3 Dry Shampoos That’ll Fake Freshly Washed Hair

Best dry shampoo from 2021 for recreating just washed hair fast

Ok – dry shampoo is a life-saver! Honestly, it’s one of the best beauty products I own and has got me out of a fair few tight spots, not all that I’d care to mention. From tactical freshen up after the commute, festivals, an impromptu stay at my boyfriend’s or even a few extra minutes in bed, dry shampoo means my hair doesn’t show it.

Not only does dry shampoo help you push back your hair wash schedule but it can also be used for styling locks, make your hair colour last longer and prevent your hair from drying out from overwashing. But, dry shampoo isn’t one size fits all, there’s a multitude of textures and formats to suit everyone’s hair type, style and preference (note: you’ll see no white powder residue in this edit!). Here are three of the best dry shampoos from 2021 so far…


1. The Vegan Plant-Based Dry Shampoo Spray

Best dry shampoo 2021: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Spray

Hair type: All hair types, including coloured and sensitive scalps
Finish: Transparent, matte and textured
Texture: Light powder spray

• No water needed
• Soothes and protects scalp
• Reduces excess oil, dirt and odour
• Powered oat scent
• Volume
• Adds texture
• Mess-free application
• Instant results

• Vegan
• Organic oat milk
• Microspheres & silica
• Corn
• Rice starch

When I think of a dry shampoo formula the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Spray is the first one that comes to mind. The best-selling formula is one of the first dry shampoos on the market and was originally made for women who we’re in labour that couldn’t wash their hair properly. Approved by midwives, beauty fans and countless French Pharmacy lovers, this is a staple spray that I always know I can rely on when my hair is looking greasy between washes.

As the name suggests, the Oat Milk Dry Shampoo is made from soothing and ultra-gentle organically harvested oat milk, so you know there are no artificial ingredients where this is concerned! Oil will be no match for the cleansing, oil and odour control of this formula thanks to the addition of all-natural corn and rice starch and natural absorbent microspheres and shine-boosting silica. A few sprays of this ultra-fine powder spray will hide a five-day no hair wash, no problem and better still? It smells fresh and unlike some well-known dry shampoo brands, you won’t have to worry about over-applying. My dark brunette hair looks just washed, bouncy and there’s no white residue- my work colleagues are none the wiser to my tactical freshen up spritz in the bathroom!

Tip: If your hair is looking a little flat spray this directly on the roots to give your hair a lift, texture and volume or when braiding!

For anyone with very oily hair, see Chelsey’s edit the full Klorane collection, which features one for especially oily scalp and styling.


2. The Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam

Best dry shampoo 2021: Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Fresh Texture - Dry Shampoo Foam

Hair type: Normal to oily, including coloured – especially good for curly and thick hair
Finish: Transparent, natural sheen
Texture: Lightweight foam

• No water needed
• Moisturising
• Maintains natural sheen
• Reduces excess oil, dirt and odour
• Workable
• Volume
• Fresh scent
• Instant results

• Friction Styling Technology
• Long Hair texture micro-raw particles
• Infusion of seven herbs
• Rice starch

Find powder sprays drying or mattifying? If this is you, you should try the Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Fresh Texture – Dry Shampoo Foam. The foamy texture is game-changer and makes applying dry shampoo to thicker or curly hair easy. The light and fluffy texture means you can massage directly into your roots or right down to your tips, unlike with sprays.

You may be worried that a foam dries wet and adds too much moisture to your hair but the Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Dry Shampoo Foam does none of the above. The airy mousse adds just the right amount of hydration to your hair, eliminating any excess oil or greasiness on the scalp or tresses using innovative microspheres and my favourite thing? It won’t take away your hair’s natural glossiness. The natural sheen finish is ideal for me as sometimes I find that powder sprays leave my hair looking dull and the residue is more noticeable on my dark brunette hair than a mousse. After I apply the foam to my hair it’s volumised, clean and perfectly styled, and all without drop water or pump of shampoo!


3. The Volumising Dry Shampoo Powder

Best Dry Shampoo 2021: Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder

Texture: Lightweight direct powder
Finish: Transparent matter and volume
Hair types: Fine to thick, straight and wavy, including coloured

• Volume
• Dry Cleanse
• Adds texture
• Reduces excess oil, dirt and odour

• Cruelty-free
• Zea Mays (Corn) Starch
• Tapioca Starch
• Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour
• Montmorillonite
• Silica

The best-selling Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder is the hair stylist’s choice. Volume in a bottle; the light powder adds heaps of body, texture and personality to your hair while also leaving it feeling clean and fresh. Designed with equal part dry cleanse and the volumising product, it does the job of your favourite hair styling powder and dry shampoo in one.

Bumble and bumble Prat-a-Powder can be used on dirty hair as a quick freshen-up after the commute or the on clean hair when you’re looking for to zhuzh up your hair, in braids, worn down or to achieve a full-blown bee-hive – your style possibilities are endless! The powder means you can spot apply in the areas you need it most and is easier to work into hair than a traditional spray. Sprinkle directly on the roots or all over, and spread to the tips for added ultimate freshness and texture. The texturising silicone powder leaves a full-bodied, clean and bouncy hair, removing any excess oil and adding personality to your four-day hair, as well as bulking-out thinner hair strands, making them look thicker and so that you can still achieve incredible volume no matter your hair type.


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