Dry shampoo has grown in recent years from a festival fix-up to a firm favorite. It’s perfect for re-freshening your hair between washes, leaving it feeling gorgeously clean and fresh. I used to associate dry shampoo with Baptist, as most would associate hair straightens with ghd, never considering there was a possible difference between each brand, after all it’s just power in a can, right? Well apparently not, so I popped along to my nearest boots store and picked up a whole bunch of brands to see which was worthy or my stamp of approval. After much spraying and spritzing, here are my top five.
No 1 – Baptiste
Well I’ve tried the rest but this is still the best. It’s a trusty favorite for a reason. While it has been accused of leaving a chalky finish, it really does freshen up hair in an instant. It smells amazing and I love the variety available – it now comes in seven different fragrances, with a hint of colour, strengtht and shine, and with plumping power. Now if that isn’t enough of a variety for you, I don’t know what is. I particularly like the tropical scent, it smells really fresh. As a blonde, I also loved the hint of blonde, I found when my highlights were starting to grow out, a spritz of this and it blended perfectly and allowed me to get an extra few weeks before I needed a touch-up. Price ranges from €3.99 – €5.29.
No 2 – L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Fresh Dust
I’m a huge fan or L’oréal products so when I got this, I knew I’d like it. The spray is very fine and is easily absorbed into the hair, leaving no powdery residue, only locks that were fresh and fabulous. The only downside, I found it didn’t last long and I needed to keep it with me for a freshness boost every few hours. It is a good dry shampoo but costs twice as much as Baptiste and lasts half as long. Prices from €11.95
No 3 – TRESemme Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo
I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this dry shampoo so I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I found I liked it. It has a powerful spray so be sure to hold it back a bit from your hair when applying it. One spray into the roots will give impressive lift and volume, perfect for use before a night out. Prices from €6.49, bargain!!
No 4 – Charles Worthington Style Setter Dry Shampoo
A little definitely goes a long way, the first time I used it, hair feel heavy and chalky.However, a beauty insider advised me to apply it at night and then brush through in the morning so, on the second use I quite liked it. My hair felt really fresh with tons of volume – just like I walked out of a salon. With a price tag of €7.99, it’s not the cheapest but with one spritz to super volume, it’ll last forever.
No 5 – Lee Stafford Poker Straight Dry Shampoo
My hair is long and dyed blonde but the roots get oily after a day. The ends can get coarse and dry so I find myself each morning with the hassle of straightening it to get a sleek look. This is where Poker Straight really helps. It not only absorbs any oil, it gives fabulous bounce and volume, extending the life of my sleek hair, giving me an extra 15 minutes in bed. It smells nice too but a word of caution, don’t over-spray, a little really goes a long way. Priced at €7.99.
Follow our tips below to get the most from your dry shampoo:
1) Don’t use it on the ends of your hair – it will only dry out fragile tips.
2)Team with hairspray to give your up-dos serious hold.
3) Choose a dry shampoo that’s a shade darker than your own and work the grungy root look for day.
4) Wrap a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes.
5) To avoid getting stained fingers, let your dry shampoo absorb before you start styling your hair.
6) Most dry shampoos come in miniatures – perfect for festival water shortages.
7) Use a brush to get rid of any powdery residue.
8) Try it as a styling product to add texture.