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A review of IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo

Reviewing IGK: Dry Shampoo Without the Residue?

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Since first discovering there was an alternative to the endless routine of washing, drying and styling hair every other day in the form of dry shampoo, I’ve become something of a connoisseur (or an expert in laziness, as I like to think of it).

But like everyone else on earth, I find most dry shampoos all fine and dandy up to the point that they start leaving hair with a chalkiness that makes you look like you haven’t been dusted in 15 years/an un-dusted piece of furniture.

Worse still are the products that leave you with both a weird tiara of dust and make hair weirdly stiff (just in case the world wasn’t already aware that YOU HAVEN’T WASHED YOUR HAIR IN THREE DAYS).

Anyhow, after literally years of trying out different products – from the cheapest of the three-for-two bargains to the dizzying heights of luxury brand, Oribe (teeth-clenchingly expensive but smells great) – I’ve finally found a firm favourite somewhere in the middle of the price range; and I’ve been rebuying it ever since.

Enter IGK’s First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo; the heaviest-duty dry shampoo of this US-based brand’s lineup of three.


First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo

Promising to counteract even day 4 or 5 grease – as well as post-workout hair – this (really quite nice smelling) spray uses charcoal powder to get to work seriously cleansing dirt, oil, and sweat, while white tea powder is gentle on the scalp and hair.

Available in both a travel-friendly 90 ml size, as well as a dry shampoo addict sized 288 ml spray, First Class is also cruelty-free, sulphate-free and vegan-friendly.

Although sulfates pose little risk to health, they “may strip away too much moisture, leaving the hair dry and unhealthy. They may also make the scalp dry and prone to irritation,” says Medical News Today.


IGK dry shampoo

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On the hair

Just like a traditional dry shampoo, First Class is quick to work through hair – and I’ve perfected spraying this on and tousling through roots in approximately 8 seconds so is great for any in-a-hurry beautifying.

Unlike most dry shampoos though, this has a scent that doesn’t totally betray the fact your hair isn’t freshly washed (and smells slightly of flowers- really quite nice). It also leaves absolutely no traces of white dust, which officially makes it one of my favourite ever products.

Its oil-cleansing abilities are seriously impressive too, tackling even my sweatiest post-exercise or day 5 hair. At the same time, it offers great volume, making it something of a favourite for general styling too (since my hair naturally has plenty of volume – unfortunately it’s all through the ends not the roots, leaving me slightly triangular-looking unless I put in some serious effort).

On the downside though, all that grease-tackling power does come at something of a cost; effectively killing any sort of natural shine my hair has.  But since my bleached hair has almost zero natural shine, that isn’t the biggest problem for me (although super silky hair types may not be such fans).

As an alternative therefore, for days when my hair isn’t that dirty and I do want a more glossy look, I am also a big fan of one of IGK’s sister products, Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo (which adds shine, improves volume and smells gorgeous too).


What other people have to say

Customers on the Space NK website agree that this is a lightweight and fresh-smelling dry shampoo, with one writing “As someone who suffers with a severely oily scalp, this is the best dry shampoo I’ve ever tried.

“You have to work it in or else it leaves a white cast but the volume is also gives is insane! The smell is an added bonus. It’s pricey but it really works.”

Another says “For me, this is the best dry shampoo ever – and believe me, with really oily roots, I’ve tried a lot! It’s not the cheapest but it’s definitely worth it. It refreshes even the oiliest hair, doesn’t leave a white cast (unless you’re really heavy handed) or gritty feeling and gives a bit of volume too.

“Plus, you don’t need to use that much of it so lasts a long time. As soon as I start using a can I order a new one so I don’t ever run out.”


The takeaway

Dry hair types who don’t like to over-wash their locks, as well as the styling-averse like me who would rather not spend more of their lives blow drying their hair than absolutely necessary, will likely appreciate the impressive oil-absorbing abilities of IGK’s First Class.

Ditto anyone who finds the usual dry shampoos leave hair looking chalky or unnaturally stiff, who will be pleased to find a product that just delivers without the downsides.

Great for: Serious volume and grease-fighting power.  Anyone who hates the smell/white dust/crispiness of normal dry shampoos.

Not-so-great for: Struggling to think of anything since I really like this one, but the price definitely does spring to mind.  Also, seriously sensitive scalp types may not enjoy the alcohol here.

IGK First Class is $27.20 on the IGK US website



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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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