If there’s one beauty product we could never give up, it’s dry shampoo. The hero-in-a-can transforms greasy hair by soaking up excess oil to refresh the scalp and strands—all with just a few quick spritzes.

But which formula will best breathe life back into your post-workout mane? Which one will protect dyed hair from fading? Which scent will revive your style when you’re rushing to get the kids ready for the day? We’ve rounded up the most trusted dry shampoos for every hair type, with top reviews for their volumizing potential, invisible finish and undeniable ability to cleanse your hair in a pinch.

 

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Best Dry Shampoo Overall

White and green can of Batiste Tropical dry shampoo - best dry shampoo overall 6000093377996

There’s a reason Batiste has landed at the top of several readers’ choice awards lists, and why it’s our number-one pick overall: it does a lot without costing a lot—which matters if you’re a regular sprayer. It packs rice starch to sap up oil and add a touch of volume. Plus, unlike many other formulas on the market, it won’t leave your scalp feeling overly powdery or gunky.

Pros Cons
It revitalizes limp strands while also adding body and lifting roots using rice starch. Some users say the fragrance is overpowering and irritates sensitive scalps.
The powdery white hue disappears when massaged through hair (and a shake of the can beforehand helps to reduce residue!), making it a great fit for all hair colours. The formula may weigh hair down.
With notes of coconut, jasmine and vanilla, the ultra-feminine and summery scent lingers all day. The formula also comes in other fragrances like Cherry and Wildflower.

The Draw

Oily hair goodbye! I love this stuff for when I straighten my hair and want it to last longer than two days. I will buy this product again, since it is a time saver.

–SusieQ3, originally posted on batistehair.com

The Downside

It has a very strong coconut smell which I love, but if you are sensitive to smells, this might not be the scent for you.

–steviem8, originally posted on influenster.ca

Best Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

Spray can of Marc Anthony Refreshing Coconut Clear dry shampoo - best dry shampoo for dark hair

Finding the right dry shampoo for dark strands can seem like a difficult feat, with most formulas leaving a powdery veil behind. For ultra-dark manes, Marc Anthony’s Refreshing Coconut Clear Dry Shampoo is completely colourless straight out of the nozzle, so you don’t have to overwork your hair to get rid of the usual white cast. It’s no wonder this formula is among the top-rated on Walmart.ca despite its slightly higher price.

Pros Cons
It contains zeolite, a porous mineral that soaks up oil (found in top-selling formulas that retail for five times the price). Some users complain the price is too high for the amount of product inside the can.
Its tropical coconut fragrance gives off that vacation-in-a-bottle feeling while covering up unwanted odours. The formula may weigh hair down.
This completely clear spray blends seamlessly into brown, black and other deep hair colours.

The Draw

It smells great and makes my hair feel refreshed. I have dark brown hair and I wasn’t left with white hair like I have from previous dry shampoos.

–e010365, originally posted on marcanthony.com

The Downside

I have dark hair and this didn’t leave any film. I only wish you got more product for the price.

–Ammmmmma, originally posted on marcanthony.com

Best Dry Shampoo for Natural Hair

Spray can of Pantene Never Tell dry shampoo - best dry shampoo for natural hair

Natural texture tends to thrive best with less wrangling and touching, which can introduce frizz and interrupt curl patterns, so we love a dry shampoo that truly goes on clear. Pantene’s Never Tell option earns ample praise for its disappearing powers, and the vitamin-enriched formula isn’t overly drying (if you’re dealing with extra greasy roots, you might want something that’s a little more intense, but Never Tell is great for thick curly types that thrive with a bit of natural oil).

Pros Cons
Natural textured hair benefits from the pro-vitamin B5 complex—a helpful hydration boost to balance out the oil-absorbing action. Some users find that it leaves visible white residue on clothes.
An invisible formula means no extra fussing with your roots to disguise the typical white residue. Its minty fragrance may irritate sensitive scalps.
The petite can makes it easy to toss into an overnight bag for on-the-go styling.

The Draw

I am pleasantly surprised to find that there wasn’t any noticeable white powdery residue, just as advertised. I have black thick long hair. I did not have to deal with any powdery mess.

–AnnMarie132, originally posted on pantene.com

The Downside

True to its word, there was no white residue left on my hair, but I accidentally got some on my black top which showed.

–Diane577, originally posted on pantene.com

Best Dry Shampoo for Thin Hair

Spray can of OGX Biotin & Collagen dry shampoo - best dry shampoo for thin hair

If you have fine, limp hair, chances are you already pledge allegiance to dry shampoo for its volume-building abilities. But your best boost will come from a souped-up formula like this one from OGX, which packs biotin and collagen to help fatten up strands over time. The best part? While a lot of root-lifting products can leave your mane feeling stiff, this spray leaves hair feeling touchable and with a healthy-looking shine.

Pros Cons
Its nourishing formula with biotin, collagen and hydrolyzed wheat protein helps bolster strength for fuller, healthier hair. Some users say this product makes hair appear flat after a full day.
For fine strands that get greasy quickly, the spray’s aluminum starch soaks up oil so you can cut down on shower time. If you’re sensitive to smells, you may find the scent is a bit chemically.
The flexible, non-drying finish is ideal for daily use—even on clean hair—to add volume without stiffness.

The Draw

Love this dry shampoo! I needed a dry shampoo that volumizes my otherwise flat, straight hair and it works wonders.

–AutumnSoul, Walmart customer

The Downside

The only thing I didn’t like is that my hair did fall flat at the end of the day, but I’d still recommend this product if you’re on the go.

–sshehwar, Walmart customer

Best Dry Shampoo for After the Gym

Spray can of Batiste Waterless Cleansing Foam Cleanse and Strengthen with Almond Oil dry shampoo - best dry shampoo for after the gym

After a mega-sweaty workout is when we need dry shampoo the most, but who wants to spray a powder on drenched roots (hello, gritty build-up)? That’s where dry shampoo foams come in. The mousse-like formula goes on wet, then dries quickly, eliminating excess oil as it goes. Batiste makes one of the few—and best—dry shampoo foams at the drugstore price point. We love the way it leaves hair feeling soft, bouncy and not the slightest bit sticky, with nourishing ingredients for an added mane boost at the same time.

Pros Cons
A peach-sized dollop of the airy foam refreshes sweaty hair—without leaving white residue or powdery buildup—from root to tip. Some users say this formula leaves hair looking greasy.
The lightweight, non-sticky foam dries completely in 60 seconds. For a fresh, clean feeling, users with thick hair find they need to apply more of the product.
Infused with nourishing almond oil, the formula softens dry strands while also adding a subtle scent.

The Draw

I am so loving this product. I typically use it after the gym and it leaves my hair looking and feeling refreshed. It also gives me hair more volume in the best way!

–annpaige, originally posted on Product Sampling Community

The Downside

Because I have thick hair, I found I had to use quite a bit of the product to get that fresh clean feeling, so you might end up using more than you expect.

–Katherine, originally posted on Product Sampling Community

Best Dry Shampoo for Volume

Tresemme Volumizing Dry Shampoo for normal, oily, straight, fine and thin hair 6000200450229

Looking to give flat hair extra oomph with minimal effort? TRESemmé Volumizing Dry Shampoo lifts right from the root to give limp strands a boost—whether you use it on clean or dirty hair. Infused with mineral clay, it absorbs excess oil and adds texture in a few quick spritzes. Though it may not provide the heavy-duty clean feel that some dry-shampoo lovers rely on, this mist is a must-have if you’re looking for major body.

Pros Cons
This super lightweight formula won’t cause product build-up that weighs your hair down. Some users find it doesn’t completely remove oil from greasy strands.
The invigorating grapefruit and tangerine extracts nourish and add a clean scent. Some users say the scent is overpowering.
Its gentle, paraben-free formula is great for sensitive scalps.

The Draw

Clean but adds volume! You need this, especially if you like to curl and wave your hair. It adds body, takes out the oil, and amazing texture for your waves.

–torij28, originally posted on influenster.ca

The Downside

I’m not sure if this would rescue really greasy hair, but it definitely will add a little volume and texture for day-two hair.

–xofancy, originally posted on tresemme.com

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How we choose products: Simply put, we don’t recommend any products we wouldn’t buy ourselves. Our writers leverage a number of sources as a starting point, including reputable third-party reviews, Walmart.ca user reviews, and Walmart Canada’s category specialists. theHUB editorial staff has final say for all products included in this guide.

Any product claims noted are provided by the manufacturer, unless otherwise stated.

Prices shown are subject to change. Please check Walmart.ca for the latest pricing.

This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.

Jillian Vieira is a writer and stylist living in Toronto. Her editorial work has been seen in The Kit, Elle Canada, CBC and Toronto Life among other publications, while her styling clients include Disney, Winners and H&M. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading and hiking Ontario's beautiful trails. 

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