9 Dry Shampoos That Won't Dry Your Hair Out

For those of us with natural, textured, or relaxed hair, moisture is our religion. On the list of commandments? Oil, cream, butter, conditioner — and thou shalt never use anything drying like hairspray, texturizing mist, or dry shampoo.

But, despite what you've heard, there are dry shampoos that do work for natural hair — and help you last that much longer until wash day. You just have to find the right ones and apply them correctly. "I started using a dry shampoo when I was transitioning from relaxed to natural, and started wearing sew-in weaves," Devi Velázquez of NaturallyCurly says. "I didn't like how greasy my real hair was feeling underneath and dry shampoos [were] great for giving a clean feel, but not compromising the texture or shape of [my] curls."

Velázquez learned that it's about targeting just the roots, and avoiding the lengths and ends. "They're not really intended for your hair," Velázquez says. "But they're so good for your scalp."

Her advice? Check out the labels and steer clear of anything with drying alcohols. We asked her to share a few of her favorite drugstore options and tips, ahead.

Dry shampoo is like real estate: It's all about location, location, location. "Don't spray directly at the hair," Velazquez warns. "Always spray at the root, where the oil sits." This version is great for sopping up oil, but be warned: The loose powder can get a little messy if you're not careful.
SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Weightless Dry Shampoo, $10.49 Buy
"This scent is really light and refreshing," Velazquez notes of this shampoo, which is great for both kinky textures and loose curls. "People can smell it all throughout the day."

DevaCurl No-Poo Quick Cleanser, $19.95, available at DevaCurl.
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Hask Dry Shampoo Argan Oil, $7.99 Buy
"This one has never failed me, either," Velazquez says, who is a 3c high porosity curl type. "You're not walking around smelling like a flower. It's light and airy and has been doing the job for years."
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, $10.00 Buy
I've already sung the praises about this new dry shampoo, which is potent enough to get a week's worth of gunk out of my 4c 'fro without drying it the eff out.
Cantu Dry Co-Wash, $5.79 Buy
"Dry shampoo can be good for volume, too," Velázquez notes. Just be sure to shake this out fully, as it can leave some white powder residue in the hair.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo, $24.00 Buy
This aloe vera liquid cleanser (which has calming lavender) is a savior for those rocking box braids, cornrows, or other protective styles. When your head is itchy or dry, it offers sweet, sweet relief.

Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse Dry Shampoo, $8.03, available at Walmart.
Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse Dry Shampoo, $8.03 Buy
The geniuses at Carol's Daughter offer separate formulas for dark and light hair tones — white powder cast be gone.
Carol's Daughter Monoi Conditioning Dry Shampoo, $17.60 Buy
Overpowering scents aren't ideal in dry shampoo formulas. This one has a lightweight fragrance and a formula that feels even lighter on the scalp.

Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo, $36, available at Rene Furterer.
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