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Our Editors’ Favourite Dry Shampoos to Keep Your Hair Looking Fresh

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We’ve all been there…you lay in bed an extra few minutes after the alarm goes off thinking you have all the time in the world to shower, wash hair, blow dry and get ready…before realising you actually have to be out of the door in less than 20 minutes.

For those mornings when washing and restyling hair just isn’t an option (this is especially harder for a lot of us in the colder weather when our duvet is so much more inviting than the shower), dry shampoo can be the difference between hair hidden in a bun (chic, but pretty chilly in winter), or the glossy, volumised hair of your dreams.

Not to mention that dry shampoo can be a lifesaver for those who are less able, making it much easier to have fresh, great-smelling hair without having to put a lot of time aside for washing, drying, and styling.

But what happens if you need to top up during the day? Or if you’ve got plans after work?

Well, we’ve put together a list of our favourite dry shampoos that come in various sizes – even ones that are small enough to fit in your handbag.


Sally Underwood – Editor-in-Chief

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IGK First Class Charcoal Dry Shampoo

“Literally my favourite dry shampoo of all time. IGK’s First Class Charcoal Dry Shampoo somehow manages to fit volume, shine, and oil-eradication all into one spray. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy and it leaves no white cast, meaning it can be worked through in seconds – this never leaves a chalky feel on my hands.

“It’s a stronger formula that’s great for even four-day-old or post-gym hair and it’s formulated with charcoal powder that absorbs and gently lifts away oil, dirt, sweat and build-up without distressing the hair (I’m often worried that other dry shampoos may be damaging or drying, but not this one!). 

“It’s enriched with white tea powder, which also soothes and strengthens the hair, and it smells sort of melon-y which is really fresh and doesn’t overpower. However, it does contain alcohol which might put some people off.

“It’s vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and manufactured without gluten or sulphates – which is a big plus point.”

IGK’s First Class Charcoal Dry Shampoo comes in 2 different sizes (90ml/288ml)

Great for: Pretty much everyone who likes shiny hair

Not-so-great for: Anyone who doesn’t like alcohol in their products

IGK’s First Class Dry Shampoo (travel size 90ml) is $16.00 on the IGK US website/£11.00 on the Space NK UK website


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What other people had to say

Others are loving this dry shampoo, with one customer on the Space NK website saying “I’m a huge fan of this dry shampoo! I first got it as a sample a while ago, and loved it!

“It smells awesome, It gives a refreshed look to next day hair with volume and cutting down any oily hair. I love that this product is not specific to any hair color or tone and anyone can use it.

“I think my favorite thing about this is that at the halfway point during the day or by the end of the day, my hair doesn’t need to be refreshed with it. It holds my look all day.”

While another commented “I’ve tried all of the popular brands of dry shampoos, this one hands down is the very best. I can’t believe the volume, nice smell and how long it lasts in my hair.”


Laura Kemp – Senior Beauty Editor

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Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

“The OG of dry shampoos! I know there are loads of others out there, but this one is the best for me. Not only do I love the price point and sizes available, but it comes in so many different scents and hair colours, too, which I think is great. 

“My hair is super long so I often don’t have time to do anything with it if I wake up in the morning and it feels greasy, and I hate pulling it into a ponytail or bun because I feel like it makes my hair look even oilier when I slick it back. A few spritzes of Batiste, a couple of minutes later, and a quick brush and my hair is back to feeling and looking fresh.

“Batiste is also the only product I’ve used that doesn’t make my hair feel and look even oilier, but it also doesn’t cause it to become crusty or chalky. I don’t have any issues with a white cast but, even if I did, they’ve got a dry shampoo for dark hair, too! Their range also stretches to added benefits, with dry shampoos that target texture, volume, and shine.

“It’s formulated with a special rice starch while a lot of other brands are using corn starch that doesn’t have the same properties. The rice starch is said to absorb oils in the best way without weighing hair down (my hair does NOT need any more weight!).

“I’ve tried some of the other dry shampoo products but I always come back to the original for the price and scent, which is a blend of lemon, bergamot, lily, and musk. But, I will say, I’m going to try their new plant-powered dry shampoo products that are made with 100% natural extracts.”

Batiste products are cruelty-free and have certifications from PETA and Leaping Bunny.

Batiste Original comes in 4 different sizes (50ml, 150ml, 200ml and 350ml)

Great for: Affordability, availability, the range of options

Not-so-great-for: The addition of alcohol denat could potentially dry hair

Batiste is $5.69 on the Walmart US website/£3.35 for 50ml on the Boots UK website



What other people had to say

Lots of people have great things to say about this dry shampoo, with one customer on the Boots UK website saying “Tried other brands but Bastiste original is the best. I have grey hair which is thinning – a few sprays of Bastiste makes my hair look thicker. It’s a winner!”

Another customer on the Walmart website commented on the travel size, saying “I like that I can get this in travel size. Its a great product and smells good” another said “This is an AWESOME product. I have used multiple other dry shampoos and none come close.

“Dove dry shampoo was rated Allure best of beauty this year, it’s maybe 1/3 as good as this. I use the original scent and it’s better smelling than most other dry shampoos,” the added.


Philippa Pearne – Beauty Editor

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Living Proof Dry Shampoo

“My all-time favourite dry shampoo is Living Proof Dry Shampoo.

“One of my pet hates is when a dry shampoo leaves a powdery residue on my hands and, being someone who is constantly fiddling with her hair, I’ll always end up with more dry shampoo on my hands than my actual hair when using other dry shampoos.

“This one isn’t powdery in the slightest and it has a really nice smell too, not to mention it’s really good at faking another day of clean hair when I just can’t be bothered to wash it or I haven’t had time.

“It actually cleans my hair by absorbing the oil and it adds a bit of texture too. Also , it doesn’t make my hair look grey or white either, just deceivingly clean!”

This dry shampoo is also a fave for our Contributing Beauty Editor, Tori Crowther.

Tori says “You cannot beat Living Proof’s original dry shampoo, it’s truly the best there is. You need just a few spritzes to completely absorb excess oils and it doesn’t leave awful white marks (and if it does, a quick brush removes them).

“Best of all for me is the scent; I find that a lot of dry shampoos have an excessively floral scent that overpowers any perfume I’m wearing that day. Living Proof’s, on the other hand, is clean, fresh, and almost acts as a nice base pre-perfume.

“Despite being significantly more expensive than competitors, it also lasts me twice as long as I don’t find I need as much to get the job done. It’s one of the most elevated and hardworking formulas out there.”

Living Proof’s dry shampoo comes in 3 different sizes (92ml/198ml/355ml)

Great for: those who don’t like an overpowering scent, darker hair

Not-so-great-for: Your purse (although this does last a long time meaning less purchasing)

Living Proof dry shampoo 92ml is $14.50 on Look Fantastic US/£14 on Look Fantastic UK



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What other people had to say

The verdict is great for this dry shampoo, with one customer on the Look Fantastic website commenting on the size of the product being great for travel “This is my go to dry shampoo & this smaller size is perfect for weekends away.”

While another commented on the scent “Does not make your hair white and definitely refreshes your hair, good when you are busy and need to go out. Also the smell is nice and the bottle lasts for months! Definitely recommend.”



The takeaway

It happens to the best of us, waking up with 4-day-old hair and no time to wash, dry, and style before heading out of the door.

But, these dry shampoos have got you covered when you need a refresh, some extra volume, or a bit of texture in your mane!



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Sally Underwood is a journalist, *serious* beauty fan, and Editor-in-Chief of Live That Glow. Formerly Editorial Director of one of Europe's largest newspaper groups, Sally has been a beauty obsessive since her teen years spent dragging her long-suffering (but immaculately-groomed) friends around every beauty counter in London. She now leads Live That Glow's editorial operations.

Expertise: Skincare, Body care
Education: University College London

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