We’ve road tested the best dry shampoos so you don’t have to, from science-driven scalp saviours to the new game-changing cleansing wipes. Say hello to second, third, even fourth day hair and beyond – no judgment here.
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, £16.45 at lookfantastic.com
Moroccanoil, as a brand, is best-known for adding a hit of hydration and nourishment to lacklustre hair, so don’t be fooled into thinking their dry shampoo will make hair greasy. The clever combination of ultra-fine, oil-absorbing rice starch and their famous ingredient, argan oil, helps to freshen up hair from root to tip, without making it dull and flat like many dry shampoos can. It’s also infused with UV protection – a must when on holiday, especially if you have coloured hair.
The lightweight spray comes in different shades to best suit your colour. Oh, and did we mention it smells divine?
Klorane Daily Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for All Hair Types, £9.50 at lookfantastic.com
If you have a sensitive scalp and struggle with the chalkiness of some dry shampoos that lead to itchiness and irritation, this one could be for you. The gentle formula is enriched with oat milk, renowned for its moisturising, softening and protective properties, helping to refresh hair on those in-between days.
Hershesons Zhoosh Foam, £14 at Hershesons.com
Texturiser, root lifter and dry shampoo all in one? Surely not. But Hersheson’s pioneering Zhoosh Foam does all three depending on how you work it into the hair. If applied to dry hair, it absorbs grease at the roots, lifts flat, second-day hair and can add instant body.
It feels like a mousse and looks like a mousse but it does genuinely work at revamping less than freshly washed locks.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo, £14 at lookfantastic.com
If you’re familiar with Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream, the cult moisturiser promising to smooth and firm your derrière, you’re going to love this. Their dry shampoo also comes with a delicious tropical scent – basically a holiday in a bottle – and reenergises in-between hair days.
The ingredients work hard for your hair, from the Brazilian kaolin clay which helps to cleanse, to the rice starch which takes away excess oil, and pro-vitamin B5 to add hydration where it’s needed, meaning you can have fresh tresses even when there’s no time for a hair wash.
OUAI Super Dry Shampoo, £22 at lookfantastic.com
OUAI founder Jen Aikin rose to fame as the Kardashian’s hairstylist – you’ve got to give it to them, they do give good hair. From there, she launched OUAI, the super cool, socially connected (it’s all over Instagram) haircare brand that delivers on hard working, relatable products
The dry shampoo is one of the best we’ve ever tried, giving lifeless, lacklustre locks and greasy roots a pick me up. But it’s the smell that really sets it apart as it’s infused with the brand’s signature Melrose Place fragrance, a delicious fusion of Rose, Bergamot, Lychee, Cedarwood and White Musk.
If it’s good enough for Kim…
There isn’t a beauty editor worth their salt who doesn’t rave about this dry shampoo. A genuine wonder product, it removes oil, sweat, and odour (rather than just masking it with scent), whist adding softness and shine from root to tip. In short, it quite literally washes your hair without actually washing it.
Plus, top tip: if you use a little on the roots on day one of having clean hair, it can help to keep you locks fresh for longer, as it balances the scalps sebum levels. Genius.
Phillip Kinglsey One More Day Refreshing Dry Shampoo, £20.50 at M&S
As a brand that has been built on the principles of clinical trichology (that’s the science of structure, function and disease of human hair) rather than just styling, Phillip Kingsley specialises in products that are going to work hard. That’s why the One More Day Dry Shampoo wont’t leave that powdery, sometimes itchy, layer of product on the scalp thanks to its residue-free formula.
Spray directly onto the scalp, leave for 10 seconds and then massage in to be left with refreshed locks that will put hair wash day off a little longer.
Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Hair Cleanse Cloths, £17 at Sam McKnight
This game-changing new product is rethinking how to clean your hair and scalp on those in-between days. Celebrity stylist, Sam McKnight, who has worked with the likes of Kate Moss, Lady Di, Madonna, every top fashion house and styled the hair for countless Vogue cover shoots, has come up with the ingenious hair cleansing cloth.
Made from tree pulp cellulose, which is certified compostable, and brimming with hair-loving ingredients, these handy little cloths will give you one more day when you’re time poor in the bathroom. Simply wipe around the hairline and under the hair around the face in areas that tend to get greasier quicker and you’re good to go – just like a face wipe but for the hair.
Great for fringes and even better if you give the hair a quick blast with the hairdryer after use, for an extra boost of freshness. Oh, and they are 100% biodegradable in just six weeks.
Sachajuan Volume Powder Hair Spray, £22 at Coggles.com
Sitting somewhere between a hairspray and a dry shampoo, Sachajuan’s Volume Powder is great if you love to wear your hair up or like to style it into a beachy wave between washes. It gives great hold, removes excess oils and a gives hair that kind of rock ‘n’ roll matte finish.
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