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No More Residue: These 16 Dry Shampoos Are Invisible On Dark Hair

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Let's get one thing straight: not every day is a full-on shampoo and conditioner day. In truth, it's an effort most of us can only muster once or twice a week at best. And thankfully, that's where the wonders of dry shampoo come in. With just a few spritzes, dry shampoo can instantly make your hair look and feel fresh, clean, soft, and shiny. No water and almost no effort.


But for brunette beauties, banishing all traces of greasy roots can be less foolproof than for others. Some dry shampoos can leave a powdery, chalky white cast on dark roots, and to be honest, that's worse than a little oil. Luckily, there's a crop of scalp-cleansing sprays designed to blend in with dark hair. When even the most careful application still leaves you with white residue, consider switching up your products for one that caters to your root color. Ahead, 16 brunette-friendly dry shampoos that'll make skipping your next wash even easier than ever.

1. Best for Oily Hair:

OUAI Super Dry Shampoo

OUAI Super Dry Shampoo
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If you have naturally oil-prone hair, you'll need a powerful dry shampoo formula to tackle those extra-greasy locks. As OUAI's most absorbent dry shampoo yet, this formula is certainly up to the task. It tackles and eliminates oily hair using a combination of volcanic minerals and rice starch. After a few sprays, the hair looks bouncier at the root and noticeably cleaner overall.

Dark-haired folks, don't fret over the fact that this formula features a white powder. After you spray the product on the hair, allow it to sit for about 30 seconds so that it can really work its magic on those oily roots. Then, you can easily eliminate any white cast with a quick brush-through or by using a hairdryer for a few seconds.

2. Best Mist:

R+CO SPIRITUALIZED Dry Shampoo Mist

R+CO SPIRITUALIZED Dry Shampoo Mist
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Let's be honest, dry shampoo isn't just a product. It's practically a religion. R+CO SPIRITUALIZED Dry Shampoo Mist works like a toner but for oily hair, featuring a revolutionary micellar formula that leaves both your hair and scalp fully cleansed.

A few key ingredients here include glycerin, a naturally occurring humectant that keeps hair moisturized; silica, a micronutrient that reinforces and conditions hair; and castor oil, one of our favorite natural ingredients for smoothing frizz and boosting shine. The best part? It's a lightweight mist, so it won't leave any white residue on black hair or brown hair.

3. Best Scent:

ORIBE Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

ORIBE Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
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Amp up the luxury even on your off day with this ultra-posh dry shampoo. With a scent so famous it has now been made into a perfume, this cleansing formula might actually have you looking forward to those days when you're experiencing a little excess oil around the scalp. Translucent powders immediately absorb dirt and oil and revive blowouts without leaving any white powder behind. Hair is left smelling unbelievable and feeling super soft and ultra-clean.

4. Best Stylist Pick:

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Prêt-à-Powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Prêt-à-Powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo
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There's a reason BUMBLE AND BUMBLE has been a favorite among stylists for decades. One of our go-to's from this trusted brand: their bestselling dry shampoo formula that works flawlessly on anyone with dark hair, light hair, or a shade somewhere in between. The hero ingredient here is pink clay, which effectively absorbs oil from roots to ends. This style extender leaves strands lightly scented with a subtle boost of volume. If you're a dry shampoo newbie, this award-winning formula is a sure win for all hair colors and almost every hair type.

5. Best Protective Formula:

VERB Dry Shampoo Dark

VERB Dry Shampoo Dark
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Second-day hair has never looked better. This vegan formula can easily preserve blowouts and add volume with just a few quick spritzes. Glycerin helps to keep the hair moisturized and soft, antioxidants protect against the environment and damaging free radicals, and tapioca starch quickly eliminates excess oils and impurities. It's even made with tinted powders specifically for brunettes so you'll never have to worry about powdery white patches sneaking up on you.

6. Best Detoxing Formula:

BRIOGEO Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

BRIOGEO Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo
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While some dry shampoos offer a quick fix to oily hair, this formula dives deeper, providing both immediate and long-term results. First, Binchotan charcoal detoxifies the scalp and hair eliminating any impurities. Next, a combination of clay, tapioca, and rice starches zap away excess oil. And finally, witch hazel regulates oil production over time, helping to prevent an oily scalp. As if all that wasn't enough, this dry shampoo also includes biotin to help the hair grow faster and stronger.

7. Best for Textured Hair:

KLORANE Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Dark Hair

KLORANE Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Dark Hair
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Oat milk isn't just for delicious lattes. This dry shampoo blends nourishing oat extract and rice starch into its ultra-fine, oil-absorbing powders (which, BTW, are designed to blend seamlessly into dark hair colors). Rich in protein, lipids, and vitamin D, oat milk effectively strengthens strands and promotes hair growth–two major pluses for those with fragile, often slow-growing curly or natural hair. It's also free of parabens, sulfates, and silicones, all of which can cause buildup in textured hair.

8. Best for Dry Hair or Damaged Hair:

MOROCCANOIL Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones

MOROCCANOIL Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones
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When your hair needs a quick cleanse but also a serious boost of hydration, reach for this award-winning formula made specifically for those with natural or color-treated dark hair. After rice starch absorbs excess oil and perks up greasy roots, this dry shampoo's hero ingredient steps in. Packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan oil deeply hydrates and conditions the hair, helping it to feel not only clean but also super soft and healthy. 

9. Best For In-Between Color Sessions:

Batiste Hint of Color Divine Dark Dry Shampoo

Batiste Hint of Color Divine Dark Dry Shampoo
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Tinted formulas aren't just great for absorbing excess oils on dark roots, and this dark-colored dry shampoo comes with an added bonus. Perfect for concealing any grow-out, a few spritzes will hide traces of oils, grays, and thinning in a single spritz. Plus, it's scented of bergamot, white peach and vanilla bean, which will make you want to apply it, just because. 

10. Best Splurge:

Philip B Everyday Beautiful Dry Shampoo

Philip B Everyday Beautiful Dry Shampoo
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When you feel like treating yourself to a luxurious dry shampoo that extends the life of your blowout, look no further than this gilded can. Its ultra-lightweight formula goes on clear, making it ideal for dark hair. But beware, it gives so much body and texture to (clean and dirty) hair that you'll be tempted to wear it every day.

11. Best Moisturizing Formula:

Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner

Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner
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Since dry shampoos are made to soak up oils, they can often be drying on the hair. Dry conditioner gives you all the benefits of dry shampoo while also softening and smoothing hair between washes. This weightless, anti-static dry spray is packed with provitamin b5 to promotes shine and condition even the most dehydrated hair types, including color-treated, Brazilian-treated, and keratin-treated hair.

12. Best Deep-Cleansing Formula:

dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Shampoo Powder

dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Shampoo Powder
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Since most dry shampoo formulas work wonders at concealing greasy roots, they act as a bandaid between washes. However, this one is packed with apple cider vinegar to blast bacteria from your scalp and hair without the suds. And the best part is this dry shampoo feels weightless going on and doesn't leave any white residue, so it's dark hair-friendly.

13. Best Vegan Formula:

Billie Floof Dry Shampoo

Billie Floof Dry Shampoo
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Part dry shampoo, part volumizer, this formula is packed with ingredients that combat excess oil and give your hair major lift and texture at the same time. It comes in two shades—the one for dark hair has a light-brown pigment to it that helps the formula blend into the roots without traces of white buildup. And this is one of the only dry shampoos in the game that is EWG Verified.

14. Best Drugstore Buy:

Dove Beauty Brunette Dry Shampoo

Dove Beauty Brunette Dry Shampoo
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If you're a fan of the classic Dove dry shampoo, it now comes specifically formulated for those with dark hair. Use it between washes to keep your hair fresh without shampooing, and none will be the wiser.

15. Best for Fine Hair:

EVA NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo

EVA NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo
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A great dry shampoo should look and feel like it was never there. Unfortunately for those with dark, fine hair, dry shampoo can sometimes leave this type of hair feeling gritty and looking washed out. EVA NYC's formula offers a fix in the form of a weightless spray that blends in seamlessly with fine strands, helping them to feel clean and never overly saturated with product. Plus, this dry shampoo is extra powerful, so you'll only need a spritz or two to transport you back to day one hair.

16. Best Volumizing Formula:

CAKE BEAUTY The Do-Gooder Dry Shampoo

CAKE BEAUTY The Do-Gooder Dry Shampoo
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While texturizing spray and dry shampoo are not always one and the same, there are times when the two products can be combined into one supercharged formula, providing both cleansing and styling benefits. This is one of those times. After cornstarch neutralizes your oily scalp, the formula's volumizing powers being to come into play, instantly creating thicker, fuller-looking strands perfect for revitalizing a blowout or creating a tousled texture that's perfect for the foundation updo hairstyle. 

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Stephanie Montes
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Stephanie is a freelance contributor covering all things beauty. She writes about her adventures testing the latest trends in skincare, hair, and makeup. Stephanie's bylines have also appeared on Who What Wear, Elle, Byrdie, Bustle, and more.
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Article Last Updated October 26, 2021 12:00 AM