5 Drugstore Dry Shampoos Celeb Hairstylists Actually Use

One of the most practical hair products available today, dry shampoo transforms flat or dirty strands from dull and lifeless to fresh and volumized — no water needed. But, of course, you already knew that. How do we know? Because dry shampoo has exploded into the beauty scene over the past few years with countless options hitting shelves at every price point imaginable.

The only downside? Almost every drugstore brand has concocted its own formula, which makes it hard to know which not-so-expensive dry shampoos actually work. (That is, unless you want to test 'em out in the pharmacy and risk getting escorted out by security.)

Fret not, shower-avoiding friends, because we tapped A-list celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook to test dozens of under-$10 dry shampoos with her tried-and-true technique. Think: An arm test, smell test, and moisture test, before a formula even makes its way onto a head of hair. Spoiler alert: She uncovered some outstanding formulas that get rid of grease and oil from roots while leaving stands revived and smelling fresh.

Watch Brook narrow down the selection, and shop her favorites, ahead.

Watch Brook put dozens of drugstore dry shampoos to the test — and make sure you note her insider hair hacks — then click ahead to shop her favorites.
This was Brook's favorite dry shampoo for one big reason: It's formulated for curly and textured hair — which is rare at any price point. (Say it with us now: finally!) Infused with apple cider vinegar, it naturally removes product buildup, cleanses the hair, and protects the scalp. The best part, however, is that it sprays on totally clear, passing Brook's chalk test with flying colors. "It gives a little shine, but not grease," she explains, "and it's non-drying so you can put it on your ends."

Cantu Cleanse Dry Co-Wash, $4.99, available at Target.
A beauty editor go-to as well, Brook picked this formula for its intense cleansing abilities. "I wouldn't use it on the ends," she says while noting that it would likely dry them out, "but definitely on the scalp to remove oil."

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Batiste has been available for longer than any other on this list — and for good reasons. It soaks up oil, yes, but the best part is the range of colors and scents. "They have brown, blond, and black," she says. "So you can get rid of oil and you can use this to extend your color." Pro tip: Make sure you shake well before using to ensure you get an even shot of pigment with the powder.

Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo in Divine Dark, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
This dry shampoo sprays on clear, feels super lightweight, and comes in refreshing scents — a winning combination that makes hair feel instantly refreshed. Pro tip: Brook recommends giving yourself a scalp massage after applying your dry shampoo to help diffuse the product into roots. (Not to mention a massage pairs perfectly with the soothing cucumber and green tea scent of this baby.)

Herbal Essences Bio Renew Revitalize Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo, $5.99, available at Target.
This no-frills formula by Pantene rounds out the top five. "This stuff is powerful," Brook says. "The nozzle is fine mist, but it definitely sprays at a wide range, so if you're super greasy this should be a go-to." Tip: Hold the can a little farther away from your scalp when applying to get an even layer.

Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo, $5.99, available at Walgreens.
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