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.
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.
A feather light dry shampoo that gives a genuine feeling of newly washed hair
Lots of dry shampoos give your hair texture, consistency and extra volume. It’s much more difficult to find a dry shampoo that really gives you the feeling you've recently washed your hair.
Unite 7seconds Refresher does exactly what you'd expect – immediately refreshes your hair. Within just a few seconds, oily overactive hair will feel considerably cleaner. And the best thing is that it doesn’t create that weird rough feeling that most dry shampoos produce. Admittedly the rough structure can be an advantage as it gives you good consistency when you're styling your hair. But sometimes you just want hair that feels clean and smooth, and that’s exactly what Unite 7seconds Refresher delivers.
A major advantage with this dry shampoo from Unite is that it doesn’t leave any visible powder in the hair. This means you don’t have to spend time working the product in, making 7seconds Refresher dry shampoo both easy and efficient to use. The scent is mild but fresh, and the result is soft and flexible. Your roots get a discreet volume boost, but if you want really big hair it’s best to complement the dry shampoo with a volumising product.
For fresher hair in just a few seconds, Unite 7seconds Refresher feels almost unbeatable.
Environmentally friendly and effective dry shampoo that’s invisible in the hair and gives a fresh feel
Unlike other dry shampoos on the market, Maria Nila Invisidry Shampoo isn’t a combined styling product. Instead, this product focuses entirely on creating fresh feeling hair, and it’s very successful at that task.
The scent is fresh and slightly sweet, and fades quite quickly after application. According to the bottle, this is a powder spray, but you can’t tell that when you’re using it, because unlike most other dry shampoos in our test, the product doesn’t become a visible coating of powder in the hair. Instead it’s completely invisible, and consequently it works in all hair colours, from lightest blonde to deepest black. This makes Maria Nila Invisidry Shampoo really easy to use. Your hair quickly looks cleaner and gains a little texture – but as we've already mentioned, consistency isn’t the point of this dry shampoo.
The product is available in two sizes of bottle, and the packaging is climate compensated. The contents are vegan, cruelty free and also free of both sulphates and parabens. In other words, a real winner for both greasy hair and the environment. And it's a nice bonus that with Maria Nila Invisidry Shampoo you don’t have to go around looking like you've rubbed dust into your hair.
A refreshing dry shampoo which is easy to use and doesn't leave any visible residue
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.
Affordable dry shampoo suitable for all hair types that gives lots of volume
The test's budget winner, Fresh Me Up! from Bangerhead Professional is an extremely fine spray in powder form that’s a little moister than average. But the moisture isn’t obvious in your hair and won’t make it wet. Fresh Me Up! contains goji berries, which give a fresh, sharp scent and nourish your scalp and hair. All our testers said the dry shampoo worked for their hair colour without leaving any traces. Another characteristic that the test panel appreciated was the fact that Fresh Me Up! gives lots of volume without any feeling of roughness, and the hair looks freshly washed immediately you've used it.
A budget-friendly dry shampoo for dirty hair
Budgie The Volume Dry Shampoo doesn’t merely perk up dirty hair – with its colourful packaging, it also perks up your bathroom shelf. And best of all, it’s incredibly good value for money.
It’s easy to apply the right amount of his dry shampoo from Budgie. You do have to make some effort to work the product into your hair, particularly if you have a slightly darker hair colour. But this doesn’t take long and the results are very good. While it’s effective and gives dirty hair an immediate lift, Budgie’s dry shampoo won’t make your hair feel heavy. It may feel a little rough, but this is more the rule than the exception when it comes to dry shampoo.
Gone are the days when dry shampoos all had a strange and overpowering scent. Budgie's spray smells a little fruity when you apply it, but once it’s in your hair the scent fades relatively quickly. In other words, the scent from your hair doesn’t overwhelm your perfume, and it’s nice not to go around smelling like an explosion in a scent factory.
The contents of this pinkish bottle perk up your hair and give it immediate volume. And the price is almost unbeatable. Given how good the product is, it would be difficult to find something that delivers the same effect for a similar price.
Fast-acting dry shampoo that gives a soft, light result
Evo Water Killer Dry Schampoo is a light dry shampoo that effectively freshens up greasy hair and works well for both blondes and brunettes. The product has two purposes – the obvious one of giving dirty hair a few extra days before it needs washing, but it also provides consistency and makes it easier to style your hair.
Like other dry shampoos, Water Killer forms a powder in your hair which you then work in after it’s absorbed the oils from your hair. It only takes a couple of minutes to have a really clear effect. (Tip: Spray it on your hair and then brush your teeth while it works to create an efficient bathroom routine!) Once two minutes have passed, you brush the dry shampoo lightly into your hair with a hairbrush or massage it in with your fingers.
The scent is fresh, and while your hair does develop more texture it's nothing like as rough as with many other dry shampoos. So you need to make a choice. If you’re looking for a dry shampoo where the primary function is to give texture and consistency, this isn’t the right product for you. If you instead want fresh-feeling hair and a product that won’t leave your hair powdery and dusty, Evo Water Killer is a good alternative.
Easy-to-use dry shampoo that works well in thin hair and gives a good scent
Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair is an unusually fine spray with a clear scent of sweet citrus. The spray is pretty much invisible even on the darkest hair, which is perfect for a quick application. Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair gives a really freshly washed feeling, which lasts well throughout the day. The result is completely matte and it gives some volume in thin hair, but for thicker hair the feeling of cleanness is the product's strength.
A shampoo that helps maintain lustrous hair and keeps it feeling fresh all day
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.
Effective freshening dry shampoo that gives a good volume effect
Lernberger Stafsing Dryclean Spray is a dry shampoo that provides lots of volume and structure, and worked really well for our testers with thin, fine hair strands who wanted loads of volume. It has a moderate oil absorbing capacity and works well for a day or so after washing, but it’s not the best choice if it’s been a few days since you washed your hair. The formula requires a lot of working into the hair, but it gives a nice matte finish without visible traces of powder.
A dry shampoo which succeeds in refreshing the hair and retaining its lustre
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.
Very finely grained and preserves shine
Forget the dusty look you get from so many dry shampoos. Oribe Gold Lust won’t be visible in your hair at all. It doesn’t give your hair any structure, but it doesn’t promise to either. Instead it creates a freshly washed, light and airy feeling. Your hair retains its shine and lustre and just feels fresh. However, the fact that the grains are so small means you need to use quite a lot to achieve a good result. And unfortunately it doesn’t last as long as you’d like. By the afternoon, your hair starts to feel a bit greasy even if it still looks fresh. The consistency is good and it’s easy to get the product in the right place without the surplus spreading all around the entire bathroom. The scent is relatively mild and you don’t notice it once applied. If you just want that freshly washed feeling and don't need extra structure, Gold Lust Dry Shampoo is a good option.
An inexpensive dry shampoo that gives your hair volume and leaves it feeling fresh
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.
A pleasantly scented dry shampoo that gives cools your scalp when you use it
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.
A dry shampoo that’s actually wet
What actually is a dry shampoo? What we’ve most come to associate with this type of product is a spray that when you apply it into dry hair absorbs the oil from the scalp and leaves you with a feeling of less dirty hair. These types of spray rarely feel like they’re wet when you apply them, but this is where Lyko Rule Breaker stands out from the crowd. Because it’s a dry shampoo that’s actually wet.
The basic principle is the same as with other dry shampoos – your hair is a bit dirty, you spray in dry shampoo, work it in and hey presto, your hair looks clean again. The big difference with Rule Breaker is that this spray is actually wet when it's applied to the hair – which also means that your hair gets wet.
The product dries relatively quickly in the hair, and then when you brush it out it definitely looks freshly washed. How quickly it actually dries depends on how thick your hair is and how much product you’ve used – but a classic dry shampoo is indisputably more efficient in terms of time.
The biggest advantage of Lyko Rule Breaker is that it doesn’t leave any powdery residue in the hair. With many other dry shampoos, powdery residue is often something you have to work hard to rub in.
This is a product that’s most suitable for shorter hair, as it has a quicker drying time. But for longer hair, Lyko Rule Breaker probably isn’t the most effective alternative.
A cheap dry shampoo with a good freshening ability. Works best on lighter coloured hair
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.
Löwengrip Care & Color Good To Go Dry Shampoo
Löwengrip Care & Color produce a dry shampoo that comes in both a small and a large bottle. The small version is perfect to carry in your handbag. The dry shampoo has an intense scent, and unfortunately this lasts even once applied. As your hair is so close to your face, this is quite unpleasant, particularly if you’re sensitive to smells. This dry shampoo gives loads of structure. Your hair becomes very rough and feels compact at the roots. Of course this does mean the product is good for creating volume or making an updo stay in place better. But to obtain a fresh feeling it’s not an ideal product as the hair feels heavy. Even if you only need very little to give structure, you need more to conceal grease. Good To Go Dry Shampoo is fine as a styling product but doesn’t really work as a dry shampoo.
Nicely scented, cheap dry shampoo
This is undoubtedly one of the cheapest dry shampoos you can buy, but unfortunately not one of the best value for money because it's simply not a good product.
Aussie Wash+Blow Miracle Dry Shampoo Kool Kiwi Berry may smell good, but that’s also the only advantage of this dry shampoo. Your hair doesn’t look cleaner after use – in fact, if anything it looks greasier. Nor does it give any extra volume. Instead your hair feels heavy, limp and unmanageable. In other words, there’s absolutely no reason to buy this product. The money you can save by buying this dry shampoo instead of another one is actually wasted because the bottle will just sit in your bathroom cabinet gathering dust.
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.
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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