We’re calling it: These are the best dry shampoos
We don’t know where we’d be without out these second-day hair saviours
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / October 07 2018
Remember when dry shampoos didn’t exist? Neither can we, thankfully! How can something so simple be such a life saver? Dry shampoo is one of those beauty products that when you find a good one, you’re loyal for life. So what is the best dry shampoo? We asked our Beauty Crew team and SUPERcrew members to share their dry shampoo reviews, which led us to a clear crowd favourite for the best dry shampoo in Australia. Although, the runners up are amazing too, so you really can’t go wrong with any of these top picks.
How does dry shampoo work to refresh your hair? It’s actually really simple. Dry shampoo is made with powders that soak up oil from your hair and scalp to give it a clean, fresh appearance. Much like a mattifying powder for your oily T-zone. Some people reach for baby powder or cornstarch as a DIY dry shampoo option, but we’ve heard the results are pretty chalky, whitening and lacklustre. This is a time we’d definitely rather go for the store-bought variety.
Also, for those of you wondering is dry shampoo bad for your hair (there have been some reports that it might be), the answer is no, so long as you don’t overuse it. The thing to remember about dry shampoo is it doesn’t actually clean your hair. So while it does a stellar job of soaking up oil between washes, it can leave a film on your scalp that, if not properly cleaned away with actual shampoo, can block hair follicles - impeding hair growth. Plus, a little oil is essential for the health of your hair so you don’t want to keep soaking it all up.
Our best advice? Invest in a good clarifying shampoo to effectively clean your hair and scalp of product build-up regularly. And try not to become addicted to these awesome dry shampoos!
#9 / Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Let’s start with the scent - it has a delicate combination of vanilla, citrus and sweet clover that is very addictive. Formulated with natural rice starch but free from talc and aluminium, it does the job of soaking up oily residue from roots, without weighing down hair. Expect extra volume, too.
The review: “My favourite dry shampoo is Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. I love the way it smells, and creates volume without having talc in it. My hair feels cleaner instantly and thicker and by the end of the day it still feels that way, instead of being matte and feeling chalky like it feels with some other dry shampoos.” Dorota, SUPERcrew member
#8 / Pantene Pro-V Shampoo Volume Booster Dry Shampoo
If you like a good boost of volume from your dry shampoo, stock up on this dry shampoo, formulated with tapioca starch. It’s a great choice for fine hair in need of help, and has a refreshing scent to help you avoid washing your hair for another day, or two.
The review: “My go-to dry shampoo is Pantene Pro-V Shampoo Volume Booster - it’s not only great for those days when my hair is in need of a quick refresh (it’s my post-gym staple!), but it’s also amazing for adding a bit of oomph to flat, boring hair. It smells like all of Pantene’s glorious signature hair products – so it pretty much fools you (and everyone else) into thinking you’ve just washed your hair.” Erin Docherty, Beauty Crew’s Contributor
#7 / Dove Hair Therapy Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo
It’s not just a clean look it gives hair, but a nice clean scent, too. Our Review Crew® members experienced no signs of telltale white dry shampoo powder with this budget buy, and loved that it didn’t leave hair feeling crunchy or dry.
The review: “I’m very fussy when it comes to my dry shampoo. I need it to freshen up my dirty hair without adding any weight (or extra greasiness after a few hours) and the scent needs to be nice enough that it’s pleasant, but not so overpowering that it’s all I smell. See, fussy?! Thankfully this one ticks all the boxes – and is SO budget-friendly. I also really like using it on freshly washed or second-day hair to add a touch of grit when styling.” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
#6 / Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo
A coloured dry shampoo (there’s one for light tones and one for dark tones), Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo uses rice starch to soak up all those unwanted oils in your hair without anyone being the wiser. And it has built-in UV protection, which is an Aussie gal’s dream come true.
The review: “For dry shampoo I always opt for Moroccanoil's Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones. It has a refreshing fragrance, gets rid of any oils and adds volume back if my hair is looking a little limp. It does the job without leaving a grey cast or leaving a dry or crunchy feeling.” Alex, SUPERcrew member
#5 / Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
We’re not sure we’ve ever met an Oribe hair product we haven’t liked, and this dry shampoo has only cemented our love of the brand. It uses translucent powders - yay, no white residue! - and the dermatologists who helped formulate this have made sure your scalp is soothed with every use. Another one with UV protection, this dry shampoo is also vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free.
The review: “This dry shampoo seriously nails the brief. Its texture is practically invisible, the super-fine nozzle eliminates any chance of overloading your roots with product, and it smells absolutely heavenly.” Iantha Yu, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Editor
#4 / L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo
As we all know, clay is an excellent oil absorber. So putting it in a dry shampoo is genius - and it works an absolute treat, especially when you put three into one (there’s green, blue and white clay in this formula). Expect added volume with each application, too.
The review: “This dry shampoo is fantastic. It smells incredible, and the scent lasts all day. It definitely gives you volume and makes your hair look and feel cleaner. Another great thing about this product is it leaves no white residue that gets on your clothes or can make your hair look matte. I definitely would buy this product again.” A K, Beauty Crew member
#3 / Elizabeth & James Nirvana Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo is so much more than your standard dry shampoo. Yes it refreshes day-old hair like a superstar, but it’s also a beautiful styling product. It nails that Olsen-famous tousled perfection (in case you didn't know, Elizabeth & James is Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s own beauty brand) and the water-free micro powder gives hair lightweight body and texture. There are two signature Elizabeth & James scents to pick from, too.
The review: “At $52 a pop, this is perhaps the most expensive dry shampoo I’ve ever tried, but – unfortunately for my bank balance – I’m a big fan. It’s made by the queens of effortless cool, the Olsen twins, but what I love most is that it leaves my hair looking shiny and freshly washed, not dull and overly matte like so many dry shampoos do.” Anna McClelland, Assistant Digital Content Manager, Fashion & Beauty for marie claire and InStyle
Cost: $52 (available in-store at Sephora only)
#2 / Batiste Dry Shampoo
Gosh, talk about a crowd favourite. The amount of votes this dry shampoo brand got from our Beauty Crew team and SUPERcrew members (it seems *all* of their dry shampoos are good!) are hard to ignore. The packaging! The scent (there are 15)! The price! And most importantly, the way it refreshes hair quick and easy.
The review: “My favourite dry shampoo is the Batiste Dry Shampoo, which really is amazing for those greasy no-wash hair days. I love it. You just have to follow the directions on the can, and then your hair is prepped for styling any way you want. I have even challenged myself for going an entire work week without washing my hair, and all I did was top up the Batiste every day and continued to go to work just as normal, and my hair looked great! I especially recommend the Batiste coloured [range] for adding a nice hint of colour to your hair.” Sarrah, SUPERcrew member
#1 / Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Another dry shampoo our team and members couldn’t stop raving about. One of the top things that sets it apart is its mild scent. “The thing I like the most about this dry shampoo is it doesn't have any fragrance so I feel clean and fresh after I spray it on my hair,” says SUPERcrew member Sophie. It’s not just a fan favourite as a second-day hair solution - it’s great as a styling product, too. SUPERcrew member Jacqui said, “I don't use it as an alternative to washing my hair, but I do use it to give my hair a little more ‘grip’ when having an updo, and to add some body to a blow-dry”. It’s gentle on sensitive scalps, and perfect for all hair types.
The reviews: “After many years I keep coming back to this French pharmacy favourite and that's because it's as effective as it is discreet. It tackles greasy roots and restores volume without leaving telltale signs of use (read: no white residue or over-the-top fragrance). Plus, it comes in a handy travel size that’s a staple in my toiletry bag.” Alex Noonan, Beauty Crew’s Content Director
“This is definitely the best dry shampoo I have tried. Absolutely no residue or build-up even if I use it multiple times before washing. It is vegan and doesn't have parabens or sulphates, which I like, and it feels lightweight which is great even for fine/thin hair. My hair gets some great height and volume with this!” Milan, SUPERcrew member
If you’ve never understood what the fuss is about dry shampoo, it might be because you’re applying it all wrong - this tip on how to use dry shampoo is a game-changer.
Plus, find out our nifty trick for using dry shampoo to to style your ponytail.
What's your go-to dry shampoo? We'd love to hear your review!
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.