- The Best Dry Shampoos
The Best Dry Shampoos Our Beauty Editors Swear by
Washing your hair can be a time consuming faff, which is why we recommend cutting down styling time with a simple dry shampoo. Not only can they prolong your hair style, but they can also add plenty of volume and texture to lifeless locks. Plus, by training your hair to last longer between washes you can maintain your hair colour between salon appointments.
With that in mind, the beauty writers and editors here at Cosmetify got together to collate all our favourite dry shampoos. From foams to powders, you can easily find a dry shampoo formula to suit plenty of different hair types, textures and concerns.
Dive in and find the best of the best dry shampoos for your hair care routine.
How does dry shampoo work?
You may be thinking what exactly is dry shampoo and how does it even work?
Basically, dry shampoo contains alcohol or starch-based ingredients which soak up any excess sebum and oils on our scalps. This helps tackle greasy-looking hair and leaves your locks feeling squeaky clean. Dry shampoos can also contain different types of revitalising hair fragrances to add a refreshing scent to our smelly lengths.
Plus, there's a plethora of dry shampoos on the market containing texturising, smoothing and shine-boosting properties to help with all your styling concerns.
How to use dry shampoo
We recommend using dry shampoo as a quick fix between hair wash days. How often you should wash your hair is different for every hair type, but of course dry shampoo is not a substitute for regular shampoo and conditioner. Simply use powders as quick pick-me-up before a socially distanced date or little spritz before your next Zoom call.
Our dry shampoo guide goes into more details about how to use dry shampoo, but the basics are:
- Shake the bottle well
- Hold 5-6 inches away from the hair
- Spritz or squeeze the dry shampoo onto the roots
- Gently massage into the hair with your fingertips
- Lightly brush the solution from root to tip with your hairbrush
The best dry shampoos
So, wondering which dry shampoo is best for you? Take a look at our rundown of the top dry shampoos here at Cosmetify.
Olaplex No.4d Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo£21.95 £28.00 (22% off)
Meet the newest addition to Olaplex's cult-followed haircare collection, the Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo. Gentle on both the scalp and the hair, this dry shampoo formula detoxes and refreshes hair in an instant. Whether you've skipped wash day or simply want to give day-old locks a little lift, this light-as-air spray promises to absorb oil and neutralise odour-causing impurities, all without leaving a white residue or dry, powdery roots.
R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo£13.30
It's not just one of R+Co's bestsellers, 'Death Valley' is a quick way to get volume and body into your hair (thanks to Pro-Vitamin B5). This dry shampoo also absorbs extra oil and adds texture for an untamed look. Hair is left stronger and nourished, while luster and shine is restored.
Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Light Tones£7.85
The Moroccanoil dry shampoo for light tones not only refreshes lifeless locks, but also contains violet undertones to banish any brassiness – the perfect choice for blonde hair. It has a nourishing formulation with argan oil and hair UV protection to shield the hair from sun damage.
Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo£9.00 £15.00 (40% off)
Struggle with an itchy scalp? This dry shampoo from the experts at Philip Kingsley is perfect for you. It not only helps refresh your hair but also helps soothe and calm the scalp. Plus, it absorbs any excess oils for a fresh feeling between wash days.
Batiste Original Dry Shampoo£3.95
This spray is a cult-classic in the beauty world. It reduces signs of oily roots, while also adding plenty of va-va-voom volume and cool texture. Not to mention, the signature citrus scent leaves strands feeling fresher, for longer.
Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder£26.50
This is a firm favourite for the Cosmetify hair aficionados. Achieve the perfect hair day every day with a simple application to the roots. It has a potent powder formula that rescues your tresses from a bad hair day, as well as a time-released fragrance for the ultimate fresh feeling.
Beauty Works Dry Shampoo£6.30 £14.99 (58% off)
Beauty Works Dry Shampoo is oil absorbing so it will soak up any excess oil on the scalp leaving hair looking fresh in between washes. With virtually no visible residue or white powdery build-up, it's a great option for all hair colours.
Label.M Dry Shampoo£11.50 £15.00 (24% off)
The official haircare product of London Fashion Week, this dry shampoo sees your styles through the week and in between wash days. Refresh your second day locks with this pro-grade formula. It's weightless, removes oil, cleanses locks and ensures healthy-looking hair with a soft-touch texture.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo£18.90 £20.00 (6% off)
This dry shampoo foam is a lightweight and invisible option for curly hair types. It’s great for beauty lovers who don’t get along with typical powdery dry shampoo formulas. Use between washes to banish product build-up, eliminate oil and keep your tresses feeling soft, smooth and clean all day long.
OUAI Super Dry Shampoo£12.00
Loved by the Kardashians among other A-listers, it’s no wonder OUAI made our list of the best dry shampoos. It has a super lightweight and absorbent formula which helps minimise the appearance of oily roots. And not to mention, it contains their deluxe Melrose Place aroma, which adds a fresh scent to your tresses.
Alterna My Hair. My Canvas. Another Day Dry Shampoo£20.00 £21.20 (6% off)
This cruelty-free and vegan-friendly dry shampoo is suitable for all hair types. The nourishing formula contains vegan botanical caviar which helps add a shine to dull locks. Plus, it also has a lightweight finish so doesn’t weigh down the hair.
L'Anza Healing Style Dry Shampoo£5.95
Made up of natural hectorite mineral powder and peppermint, this dry shampoo is great for natural-based hair care routines. It contains a purifying and refreshing formula to soak up impurities and revive tired locks.
Paul Mitchell Dry Wash Dry Shampoo£17.95 £18.95 (6% off)
This paraben-free, colour safe and award-winning dry shampoo leaves no residue and is ideal for all hair types and colours. Use sparingly to remove excess oil or before styling to extend the finished look.
So, whether you want to refresh you blow dry, amp up your lifeless locks or remove pesky oils, dry shampoo is the obvious way to go.
For more hair care and styling tips, take a look at our range of hair oils, hair creams and heated styling tools, as well as The Best Hair Masks for All Hair Types and The Best Hairspray for Fine Hair.
Written by Rebecca Jenkinson
Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.