The 11 Best Dry Shampoos for Fine Hair, According to Hairstylists

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11 Dry Shampoos That Give Fine Hair a Volume Boost
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To freshen up strands before your next washday, we've rounded up our picks for the best dry shampoo for fine hair. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is hair stylist-approved and topped our list, because of its gentle, hair-friendly ingredients and hypoallergenic formula.

From drugstore to texturizing to scented, ahead are 11 expert-approved products your vanity—or gym bag—won't want to be without.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
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What We Love: It's safe to use on all hair types.

What We Don't Love: Its scent may be too strong for those who prefer a fragrance-free product.

"I love this dry shampoo because it is gentle yet effective, making it safe for all hair types to use, including fine," says NYC-based celebrity hair stylist Christina Giarrizzo. "It is made with plant based ingredients, so it is hypoallergenic and won't cause any irritation to sensitive scalps. Plus, it also leaves behind no residue, so it won't look super awkward after applying it on your hair."

Type: Powder | Scented: Yes | Size: 3.2 oz

Best Value: Psssst! Dry Shampoo

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What We Love: It is affordable and portable, to refresh hair on-the-go.

What We Don't Love: While this dry shampoo fits nicely in your bag or suitcase, the bottle size may be too small for those who use it regularly.

"When I used this dry shampoo on a photo shoot, it gave a model with fine hair a lot of bounce and volume," says Devin Toth, expert stylist at the New York City-based Salon SCK. "Since it falls under $5, you can try it and see how you like it first before buying a bigger size!"

Type: Powder | Scented: Yes | Size: 1.76 oz

Best Drugstore: Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

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What We Love: It tames down oil, greasiness, and buildup with every spritz.

What We Don't Love: Using too much product can cause hair to have a white residue.

"This dry shampoo has been around for a very long time and is tried and true," says Fae Norris, expert hairstylist at the Los Angeles-based Rock Paper Salon. "Batiste has a huge variety of scents, strengths, and color options to choose from. All and all, it gets the job done, and I find their packaging to be really cute."

Type: Aerosol| Scented: Yes | Size: 4.2 oz

Best Splurge: Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

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What We Love: It refreshes fine hair without weighing it down.

What We Don't Love: The price point of this dry shampoo may be too steep for some.

"This dry shampoo feels and smells luxurious," Norris explains. "It provides just the right amount of oil absorption and it delivers excellent protection from heat and build up, creating touchable, long lasting styles as a result."

Type: Powder| Scented: Yes | Size: 1.3 oz

Best Scented: Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

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What We Love: It eliminates any funky hair odors in between shampoos thanks to an alluring vanilla, amber, and citrus scent.

What We Don't Love: This dry shampoo freshens up hair with a delicious scent, but it may not absorb excess oil as well as other dry shampoos on this list.

"There's something about the scent of this dry shampoo that transports you right to the Italian coast," Norris says. "All I can think of is a light breeze, billowing cotton dresses, and sunshine. Can't beat that smell!"

And while the scent is reason enough to try this powder, the lightweight spray may not provide enough oil-absorption for some. It's best as a day two refresher or to give texture to clean hair before styling.

Type: Aerosol/Powder| Scented: Yes | Size: 1 oz

Best Volumizing: Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

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What We Love: It leaves hair feeling full and bouncy without drying out strands.

What We Don't Love: It can easily transfer to your clothing, so be mindful of wearing darker clothing when applying it to roots.

"This Drybar dry shampoo is incredibly lightweight, as the product brushes right out of hair, taking unnecessary oils with it," says Micheal Duenas, celebrity hair stylist and founder of Veluer Creative. "As a result, it leaves hair feeling bouncy and clean as if it was freshly washed."

Type: Aerosol/Powder| Scented: Yes | Size: 3.5 oz

Best Texturizing: R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

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What We Love: It provides nice lift and texture to second day hair.

What We Don't Love: It sprays on wet, so you'll need to give it time to dry before proceeding to style your hair.

"This dry shampoo is great to use as a styling aid because it is free of most chemicals that can damage the hair," Norris explains. "It also adds tons of texture and volume, so use it right after a blowout to add body or the next day to re-fluff your 'do."

Type: Aerosol/Powder| Scented: Yes | Size: 1 oz

Best for Blondes: Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder Tres Invisible Dry Shampoo

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What We Love: The formula contains UV filters to protect against damage.

What We Don't Love: While it goes on sheer, this dry shampoo is not as volumizing as other dry shampoos.

While Busy Phillips swears by the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Norris says this is another contender from the brand worth adding to your arsenal. Why? It tackles grease and grime like a champ, and adds a nice shine to blonde tresses.

"Because this dry shampoo is so light and invisible, it actually leaves blonde hair somehow looking shinier than before," Norris tells InStyle. "This is a great and rare achievement for a dry shampoo."

Type: Aerosol/Powder| Scented: Yes | Size: 3.1 oz

Best for Brunettes: Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones

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What We Love: It does not leave behind a white cast on dark hair.

What We Don't Love: The results fade quickly, so you may have to spray throughout the day to keep hair feeling fresh.

"This dry shampoo keeps hair clean, and is weightless and non-chalky in texture," Duenas tells InStyle. "It also blends in seamlessly, and provides a just-enough-tint to avoid a white look on darker hair." It's an ideal choice for brunette tones, including caramel, deep, and lowlighted hair.

Type: Aerosol| Scented: Yes | Size: 5.4 oz

Best for Oily Hair: Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo

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What We Love: It absorbs oil quickly, allowing you to go longer between shampoos.

What We Don't Love: It can be difficult to use on coily and curly hair textures.

"By its nature, dry shampoo absorbs oil, and that can be particularly important for fine hair where the extra weight can keep hair flat," Norris says. "I find that Redken Dry Shampoo does a great job with oil absorption, and doesn't leave an additional residue that can weigh fine hair down. It also extends the life of a blowout, and doesn't require additional product or heating tools to increase volume which can take a toll on finer hair." Because this dry shampoo provides next level clean, it may be too harsh for hair types that need to hold on to extra moisture, like coily and curly hair.

Type: Aerosol| Scented: Yes | Size: 3.2 oz

Best Clean: Davines This Is An Invisible Dry Shampoo

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What We Love: It uses sustainable and biodegradable materials and ingredients, and offers a soft and natural finish.

What We Don't Love: The scent fades quickly.

Davines is one of Kate Hudson's favorite brands, and it's not hard to see why. After all, this brand offers a full range of sustainable shampoos, conditioners, treatments, and styling products to choose from that are safe for all hair types to use. That's why Norris recommends the brand's dry shampoo, as not only does it freshen hair between shampoos, but it also incorporates 95.5 percent biodegradable ingredients into the formula.

"This dry shampoo is new on the market, and after recently testing it out, it's my new go-to for leaving hair feeling extra clean," Norris says. "It provides absorption and features excellent ingredients. Overall, it is a great product that will help your hair stay fresh between washings."

Type: Aerosol| Scented: Yes | Size: 8.5 oz

What to Keep in Mind

Formula

Because the scalp is an extension of your skin, Giarrizzo tells InStyle that it's important to check the ingredients of your dry shampoo to find the formula that best suits your hair type and texture. "If your skin or scalp is sensitive, you may find it beneficial to use organic or clean products to avoid irritation or overly harsh chemicals," she explains.

Volumizing Benefits

Fine hair, especially, benefits from a volume boost as the strands lay flat, closer to the scalp. "As your hair becomes dirtier in-between shampoos, it becomes even flatter because it is weighed down with oil," says Giarrizzo. "Finding a dry shampoo with volumizing benefits will make your hair look like it was just washed and get you another day without washing it." The oil-controlling powders in dry shampoo adds texture at the root and this texture allows the root to stand up a bit to create volume.

Scent

"A dirty scalp generally has an odor, so finding a dry shampoo that absorbs any odors and leaves a fresh smelling scent is key," Giarrizzo explains. However, if you're sensitive to scents, you may want to opt for a fragrance-free version.

Your Questions, Answered

How do you apply dry shampoo?

To use dry shampoo, first give the bottle a good shake to mix the product, then separate your hair into sections, suggests Giarrizzo. Spray the dry shampoo directly at your roots, holding it about 12 inches away. Finish by massaging the product through the rest of your hair with your fingertips to ensure even distribution, she says.

Can you use dry shampoo daily on fine hair?

While fine hair-safe dry shampoos may be more lightweight in texture, Giarrizzo cautions against using them every single day, no matter how tempting it may be."Dry shampoo can dry out your hair or weigh it down, so I recommend only using it for two days before your next shampoo," she explains. "This way, you avoid creating buildup which can damage your hair and scalp."

Does dry shampoo damage fine hair?

When dry shampoo builds up on the scalp, it can clog hair follicles, which can lead to a bunch of problems depending on your skin sensitivity, Giarrizzo says. "For this reason, I recommend only using dry shampoo twice a week to maintain the health of your hair and scalp." Plus, always make sure you shampoo twice when you eventually wash to ensure a clean and optimal scalp environment for growth.

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