- 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 12 dry shampoos here at Cosmetify.
Suitable for: Second day hair
Why we love: Refresh your second day locks with this must-have dry shampoo from the experts at Kérastase. It has a weightless formula which removes oil, refreshes your locks and ensures healthy-looking hair. Better yet, it has an irresistible neroli oil scented fragrance to perk up your tresses before the next wash day.
Suitable for: All hair colours
Why we love: This is a firm favourite for the Cosmetify hair aficionados. Achieve the perfect hair day every day with a simple spritz to the roots. It has a potent formula with Triple-Action Cleaning Technology and time-released fragrance for the ultimate fresh feeling.
Suitable for: Volume/Body
Why we love: 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.
Suitable for: Irritated scalps
Why we love: 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.
Suitable for: All hair types
Why we love: This spray is a cult-classic in the beauty world. It contains tapioca starch to help reduce any excess grease, while also adding plenty of va-va-voom volume and cool texture.
Suitable for: Second day hair
Why we love: L'Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art invisible dry shampoo is oil absorbing so it will soak up any excess oil on the scalp leaving the hair looking clean and smelling fresh. It contains a beautiful perfume scent that can last for up to 24 hours, so hair not only feels freshly washed, but smells as if freshly washed too, with no visible residue.
Suitable for: Curly hair types
Why we love: 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.
Suitable for: Blonde/light hair
Why we love: 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.
Suitable for: Oily, fine hair
Why we love: 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.
Suitable for: Vegan hair care routines
Why we love: 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.
Suitable for: Natural routines
Why we love: 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.
Suitable for: Coloured hair
Why we love: 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.