Where would any of us be without dry shampoo? Seriously, it's a question that crosses our minds most mornings. You see, no matter how simple it may seem to wash our hair, we will always want just that little bit longer sans soap and water.
Why? 'Cause we're lazy, that's why.
We fantasise about an extra 10 minutes in bed - god forbid another whole evening without having to endure the pain staking process of washing our greasy, greasy strands. And so, what do we do instead? Reach for what could be considered the most important product in our life: dry shampoo.
One might assume that you can just grab the first bottle you see and douse it onto your head. You'd be wrong. Just like shampoo, conditioner and all the other haircare items in the world, dry shampoos are tailored to different hair types.
We've broken them up into their rightful categories, so you can go forth and skip another hair washing day. Dreamy.
Oh, and a hot tip for when you've selected your perfect dry shampoo? Apply it correctly, and you'll see incredible results. If you, like us, thought it was just a case of targeting a spritz of product into greasy areas of your scalp, rubbing in the residue and heading off out the door, it's time for a quick 101 on dry shampoo application.
According to this tutorial, it's important to spray your whole head, working section by section, and leaving it to work its magic for 5-10 minutes. Then, and only then, should you take your brush or trusty fingers to work the product through to your lengths and ends.
This will help you achieve even distribution, and reduce chances of matting, knots and tangles. But let's not run before we walk - take a peek at our favourite dry shampoos of 2020, and happy shamping!
1 Best fragranced dry shampoo
This chic dry shampoo may as well be a hair perfume in its own right. A deliciously herby blend of leaves, flowers and pepper, sits against cedar, frankincense and juniper wood - whenever we're wearing it people can't stop sniffing our head.
2. Best dry shampoo for damaged hair
Sure, dry shampoo is god's gift to planet earth, but it can wreak havoc on your hair health. Not with Virtue - this little hair-treat is packed with Alpha Keratin protein, not to mention the volumising and clarifying tapioca and kaolin clay. If you're struggling with pangs of guilt when reaching for the dry shamps, this one's for you.
3. Best dry shampoo for shine and texture
Oribe's gorgeously luxe dry shampoo a perfect option if you're keen to steer away from matte-look hair. Sure, texture and volume is great - but why sacrifice shine in pursuit of clean? That said, this one's for one-day hair. For greater oil build-ups, you might want to opt for something more heavy-duty. This one's also gorgeous if you're just looking for a little extra texture.
4. Best shampoo for thin hair
Based on tapioca, not talc, this won't leave a powdery residue but will give your strands an instant pick me up, without any heaviness or tackiness. Perfect for hair that's limp and lifeless, day three sans wash.
5. Best dry shampoo for afro hair
Afro hair types are drier than others and so need a refresher that delivers moisture, too. This clever, hybrid usses cleansing powder, encapsulated in micellar water to cleanse without stripping on the go.
6. Best dry shampoo for travel
OUAI's cult dry shampoo also comes in this handy mini. Keep one in your bag for emergency touch ups and don't even consider packing anything else in your suitcase on your next hol.
7. Best vegan dry shampoo
If you're a green fingered beauty babe, you'll be all over this cruelty-free, vegan number from hair care masterminds Bleach. A little goes a long way so one bottle should tide you over for a while.
8. Best dry shampoo for hiding roots
What began as a French beauty secret, used by Parisian super-stylists and French ingénues, quickly became a cult hair care product. It smells fresh, without being overpowering and the subtle tint works a treat for hiding roots.
9. Best dry shampoo for sensitive scalps
If your head is prone to irritation and discomfort, you should seek out a dry shampoo with no nasties. This one is the holy grail - free from sulfates, parabens and silicones, natural ingredients witch hazel, charcoal and rice starch absorb excess oil as gently as possible. It also contains biotin, to help stimulate the scalp and boost hair growth.
10. Best dry shampoo for dark hair
Ideal for medium to dark brunettes, this super-fine spray uses natural rich starch to disperse oil and leaves zero no residue in the hair. It also works well as a texturising spray.
11. Best dry shampoo on a budget
We'd put money on the fact that there's already a bottle Batiste in your bathroom cabinet, but, if there isn't, know that it's the most affordable yet effective dry shampoo going, so you should probably get one asap.
12. Best dry shampoo mousse
Don't let Innersense's foamy formula deter you from the potent purifying powers that lie beneath. You'll need to massage this into your scalp and let it dry before styling (though don't worry - it dries super speedily). This is one step closer to actually cleaning your hair, so a good shout if you're in need of some heavy-duty oil removal.
13. Best dry shampoo for the summer
Just like your skin, you need to protect your hair when exposed to the sun. This does-it-all makes use of French clay, which instantly detoxifies dirty locks, while added UV protection stops your strands from frying in the heat.
14. Best colour-safe shampoo
Did you know that coloured hair requires a slightly more tailored approach when it comes to lazy-gal hair-cleaning? This Shu Uemura beauty serves up exactly that - oil and grease eradication, with a vibrant finish that keeps your precious lowlights protected.
15. Best volumising dry shampoo
This one goes out to the flat-haired dry shampoo fans, seeking out that magical boost that a spritz of something powdery can offer. Living Proof's Full Volume includes a super nerdy type of molecule (one we won't bore you with here) that helps you get that volumised effect without crispiness or stiffness. Oh, and it's UV protecting and colour-safe, so a bit of an all-rounder, too.
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