Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo

Best dry shampoos: 13 tried-and-tested formulas that refresh hair instantly

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Put the harsh aerosols down and relegate the chalky powders to the back of your beauty cabinet. These dry shampoos are very clever… 

Along with deodorant and lip balm, dry shampoo is a staple in more or less everyone’s beauty routine.

Over the last year, you may have found yourself not bothered to carry out the toilsome chore of washing your hair – something that may even be continuing, despite lockdown rules easing. But dry shampoo is there to banish greasy roots and breathe life into lank lengths in a matter of seconds. Which is particularly handy when you have an outdoor pub gathering or Zoom call to attend.

Over recent years, the humble dry shampoo has been given a seriously savvy overhaul, and now, the hair hero does so much more than just blitz grease and grime. From environmentally-friendly packaging and ingredients that care for your scalp as they cleanse to lightweight formulas that leave zero white residue, here are the dry shampoos vying for a space in your haircare routine.

  • Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo

    Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo

    Alongside its nourishing formula, Sol de Janeiro’s cult Bum Bum Cream is known for its scent, Cheirosa ‘62. This fragrance has delicious notes of pistachio, salted caramel and vanilla that smells incredible – and now, it has added its popular scent to a dry shampoo.

    Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo not only leaves your hair smelling incredible, it’s formulated with Brazilian kaolin clay and rice starch to soak up excess oil and remove dirt and impurities for fresher hair. Not only does it extend time between washes, it doesn’t leave your hair feeling stiff or gritty. Plus, added vitamin b5 helps to prevent dryness, meaning no itchy scalps.

    Shop Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo at lookfantastic, £24

  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo

    Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo

    While this might look like your standard aerosol dry shampoo, it is so much more than that. This Living Proof option has quickly gained cult status, thanks to its ability to instantly refresh the scalp. Its clever patented technology provides a hair hat-trick; it’s felt looking, feeling and smelling clean. Plus, it doesn’t leave any powdery residue in its wake.

    In fact, it’s such a huge hit among the Stylist beauty team that beauty editor Lucy Partington praised its ability to help her break the daily hair wash cycle and senior beauty writer Hanna Ibraheem sang its praises as one of the best she’s ever tried.

    Shop Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo at lookfantastic, £19

  • Tints of Nature Dry Shampoo

    Tints of Nature Dry Shampoo 1
    Best dry shampoos: Tints of Nature Dry Shampoo

    Dry shampoos are usually associated with damaging hair, but Tints of Nature has developed its dry shampoo with 99.5% natural and organic ingredients to ensure your scalp isn’t exposed to anything harsh. Spritz the vegan formula through your hair with the eco-friendly pump for a quick refresh.

    Shop Tints of Nature Dry Shampoo at Tints of Nature, £9.99

  • Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Dry Shampoo

    Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Dry Shampoo

    If you’re prone to irritation, sensitivity or itchiness across your scalp, this is the dry shampoo for you. It contains menthyl lactate, aloe vera and chamomile, all of which work together for a cooling and soothing effect on your scalp. It also has a lightweight formula that disappears once rubbed in.

    Shop Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Dry Shampoo at lookfantastic, £25

  • Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05

    Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05
    Best dry shampoos: Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05

    Sprays, powders, foams; we thought we’d seen it all when it comes to dry shampoos - until Redken released this. Half dry shampoo, half styling paste; this innovative formula absorbs impurities from the hair while providing hold and texture. Take a small amount onto your fingerprints, run it through your hair and you’re good to go.

    Shop Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05 at Feelunique, £14.65

  • Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk

    Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk
    Best dry shampoos: Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk

    Aerosol-free, this boasts oat milk and other natural ingredients to cleanse hair. Simply twist the cap, give the bottle a light squeeze and it’ll deposit a concentrated puff of dry shampoo into roots. Massage in with your fingers, brush out and you’re good to go. The best part? It doesn’t leave behind gritty, white remnants like some others can.

    Shop Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk at lookfantastic, £9

  • OUAI Super Dry Shampoo

    OUAI Super Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: OUAI Super Dry Shampoo

    If you hate the feel of heavy, chalky powders, pick up a bottle of this stuff. Created by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, it contains a clever cleansing agent that neutralises dirt, grime and product build-up. When rubbed into roots, it disappears almost instantly. It doesn’t leave hair frizzy and works on hair types and textures. If we weren’t sold already…

    Shop Ouai Super Dry Shampoo at Cult Beauty, £20

  • Colab Original Dry Shampoo

    Colab Original Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: Colab Original Dry Shampoo

    Another winner among the Stylist beauty team, Colab’s dry shampoo absorbs oil without leaving your hair feeling heavy or gritty. Even better, the lightweight formula leaves zero white residue once you brush it – even on darker hair colours. Plus, it’s scented with bergamot, rose, musk and magnolia, which makes for a lovely addition to your morning beauty routine.

    Shop Colab Original Dry Shampoo at Feelunique, £3.50

  • Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

    Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

    You might have heard that some dry shampoos can be extremely harsh on both your scalp and strands, but this one eliminates any fear of flakiness or damage. It contains charcoal, clay and rice starch to absorb grease and grime like a sponge, as well as biotin (AKA vitamin B12), which is essential for healthy hair growth.

    Shop Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo at Cult Beauty, £21.50

  • Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

    Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

    This talc-free formula uses natural rice starch to absorb excess oil – an ingredient known for its hair-boosting abilities. It’s also sulphate and gluten-free and works on all hair types.

    Shop Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo at Beauty Bay, £20

  • Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo

    Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo

    Formulated by legendary hairstylist Sam McKnight, this dry shampoo gives hair body, volume and subtle texture while giving your roots an instant refresh. McKnight recommends spraying it onto a hairbrush instead of directly onto hair for a lighter effect. It also smells great, thanks to notes of green leaf, herbs, watery flowers and pepper.

    Shop Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo at Cult Beauty, £19

  • Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

    Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

    If you’re not a fan of sprays, this Aveda dry shampoo comes in the form of a kind-to-skin powder. It’s formulated with 99.8% naturally-derived ingredients and leaves hair feel and looking clean.

    Shop Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo at lookfantastic, £24.50

  • IGK Hair Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo

    IGK Hair Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo
    Best dry shampoos: IGK Hair Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo

    IGK’s popular dry shampoo contains finely-milled volcanic ash to sweep away signs of dirt. Plus, added ginger root and mango extracts leave hair with a shiny finish.

    Shop IGK Hair Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo at Space NK, £23

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