How does dry shampoo work?
When it comes to extending the life of a blowout, dry shampoo is a godsend. But what exactly is this magical product, and how does it work? Dry shampoo is a powder- or spray-based formula that absorbs excess oil and dirt from the hair and scalp. It usually contains starch or alcohol, which helps to dissolve oils and leave hair looking clean and fresh.
How to use dry shampoo for dark hair
Dry shampoo is a great way to extend the life of your blowout, without having to suffer through greasy roots. If you have dark hair, look for a dry shampoo that won’t leave behind any white residue. To use, simply hold the can about six inches away from your head and spray evenly on the roots. Let the dry shampoo sit for a minute or two, then use your fingers to massage it into your scalp. Finish by combing through your hair to distribute the product evenly. Dry shampoo is a quick and easy way to refresh your look, without having to wash your hair every day.
Our Top Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair Picks Compared
|Product||Product Name||Why We Love It|
|Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones||Smells amazing. Argan oil nourishes hair.|
|Batiste Dry Shampoo, Dark & Deep Brown||Deep color assures no white residue|
|L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair||Great value|
|Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo||Best Overall|
|Living Proof Dry Shampoo||Leaves hair feeling fresh|
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones
Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Butane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Disiloxane, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, PVP, Aqua/Water/Eau, Parfum/Fragrance, Magnesium Stearate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Methoxycinnamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, CI 60725 (Violet 2), CI 17200 (Red 33).
|5/5||“I have black hair and a lot of dry shampoos make it look like I put white baby powder in my hair. This does not! I love it.”|
|5/5||“I have very dark hair and have struggled to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t build up and look powdery. This product is the answer!”|
|3/5||“The nozzle is really hard to press and it’s at a weird angle. Makes it hard to apply”|
Batiste Dry Shampoo, Dark & Deep Brown
Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride
|5/5||“If I had to pick one product for my hair this would be it. This is the only brand of dry shampoo that works for me! It truly doesn’t leave any kind of cast on my hair like others do. I use it throughout the week maybe 2 or 3 times and have no issues! You won’t regret it!”|
|5/5||“My go to dry shampoo! Before this Id tried a couple different brands, but usually didn’t like them and opted to wash my hair daily instead. With this, I feel a lot more comfortable and confident skipping the wash every other day and this is perfect for keeping my hair from appearing oily. Also found I love it when I shower at night and just want a little spritz or two in the morning to refresh my hair.”|
|4/5||“I love this product but I gave it a 4 because I have black hair and the spray is still a little too light for my hair. Wish they had it in black.”|
L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair
Butane, Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Oryza Sativa Starch / Rice Starch, Alcohol Denat., Disiloxane, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Pvp, Calcium Carbonate, Ci 77491 / Iron Oxides, Ci 77492 / Iron Oxides, Magnesium Stearate, Parfum / Fragrance, Diisopropyl Adipate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ci 61570 / Green 5, Cetrimonium Chloride, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal Fil T283278/1
|5/5||“I’ve been using dry shampoo since the 90s and have tried dozens of brands. I bought this because it specifically mentioned brown hair. It works well & there is less white residue left on my hair. However, there is no brown or color enhancement in it. It seems it just leaves much less residual white that you have to deal with.”|
|4/5||“This does the job and doesn’t leave hair feeling chalky or ashy. Smell is pleasant without being overwhelming. I like it!”|
|4/5||“Does a good job. I felt I was hard to brush out hence the 4 stars”|
Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo
Isobutane, Alcohol Denat., Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Parfum/Fragrance, Acrylates Copolymer, Magnesium Carbonate, VP/VA Copolymer, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Hexyl Cinnamal, T-Butyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Denatonium Benzoate, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenol, Aqua/Water/Eau, Isoeugenol, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract.
|5/5||“This is the BEST dry shampoo on the market. I have hair extensions, so I try to wash my hair every 7-10 days, even with going to the gym 4x a week. This stuff does the trick. It goes on white at first, but that goes away. Not only does it make your hair smell clean , it makes it so soft. Other dry shampoos leave a film on your hair and make it dull, not this one ! After you use it, you literally feel like you just washed your hair. It smells clean and is soft and shiny! This literally changed my life!”|
|5/5||“I sometimes wish I had never tried this dry shampoo. It is now my gold standard and nothing else performs quite like this. I have an oily scalp and this absorbs so much oil without feeling gritty. I would prefer to love a more affordable product, but the Redken Deep Clean is the one!”|
|4/5||“While this dry shampoo is pretty expensive for the size of the container, it is probably the best one I’ve ever used. It works amazingly well at both cleaning and adding body to my hair. Definitely a 5 star item if it wasn’t so expensive.”|
Living Proof Dry Shampoo
Isobutane, Propane, Alcohol Denat., Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Cellulose, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), Caprylyl Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citronellyl Methylcrotonate, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Hydrated Silica, Cetrimonium Chloride, Zeolite, Ethylcellulose, Octoxynol-10, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Water/Eau/Aqua, Fragrance/Parfum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin.
|5/5||“Over the last ten years I have tried many dry shampoos, powders, etc. This is by far the best I have found. I will keep Living Proof dry shampoo on hand.”|
|5/5||“When I purchased this – I didn’t have any expectations. Unbeknownst to me, it is amazing!! Smells great and does what it’s supposed to do – The Hair Gods inside each bottle makes your hair look phenomenal even after not washing it for three days!”|
|4/5||“Works great, but it does leave a more coarse feeling to my fine and soft hair. Could be different for everyone’s hair texture.”|
Do you have a favorite dry shampoo for dark hair? Let us know in the comments!