If you’ve stepped into a drugstore in the last few years, you’ve probably seen Batiste dry shampoo. Our testers across various hair types found it effective at creating volume, absorbing oil at the roots, and transforming a greasy mane of fine, oily hair into a tousled, textured look. That was hardly a surprise: Batiste is the most popular dry shampoo in the world. But that’s not why it’s our pick.
Start poking around and you’ll see why Batiste is such a favorite. The brand’s game is variety and lots of it. Batiste also offers specialty formulas that target different #HairGoals: strength and shine, hydrating, and volumizing.
This dry shampoo may not be the most lightweight or residue-free upon initial application — you’ll find that most options at lower price points share this characteristic — but give your hair a good brushing or combing or flip it upside-down and tousle it with your hands until the product is no longer visible, and you’ll be good to go. As with practically all dry shampoos, you’ll want to make sure you spray all of your roots evenly, being careful not to dispense too much of the product in one spot. Batiste’s dry shampoo is also available in a formula especially for darker locks (to eliminate the issue of residue), as well as one for blondes. Reviewers with thinning hair also note that the colored products work well to fill in spots where hair is particularly sparse.
But let’s talk fragrance, specifically because there are so damn many of them. We found the scent of the original formula — the one we tested — to be quite subtle and pleasant, like to that of clean laundry. Other options include cherry, tropical, floral, “fresh,” “bare” (described as a “clean and light” scent), and “blush” (another floral variation), many of which are available in wallet-friendly five-packs.
If you’re worried about being weighed down, the most lightweight formula we tested in this price bracket was Marc Anthony’s Refreshing Coconut Clear Dry Shampoo, a product that, true to its name, applies almost invisibly and comes in an enormous bottle that lasts approximately forever. We almost crowned it the winner, but its coconut scent, while some found it delightful, is a bit too strong. (One tester in Camp Coconut-Hater said she couldn’t even bear to try it after taking the cap off.) But if you’re up for a scent that’ll transport you to endless summer in a volumizing dry shampoo that leaves no visible evidence, give this one a try.
One of our in-house testers with thicker hair, who uses Batiste on the regular, even attested that they can go a whole week without washing their hair again if they apply enough of the stuff. Color us impressed! Nearly all our testers said they’d spend their own money on Batiste dry shampoo — or noted that the product is already their drugstore go-to.
While we were secretly hoping for an under-the-radar surprise pick to check off all the boxes, we’ve gotta hand it to Batiste for creating a cult-favorite formula that’s earned its status for a reason: it just works, and at the lowest price per ounce among all the dry shampoos we tested. Our advice? Get a multi-pack and stock your office! And your car! And your home! It’s quite possibly the best return on investment you’ll find in your drugstore beauty aisle.