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. It’s our favourite way to extend a blow-out (whether it’s a salon job or DIY effort), resurrect sweaty strands after a workout and rescue flat hair in between washes—basically, a time-saver in a bottle.

But which formula will best breathe life into straight styles? And which will protect dyed hair from fading? Which scent will get last night’s dinner aroma out of your hair when you’re rushing to get the kids ready for the day? Here, we’ve rounded up the most trusted dry shampoos on the market, with top reviews for their volumizing potential, irresistible scent and undeniable ability to cleanse your hair in a pinch.

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Best Dry Shampoo Overall

Pink and white spray can of Batiste Blush dry shampoo - best dry shampoo overall

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, and though it goes on with a slight white cast, it blends in easily with a bit of massaging. Unlike other formulas on the market, it won’t leave your scalp feeling overly powdery or gunky, and the Blush version’s sophisticated floral scent is our favourite of Batiste’s iconic range.

  • The all-purpose formula does double-duty, revitalizing limp strands while also adding body and root lift via rice starch.
  • The powdery white hue is easily nixed by giving the can a good shake before use and massaging the product through hair, making it a great fit for all hair colours.
  • With notes of peony, freesia and orange peel, the ultra-feminine floral scent lingers all day for extra freshness. (It’s so good you can skip perfume, no problem.)

The Draw

This dry shampoo doesn’t leave any residue at all. Ones I’ve used in the past have a powdery or sticky finish, but not this one! It will absorb any extra oil, but doesn’t take away a healthy shine.

–Oracat, Walmart customer

The Downside

It did leave a slight white residue when I sprayed too much but it brushed out easily.

–Loves2pedal, Walmart customer

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 (a boon for frizz-prone hair that gets fuzzy from too much touching). It’s no wonder this formula is among the top-rated on Walmart.ca despite its slightly higher price.

  • Struggle with that telltale white cast after you put down your can of dry shampoo? This completely clear spray blends seamlessly into brown, black and other deep hair colours.
  • Second-day hair gets refreshed and volumized with help from zeolite, a porous mineral that soaks up oil (and can be found in top-selling formulas that retail for five times the price).
  • Its tropical coconut fragrance gives off that vacation-in-a-bottle feeling while covering up any unwanted odours.

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 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.

  • With a peach-sized dollop of the airy foam, you can refresh sweaty hair—sans white residue or powdery buildup—from root to tip.
  • The lightweight, non-sticky foam dries completely in 60 seconds, so you can go from Pilates to a playdate in a flash.
  • 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 Red Hair

Spray can of Hair Food sulfate-free colour protect dry shampoo - best dry shampoo for red hair

Whether you’re a natural or faux redhead, you’ll want a dry shampoo that keeps your hue at peak brightness. To that end, you’ll want something without drying sulfates or dyes, such as Hair Food’s formula. While there are other gentle options you can choose from, we love this one because it also packs amino acids and vitamins from fruit extracts to max out healthy-looking shine. It also adds texture—a bonus for finer manes—but can build up over time, so mix in a clarifying shampoo once a week to get your scalp squeaky clean between uses.

  • Tapioca starch is the formula’s oil-absorbing hero, which disappears on light and medium shades almost instantly with a quick tousle.
  • The gentle formula—free from sulfates, parabens, dyes and mineral oils—is safe for coloured hair, while fruit extracts and amino acids offer extra nourishment.
  • A juicy fragrance starring white nectarine and pear is potent at first mist, but tones down to a more gentle, long-lasting freshness after a few minutes.

The Draw

This dry shampoo smells amazing and sprays on invisible. It’s perfect for my coloured hair. I would highly recommend it as it helps give a lightweight texture to your hair when you need to style it.

–pizzataco, Walmart customer

The Downside

I find that a little goes a long way. If you spray too much or too closely to your roots, your hair can end up looking greasy.

–opinions_matter2, Walmart customer

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.

  • A nutrient-packed formula with biotin, collagen and hydrolyzed wheat protein help bolster strength for a fuller, healthier mane.
  • For fine strands that get greasy quickly, aluminum starch soaks up oil so you can cut down on shower time.
  • The flexible, non-drying finish means you can spritz this on every day—even on clean hair—to add volume without that unwanted 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 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).

  • Natural textured hair benefits from the pro-vitamin B5 complex—a helpful hydration boost to balance out the oil-absorbing action.
  • An invisible formula means no extra fussing with your roots (forget it, frizz) to disguise the typical white residue.
  • 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

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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.

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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.