The best dry shampoo buys of all time to suit every hair type and budget

We tested numerous best dry shampoo contenders to find the ones that really work and suit all budgets

A selection of the best dry shampoo buys from Living Proof, R+Co and BeautyBio
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Finding the best dry shampoo is a bit like discovering your all-time favorite ice cream flavorfind The One and you'll rarely feel the need to stray from it.  

Time-saving capabilities are undoubtedly the main reason why dry shampoo is such a big hit; negating the time-consuming process of using even the best shampoo and conditioner can feel like a gift on particularly busy mornings. The best dry shampoo will soak up oil, make your strands feel fresh, and, by extending the life of your style, help you avoid unnecessary damage from overwashing and the effects of hard water on hair

Dry shampoo can also be one of the best hair styling products for volume. Lots of people who have naturally fine hair use this product to add bulk and texture to their style, “We often use it backstage to boost flat hair; it also gives a slight roughness and grip to your strands, which makes it easier to style and holds your look for longer,” says International L’Oréal Paris (opens in new tab) Hair Artist & Expert Stéphane Lancien (opens in new tab). Somewhere out there the best dry shampoo exists for every budget, hair type and styling need - and we've tested the lot on your behalf. 

How we tested the best dry shampoos

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A selection of the best dry shampoos we tested from Living Proof, Batiste, R+Co and Andrew Fitzsimons

A selection of dry shampoos that we tested for this feature

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The market is saturated with dry shampoos, from cheap and cheerful drugstore buys to ultra-luxury mists, so we got our hands on dozens of products from across the price and brand spectrum to ensure all budgets are catered to in our guide.

As with any of the best hair products, the right dry shampoo for you is one that suits your hair type and needs, so we used several testers to make sure each dry shampoo was trialed on the hair texture it was designed for. We applied each dry shampoo on hair that was at least one-day-old (sometimes more than three days old) to assess its oil-absorbing powers, then later inspected it at the end of the day for any chalkiness or residue. 

The best dry shampoo, as reviewed by our experts

Living Proof Dry Shampoo

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1. Living Proof Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo

Best dry shampoo overall

Specifications

RRP: $26/£27 for 355ml
Hair type: All, especially fine and flat
Finish: Light, powdery
Ingredients: Rice starch, time-release fragrance

Reasons to buy

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Silicone-free 
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Gives volume to fine hair 
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Soaks up oil, sweat and odor 
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Good for post-workout 

Reasons to avoid

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Not everyone will need the added volume and texture

A wonder product that restores dirty locks to a fresher-feeling state and that gives fine or flat hair a very generous volume boost—regardless of how clean it is. This is also a formula to pack in your gym bag as, unlike most dry shampoos, which can only absorb oil, it soaks up sweat and odor, too. The lightweight finish makes it impossible to create white patches as very little residue is left in the hair. There’s not really a downside to this dry shampoo, except maybe the price, which is pretty steep when you consider there are several options on the market that cost less than a fiver. But if you can afford it, we’d say it’s absolutely worth it. 

There is also a snazzy update, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo (we'll get to that one shortly), so how do choose between the two? Well, we’ve tried both, and admittedly were all pulled in by the new conditioning, anti-pollution, sebum-sucking benefits. However, some of our testers found that the original version had the edge. It does leave more residue behind compared to the newer deal, but, from a styling point of view, it's this texture that a lot of people depend on to give their locks that all-important grip and volume. Think of it as a volume booster, texturizer and dry shampoo in one. 

The scent is also far more noticeable in the original deal, and we’ve become so familiar with our favorite that we really like the hit of fragrance. Go for this one if you like the added texture that the best dry shampoo gives as well as its cleaning powers. It's so many of our testers' overall favorite, as well as that of countless beauty experts around the world, that we've crowned it the best dry shampoo overall. 

Beautybio Healthy Scalp Dry Shampoo

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2. Beautybio Healthy Scalp Dry Shampoo

Best luxury dry shampoo

Specifications

RRP: $39/£39
Hair type : Any
Finish : Lightweight, clear
Ingredients : Loquat leaf, rosebay extract

Reasons to buy

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Cleans without chalkiness
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UV protection 
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Starch and alcohol-free
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Like skincare for the scalp

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Look, we did say luxury. And the thing with this dry shampoo is, yes, it is extremely pricey for a product that we might be used to paying little more than pocket change for – but its price tag can be put down to the fact that it does a lot of things your average spray does not. 

First of all, it goes on completely clear, meaning it doesn't clog your scalp up with thicker, chalky residue and helps to maintain shine – something that even the best dry shampoos struggle to achieve. It contains ingredients that rebalance an oily scalp, help to dissolve build-up, and gently soothe the scalp. Essentially, instead of giving the impression of clean hair by soaking up oil with powder, this actually does clean the scalp and strands to some degree. It also offers UV protection and contains soothing botanicals to comfort stressed scalps, which we very much appreciated. 

On testing, we loved the very fine mist that distributed the formula evenly across hair and, though we could initially feel the spray settling in, it dried right up, taking any sebum build-up with it. It has a very subtle, pleasantly fresh fragrance, but nothing that will interfere with actual perfume notes. What's more, unlike many dry shampoos, which feel like a good quick fix with an undercurrent of "I know this probably isn't good for my hair," this feels like a product that's genuinely kind and gentle to your scalp and strands, so you'd be happy to use it as often as needed. A financial investment, yes, but a worthwhile one if hair health is a priority and your budget allows. 

Colab Original Dry Shampoo Spray

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3. Colab Original Dry Shampoo

Best cheap dry shampoo

Specifications

RRP : $5.39/£3.49
Hair type: Any, but especially fine/flat
Finish : Light, powdery
Ingredients: Starch, light fragrance

Reasons to buy

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Cheap and cheerful
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Great all-rounder 
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Lovely rose and bergamot scent 

Reasons to avoid

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There are formulas out there that clean better (but they're also more expensive)

We don't think it's all that much of a stretch to say that this millennial pink-housed dry shampoo is something of an overachiever. Considering that it is the cheapest product in this round-up by quite some way, we found that it soaked up excess oil well and, perhaps equally importantly, doesn't leave any powdery white residue once you've brushed or rubbed the formula in with your hands – which meant it earned extra points from our darker-haired testers. 

For those readers who like an added volume boost in fine hair or whose roots seem determined to lie flat, we found that it does give your strands a little lift. The smell is also very chic and inoffensive, thanks to its fragrance's elegant notes of rose and bergamot, while the flamingo-clad packaging is a nice fun touch without looking too loud on our dressing tables. 

After multiple tests and comparing it to some of the other dry shampoos we trialed for this feature, we would say that, yes, there are formulas out there that'll make your hair feel even cleaner than this does. But considering that buying this can will leave you with a lot of change from 10 bucks, and that it does its job pretty well, we say it's a very worthy mention in our edit of the best shampoos. It's a great everyday haircare staple if you haven't got much budget to play with but don't want to compromise on quality. All in all? It's got our testers' approval. 

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

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4. Living Proof Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

Best dry shampoo that actually cleans hair

Specifications

RRP : $30/£25 for 198ml
Hair type: Any
Finish: Very lightweight, invisible
Ingredients: Powder removal system, conditioning agents

Reasons to buy

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Incredible cleaning powers
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Talc-free, invisible 
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Balances scalp's oil levels
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Adds shine and softness

Reasons to avoid

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On the pricey side
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No added volume 

This is the aforementioned, new-and-improved Living Proof Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo: Advanced Clean. Think of it as a level-up on its predecessor in terms of its cleaning abilities – if you read our above review thinking that you aren't that fussed about your dry shampoo adding volume, and that you just want it to make your hair clean, this is the one of the two to go for. 

It is lighter in pretty much every sense of the word: lighter scent, and a much lighter formula whose residue is pretty much undetectable once it's worked its magic. There are extra skills on this dry shampoo's resume, too: it helps hair retain shine and softness, which we can definitely attest to, and shields it from pollution – great if you're a city dweller as many of the woman&home team are. Compared to the original Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, we did find that we needed to spray more of the product to achieve the same clean feeling, but it is a bit cheaper than the original.

Most importantly, though, its cleaning abilities are undeniable, and easily the most impressive of any dry shampoo that our testers put through their paces. Although it contains oil-absorbing powders, a powder removal system reduces friction on the surface of the hair so that they disappear more easily. The formula also balances your scalp's sebum levels to keep your strands cleaner for longer. This cinched it for our testers whose priority is hair that feels as close to actually washed as possible after they've spritzed their dry shampoo.

Batiste Naturally Green Tea & Chamomile Dry Shampoo

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5. Batiste Naturally Green Tea & Chamomile Dry Shampoo

Best dry shampoo with an understated scent

Specifications

RRP : $8.99/£4.25
Hair type : All
Finish : Lightweight
Ingredients: Rice starch, green tea, chamomile

Reasons to buy

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Powered by plants
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Not as powdery as the original 
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Affordable option

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't add a lot of volume, if that's what you're after

Many people love Batiste Dry Shampoo. It is arguably the best-known brand for the stuff. But if you've tried the original and the scents and volumizing powder aren't to your taste, may we introduce you to this buy from the brand's Naturally line? It's a totally different ball game. 

The first thing we noticed when spritzing this newbie is its very gentle scent; sweet chamomile with a hint of green tea, it's fresh and not at all overpowering. In fact, we think it's rather comforting. This speaks to the formula's credentials, which contains 100% natural extracts for a truly plant-powered hair refresh. 

As for its shampooing capabilities? Whereas the original formulas add a lot of powdery grip and texture to the hair, this Naturally formula is close to invisible and is much lighter on strands – you'll barely be able to feel or see it. It cleans nicely without the mega volume you might associate with other Batiste buys. Our tester who has never been particularly keen on the originals fell head-over-heels in love with it, and it's now up there as one of her go-to buys. Keep your eyes peeled for it at the supermarket, because we say it's well worth checking out!

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

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6. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

Best under-the-radar dry shampoo

Specifications

RRP : $36/£24.50
Hair type : Any, except extremely greasy
Finish : Fairly lightweight but some texture
Ingredients : Rice protein, vitamin E, silica, pro vitamin B5

Reasons to buy

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Completely invisible
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Adds nice lift and texture
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Hair definitely feels cleaner 
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Chic packaging 

Reasons to avoid

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At the expensive end of the scale

A lesser-known brand, but one that haircare fanatics will want to know about. Before we get down to our testing notes, we have to point out that every product from R+Co – including the dry shampoo – is housed in such cool, chic packaging, ranging from city and landscapes to close-up texture shots. We also love the play on words in its dry shampoo's name, a nod to one of the driest places on the planet. 

But, we digress, as it's the formula you really want to hear about. Its cleaning abilities are good, though not exceptional, and while it definitely refreshes hair it's perhaps not the best buy for hair that's very, very oily. It does add a very decent amount of volume, though, doubling as a texturizing spray that's ideal for a "lived-in" look – making it a good multi-use styling product.

Death Valley Dry Shampoo is undoubtedly at the expensive end of the scale for this product category, though it has a high-end scent to match that we really did enjoy. We also found that you don't need to use a lot of it at a time and that it was completely and utterly invisible whenever we tested it. 

Andrew Fitzsimons DISCREET AF Dry Shampoo

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7. Andrew Fitzsimons DISCREET AF Dry Shampoo

Best affordable dry shampoo

Specifications

RRP : £9 (UK only)
Hair type: Fine-to-thick, oily
Finish: Fine, fresh
Ingredients: Rice starch

Reasons to buy

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Light and unchalky
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Very affordable 
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Makes hair feel ultra-clean 
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Smells lovely

Reasons to avoid

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Won't add grit, if that's what you want

Without wanting to state the obvious, most dry shampoos are designed to make hair that's not clean, feel clean. Many fulfill this brief by packing the hair with oil-absorbing powders, which works at first but then settle into a heavy residue that, while welcome for those that want to add heft to fine strands, can sort of defeat the point of the whole thing. 

We could tell this was different from the first spray, as it almost works in reverse order. As we misted it on it felt a little bit wet at first, then after half a minute settled into fresh, tingly weightlessness that simply made our hair feel clean, not bulked-out. This fresh feeling lasted all day, without becoming heavy and was accompanied by a light floral fragrance that was very pleasant. One tester found it can leave a slight powdery residue on occasion when first applied, but if this happens it disperses very easily and is undetectable after a quick zhush or brush through. 

Other things to love about this product: It's excellent value and comes in a very fabulous and very bright can that'll be easy to spot on particularly sleepy mornings (which probably line up with the non-hair-washing ones). Oh, and it was created by a celebrity hairstylist who is known for creating some of the most famous hair looks of the last few years. Namely on the Kardashians, if that's your thing, but even if not, this is still very much worth trying.

Aveda Shampowder Dry Shampoo

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8. Aveda Shampowder Dry Shampoo

Best eco-friendly dry shampoo

Specifications

RRP: $33/£24.50
Hair type : Medium to thick, oily
Finish : Medium-weight
Ingredients: Tapioca starch, oat flour

Reasons to buy

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Kind to hair and scalp
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Effective and gentle
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99% naturally derived 
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Cruelty-free certified
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Non-aerosol is evironmentally friendly 

Reasons to avoid

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A little too much can come out at a time

Aveda can always be trusted to create products with thoughtful nods to the environment, natural ingredients, and gentle formulations. The most obvious difference here compared to other dry shampoos is the non-aerosol container; instead, you tip up and gently "puff" the powder out of the cap by squeezing the bottle. On testing we found this to be effective and easier than expected, although you can end up with a bit too much product if you get overzealous with the puffing action (easily done, as it's actually quite fun).

So, how does it perform? Very well, on the whole. The gentle oat flour and tapioca starch-infused formula effectively grabs onto oil and soaks it up – but we did find that it performed better on thicker hair types or those with a lot of oil to absorb, rather than very fine hair, which may find it a little heavy. We loved the super-lightweight packaging (96% plant-derived bioplastic, FYI) and the lack of aerosol, which makes it very handy for travel. This whole brand is also Leaping Bunny certified, which is the absolute top-of-the-top and trickiest-to-achieve certification for cruelty-free beauty there is. Kudos! 

SDJ Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo

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9. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo

Best dry shampoo for summer

Specifications

RRP : $24/£24
Hair type : Normal-oily
Finish: Light, powdery
Ingredients : Brazilian Kaolin Clay, rice starch

Reasons to buy

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Delicious scent 
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Revives hair 
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Lightweight 
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Moisturizing 

Reasons to avoid

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Might be too sweet or heavily scented for some

Want a product that makes you feel like you’re on a sun-soaked getaway? Then you’re going to love this luxury offering from Sol de Janeiro. We know what you’re thinking. I recognize that name! And you’d be right to, as they’re the same people who created the cult beauty product Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. 

If you’re a fan of that body lotion (who isn’t?) you’ll be happy to hear its delicious and award-winning scent is found in the brand's dry shampoo, too. Scenting the hair beautifully, to us the fragrance said "holiday in a can" as soon as we sprayed it onto our strands, and seems to stick with you all day long. And the hair-reviving effects are pretty good too. It features Brazilian kaolin clay to absorb excess oil and moisturizing vitamin B5 to nourish your strands as it styles. Once sprayed, we could barely feel it on our hair and it passed the no-white mark test with flying colors. 

One thing we wouldn’t do is apply this just before bed to soak up any oil overnight, as we found the fragrance wasn’t quite the relaxing aroma we wanted to smell before sleeping. It gives more of a delicious dessert vibe, and the very sweet scent won't be to everybody's tastes. But all in all, we find Sol de Janeiro's haircare offerings to be up there with its skincare buys.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

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10. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original

Best classic dry shampoo

Specifications

RRP : $9/£3.25
Hair type : Normal-oily
Finish: Powdery
Ingredients: Rice starch, keratin

Reasons to buy

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Great for volume 
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Superior at soaking up oil 
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Excellent value 

Reasons to avoid

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Can cause white patches 
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Highly textured 

If you’ve only ever tried one dry shampoo in your life, then it’s likely to have been this. The Batiste brand has been pushing back hair-washing for over 50 years and unsurprisingly is many people’s go-to when they need to wave off oily roots in a hurry. 

The prices are unbeatable and the amount you need to spray onto the hair to get their iconic clean effect is minimal – it is very powdery and sits in the hair to assist with volume. This product is worth every penny (and some!) as when directed at the root, it soaks up a vast amount of oil and makes hair feel instantly fresh, even on day three, and if you’re pushing it, four. 

However, when we repeatedly used the product, we will say that hair starts to feel quite dense as the textured powder it leaves behind is palpable – which isn't for everyone and meant that some testers prefer the newer offering. But, while it leaves a fair amount of residue in the hair and overzealous spraying can lead to white patching, both we and its loyal fans love that it's an affordable, dependable product, and we can forgive its tiny shortcomings.

Klorane dry shampoo

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11. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Best dry shampoo for sensitive scalps

Specifications

RRP : $20/£9
Hair type: Normal-oily
Finish: Powdery, soft
Ingredients: Oat Milk, corn and rice starch

Reasons to buy

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Light scent 
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Good for sensitive skin
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Gentle formula 
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Free of parabens, sulphates, preservatives silicone
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Offers volume

Reasons to avoid

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Can leave white patches 

If The White Company made a dry shampoo, then we predict it would be very similar to this offering from Klorane. The minute you spray it onto the hair, you feel its luxurious, cashmere-like effects. Emulating the sensation you receive when you get into a bed with freshly washed sheets, this cleans the hair with a light cotton scent and leaves strands feeling soft yet textured. 

Its gentle, oat milk-based formula was specifically formulated with sensitive skin in mind and it's been dermatologically tested. Sensitive scalps aside, we think it could easily be used on strands that are very prone to grease, too, as we found it particularly effective on day three of not washing our hair.

The only downside with this particular buy is its corn and rice starch-based formula, which we found does tend to leave white patches when the spray is applied too closely and quickly. But when we took our time and sprayed it from an arm's length and brushed it through, it efficiently absorbed oil from the root without leaving an unsightly residue. We were also very impressed by the price for what feels like a high-end luxury product. 

Philip Kingsley Dry Shampoo

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12. Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Soothing Dry Shampoo

Best dry shampoo for itchy scalps

Specifications

RRP : $39/£25
Hair type: Dry-normal
Ingredients: Aloe vera, chamomile, zinc, bisabolol
Finish: Lightweight, soft

Reasons to buy

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Cares for your scalp 
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Contains skin-loving ingredients 
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Offers a good amount of texture and volume 

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive 

You know how your hair feels and smells when you leave the salon? The Philip Kingsley brand has managed to capture this in a can. A surprising factor as the main objective of this dry shampoo is to care for flaky, dandruff-prone scalps. We half expected it to feel a little clinical and give us no enjoyment at all, but we were wrong. We absolutely loved using this formula. 

The lightweight solution is brilliant at soaking up oil and contains several skin-caring ingredients to counteract any potentially irritating qualities. The brand does point out that dry shampoo isn’t the best product to use if you want to know how to get rid of dandruff, but also understands that these individuals will want to use this kind of product from time to time – which is why they’ve created a product that allows sensitive scalps the chance to use dry shampoo and not feel guilty. 

And what about its effectiveness, we hear you ask? Even if you told us that this was a normal non-sensitive formula, we’d still be impressed. It’s brilliant at tackling oily roots, the texture it leaves is minimal, we had no issues whatsoever with white patches. And as we already mentioned, we’re completely obsessed with the scent. 

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark

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13. Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo

Best dry shampoo for brunettes

Specifications

RRP : $26/£15.45
Hair type : Dark hair of all types
Finish : Natural, powdery, light
Ingredients: Agan oil, rice starch

Reasons to buy

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Doesn’t make hair look dull 
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No white patches
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Uses Argan oil to nourish strands

Reasons to avoid

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Not for blondes or light brown hair 

Anyone that has dark hair and has used dry shampoo will have created a big white patch on their hairline at some point in their lives. It’s mainly an issue if your hair is very dark, thick, or textured – or all three. You may have sworn off the stuff altogether, so if that’s the case, we think that this product could be about to change your mind. 

We absolutely love this dry shampoo because made our testers' hair feel so clean while providing the right amount of texture and volume to our strands. Unlike so many sprays we tried, this one kept our locks looking luminous, which is probably down to its Argan oil-based formula. Granted, it does sound counter-intuitive to include oil in a product that’s trying to remove it, but the spray is amazingly light and left our testers' very impressed by its touchably soft feel on the hair.

The best bit, in our opinion, is that there is absolutely no chance of creating white patches as it has a dark tint that filters seamlessly throughout your strands. But our blonde testers weren't totally left out, as the brand’s original dry shampoo is tint-free and just as excellent. If you’re reading this and you have lighter-colored locks, we wholeheartedly recommend you give that one a try. 


How to pick the best dry shampoo for you

Even though most people want the same hair-reviving result from their dry shampoo, everybody's specific needs are different and there are some key variances between the top formulas on the market.

  • For oil absorption: If your answer to how often should you wash your hair is as little as possible, you'll be no stranger to sebum. If you have fine hair and don't want to resort to a ponytail hairstyle when experiencing oily roots, you may want a powdery spray to soak up excess oil and lift your locks. Whereas those with medium to thick hair looking for a product to make the hair feel clean while going unnoticed will need a more lightweight, invisible mist. 
  • For color-correcting: Tinted dry shampoos can work wonders for individuals hoping to cover small gray patches, as well as brunettes who are worried about a white finish. 
  • For a sensitive scalp: If your scalp is easily irritated or you suffer from dandruff, there are sprays specifically made for you. Many dry shampoos contain unavoidable irritants like butane, propane, and synthetic fragrance, so if your scalp is delicate, you’ll need a product that contains soothing ingredients to counteract their effect. If this sounds like you,  seek out formulas containing calming elements like chamomile, oat, and aloe vera. 

How often should you use dry shampoo? 

This totally depends on how oily your hair gets and how quickly – but the good news is that there's no real limit to how often you use dry shampoo, though you'll need to be mindful of build-up.

"Usage will depend on your hair type and what you have planned that week," says Michael Shaun Corby, hair stylist and Living Proof (opens in new tab)'s global creative director. "It depends on your hair type, texture, and haircare regime you’re following. The key is to give your scalp the chance to breathe between washes, especially if the dry shampoo you’re using is predominantly powder-based and doesn’t take care of the 'cleaning.'"

There's also no limit to how much dry shampoo you use in one session – again, this depends on your hair type and how oily your hair is at the time of spritzing, but you can build up to as much as you feel your hair needs. 

"Don’t be afraid to reapply," Michael Shaun adds. "Once you’ve allowed the first application to settle in and do the work, you may notice your hair still feels a bit oily. Use as much as is needed for your hair type and condition to achieve cleaner, healthier hair for longer." 

How to apply dry shampoo like a pro

You might have tried a dry shampoo and decided the white patches weren’t for you, but that could be the way you’re applying it, according to leading hairstylist Lee Stafford (opens in new tab). “Try spraying it a little further away, around 30cm (or about 12 inches), as this prevents you applying excess product and avoids those blasts of powder," he advises.

"Before spritzing, section the hair into two halves. Direct the product onto the roots, pause for a minute (not seconds), and gently massage the formula in," he continues. "Waiting for longer allows the dry shampoo to saturate into the hair instead of sitting on top and creates a more natural effect.” 

Is dry shampoo bad for your scalp?

Anabel Kingsley, consultant trichologist and brand president at Philip Kingsley (opens in new tab) says, “Even though daily shampooing is the best remedy to relieve dandruff, I understand that people with irritated, flaky scalps are under the same time pressures as everyone else. However, these individuals need to use it sparingly and seek a formula that caters to a problematic scalp. Otherwise, it can exacerbate the issue.”

But what about everyone else? Can dry shampoo damage your hair and lead to hair thinning? While most dry shampoos won’t directly damage your strands, not washing it off properly can create a build-up of product that sits on the scalp and clogs up your pores. Kingsley explains, “If the oils that secrete from the scalp are not properly washed away, it can provide a perfect breeding ground for dandruff to form. Good scalp hygiene is also essential to hair growth.” 

There’s nothing wrong with using dry shampoo. Just make sure you use the best dry shampoo for your hair type, give your scalp and hair a good clean when you do finally make it to the shower, and introduce yourself to a good scalp care regimen once a week with a scalp mask or massage.