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11 Best Dry Shampoos to Give Fine Hair a Lift

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Dry shampoo can be a total lifesaver on days when you want to perk up your hairstyle without doing a full wash and restyle. Whether you're looking to extend the life of a blowout or you don't have time to wash your hair after a workout class, the right dry shampoo can absorb excess oil and make your hair look like it was just washed. (We won't tell if you don't.)

But like all beauty products, certain dry shampoo formulas are best suited for certain hair types. For example, if your hair gets greasy easily, you might reach for a super absorbent dry shampoo for oily hair. Or if you have fine hair, you'll want to look for a formula that can breathe life back into your hairstyle without weighing your strands down or leaving a powdery white residue behind.

If you do happen to have fine hair and you're looking for your perfect match, you're in luck. Here are 11 of the best dry shampoos for fine hair.

1. Best Shampoo for a Freshly Washed Feel:

LIVING PROOF Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

LIVING PROOF Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

While dry shampoos are great at absorbing excess oil at the root, they can sometimes leave the hair feeling a little bit chalky, making it feel less greasy but not necessarily cleaner. Not this formula, however, is designed to mimic the feel of regular shampoo and the effects of washing your hair. No sticky or chalky texture here.

"Best dry shampoo I've tried so far," writes one Ipster. "Actually absorbs & lasts the workday so I can maintain confidence in my appearance and not feel bad about going an extra day with my hair!"

2. Best for Dry Hair:

MOROCCANOIL Dry Shampoo

MOROCCANOIL Dry Shampoo
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Oily hair and dry ends can be a tricky combo. If you're dealing with damage or dryness, you might try this argan oil-infused formula. While naturally hydrating oil hydrates, rice starch tackles build up and odor. All in all, this dry shampoo can add volume while also leaving the hair feeling refreshed, moisturized, and ready for second (or third) day styling.

3. Best Multi-Day Dry Shampoo:

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo
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This bestselling dry shampoo has a little bit of everything: It's color-safe, is fit for all hair types (fine hair included), is oil-absorbent, and leaves no white residue behind. But what truly makes this a great go-to for fine hair is the superfine mist, which allows you to do just a quick spritz or layer it on a few days in a row without weighing the hair down.

4. Best Dry Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps:

KLORANE Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

KLORANE Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

This paraben and sulfate-free dry shampoo is an IPSY staff fave for good reason. The award-winning formula offers an instant pick-me-up for pretty much all hair types and textures, curly hair included. While silica zaps dirt, oil, and odor, organically harvested oat milk soothes sensitive and overactive scalps while also protecting your tresses from environmental damage. Plus, its ultra-fine powder means it won't weigh down the hair or leave a white residue.

"Made my hair look and smell like I just washed it, even fooled my hairdresser," says Ipster mekather.

5. Best Smelling Dry Shampoo:

ORIBE Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

ORIBE Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

While translucent powders instantly absorb dirt and oil from hair and scalp, this spray infuses ORIBE's signature scent into your locks—an addicting blend of bergamot, white peach, and cedarwood. Plus, its fragrance-retention technology means that your hair will stay smelling that good all day long. Like the LIVING PROOF dry shampoo, this formula doesn't add any texture, grip, or weight. Instead, you're left with soft, silky strands that feel like they were washed five minutes ago.

"I love the way it makes my hair feel," writes one Ipster. "It works so well."

6. Best for Preventing Buildup:

BRIOGEO Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

BRIOGEO Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo
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As much of a miracle product as dry shampoo is, it can lead cause buildup and scalp irritation if you overuse it. To prevent this, you might try using a scalp-healthy formula like this one from BRIOGEO. The formula features ingredients like detoxifying charcoal, oil-absorbing clay, tapioca, and rice starches. It even includes witch hazel extract to normalize oil production over time. Rather than offering a quick fix, this solution-oriented formula helps to create an optimal environment for a healthier scalp over time.

7. Best Volumizing Dry Shampoo:

CAKE BEAUTY The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

CAKE BEAUTY The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

This formula features a super-lightweight feel, volumizing texture, and a delicious scent that reminds us of fresh-baked cookies. And unlike some dry shampoos that leave behind a sticky-hairspray feel and residue on fine hair, this hair product leaves behind no white residue as it revitalizes even the limpest strands. Made with eco-friendly corn starch and without harsh ingredients like talc or parabens, this is one of the best dry shampoos to use on any hair color, from blonde to dark hair.

"I live by dry shampoos and loved the texture and smell of this one," writes Ipster xjacklynx.

8. Best Non-Aerosol Dry Shampoo:

R+CO Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist

R+CO Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist
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Ideal for fine hair that tends to go flat between washes (we’ve all been there), this ultra-fine mist is made with revolutionary micellar technology to remove product build-up, soothe an itchy scalp, and leave behind a delicious, light rose scent. Spray it on between washes for the best hair of your life.

9. Best for Dark Hair:

BATISTE Dry Shampoo Dark

BATISTE Dry Shampoo Dark
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For all you dark-haired beauties who can never seem to totally get rid of the white dry shampoo powder, you might instead try using a tinted option to combat your greasy hair. This pigmented powder formula will seamlessly blend into your roots while also cutting through oil and enhancing your rich color. It's a win-win.

10. Best for Thick Hair:

AMIKA Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam

AMIKA Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam
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You can have fine hair and still have a LOT of it. For all you thick-haired folks, a dry shampoo foam will likely go further, meaning you won't have to use quite so much product everything you're looking for a root refresh. Here's another great formula from AMIKA. While the mousse-like texture will feel wet in your palm, it will dry almost instantly when you massage it into your scalp, absorbing dirt and oil while leaving the hair feeling both clean and hydrated.

11. Best Shine-Boosting Dry Shampoo:

EVA NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo

EVA NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo

This weightless spray instantly absorbs excess oil thanks to natural rice starch, which is gentle on the hair and leaves no white residue behind. It's also infused with vitamin C and fatty acids to visibly boost shine—swapping out that greasy sheen for the freshly washed kind. To top it all off, the vanilla scent makes your hair smell like a sweet treat.

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Cortney Clift
Cortney is a New York-based freelance writer who has written about beauty and wellness for more than six years. She was previously the senior writer and special projects editor at Brit + Co where she covered a wide range of news and lifestyle topics.
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Article Last Updated October 12, 2021 12:00 AM