The best dry shampoo: our pick of the hair refreshers that do oh-so-much more

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  • Not all dry shampoos are created equal – the best dry shampoo goes further

    Greasy hair is just a big no-no. No matter who you are, pulling off the greasy roots look is tricky. Which is why the best dry shampoo has become such a beauty staple.

    You can use the best shampoo for greasy hair if you really struggle with excessive oil, but having a really good dry shampoo in your arsenal is ideal for getting you from one wash to another. If you’re wondering if dry shampoo works, then put your worries to one side. We are big believers in these hair refreshers.

    The best dry shampoos on the market, though, are so much more than a spray that gets rid of greasy hair. Don’t get us wrong, the good ones do that extremely well. But the best ones are smarter.

    There are the ones specifically designed to deal with fine hair, that have been created not to weigh the hair down. The ones that don’t dispense white dust, but come out in a darker shade to match your hair colour. And then there’s the super duper clever ones that are like skincare for your scalp.

    Like the best shampoo for hair loss, say, or the best purple shampoo for the blondes among us, a great dry shampoo is a beauty investment well worth making in our book. Here’s why.

    How does dry shampoo work?

    Dry shampoos use either alcohol or starch to absorb excessive oil from the roots of your hair. Whilst they disguise the greasy look, they shouldn’t actually replace your normal shampoo. If used too regularly, you will find you have product build up at the root, which can cause itchiness and dandruff.

    Does dry shampoo damage your hair?

    No. But again, make sure you’re not overusing it. If you’ve been using it everyday for the past two weeks, it’s definitely time to jump in the shower and wash your hair.

    How to use dry shampoo properly

    Sure, part of its appeal is spray on, comb through, and dash through the door. But in order to avoid residue and keep your scalp in good nick, there is such thing as dry shampoo best practice.

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    Aside from finding a dry shampoo that best matches your hair colour (Batiste do a great lighter option for blondes, while Moroccanoil have one of our top picks for dry hair), always shake your dry shampoo before use, and always hold it four to six inches away from your roots when spraying.

    Like that old trick of only applying the best foundation where it’s needed, the same should go for dry shampoo. Spray it only where hair is greasiest (without going overboard on one patch). If you’re wondering how much dry shampoo to use, we recommend using it sparingly and building up.

    Then, and this is a key part that so many miss, you have to leave it to set for a moment for it to truly work its magic. Don’t run your hands through it straight away. Doing this disrupts the work being done. Once you’ve left it for about a minute or two (go and brush your teeth or put your shoes on), then you can start massaging it into your roots with your fingertips. Voilà! Refreshed hair done right.

    Are you ready to shop our pick of the best? Keep scrolling for our Beauty Editor-approved edit of the best dry shampoos to buy now.

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