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The 12 Best Dry Shampoos for Fine Hair That Boost Volume, Tested & Vetted

including IGK and Bumble & bumble

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Newsflash: Styling your hair takes forever, so whenever possible, I’d love to be able to extend my time between washes. The problem is, if I don’t wash my fine, thin hair every day, it starts to look…well, gnarly is the polite way of putting it. Discovering dry shampoo was a little lightbulb moment: It gave my greasy roots the light, fluffy, just-washed appearance with the added bonus of preserving (and boosting) volume and texture, two things I desperately need. Here, I’ve rounded up fellow fine-haired PureWow editors’ and testers’ 12 favorite picks for the best dry shampoo for fine hair, including R+Co, Hailey Bieber-approved IGK, Beachwaver and the crowd-favorite Bumble & bumble. May a good hair day be ever in your favor. 

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The Top 10 Best Dry Shampoos for Fine Hair at a Glance

1

Best Overall Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

FEKKAI Clean Stylers Sheer Dry Shampoo

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2

Best Dry Shampoo for Fine Combination Hair

Olaplex No4 D Dry Shampoo

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3

The Best Residue-Free Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

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4

Best Cream Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

R+Co Bleu Vapor Lotion

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5

Best Budget Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

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Meet the Experts

  • Jennifer Korab is the owner of Renaissance Salon & Spa and Revival Barber Shop in New Jersey. Korab has extensive experience working at New York Fashion Week and celebrity photo shoots.
  • Sheila Guillermo is a hairstylist at NYC THE TEAM, a hair salon founded by colorist Michelle Hong. Guillermo has over a decade of experience in the industry and specializes in blowouts, keratin treatments, updos and bridal hairstyles.

How I Chose the Best Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair 

To select the following dry shampoos, I, along with a team of PureWow editors and testers, tried nearly 30 different products over the course of several weeks. We all have fine hair in varying degrees of density. When testing, we evaluated each dry shampoo on the following criteria: efficacy, scent and ease of application. Additionally, I spoke with hairstylists Jennifer Korab and Sheila Guillermo about key ingredients and formulas to prioritize when shopping.

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Best Overall Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

1. FEKKAI Clean Stylers Sheer Dry Shampoo

What We Like

  • weightless
  • light citrus scent
  • adds a little volume boost

What We Don't Like

  • twist nozzle can be inconvenient 

FEKKAI

Of all the dry shampoos I tested, FEKKAI stood out for saving my two-day old hair, effortlessly absorbing oil, adding a volume boost and having a pleasant—but not overpowering—scent. It’s a gentle, refreshing citrus with staying power, but isn’t too cloying. For me, that’s a huge plus because aggressive scents give me nausea. The FEKKAI dry shampoo didn’t leave a heavy residue, even after spraying it multiple times over a couple days, though I did notice a *miniscule* change in my hair color from dark to a slighter brown. Otherwise, it felt like my normal hair with a volume bump, which is always much appreciated. My only (tiny) complaint is that the nozzle is a turn-to-lock situation, which is nice, but it’s slippery. If it rotates even a fraction away from the “on” position, it’s locked, so you really need to hold it in place. 

Fast Facts

  • Size: 1.7oz, 7.7oz 
  • Scent: citrus florals 
  • Ingredients: kaolin clay, apple extract, vitamin E, glycerin  

Best Dry Shampoo for Fine Combination Hair

2. Olaplex No.4 D Dry Shampoo

What We Like

  • amazing scent
  • doesn’t dry out hair

What We Don't Like

  • some find the scent too strong

Olaplex

“I have combination hair—it’s oily and dry at the same time (lucky me), so lots of times with other dry shampoo products, I’m just adding to the problem by making my hair drier and greasier. What I really liked about Olaplex was 1: It gave my hair that clean feeling without drying it out more. And 2: The smell is intoxicating—in a good way. I want it in candle form next.” - PureWow executive editor Dara Katz

The Best Residue-Free Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

3. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

What We Like

  • doesn’t leave residue
  • deftly absorbs oil and leaves hair refreshed

What We Don't Like

  • scent is a little overpowering 
  • pricey

Living Proof

“I love this dry shampoo and I’ve had a hard time finding one that works just as well. It’s easy to use and doesn’t leave any white residue. The smell is nice, but it’s a bit overpowering for me so that’s a downside. I wish it wasn’t so pricey because it’s very effective, but I’m not someone who cares much about their hair so it’s hard for me to justify spending over $30 on a hair product when I rather spend that on skincare or makeup. But, I guess it’s a testament to how good it is, because I keep buying it when I run out!” - PureWow director of special projects, branded content, Rachel Gulmi

Fast Facts

  • Size: 2.4oz, 5.5oz, 9.9oz
  • Scent: citrus
  • Ingredients: rice starch 

Best Cream Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

4.  R+Co Bleu Vapor Lotion

What We Like

  • faster, more thorough application than powder
  • pleasant coconut scent

What We Don't Like

  • pricey

R+Co Bleu

“I actually [really] liked the application of the R+Co Bleu Vapor Lotion. It’s creamy, so you rub a small amount between your hands then work it into your hair (almost like lathering in shampoo). This was faster and more thorough than using a spray or powder. As for the scent, it’s like fancy sunscreen—a little coconutty and musky. It’s strong upon application, though it dissipates quickly. [Personally, I enjoyed it, but] I could see the scent-averse disliking the strong fragrance.” - PureWow senior food editor Katherine Gillen

Fast Facts

  • Size: 3oz
  • Scent: bergamot, lemon, driftwood 
  • Ingredients: Blue Molecule Complex, colloidal oatmeal, radish root ferment 

Best Budget Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

5. Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

What We Like

  • affordable 
  • widely accessible
  • can revive even hopeless-looking strands

What We Don't Like

  • works best for light hair

Batiste

“This is my go-to budget-friendly dry shampoo. It’s easy to find pretty much anywhere, so if I’m traveling and am in need of a quick refresh, it’s what I reach for. It really absorbs grease well—even oily, flattened roots that seem beyond hope—but it requires more careful application. I feel like it’s very easy to overdo it and wind up with white roots from the residue, so it’s definitely best for light hair (though they also have formulas specifically designed for darker hair). It gives a nice little boost of volume, and the scent is fresh, with citrus and lily notes.” - PureWow vice president of editorial Candace Davison 

Fast Facts

  • Size: 3.8oz, 7.6oz
  • Scent: bergamot, lily, rose 
  • Ingredients: rice starch, hydrolyzed keratin 

Editor’s Pick for Best Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

6. Beachwaver Second Chance

What We Like

  • light scent evokes a beachy getaway
  • amps volume for super-fine hair without weight it down

What We Don't Like

  • some buyers say the nozzle can be sticky

Beach Waver

“By far my favorite dry shampoo I’ve ever used. The rice-based formula doesn’t leave a powdery residue in my hair. I just spritz a little on my part and brush it in, and watch as my hair gets a little volume—without becoming matted or tangly, which normally happens with my baby fine hair—and the greasiness disappears. The light Brazilian Berry scent is sweet without overpowering, too; it’s beachy and lends to the laid-back, effortlessly undone vibe it gives my hair.” - PureWow vice president of editorial Candace Davison 

Fast Facts

  • Size: 5.4oz
  • Scent: Brazilian Berry
  • Ingredients: rice starch 

Best Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair That Boosts Volume and Texture

7. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

What We Like

  • lovely scent
  • adds volume and texture 
  • great longevity, even with extensive outdoor activities

What We Don't Like

  • hair can feel dry

R+Co

R+Co’s Death Valley dry shampoo offered the perfect balance of volume and texture while giving my hair the illusion of cleanliness. The residue was minimal after brushing it through my hair, but it definitely had staying power. I was impressed that even on day three, after being out in the sun all day, my hair still looked presentable. Death Valley does amp up the volume and texture, but subtly. I appreciated this because I often find texture sprays to be drying. While I still experienced that sensation to a small degree, it was much less crispy than other dry shampoos I tested.  

Fast Facts

  • Size: 6.3oz
  • Scent: bergamot, fig, lotus flower, cedarwood 
  • Ingredients: rice protein, vitamin E, silica, vitamin B

Best Powder Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

8. Verb Dry Shampoo

What We Like

  • effective , even on days-old dirty hair
  • pleasant scent and feel

What We Don't Like

  • difficult to dispense

Verb

“I tried [the Verb dry shampoo] on three-day-old hair, right after back-to-back yoga and barre [classes]. It smelled pleasant, felt nice, and absorbed some oil. My only qualm is the application. I found it difficult to get an even application of the powder directly onto my hair, so I wound up squeezing it into my hands, [blasting my black tee] in the process. However, it was effective: I probably could have gotten another day out of my hair with this. I [found it was on] par with my favorite Prêt à Powder from Bumble & bumble.” - PureWow tester Anna Vitacco

Fast Facts

  • Size: 1.6oz, 5oz
  • Scent: fruity 
  • Ingredients: pomegranate extract, bilberry extract, rice starch 

Best Dry Shampoo Paste

9. R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste

R+Co

After testing tons of aerosols, I was skeptical about the paste formula, but it worked surprisingly well. It was easy to apply and allows for a much more targeted application than a spray nozzle. I also appreciated that there was no residue at all. The major plus here is that R+Co Badlands is travel friendly because it’s basically solid. To use, you scoop a tiny, pea-sized amount onto your fingertips and rub to melt, before applying to scalp and tousling into your hair. It gave me an instant volume and texture boost, which was nice. I would say that, due to the application method, it might not be the most convenient if your hair strands tend to get oily, too, as it really just targets the scalp/roots. However, you could try distributing the product with a boar-bristle brush.

Fast Facts

  • Size: 2.2oz
  • Scent: citrus, eucalyptus, amber 
  • Ingredients: volcanic ash, coconut oil, zeolite, sunflower seed extract, argan oil 

Best Celeb-Approved Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

10. IGK Jet Lag Dry Shampoo

What We Like

  • delicate floral scent
  • forceful spray
  • leaves hair feeling soft

What We Don't Like

  • can be a little gritty

IGK

Hailey Bieber is known to love IGK, and the brand’s Jet Lag Dry Shampoo didn’t disappoint. It was lightweight and left my hair feeling soft.] I appreciated that the strength of the spray is pretty forceful, as I sometimes feel like dry shampoos can get clogged in the nozzle or just don’t spray well from the get-go. [The scent] is light, floral-y and clean. [There aren’t any major cons, though I did find it just a tad gritty at times], and I don’t think it would be strong enough for a really greasy hair day. [However,] I liked that it didn’t leave a ton of residue.” - PureWow senior food editor Katherine Gillen

Fast Facts

  • Size: 6.3oz
  • Scent: floral
  • Ingredients: volcanic ash, ginger root extract, mango extract

The Crowd-Favorite Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

11. Bumble & bumble Prêt à Powder

What We Like

  • effectively absorbs oil, even on dense hair
  • refreshing scent

What We Don't Like

  • may overwhelm thin hair

Bumble & bumble

Several editors and testers mentioned Bumble & bumble’s Prêt à Powder as a reference point while testing other dry shampoos. Notably, a tester with fine but dense hair said it did an excellent job of absorbing excess oil more effectively than some aerosols she tried. The scent is a delicate combination of clementine, hyacinth and sandalwood, and the oat flour and tapioca starch in the formula leave you with refreshed strands while adding a bit of volume and texture. 

Fast Facts

  • Size: 0.5oz, 2oz
  • Scent: clementine, hyacinth, sandalwood 
  • Ingredients: corn starch, tapioca starch, silica  

Best Alternative to Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

12. Altesse Studio Repair & Shine Boar Bristle Brush

What We Like

  • natural way to regulate sebum 
  • stimulates scalp and promotes hair growth

What We Don't Like

  • expensive

Altesse Studio

While I enjoyed many of the dry shampoos on this list, I actually don’t like having tons of product in my hair. However, I have been trying to figure out how to extend the time between washes without looking like a total grease ball. Enter: Altesse Studio’s boar bristle brush. The magic of a boar bristle brush is that it deftly distributes the scalp’s natural oils through your hair. (It’s also great for working in products like said dry shampoo if you choose.) According to the brand’s founder, Julia Tissot-Gaillard, after three to five weeks of the 100-stroke method, excess sebum should be cleared, sebum production should be more balanced and you should be able to push your wash back by a day. While I haven’t been able to test the theory for a full five weeks, I did notice that my two- or three- day old hair looked a lot nicer brushed with boar bristles than it did with my regular nylon-bristle brush, and looked more intentionally glossy than greasy. This is what I’ll be doing from here on out. And yes, $320 is steep, but you can also look at it this way: That’s eight tubes of R+Co Bleu Vapor Lotion that you never have to buy again. 

Fast Facts

  • Size: n/a
  • Scent: n/a
  • Ingredients: boar bristles (keratin fiber)

What to Consider When Buying Dry Shampoo for Fine Hair

If you’re a fine-haired person who also struggles with volume and texture, dry shampoo can be a great way to give you a little boost of both, making it appear fuller, Korab says. “Look for a lightweight, volumizing dry shampoo specifically formulated for fine hair. These dry shampoos contain ingredients that will add volume and lift without weighing your hair down.”

When shopping, choose products that work for your hair type, and throw a bottle of clarifying shampoo or scalp scrub into your basket, too.   

“Dry shampoo is generally safe to use and can be a convenient way to extend the time between washes, but it is important to use it correctly, so it doesn’t cause buildup on scalp issues,” she adds. “I recommend using a clarifying shampoo or a scalp scrub periodically to help remove any buildup and thoroughly cleanse your scalp and hair.”

Regarding ingredients, Korab advises choosing gentle products that will absorb the excess oils. She prioritizes starch-based ingredients like rice or corn, as well as absorbent powders like silica and arrowroot. Things vitamin E and aloe vera will add a little hydration, but Guillermo says to tread lightly, as they can weigh down your hair. If you do use a dry shampoo with these ingredients, opt for a light mist. Additionally, if you have dark-colored hair, “[look] for dry shampoo that has cacao powder or charcoal powder, which won’t leave that annoying white residue you see with many dry shampoos,” she notes. 

Finally, if you have color-treated hair, be sure to select a dry shampoo that won’t leave a residue and will help maintain vibrancy, Korab tells me. “I would look for tinted or clear dry shampoos, as well as color safe formulas and UV protectants.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Dry Shampoos Good for Fine Hair?

“Dry shampoo can be used by all hair types and textures, but to maximize effectiveness, I recommend choosing the right product depending on your specific hair needs,” Korab says. “The use of dry shampoo can vary depending on your hair type and texture, lifestyle and personal preferences. [I’d advise] using dry shampoo in between washes, for a style refresh, after a workout and even before bed, once or twice a week.”

How to Use Dry Shampoo on Thin Hair?

The application process is the same, no matter your hair type. However, if you have low hair density, you might want to prioritize a dry shampoo with UV protection, as you have less hair to aid in blocking the sun from your head. (As PureWow beauty director Jenny Jin said in a recent issue of Youngish, we should all be protecting our scalps from UV rays.)

To apply, Korab explains: “Divide your hair into sections to ensure even application. Spray lightly in short bursts six to eight inches away from your scalp to avoid over-application. Allow the dry shampoo to sit for two to five minutes. (This gives the product time to absorb the oils.) Massage or brush into your scalp, hair, and style as normal.”

What Dry Shampoo Is Good for Your Hair?

As Korab previously explained, you should shop for dry shampoo according to your hair needs. However, she does advise against certain ingredients like talc, parabens and sulfates, which can be irritating and exceptionally drying to the scalp and hair. Guillermo also cautions against too much alcohol as a main ingredient for similar reasons.


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