Best dry shampoos that provide an instant refresh to your hair

Alongside lip balm and deodorant, dry shampoo is a staple item in nearly everyone’s beauty routine.

Whilst being in this pandemic, you may have found yourself not bothering to carry out the toilsome chore of washing your hair – something that may still be continuing now, despite lockdown rules easing. The purpose of dry shampoo is to banish greasy roots and bring life into your hair in a matter of seconds, without the need of washing it. This is particularly handy when you have a last-minute outdoor pub gathering or a Zoom call meeting to attend.

In recent years, the humble dry shampoo has been seriously overlooked, these hair heroes do so much more than blitz the grease and grime away. From environmentally friendly packaging to ingredients that care for your scalp as they cleanse to lightweight formulas that leave zero waste residue.

Well, put the harsh aerosols down and move the chalky powder sprays to the back of your bathroom cabinet. Try these clever dry shampoos dying for a space in your hair care routine.

The best dry shampoos on the market

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Soothing Dry Shampoo

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Soothing Dry Shampoo. Pic: Philip Kingsley

Created to target the causes of dandruff whilst helping to refresh and calm between washes, Philip Kingsley’s Flaky Itchy Scalp Soothing Dry Shampoo is a game changer for those prone to sensitivity, irritation or itchiness across their scalp. The product contains chamomile, menthyl lactate and aloe vera, all of which work together for an instant cooling and soothing effect. It also has anti-fungal ingredients, zinc and climbazole, to control the ‘bad’ bacteria. Its lightweight formula allows you to spritz at the roots and simply dissolves as you rub it in. 

Shop Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Soothing Dry Shampoo at lookfantastic, £25

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo. Pic: Living Proof

Whilst this may just look like your standard dry shampoo, it is so much more. Eliminate oil, sweat and odour without washing your hair with the help of Living Proof PhD Dry shampoo. This Living Proof option has gained cult status due to its fantastic ability to instantly refresh the scalp. With using this glorious product, you’ll have no worries of residues being left behind. Plus, its added time-release fragrance works to ensure hair has an amazing scent throughout the day, without being overpowering. 

Shop Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo at Cult Beauty, £18

COLAB Original Dry Shampoo

COLAB Original Dry Shampoo. Pic: COLAB

Multi award-winning dry shampoo brand, Colab is suitable for all hair types, texture and colours. This dry shampoo will absorb any oils without leaving your hair feeling gritty or heavy. The lightweight formula leaves zero whit residue once you massage it into your scalp – even on darker hair colours. Also, it’s fragranced with rose, bergamot, magnolia and musk, which is a great addition to your morning beauty routine.

Shop COLAB Original Dry Shampoo at Feel Unique, £3.50

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo. Pic: Aveda

If you’re not a fan of dry shampoos in the form of sprays, then this might be right up your street. The Aveda dry shampoo comes in the form of a kind-to-skin powder. It’s perfect for extending a great blow dry, refreshing your hair whilst on the go, reviving hair after a workout and transforming hair before a night out. This dry shampoo is formulated with 99.8% naturally derived ingredients and will leave your hair feeling and looking clean.

Shop Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo at John Lewis, £24.50

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo. Pic: Briogeo

You may have heard the down sides to a lot of dry shampoos, that sometimes they can be extremely harsh on both the scalp and hair strands. However, Briogeo’s unique dry shampoo eliminates any fear you may have of damage or flakiness as it is completely scalp safe. Its use of charcoal draws away impurities, while a complex of clay, rice starches and tapioca absorb excess oil at the roots to leave hair fresh and clean. 

Plus, for all you that struggle with oil hair, this product is formulated with witch hazel extract to help normalise oil production. Not only this, but its use of biotin also helps to stimulate and support healthy hair growth – what more could you want from a dry shampoo?

Shop Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo at SPACENK, £21.50

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