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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suzana Rose is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She loves using her creative energy to run her ethical businesses, and when she’s not working, you can find her thrifting cute clothes, listening to podcasts, or rewatching her favorite episodes of The Office.