Dry shampoo really is the MVP of any beauty routine and if you aren’t a total devotee, you haven’t tried the right ones. Designed to absorb excess oils from your roots and scalp, it has the power to take your post-gym day three hair back to a day one blow out.
Beyond its oil-busting abilities, dry shampoo is the perfect tool for bringing volume and texture back to lifeless hair, even in fine hair that seems to do anything in its power to stay flat.
Admittedly, the wrong formula and forgetting a few key application techniques can take using dry shampoo from a time-saving hero to an absolute disaster. Luckily, there are plenty of great products that don’t leave that annoying white cast, don’t build up in your hair to leave it feeling thick and damp and won’t disrupt your scalp’s ability to regulate oil production.
Before we dive into our favourites, have a read of our top tips so you get the most out of every application of your dry shampoo.
TIPS TO USE DRY SHAMPOO
Don’t spray too close to your hair
Hold the bottle at least 20cm away from your roots to allow the formula and oil-absorbing ingredients to evenly distribute throughout your hair. Spraying too close means you’ll end up with a clump of product in one spot that will be harder to distribute and won’t be doing its job.
Always shake before you spray
The absorbent and starchy ingredients in dry shampoo tend to settle on the bottom of your can so it’s important to give it a little shake before you spray away. That way, the ingredients will be dispersed evenly in the can.
Stick to the top few inches
Using too much dry shampoo throughout the ends of your hair, which tend to be on the drier side already, can give you a lacklustre do. Instead, concentrate the majority of the product on the areas of your hair where it’s greasiest around your scalp roots and the first few centimetres. As you brush the product out, it will work its way into the lower sections.
You don’t have to wait until your hair is due for a wash
Dry shampoo is great at preventing oil build-up before it gets beyond repair so consider spraying a touch around your hairline before a workout or when styling your hair on days two and three of your wash cycle. Go easy because it is possible to overuse dry shampoo, but don’t feel like it only works on already greasy roots.
Leave the product for at least 1 minute before brushing it through
Once you’ve sprayed in your dry shampoo leave it for a minute or two before brushing it through. That way it has time to sit and soak up any excess oil from the roots before you brush it through the rest of your hair.
THE PRODUCTS WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
This is the next generation of dry shampoo, and if you’re a regular dry shampoo user this one is a game changer! Schwarzkopf Got2B Dry Shampoo Foam is a mousse like foam that you apply to the roots of your hair and massage in with your finger tips. Unlike traditional spray dry shampoo’s it will NEVER leave white marks in your hair and it’s actually moisturising rather than drying. It absorbs oil, and volumises the hair, but it feels super soft and hydrated rather than chalky and dry. Like I said, it’s a game changer!
Klorane’s Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is a staple in countless professional hair kits so it’s hard to imagine a formula that’s as good as, if not better than the original. Well, this is it. From the fresh minty scent to the cooling effect it has on irritated scalps, this new innovation is perfect for the upcoming Summer to keep your hair feeling fresh and your scalp healthy. It effectively absorbs excess oil without leaving any white cast or build up behind and creates nice volume that’s still malleable. I should also mention it’s silicone and paraben free.
Not every dry shampoo can actually give you a replacement for that freshly washed feeling, but this one certainly can. Leave it to Kevin Murphy to create a water, shampoo and conditioner situation in an aerosol can. A few quick spritzes of this dry shampoo absorbs excess oil while feeling weightless in your hair and it doesn’t ever feel like your scalp is overrun with product. It gives soft volume, neutralises odour and feels a lot more hydrating than your average can of dry shampoo.
Refreshing curled hair with dry shampoo can be tricky as you have to brush mist formulas out. Those with frizz will understand that brushing your curls isn’t an option which is where this dry shampoo from Eleven comes in. It works to banish oily roots and lift lacklustre hair without the need to brush it out. Because it’s so lightweight, you can spray onto your hair and massage with your fingertips before leaving it to do its job.
When you’ve really left it a day too many to shampoo your hair, this dry shampoo from Philip Kingsley is an easy solution. It works well on even the most greasy, limp and tired looking hair to absorb oils, add volume and give you the kind of texture you need to create styles that stay all day. You’ll never experience that dry white powdery feeling other dry shampoos leave and hair of all different textures will love the fresh and polished results.
Photo- Thom Kerr
Make-Up- Bonnie G Oz Beauty Expert
Hair- Iggy Rosales
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