Dry Shampoo is an essential part of my hair care routine. Because my hair has a tendency to get oily, I use it about every other day, on no-shampoo days. All I do is sprinkle it on my roots (all over my hair and focusing on the top part), let it sit for a while, and brush it out really well. 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. I highly recommend the first two on this list!
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.