows you to refresh the look and smell of your hair, absorb oils, and even extend the life of your blowout! This post will cover some of the benefits of dry shampoo, explain how it works, and showcase five of the best dry shampoos available at Vitacost.

Woman Spraying Hair with Dry Shampoo to Absorb Oils and Freshen Scent | Vitacost.com/Blog

Benefits of Dry Shampoo

Perhaps the most common benefit of using dry shampoo is the fact that it saves you time. It generally allows you to go several days in between washing your hair, which can lead to a healthier scalp and prevent over-washing. Dry shampoo also helps regulate oil production by extending the time between washes. Finally, since most dry shampoos add volume and texture to your hair, it can also be used as a styling product in addition to absorbing oils.

How Dry Shampoo Works

The hair follicles on your scalp produce sebum, which is the natural oil that gives your hair its texture. After an extended period of time, sebum, oils, and sweat develop which causes your hair to look and feel greasy. Dry shampoos use alcohol or starch-based ingredients to soak up the oils and sweat to make your hair look cleaner, and many use fragrances to make your hair smell fresher too.

How you use dry shampoo mainly depends on the type you’re using, aerosol or powder. An aerosol dry shampoo works by holding the can 8-10 inches away from the roots of your hair, spraying the desired amount, massaging it into your scalp, and then brushing it through. Powder dry shampoo works by applying it either directly to your roots or onto your brush, massaging it into your scalp, and then brushing it through to ensure even distribution.

1. Acure Rosemary & Peppermint Dry Shampoo

Acure Rosemary & Peppermint Dry Shampoo | Vitacost.com/Blog

Formulated with rosemary and peppermint, this dry shampoo from Acure is sure to leave your scalp smelling and feeling extremely clean and fresh! It’s 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free, and free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum and formaldehyde. To use it, all you have to do is squeeze a bit directly onto your hair or onto your brush, work it into your scalp, and then comb it all the way down to your ends. It’s super easy to use, absorbs oil very quickly, does not leave white residue, and is convenient for travel. Most dry shampoos come in an aerosol can which make traveling a bit trickier, so this would be a much better option for your carry on.

2. Acure Brunette to Dark Dry Shampoo

Acure Brunette to Dark Dry Shampoo | Vitacost.com/Blog

If you’re familiar with dry shampoo at all, you know that adding even a smidge too much to your hair will likely leave you with white residue. No one wants this, but the white cast is especially prominent for those with darker hair. This option is specifically made with those people in mind and is formulated with rosemary and cocoa. It works very similarly to the aforementioned rosemary and peppermint version, so if you’re a fan of that one, you’ll probably like this one as well. It’s USDA organic, and the ingredients in powder dry shampoos tend to be safer than most spray dry shampoos.

3. Giovanni Powder Power™ Dry Shampoo

Giovanni Powder Power Dry Shampoo | Vitacost.com/Blog

This is a two-in-one dry shampoo and volumizer that will give your hair a lovely refresh and blowout look. Made for all hair types, this formula helps boost body, volume and bounce while also adding shine. It’s formulated with pro-vitamin B-5 to strengthen hair, and the combination of ginseng and grape seed extract help energize the roots. Its compact size conveniently allows you to keep this in your bag so you can always give your hair a quick boost wherever you might be! Just apply the dry shampoo to your roots, massage it in and brush through.

4. Naturigin Refresh Dry Shampoo

Naturigin Refresh Dry Shampoo | Vitacost.com/Blog

The Naturigin Refresh Dry Shampoo is made with a unique formula that adds natural volume to your hair while giving it an afternoon refresh. Made with certified organic aloe leaf extract and vitamin E, this is one of the few aerosol dry shampoos that has really healthy ingredients for your hair. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and free of sulfates, parabens and chlorine. Many dry shampoos only absorb excess oil, but this one also absorbs any dirt and unwanted residues from other styling products. To use it, shake it well, mist lightly while holding the can about 8 inches away from your roots, let the dry shampoo sit for 2-3 minutes, and then brush it through your hair to maximize volume and bounce.

5. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak™ Refreshing Dry Shampoo

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak™ Refreshing Dry Shampoo | Vitacost.com/Blog

A tried and true favorite, the Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo just had to be included on this list! If you’re looking for instant results to give your hair a light matte finish, you should add this salon formula dry shampoo to your cart immediately. It smells so refreshing that anyone around you will think you just washed your hair. To use this, simply spray it 8-10 inches away from your roots, brush through to diffuse the powder and absorb excess oils, and then style as desired.