Best Natural Dry Shampoos

Ok, I must admit it, dry shampoo is one of my best friends these days.  Trust me, if you’re a mom you get it!  Sometimes you get 5 minutes to do something with your hair, and shampooing is out of the question.  Can I get a witness?!  In comes one of my favorite little green beauty products, the beloved dry shampoo.  These days it’s pretty much a fix all for any hair problem.  If your hair’s oily, it sops it up, if it needs volume, it gives you a lift, they even make your hair smell good…hello!  So basically you can look like you shampooed and spent the 20 minutes on your hair, but you really didn’t.  And everyone said Amen!

As you can see I have a serious relationship with my dry shampoo-what can I say, it delivers.  These days there are so many options when it comes to a non-toxic/clean dry shampoo!  So it’s easy to ditch your old toxic dry shampoos to the curb.  And trust me, you don’t want to use that stuff.  For starters, most of them are aerosol, which sprays all those chemicals around even more.  Not to mention they are filled with chemicals like isobutane, butane, propane, talc, and fragrance-just to name a few.  Pretty crazy huh?  Nothing like dousing your hair in some propane and butane-time to get the fire started(in case you didn’t know, that’s what they use to start campfires).  Don’t even get me started on talc, we all know the largest problem with talc is breathing it in.  So I’m pretty sure an aerosol spray with talc in it is a no go!  Those are some of the chemicals I found in the most popular mainstream dry shampoos.

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So since we won’t be using the mainstream dry shampoos, what do you use?  Well, you’ve come to the right place.  I pretty much have tried every natural dry shampoo on the market, and have narrowed it down to my favorites…ok by narrowing it down I mean six, but they’re all a little different, so cut me some slack.  Everyone is different on what they like in a dry shampoo too, so you need options.  I wanted to give a few tips on dry shampoo application too.  I know it might seem self explanatory, shake the container over your hair and spread around, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.  One tip I’ve picked up along the way is to start from the bottom layer of hair and gradually work up.  This way you can brush the product, and blend it easily into all your hair before you get a big white powdered spot on the top section of hair.  I also really like using a bristle brush that gets the product evenly distributed throughout the hair, as opposed to a brush with bristles that are farther apart.  I really like this teasing brush.  If you have thick/long hair you may like a brush a little larger like this one.  If you aren’t sure you can handle just sprinkling throughout your hair, try putting some in your hands first, and turn your head upside down and work it throughout hair.  This also ensures your not going to get white powdered sections anywhere.  Ok, enough chit chat, let’s get to it.


Primally Pure Dry Shampoo-

This is definitely a new fave when it comes to dry shampoos!  It’s different than a lot of dry shampoos I’ve tried.  It not only soaks up excess oil, but it adds to texture to the hair as well.  I feel like I have some volume and oomph in my hair after using…yes, I just used the word oomph!  Plus, it smells good!  Nothing too heavy, just a nice light scent of grapefruit, lavender and mint.  They have one for light hair and dark hair.  I’ve tried the lighter one.  You can get this in the 1 oz. or 4 oz.  This is so easy to use and will make you wish you would have switched your conventional dry shampoo out a lot sooner.  Snag it here! 

Voluminous Dry Shampoo-

I have wanted to try this dry shampoo for a while now!  As a mom, dry shampoo is at the top of my list of must have products to have around at all times- all the moms said amen!  This dry shampoo is unlike any I’ve used.  The application is really where it’s at.  So you squeeze the bottle and the product squirts out.  It really helps lift your hair as it squirts out.  I love applying it like this too because it gives an even distribution.  Most dry shampoos are just sprinkled on your hair, often leaving clumps.  It not only gets rid of any greasiness but also adds volume- I’m a huge fan!  Especially since my hair is fine and thin.  If you’ve been searching for a dry shampoo- this is it!  Grab your Dry Shampoo here!


One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo-

This was one of the first dry shampoos I tried.  It has won awards, and for good reason.  It not only smells good, it’s scent is OLO’s signature scent of coconut/vanilla/island goodness-at least that’s how I describe it.  So not only does it make your hair smell good, but it also gets rid of all the excess oil.  It comes in the typical powdered/sprinkle container.  You can get it in a small travel size or a larger size.  It’s definitely white in color, so might not be the best pick for dark hair.  I would sprinkle it throughout my hair and brush through.  I recommend this dry shampoo for blondes, reds, and light browns.  It’s an all around winner!  Head to my Instagram for a chance to win one of these babies!   $12



Bambu Earth Lavender Chamomile Dry shampoo for Darker Tresses-

Ok, all you dark haired ladies, here’s your dry shampoo.  Bambu Earth has two dry shampoos, one for light hair and one for dark.  The dark formula looks similar to a very light cocoa powder.  Perfect for helping blend better in dark hair, which is often the complaint I hear from most dark haired gals.  It smells just like the name suggests, like lavender and chamomile, it’s not a heavy smell, but light and airy.  It only comes in the 4 oz. size.  I also really like the holes in the container top on this one too.  They’re smaller, so you don’t get  a ton of product at once.  I haven’t tried the dry shampoo they carry for light hair, but I imagine it’s a similar formula.  If you’re dark haired, and have been searching for a dry shampoo, this is your ticket! $22


Acure Argan Stem Cell + CoQ10 Dry Shampoo-

This was the very first dry shampoo I tried, I mean my container is still the old packaging…hello!  It’s a great dry shampoo for those looking for something that is budget friendly but still works.  It’s also easy to find at health stores, which a lot of people love.  The new container actually comes in a one hole squeeze shaker.  My sister has bought the new container and I’ve played around with it before and really like it.  The ease of use is a lot easier than the previous container.  It has lavender and chamomile in it, but it’s not strong at all.  The scent is very subtle.  It’s also white in color.  They recommend applying it in your hands, and then distributing throughout hair, but it’s really your preference on how you apply as I mentioned above.  This one gets the job done, and saves you money at the same time.  You can find this at Whole Foods, most health food stores, Pharmaca and of course online at  I know right now it’s on sale at my Whole Foods for $7.99 and also Pharmaca for the same price-can’t beat that!  $9.99


Zabana Essentials Shimmery Dry Glow Shampoo-

This is a newer one I’ve tried, and I can’t get enough of.  First of all it smells amazing!  What does it smell like?  Let’s just say the islands, think vanilla, coconut, tropical goodness…if that’s a thing.  It comes in a different container than most.  It’s a pointed tip container, and you turn the cap on top to open the spout.  Then you just apply wherever you need it.  I do like the application because you can target specific areas quite easily, but I did have to be careful because I noticed it would easily get on my shirt.  I think because it’s so concentrated in that one area.  Let’s talk about the shimmer.  You can see the shimmer if you pour it directly in your hand, however once it’s in my hair I didn’t notice any shimmer.  But I love the idea of a bit of shimmer in my hair!  This one not only cut the greasy locks, but also gave me volume.  This isn’t like the Captain Blankenship dry shampoo that gave me a grit or texture feeling in my hair.  It’s more light and airy volume.  They also recommend letting this set before styling.  A fun dry shampoo for someone looking for something different!  They also have this in formulas without the shimmer.  Shop Zabana Essentials Shimmery Dry Glow Shampoo here and use coupon code: FEB16 for 15 % off your entire purchase through March 1st.  $9.95


Green & Gorgeous Organics Dry Shampoo Grapefruit & Sweet Orange-

This is my newest edition to my dry shampoo collection.  I received it in my Organic Bunny Box.  It came in a very small container.  I looked on their site, and they currently don’t sell a container smaller than 4 oz. but they are coming out with a 1 oz. very soon it says.  The smell isn’t super strong, really mild.  It also isn’t white in color like you might assume, but more of a grayish/taupe color.  Great for even darker browns in my opinion.  They do sell a dry shampoo for those who have even dark brown hair, which they call midnight hair.  I love how this applies, and it gives my hair volume!  I keep reaching for this lately.  The only downside is the price.  As I mentioned above, they only have a 4 oz. container and it’s $29.99, kind of steep for a dry shampoo.  However, it definitely performs. They do have trial sizes for the midnight hair dark brown formula and for the lavender/bergamot scent, but just not the grapefruit/orange scent yet.  Keep checking back for the smaller travel sizes.  Shop Green & Gorgeous Organics here and use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 15 % off your purchase.  $29.99


Well that sums up my top non-toxic dry shampoo picks.  See any faves?  Shop them all with their discount codes under their description.  What’s your fave non-toxic dry shampoo?


Cheers, Suzi



Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


  1. Krisy

    Hi Suzi. Thanks so much for your review! We’d love to offer your readers a discount code as well. Please use GURLGONEGREEN for 15% of Green and Gorgeous Organics!

    Feel free to reach out for any questions! My name is Krisy, founder of Green and Gorgeous Organics, LLC. Please let me know if you need anything! email:

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    • Suzi

      Hi Krisy! Thanks so much for getting in touch with me! I will add the change to the text. Thank you! 🙂

  2. franklylisa99

    I’ve loved everything One Love Organics so far so i would love to try swapping that for my current dry shampoo.

  3. Dominika Ivan

    I love the One Love one but now I’m dying to try the Zabana and the Green & Gorgeous one! Thanks for this post, I could my love without dry shampoo!

    • Dominika Ivan

      ‘@dominikaivan on IG 🙂

  4. Bree

    thanks. bunch Suzi for being so awesome. I am definetly going to need to give some of these a try. currently every now and again I use honest company diaper powder it’s talc free of course and does an ok job in a pinch but I am going to try

  5. Liselle StLouis

    Hi Suzi, I really like your input on Dry Shampoo and I always wanted to try them. I would love to try your products sometime. Out of all the dry shampoos, I want to try Acute Argan Stem Cell & Co10 Dry Shampoo

  6. Libby

    I’d love to try the Green ad Gorgeous Organics! Love the Acure, but I’m curious what spending a little more $ would feel like 🙂

  7. Kayla Henley

    I would love to try green and gorgeous dry shampoo. Darker hair plus love volume! Adding these all to my list to try someday!

  8. Becky

    I have dark hair, so the Bambu Earth would probably work best for me, but I love scent and shimmer and am totally mesmerized by your description of the Zabana one. I’ve actually never tried dry shampoos before. I’m kind of scared of them, that it will feel like putting powder on your head.

  9. Cindy Johnson

    I want to try One Love Organics!! So far I have loved everything I have tried 🙂

  10. Bree

    one of this really interested I am really interested in the one you said would be ideal for dark hair.

  11. Bella

    Thanks for the insight on the dry shampoos on the green beauty market. It’s hard switching to green beauty since you can get a pretty decent size dry shampoo at the drugstore for less then $10 but that obviously comes with a price! I would love to see what the one love organics and the acure organic could do to my hair!!

  12. Allyson Laughlin

    I would love to try the Bambu Earth’s dry shampoo since I do have darker hair finding a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave a white aftermath is difficult. The green and gorgeous from your description obviously sounds amazing as well so I definitely want to give that a try. Hopefully soon!

  13. Lipsia

    loved the blog! Can I still use the white ones on my hair even though my hair is dark brown? If so, do you have any tips?

  14. Carly

    Haven’t tried any organic dry shampoos, it’s the next switch on my list! Would love to start with something suitable for darker hair so Bambu Earth would be perfect!

  15. helenlam

    The One Love organics is my current favorite. The G&G left too much grit in my hair and the scent doesn’t last either.

  16. Nini Aylworth

    I have not yet ventured into the clean dry shampoo world probably because I had such bas experiences with mainstream dry shampoo, but as a mom of an active 2 year old I totally need a dry shampoo! I can so relate to everything you shared in your post about mommyhood!! I am a huge one love organics fan so anything by them I would like to try and I’m also curious about the green and gorgeous, bamboo earth and the a cure dry shampoo! Thanks Suzi, great post!

  17. Maxine

    Oh my goodness they all sound amazing! I am always looking for something to give me another day before washing my hair. Curly hair needs the natural oils to keep it tame. As a professional athlete it gets a little challenging trying to give my locks a clean look after a hard training. I would love to try the One Love Organics or the Zabana. I think mostly for the island-type sent! Mmmm my favorite. The green and gorgeous might also be worth a try since I have darker roots.

  18. Loraine

    I like the zabana essentials. Lush also has a good dry shampoo.

    • Suzi

      Hi Loraine! Thanks for reading. I actually wouldn’t recommend anyone to use Lush’s dry shampoo. It has talc in it and fragrance. Both have been known to be toxic ingredients and are horrible to breathe in.

  19. Catherone

    I need zabana and Bambu in my life/hair!!!

  20. Shelly Southwick

    I have no idea about dry shampoo but would love to try any five that you recommend for fine dark blonde hair. I know I damage my hair shampooing every day.
    Thanks for the awesome info that you give us!

  21. Jessica

    I am so excited to try some of these!! With three kiddos 6, 4 & 2yrs old our days are busy for sure and this mama needs all the help she can get with her hair between showers! The mermaid and zabana essential dry shampoos sounds amazing!!

  22. Tina o

    All sounds exciting but I’m really liking the Bambu Earth dry shampoo 🙂

  23. Meg

    They all sound great!! How about the mermaid dry shampoo?? 🙂

    • Suzi

      Yeah, have you tried it?

      • Meg

        No i was asking if you have! Only cause it was in the picture 🙂 I am interested in trying though..

  24. Kristin Marie Leach

    Love this list! Dry shampoo is a must for me. Ever since I was diagnosed with lupus my hair completely changed; Texture, quantity and quality. Not to mention too much washing makes it fall out even more. So having a good non toxic dry shampoo is such a life saver. I have tried so many- toxic and non toxic- over the years. I like adding texture and fullness without too much white residue, as I’m a red head so I kind of fall into that middle category. I liked Zabana and Bambu Earth. Both ended up a little gummy in my hair after a few days. One I haven’t tried yet is by Primally Pure. And another one called Stranded. Have you tried any other new ones? G&G still your fav?

    • Suzi

      I really like G&G still-gives me some good lift with my fine/thin hair but I have been loving Primally Pure as well!

  25. Cailen


    I’m not sure if you or your readers are aware, but I was just looking at my girlfriends dry shampoo product called Acure Argan Stem Cell + CoQ10 Dry Shampoo. I realized there is an ingredient inside called French green clay.

    I then googled “French Green Clay MSDS” and found that all clay products like this contain silicates in them as they are naturally occurring in the soil all over our earth.

    It can be very harmful to inhale silicates and can cause serious respiratory problems and even death. I know these products are being marketed for use in the hair and thus are assumed safe to inhale.

    I wanted to get the word out to as many people as possible and I wish you the best in your research!

  26. Lauren

    Thanks for this applicable post! Which of these do you find BEST for helping with oil? Thanks!


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