The best dry shampoo: our pick of the hair refreshers that do oh-so-much more

Katie Thomas







Katie Thomas




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  • Not all dry shampoos are created equal – the best dry shampoo goes further

    Greasy hair is just a big no-no. No matter who you are, pulling off the greasy roots look is tricky. Which is why the best dry shampoo has become such a beauty staple.

    You can use the best shampoo for greasy hair if you really struggle with excessive oil, but having a really good dry shampoo in your arsenal is ideal for getting you from one wash to another. If you’re wondering if dry shampoo works, then put your worries to one side. We are big believers in these hair refreshers.

    The best dry shampoos on the market, though, are so much more than a spray that gets rid of greasy hair. Don’t get us wrong, the good ones do that extremely well. But the best ones are smarter.

    There are the ones specifically designed to deal with fine hair, that have been created not to weigh the hair down. The ones that don’t dispense white dust, but come out in a darker shade to match your hair colour. And then theres the super duper clever ones that are like skincare for your scalp.

    How does dry shampoo work?

    Dry shampoos use either alcohol or starch to absorb excessive oil from the roots of your hair. Whilst they disguise the greasy look, they shouldn’t actually replace your normal shampoo. If used too regularly, you will find you have product build up at the root, which can cause itchiness and dandruff.

    Does dry shampoo damage your hair?

    No. But again, make sure you’re not overusing it. If you’ve been using it everyday for the past two weeks, it’s definitely time to jump in the shower and wash your hair.

    How to use dry shampoo properly

    Sure, part of its appeal is spray on, comb through, and dash through the door. But in order to avoid residue and keep your scalp in good nick, there is such thing as dry shampoo best practice.

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    Aside from finding a dry shampoo that best matches your hair colour (Batiste do a great lighter option for blondes, while Moroccanoil have one of our top picks for dry hair), always shake your dry shampoo before use, and always hold it four to six inches away from your roots when spraying.

    Like that old trick of only applying the best foundation where it’s needed, the same should go for dry shampoo. Spray it only where hair is greasiest (without going overboard on one patch). If you’re wondering how much dry shampoo to use, we recommend using it sparingly and building up.

    Then, and this is a key part that so many miss, you have to leave it to set for a moment for it to truly work its magic. Don’t run your hands through it straight away. Doing this disrupts the work being done. Once you’ve left it for about a minute or two (go and brush your teeth or put your shoes on), then you can start massaging it into your roots with your fingertips. Voilà! Refreshed hair done right.

    Are you ready to shop our pick of the best? Keep scrolling for our Beauty Editor-approved edit of the best dry shampoos to buy now.

    best dry shampoo – Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

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    Ask any chic French woman which dry shampoo she uses and she will roll her eyes at such a ludicrous question, because of course the answer is Klorane. A French pharmacy favourite. Proving that oat milk is not just for your lattés, not only does this dry shampoo absorb dirt and oil, it moisturises and softens the hair.


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    best dry shampoo – Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark

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    For a long while dry shampoos only seemed to cater to those with lighter hair. If you had dark hair, you’d have to really work the white powder into your roots to get it to blend. Well those days are over, because now the formulas have been given an update and when sprayed onto the roots, they quickly dissipate.


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    best dry shampoo – Batiste Hydrating Dry Shampoo

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    We couldn’t compile a dry shampoo piece and not include Batiste. It was one of our hair award winners. If we really think about it, Batiste made dry shampoos a bathroom cabinet essential. We love their low prices, as well as their efficacy. This is the best dry shampoo for dry hair, thanks to the avocado extracts, it nourishes dry stands and makes them super strokeable.


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    best dry shampoo – Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam

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    The traditional dry shampoo comes in an aerosol, but this dry shampoo foam is not to be sniffed at. The mousse formula is massaged into the scalp and the main difference is that it doesn’t leave any residue in the hair. It cleverly dissolves grime and leaves hair feeling fresh.


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    best dry shampoo – Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo

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    Princess Diana’s post-divorce hair stylist has created a fantastic two-in-one product. It completely transforms days-old hair, as well as making a really good styling product that lifts hair at the root for unrivalled volume.


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    best dry shampoo – Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder

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    This is hands down the best for fine hair. The last thing you want to be doing when your hair shafts are thin as anything is add weight. This finely-milled powder is dusted into the root, then massaged in. It’s like fairy dust.


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    best dry shampoo – Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

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    Not only will Aveda’s dry shampoo make your hair look cleaner, it will feel cleaner too, thanks to its 25 pure flower and plant essences and volumising ability. The dispenser allows you to spritz powder where it’s needed. (Plus the ‘puff’ is really satisfying. Trust us.)


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    Neighbourhood Botanicals Hair Sunday Morning Dry Shampoo - best dry shampoo

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    If you’re after a natural formula, then look no further. Simply dust onto the root, then brush through.


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    Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo - best dry shampoo

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    If you’re already a fan of Oribe’s Dry Texturising Spray, then you’re bound to love this too. It is a little more spenny than the others on the list, but once you go Oribe it’s tricky to go back.


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    Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo - best dry shampoo

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    We absolutely, 100% endorse this product. So much so that earlier this year we gave it the Marie Claire Hair Award for the Best Dry Shampoo.


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    R C Death Valley Dry Shampoo - best dry shampoo

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    Yes this is a cracking good dry shampoo that rids your roots of oiliness. But by god, it’s its fragrance that sets it apart That’ll be the bergamot, wild fig, cyclamen, lotus flower, cedar wood and tonka bean.


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    Virtue Refresh Dry Shampoo - best dry shampoo

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    This is a rather clever dry shampoo. It contains Alpha Keratin 60ku™. (Don’t worry, we didn’t know what it was either at first.) That special ingredient heals and repairs distressed tresses. No bad, eh?


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