Dry shampoo has made a bit of a shift in recent years. It’s gone from a guilty fix-up you would do on the sly to being just as essential as, well, your regular shampoo. Sure, this is largely because we’re sometimes too lazy to lather up, but stashing cans of the stuff has a host of other benefits too.
Take, for example, your post-gym hair. Even washed-that-morning locks can look sweaty and limp after a good spin session, and it doesn’t make sense to dunk your head under the shower stream again. Instead, part hair to one side, spritz the roots with dry shampoo, repeat on the other side, and then mist in the front and back to get hair feeling clean again.
It’s a handy styling tool, too. Because these powders and spritzes add bulk and grip to your hair, they’re perfect for increasing volume and texture in otherwise languid locks. You can even spray dry shampoo on a kirby grip to prevent the grip from sliding out, or mist it through the back of your fringe to stop hair sticking to your forehead.
The question is, which dry shampoo should you use? We’ve rounded up seven for every budget, which will keep sweaty post-gym hair—and thin, limp locks—looking full and fresh. Scroll through our gallery to see them all and find out where to shop.
This one could rival any hair perfume. It’s infused with the signature Shampure scent (think sweet and herbal), so you’ll even want to use it on days when your hair is squeaky-clean. The bottle is pretty smart too. Tip it upside down and it releases a measured dose of powder into the cap, which you can squeeze into roots to do away with limpness and oiliness.
It’s a win-win when a cult product also comes in at less than £4. And, while Batiste’s dry shampoo can leave a slightly greyish cast if you spray it too close to roots (it is a traditional formula, after all), the powdery formula also makes it one of the best grease-busters around.
Though Bumble and bumble’s hair powder is geared more towards adding much-needed bulk to limp strands (whether clean or, er, not so clean), its de-greasing powers are too impressive not to mention. Sprinkle through roots and lengths, and massage it in to add body and pep up day-old hair.
Pop this can in your suitcase. It’s not just one of the most weightless dry shampoos around, but it’s also one of the most protective, thanks to a blend of shielding ingredients. The safeguarding formula wards off sun damage and dulling pollutants, meaning it prolongs the condition of your strands as well as your hairstyle.
The first thing you should know about this is that it’s a French pharmacy staple, which translates to low on frills, highly effective and innately chic. It’s infused with oat extract, which offers gentle cleansing benefits, while a subtle tint allows for imperceptible spritzes into oily, dark blonde or brunette strands.
Technically speaking, this isn’t a dry shampoo—it’s a body-boosting, grip-giving, matte finish spray, which comes with the added bonus of mopping up excess oil. There’s nothing powdery about its texture, so the usually dry shampoo–averse are likely to love the way it feels, while those with fine hair will rate its super-plumping effects.
The way this transforms is near magic. On contact with strands, a scoopful transforms from paste to oil to powder and offers a matte, surfer-girl texture. It may feel odd to rub something so creamy directly into roots, but it really works like a sponge on grease, and there’s more precision than with a spray.
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