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6 Cruelty-Free Dry Shampoos For Beautiful Clean Hair

by Suzana Rose

May 13, 2020

For many of us, dry shampoo is an essential part of our hair care routine. Every now and then, I use dry shampoo in-between washing my hair. All I do is sprinkle it on my roots (all over my hair and focusing on the top part), let it sit for a bit, rub it in, and brush it out. It's simple and makes a big difference! The best cruelty-free dry shampoos will also give hair a bit of volume, and will work on dark hair.

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Though they might be harder to use, I recommend the non-aerosol dry shampoos on this list as they're better for the environment and don't contain harsh or drying ingredients such as alcohol.

1. Lulu Organics Dry Shampoo

Lulu Organics is a natural hair products company based in New York. Founded on herbalist and non-toxic principles, this luxurious dry shampoo is well worth it! It's not only talc-free but also organic, and comes in four scents: Jasmine, Lavender/Clary Sage, Patchouli/Amber, and Vetiver/Black Pepper. At 30$ a box, this is the ultimate "treat yourself" dry shampoo: fancy (and eco-friendly!) packaging, lovely scent, pleasant and easy to use, and effective! You also get a lot of product.

*organic corn starch, white clay, baking soda, *organic rice powder, *organic horsetail powder, *essential oils / *USDA Organic & Oregon Tilth Certified Organic

2. Giovanni Powder Power

Giovanni, a Leaping Bunny-certified brand available at Target, also makes a fantastic dry shampoo! It's also on the natural side and doesn't contain talc, but rather corn starch, as well as kaolin to better absorb oil. The packaging is super convenient: a pointy tip helps distribute the product along your roots without having to get your hands (or the floor) messy.

Zea mays (corn) starch, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, stearalkonium hectorite, panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5), kaolin, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract [proanthocyanidins], **citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel extract, panax ginseng root extract [ginsenosides], silica, natural fragrance.*USDA Certified Organic.

3. Julep Dry Clean Invisible

If you're looking for a spray dry shampoo, this is a good cruelty-free alternative to the infamous Batiste or Dove dry shampoos. Julep doesn't test on animals and makes more than just nail polish! If you're into drugstore-type dry shampoo, you won't be disappointed by this one. It dries invisible and is the most convenient and quick to use. This one is the best dry shampoo for dark hair.

Propane, Alcohol Denat., Butane, Isobutane, Aluminum Starch Cotenylsucciante, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Fragrance/Parfum.

4. Acure Organics Dry Shampoo

Acure is another natural and Leaping Bunny-certified brand. They also offer a natural and talc-free shampoo that has a corn starch and kaolin base, but this one also has "Argan stem cells" and smells nice. It's decently-priced, effective, and the powder is fine and soaks in quickly. The only downside is the packaging, which can make things messy.

Organic Corn Starch (non GMO), French White Clay (Kaolin), Oat Flour, Slippery Elm Bark Flour, Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells,Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Lavender essential oil, chamomile essential oil

5. Lush No Drought

Lastly, Lush also makes a dry shampoo. I have to admit it's been my least favorite out of the dry shampoos I've tried. It's not as effective and harder to brush the whiteness out, especially if you have dark hair. It does contain talc, but the ingredients are nonetheless mostly natural and better than an aerosol version. The scent also completely comes off, leaving it smelling very powdery and unpleasant. Not one of my favorites.

Corn Oil (Zea mays) , Magnesium Carbonate , Talc , Perfume , Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi) , Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia) , *Citral , *Geraniol , *Limonene , *Linalool

6. IGK Hair First Class Dry Shampoo

This aerosol dry shampoo from IGK Hair is heavy-duty and works well even on oily hair. Charcoal powder lifts dirt and built-up while white tea powder soothes the scalp. The charcoal powder also fights any odors. This products is vegan and you can find it at Sephora.

Butane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Zeolite, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrated Silica, Charcoal Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Carbonate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Cellulose, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-59, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Acetate, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

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Suzana Rose

Suzana Rose

I created Cruelty-Free Kitty because animal testing has no place in the 21st century. My mission is to tackle ethical issues in the beauty industry one by one and find solutions for a better future.

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  • I’d love to get an updated list!!!

  • Avatar Allison says:

    I have read that Batiste is cruelty free and vegan.. is this not true?

  • Avatar Marisa says:

    I have seen the dry shampoo, Psssst! Does anyone know if it cruelty free? I cannot find anything about it. Thanks

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    I really need to try a dry shampoo and you said Julep Invisible is the best for dark hair, I would like to try it, but cannot find it online. The link comes up as page not found. On Julep’s website, it doesn’t come up either. Is it not available anymore?

  • Avatar Maria says:

    What about amika’s dry shampoo?

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    I’m more of a spray dry shampoo gal, and I was wondering if you could confirm/give more info about Cake, Klorane, or Colab being CF?

    • Avatar Kali says:

      I’d like to know more about Klorane brand too. I recently got some free samples from Ulta and I am in LOVE with their leave in conditioner. Their website does say they are cruelty free but then isitcrueltyfree.com says it’s not but doesn’t give any information about it.

      • Aly Laughlin Aly Laughlin says:

        Hi Kali! Unfortunately, Klorane is not cruelty-free as they do fund animal testing of their finished products in China, where the practice is required by law.

  • Avatar Dara says:

    Is Klorane cruelty free?

  • Avatar Jade says:

    Do you know of any dry shampoos without corn or aluminum? I’ve found that my hair & scalp do NOT like either ingredient

  • Avatar Milliecent Bolin says:

    In Sweden we have this brand called Liance, it is cf and all vegan ingredients.

  • Avatar Rinn says:

    the best dry shampoo is… cocoa powder! πŸ™‚ Just make sure, that’s not raining because you will end up with cake on your head!

  • Avatar Rae Black says:

    Is Batiste a no go? πŸ™‚

    • Suzi Suzi says:

      Hey Rae! Correct. At this very moment, Batiste is cruelty-free. But they’re looking into China distribution, hence why I made this post about non-Batiste alternatives. They’re also owned by Church & Dwight, a major animal tester.

      • Avatar Rae Black says:

        Awww what a shame, thank you for letting me know, its good to know!! πŸ™‚ I wondered why their message on fb was so vague…”that’s correct we don’t currently sell in China. Thanks for your interest.”

  • Suzi Suzi says:

    Glad to help! πŸ™‚ Also, I looove your cat dress!

  • Avatar Aniqa says:

    I have yet to purchase a cruelty-free dry shampoo and this list will really help me!! Thank you so much for sharing this list, because I am completely in the dark when it comes to dry shampoos πŸ™‚



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