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Runner-Tested Dry Shampoos That Actually Work

Whether you roused too late to shower or are looking for a post-run touch-up, any of the five dry shampoo options on this list will treat your locks well.

Dry shampoos can be a lifesaver to refresh oily or sweaty hair after a workout (or to cover up second-day hair!). Yet with a zillion options out there, it’s hard to find one that’s not too powdery, sticky or weird smelling and that really works. Check out these reader-recommended and editor-tested options to find the right one for you.

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo, $30

This great-smelling dry shampoo (which has hints of bergamot, wild fig and cedarwood) is better for drier hair types, as it adds body to your hair and makes it easier to style but doesn’t absorb much oil. Made with nourishing and moisturizing ingredients, testers with darker hair liked that it didn’t leave a white residue.

AG Hair Jet Black Dry Shampoo, $28

Available in four different hair colors, this dry shampoo can not only make your hair feel cleaner, but it can also touch up your roots between salon appointments. It adds some volume to hair while tapioca starch soaks up any oil, and you won’t run the risk of a powdery white spray sticking around.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry, $7.99

Testers loved the fruity, fun scent of the dry shampoo in this retro-looking can, and they found that it did its job to absorb oil without leaving a gritty feeling on hair. It’s best for lighter hair colors, as it sometimes leaves a white residue, but it’s an excellent value for the price.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo Lush, $23

Having an amazing hair day? Make it last longer with this dry shampoo, which uses fine rice powder to soak up oils and add volume to your roots. The scent, which has notes of violet and sandalwood, lasts all day.

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo, $7

The pleasant, not-overpowering smell and the dry feeling it left on hair were the two biggest selling points of this shampoo, which is a great value for the price. While it goes on white, it blends in pretty quickly with brushing or working into hair on all but the darkest hair colors.