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The 6 best dry shampoos to buy in 2019

ByPriceRunner Updated December 8, 2019

We have tested 6 different dry shampoos and name Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo as our Best Choice. This dry shampoo is easy to use and leaves your hair feeling fresh. It works equally well on both light and dark hair and leaves no residue, even on black hair.

How we did the test

We carried out the test ourselves and tested all of the products as they are intended to be used in reality. In this test we asked four professional hairdressers with different hair types and colours to use all of the products. We then used the following parameters to assess the products:

  • Freshening: How well does the product absorb grease? Does it leave your hair feeling newly washed?

  • Volume: How much volume does the product give your hair? How long does this volume last? Is it easy to use too much product, causing the hair to feel rough?

  • Appearance: What does the hair look like after you have applied the product? Is the dry shampoo visible in the hair, or does it blend in and look natural? How easy is it to comb out if you use too much?

  • Scent: Does the dry shampoo smell strongly? Does the scent disappear quickly, or does it stay in the hair?

During the test our hairdressers used the products as their customers would use them. Each dry shampoo was given a score based upon their overall experiences with each product in relation to its price.

1. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

A refreshing dry shampoo which is easy to use and doesn't leave any visible residue

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo 232ml

Our test winner is the aluminium free Perk Up Dry Shampoo from Amika, which contains rice starch and sea buckthorn. The Perk Up Dry Shampoo worked equally well on both dark and light hair and left absolutely no residue, even on black hair. The product can be easily applied without a hairbrush, which is a big positive. While the Perk Up Dry Shampoo did give the hair some volume, it primarily provided the sensation of clean and freshly washed hair. This was a pleasant sensation compared to the rough feeling often associated with volume products. The scent is inspired by sea buckthorn and felt fresh and quirky without being overpowering.

Easy to useinvisiblegood freshening ability
Gives less volume

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2. Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo

A shampoo that helps maintain lustrous hair and keeps it feeling fresh all day

Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray 205ml

If you want a dry shampoo that helps to create light and airy hair, the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo is an option really worth considering. While the product doesn't add any structure to the hair, it really helps you get that newly washed feeling. Since the grains of shampoo that you spray into your hair are so small that you can't even see them, this also means that you need to use quite a lot of the product. However, once you've applied a sufficient amount of the dry shampoo, the results are good and last all day. The scent, which although is quite strong, dissipates quickly.

One positive characteristic of this product is that it’s very easy to apply to exactly the places where you want it. Light and a dark variants of the dry shampoo are available for different hair colours. Its ability to help preserve lustrous hair while making it feel nice and fresh makes the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo suitable for anyone who doesn't need extra volume from their dry shampoo.

Easy to applypreserves lustre in the hairleaves a fresh feeling all day
Fairly expensive

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3. Sebastian Professional Sebastian Drynamic Shampoo

A dry shampoo which succeeds in refreshing the hair and retaining its lustre

Sebastian Professional Drynamic Dry Shampoo 212ml

You get a pleasant newly washed feeling each time you spray the Sebastian Drynamic Shampoo onto your hair. The spray is so finely grained that it's practically invisible. What you can see is the clear shine it leaves your hair with, as this dry shampoo succeeds in removing grease without making your hair look drab. The scent of the shampoo is fresh but rather strong, and unfortunately lasts for a fairly long time after application.

The Sebastian Drynamic Shampoo can be used on the roots of the hair like a normal dry shampoo but can also be used on the upper lengths of the hair as a styling product. When doing the latter you spray the product into your hair and activate it with the heat of a hairdryer. We would recommend doing this step, as otherwise the product doesn't create an enormous amount of volume. Unfortunately, despite this process succeeding in adding structure to your hair, it can also make your hair feel a bit rough. As such, while we can’t call the Sebastian Drynamic Shampoo a great styling product, it's a fantastic dry shampoo.

Keeps hair feeling lustrouseconomical pricegood freshening ability
Strong scentminor volume effect

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4. Maria Nila Dry Shampoo

An inexpensive dry shampoo that gives your hair volume and leaves it feeling fresh

Maria Nila Style & Finish Dry Shampoo 250ml

The Maria Nila Dry Shampoo is a dry shampoo that can also be used as a styling product. It's great for creating volume and giving structure to even newly washed hair. It's effective as a dry shampoo, easily reducing excess grease with grains that are so small you can barely see them. However, since the product adds so much structure it can also make your hair feel a little heavy after you have applied it.

The spray is just damp enough to be easily spread throughout the hair. Thankfully it is not too dry, which would normally be a problem for a dry shampoo, so you can still easily get it into the right places. Before you've got used to using it, you can easily end up using too much of this dry shampoo as you only need to use a very small amount to achieve good results. This makes it an extremely economical dry shampoo if you can learn to use the right amount. It also has a mild scent, which is clear positive characteristic for this kind of hair product. Overall, the Maria Nila Dry Shampoo is a good dry shampoo which succeeds in giving the hair structure and achieving fresh results.

Achieves good volumevalue for moneygood consistencymild scent
Easy to use too much of itcan make the hair feel heavy

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5. Redken Powder Refresh

A pleasantly scented dry shampoo that gives cools your scalp when you use it

Redken Powder Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder 153ml

The Redken Powder Refresh is a faintly mint scented dry shampoo which you spray directly on the roots of your hair. The product has a fine spray, but you’ll need to brush or rub it into the hair for it to become completely invisible. Once applied, your hair will look fresh and washed, and should gain some added volume. Above all, our testers with thin hair most appreciated this product. Unfortunately it doesn't give such an obvious lift in thicker hair. When you apply Redken Powder Refresh close to the scalp it gives off a pleasant cooling sensation, which we thought felt nice after an exercise session.

Has a pleasant scentgives off a cooling sensation
Slightly expensive

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6. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original

A cheap dry shampoo with a good freshening ability. Works best on lighter coloured hair

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo 200ml

The Batiste Dry Shampoo Original was the cheapest product in our test, which unfortunately was also clear when it came to the quality of the product. This dry shampoo has average freshening properties but doesn't manage to create volume in the hair to any great extent. On light hair, the Batiste Dry Shampoo Original works very well in terms of colour, but in darker hair it has a tendency to produce a bit of a shadow. However, the powder does give hair an attractive matte finish and so would therefore be extremely suitable for bleached hair if you want to avoid giving it shine.

Cheaphas a good freshening ability
Doesn't provide much volumecan appear a little bit chalky on darker hair

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Everything about Dry shampoo

Many people see dry shampoo as an absolute essential part of their hair product repertoire. It can provide a quick way of refreshing your hair and help you to avoid damaging your hair by washing it too often. Dry shampoo can also be used as a styling product to give the hair volume and structure.

Dry shampoos work by removing excess oil. They contain substances, often rice starch, which absorb the oil in the hair. You then can use a brush or your fingers to spread the product throughout your hair. In doing so the dry shampoo helps take the oil away. However, you must remember that the dry shampoo is not actually cleaning the hair by removing the oil, so it is still recommended to wash your hair between uses with regular shampoo.

How to use dry shampoo

Apply the dry shampoo by spraying it from around 20cm away onto your scalp. The excess oil in the hair is often mainly found around the roots of the hair. If you spray the dry shampoo from too close to your head, you could risk getting too much product in the same place and producing a dusty or whitish appearance. When you have sprayed the product into your hair, you should wait a little while before you massage the scalp and spread the product throughout your hair. Finally, you must brush your hair to further distribute the dry shampoo and to remove any excess. It's very important to remember to use the right amount of dry shampoo. It’s easy to spray on too much, which unfortunately can cause your hair to lose its lustre and look rather drab. However, some products make it easier than others to apply the right amount, while other products can be more forgiving if you do accidentally do so.

Different parts of the hair require different types of attention and treatment. Regardless of whether you've managed to use the right amount of shampoo or not, most people find that their hair is greasier towards the scalp and dryer at the ends. If you use the dry shampoo on the roots of your hair, you can choose to add a little oil or nourishing cream to the ends of the hair to leave it looking healthier.

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