There are a lot of reasons why you might not wash your hair every day.
Perhaps you’re in a hurry.
Or maybe you don’t want your color treatment to fade so fast.
But if you’re brunette or a redhead, is dry shampoo the best answer?
After all, you’ve heard the stories about flakes and residue.
Thankfully, the best dry shampoos for dark hair don’t have these problems.
They help you look and feel fresh and clean, even if you just had a workout.
Dry shampoos are also handy for adding volume and styling (1).
Which dry shampoo is best for dark hair?
Just like that line, “one-size-fits-all” isn’t always true, there’s also not one brand of dry shampoo that’s best for dark hair.
They aren’t all made for oily hair.
Some kinds are better for dry scalp.
Others are ideal for volumizing.
While some have a tint to touch up your roots, others are truly invisible.
I’ll do my best to point out the benefits of each one in the dry shampoo reviews below.
Who should not use dry shampoo?
Dry shampoos are not a good idea if you have dandruff, psoriasis, or eczema.
Also, some are too drying for fragile hair (2).
Be careful to choose one that doesn’t have talc and is fragrance-free if you have allergies or asthma.
How to properly use dry shampoo
First off, read the directions on the bottle.
In general, you’ll see these recommendations.
Divide your hair into sections. Then apply the shampoo to the roots and scalp.
Don’t spray the ends of your hair.
If it’s an aerosol, hold the bottle at least 6 to 12 inches away from your head.
Shake well in between sprays, especially if the dry shampoo is pigmented.
Wait a couple of minutes then massage and brush the powder through your hair.
The key to avoiding residue is to brush well!
And don’t plan on using dry shampoo for more than two days in a row. You need to wash with water and regular shampoo to keep buildup from clogging your follicles.
Okay, let’s help you find the best dry shampoo for your needs.
Batiste Dry Shampoo Plus, Beautiful Brunette
Do you know what question I hear a lot? It’s whether Batiste dry shampoo is good for dark hair.
This brand is popular because it’s inexpensive, and it works well for most people.
If you have brown hair, though, you might want to try the Beautiful Brunette version.
It has a hint of tint in it; therefore it’s best for medium to dark hair.
Be careful as it will get on your hands and under your nails. It may also temporarily stain white clothing or towels. It might be best to apply it before you dress.
Happily, it washes out.
On the other hand, if your color treatment needs a touchup, the pigment will help you wait a little while longer.
Keep in mind that Batiste dry shampoo also tends to thicken and add volume.
Users mostly agree that it has a pleasant unisex scent.
Batiste Dry Shampoo, Divine Dark
The Divine Dark version has a darker pigment for deep brown and black hair. There’s also a hint of glitter from the minerals – but it’s subtle.
The oil-absorbing ingredient is rice starch. It’s listed on the label as oryza sativa. This is commonly found in dry shampoo.
The propellants are butane, isobutane, and propane. These are flammable, so it’s best not to smoke or get near a flame until your hair is completely dry.
Again, the powder will temporarily stain skin and clothing. Put it on before you dress and plan on washing your hands afterward.
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, Dark Tones
This dry shampoo was developed for black and brunette hair.
It contains argan oil to add shine and prevent drying out the hair and scalp. This ingredient also protects against sun damage, kind of like sunscreen. That’s handy if you’ve dyed your hair.
The rice starch in it exists in ultra-fine particles that disappear into the scalp. In that way, it doesn’t leave a dusty residue.
The fragrance is a blend of flowers, spice, and amber. It minimizes odor.
ACURE Dry Shampoo – Brunette to Dark Hair
The advantage of Acure is that it’s cruelty-free and vegan. They also avoid petrolatum, formaldehyde, mineral oil, sulfates, and parabens.
That’s right, it’s not an aerosol. You’ll pour a little powder onto your scalp or your brush instead of spraying it.
The primary ingredients are organic cornstarch and arrowroot powder. But they also toss in some baking soda, kaolin clay, rosemary, peppermint, and cocoa powder for color.
Yes, it sounds like DIY dry shampoo. But it performs very well.
Drybar Detox Brunettes Dry Shampoo
There are two versions of Drybar dry shampoo I thought you might be interested in seeing.
The first has brown mineral pigment in it.
This is a very absorbent product which is good for oily scalp. It sets to a matte finish.
The exotic scent is a blend of vanilla, sandalwood, and jasmine.
The microfine rice powder absorbs odors and oils and becomes translucent. But, the golden root extract attracts moisture to avoid damaging your hair and scalp.
You can also use their dry conditioning oil to protect the ends of your hair.
Although the formula is free of sulfates, parabens, and sulfates, it has aluminum starch.
Drybar Detox Clear Invisible Dry Shampoo
Then there’s the invisible dry shampoo based on potato starch and rice starch. It creates a little texture.
It has kiwi, mango, aloe, and other natural extracts. Some of these include plant oils that leave your hair soft and glossy.
The fragrance is coconut, vanilla, and amber.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
One of the advantages of Living Proof’s dry shampoo is how quick it disappears into your scalp.
It features Triple Action Cleaning Technology, which actually cleans the hair to some extent. It quickly soaks up dirt and impurities which are released as you brush the powder through your hair.
It’s free of cornstarch, so it’s less likely to leave a residue. It also repels dirt and neutralizes odor.
This might be the perfect one for freshening up after the gym.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, Natural Tint for Brunettes
Klorane makes two dry shampoos for brunettes. One focuses on oat milk, which is soothing to the scalp. It’s helpful for adding texture while styling.
It has a beige color from mineral pigments.
If you brush it well, it becomes invisible and won’t leave a chalky residue.
This company is known for using natural ingredients and avoiding chemicals like parabens, preservatives, and silicone. The formula is vegan and tested by dermatologists.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle, Natural Tint for Brunettes
Klorane’s nettle dry shampoo is for darker shades. It’s useful if you tend to have greasy hair.
The nettle, rice, and cornstarch soak up excess oil in under thirty seconds.
Then, the mineral pigments touch-up roots and even out hair color.
Of course, it’s free of parabens, sulfates, and even salt that can irritate the scalp.
Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder Tres Invisible Nourishing Dry Shampoo
The Bb dry shampoo melts into your scalp and hair to become invisible. It leaves your strands silky soft.
Fans say the price tag is well worth it.
The mild fragrance comes from the hibiscus extract. It protects against UV radiation to keep your hair from being damaged by the sun.
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo
What’s the best dry shampoo for greasy hair?
It might be this one, which also happens to be unscented. It won’t clash with your perfume, but it will eliminate that bed head odor.
Since it’s fragrance-free, it’s also gentler to sensitive skin.
amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
The amika dry shampoo is free of talc, also known as baby powder.
It uses rice starch to soak up oil. The starch becomes invisible shortly after you apply it and brush it through your hair.
If you have fine hair, you’ll be glad that it adds volume, which makes it convenient for styling.
The formula contains an essential ingredient for your hair and scalp. It’s sea buckthorn berry that’s packed with antioxidants that repair your skin and hair.
Then, the same berry is rich in Omega-7, which stimulates collagen production. That helps strengthen your hair.
R+Co Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist
You might be afraid if to use dry shampoo if you have a dry scalp. But this product is a cleansing powder that leaves no residue. It calms itchy scalps.
The secret is due to the blend of silica, glycerin, and castor oil. They attract and seal in moisture and fortify fragile hair.
The one thing that’s a little different from the ordinary is that you’ll need to blow-dry your hair after you apply it. The heat activates the ingredients.
Moreover, you won’t have to worry about gluten, petrolatum, sulfates, or parabens. The dry shampoo is also certified vegan and cruelty-free.
verb Dry Shampoo, dark
If you have dry hair, you might be reluctant to use dry shampoo.
But verb’s product is perfect for reviving second-day hair.
It defends against sun damage and helps replenish moisture to each strand or curl.
There are no parabens, gluten, sulfates, or animal-derived ingredients in it. Instead, it has tapioca starch, antioxidants, and glycerin.
Users with brown hair say that it blends right in without leaving residue.
Renpure Lavender Mint Dry Shampoo
Renpure makes no secret of the fact that you need to shake the bottle frequently while you apply their dry shampoo. That will ensure you get the results you desire.
The lavender and mint formula refreshes hair by adding shine and volume plus a subtle fragrance.
It doesn’t have sulfates, parabens, gluten, phthalates, dyes, or propylene glycol.
While it’s not tinted, it quickly becomes invisible. Users say they prefer it to shampoos with pigment because it’s less messy.
L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo
L’Oreal designed their dry shampoo for normal to oily hair. It has three clays to absorb excess oil.
Interestingly, it doesn’t have propane or butane in it. It’s water-based and has a mild fragrance.
There’s a little salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid to keep your follicles from clogging and your scalp hydrated.
Nexxus Clean & Pure Unscented Dry Shampoo
The Nexxus dry shampoo is safe for color-treated hair and good for all hair types. It works just as well for blondes as it does brunettes.
It gets rid of sweat, oil, and odor, too.
The best part is that this is a salon product that works as described. Ask your stylist to try it out on your hair.
Pureology | Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo
Pureology points out that their dry shampoo protects color treatments from fading.
Their anti-fade complex with sunscreen defends your hair against UV rays and pollution.
The label lists vitamins C and E and sunflower seed extract. These help explain why it works so well.
TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, Volumizing
If you have fine, limp hair, try this dry shampoo.
It contains mineral clay and citrus extract to add volume and shine. The citrus also makes it smell fruity fresh.
It doesn’t take much spray to work a miracle.
HASK Dry Shampoo, Charcoal
If you’re trying to avoid aluminum, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, and dyes, look no further. Here’s a dry shampoo that clarifies and cleanses without all the chemicals.
Better yet, it contains charcoal with ultrafine rice to remove impurities, sweat, and oil. After you brush it through, your hair will feel like you just washed it.
It has a citrus fragrance.
Everyone should have dry shampoo on hand as it’s a time saver.
It can help you extend the time between color treatments by reducing how often you wash with water.
It can also help you refresh your hair and style it when you don’t have time for proper shampooing.
If you discovered a new favorite dry shampoo today, tell us about it in the comments below.
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_shampoo accessed January 10, 2020
2. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/does-dry-shampoo-actually-keep-your-hair-clean/ published April 8, 2015, accessed January 10, 2020