What makes this dry shampoo stand out in a crowded haircare category is not only how well it works, but the luxe fragrance it’s coupled with. Like many dry shampoos, it uses rice starch to mop up excess oil and add body, but the spray is so fine and lightweight that there’s zero powdery residues or chance of weighing hair down. It’s also paired with a dose of moisturising vitamin E that protects the hair from daily aggressors, as well as leaves it silky soft to the touch.
Once upon a time, dry shampoos were just for keeping on standby for hair emergencies, but today they’re an everyday essential. While the hair saviour is still a godsend for covering-up greasy roots when we oversleep or want to fit in a sweaty workout in the middle of the day, we use them more for prolonging the days between hair washes, saving time, water and energy.
If there’s a haircare product that’s come of beauty age, it’s the humble dry shampoo. Gone are the heavy talc-in-a-bottle formulas, as with new innovation comes light, invisible sprays that do more than just mop up grease. The latest spritzes work much harder.
You can use dry shampoo to boost volume and add root lift to limp, lifeless strands; spray in texture for cool-girl strands; add grip and hold to an up-do, as well as bring a new lease of life to second-day curls, braids or whichever style you’ve spent time perfecting.
The key to getting the best results, and avoiding any chalkiness, with your dry shampoo is to do two things: the first is to spray and leave the dry shampoo for a couple of minutes, so it absorbs the excess oils and sweat properly – don’t just rub in and go as most people do.
The second is to brush or blow-dry the product out and not just let it sit and build up on the scalp. Do both and your stands will not only look clean but feel it too, especially if you’re using one from our round-up of best dry shampoos.
How we tested
To help you find the best formula for your wants and needs, we put the latest sprays on trial, using them on hair that hadn’t been washed for a day or two, to see how they fared on a tester with oily roots, who usually has to wash their hair every other day without fail. We looked for ease-of-use, fragrance, oil-absorption, how it left stands feeling and whether it created volume and texture.
The best dry shampoos for 2022 are:
- Best overall – Kérastase fresh affair dry shampoo: £24.29, Feelunique.com
- Best for clean-feeling hair – Living Proof perfect hair day advanced clean dry shampoo: £20, Spacenk.com
- Best for dry and damaged hair – Virtue refresh dry shampoo: £13.60, Feelunique.com
- Best value dry shampoo – Batiste naturally dry shampoo green tea and chamomile: £2.83, Boots.com
- Best for fine hair – Klorane volumising dry shampoo with organic flax: £9.50, Boots.com
- Best for curls – Boucleme foaming dry shampoo: £18, Feelunique.com
- Best for fringes – Hair by Sam McKnight lazy girl hair cleanse cloths, for 20 cloths: £17, Sammcknight.com
- Best for volume and texture – R+Co death valley dry shampoo: £19.60, Spacenk.com
- Best lightweight dry shampoo – Davines more inside invisible dry shampoo: £24, Cultbeauty.co.uk
- Best dry shampoo for fragrance – Sol de Janeiro dry shampoo: £14, Feelunique.com