Dry shampoo: tried and tested. Which are the best?

Published Wednesday, May 28 2014, 20:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
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They're the ultimate 'refresh' button for not-so-squeaky locks but which dry shampoos beat all the rest?

I review the best and uncover the pros' tricks for using it... properly!

Klorane Oatmilk Dry Shampoo
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the LACMA: Art and Film Gala, Los Angeles, America - 02 Nov 2013

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Celeb fave
Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo, £7.50 for 150ml, John Lewis
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kate Moss love this. Its oil-tackling, volumising powers are similar to others but its plus point is the gentle formula that doesn't irritate scalps.

Batiste Pixie Lott Dry Shampoo
Garnier Silky Smoother Dry Shampoo

Best oil-fighter
Batiste Pixie Lott Dry Shampoo, £2.99 for 200ml
Unbeatable! Batiste's best-selling range hs won tons of awards. Why? The super-powder sees off grease like no other, plus it comes in lots of scents and shades.

Best for shine
Garnier Ultimate Blends Dry Shampoo, £3.99 for 150ml
Great if you don't like the matte look as it's clear and wet rather than chalky. The downside is that it's not so effective at banishing oil but for a quick freshen-up, it's perfect.

VO5 Plump It Up Dry Shampoo
Morrisons Fabulously Fruity Dry Shampoo

Best for volume
VO5 Plump It Up Dry Shampoo, £3.59 for 200ml
All dry shampoos give extra oomph but this is something else! It's great at tackling oily bits too, coming out white but blending in super-quickly, even on darker hair.

Bargain buy
Morrisons Dry Shampoo, £1.50 for 200ml
I'm impressed! This is nothing fancy but it does the job and smells gorge – perfect for throwing in your festival backpack.

5 dry shampoo secrets you never knew

1. I've discovered a nifty application technique that makes that giveaway white tinge a no-show. While most of us load dry shampoo onto our parting, pro stylists work in sections. Divide your hair into around four layers. Hold the can further away from your head - around 10in is best. Don't spray on top - instead lift up each section and apply dry shampoo to the underside. Leave for a couple of minutes, then swish through with your fingers.

2. Other tress-transforming tricks? Celeb hair stylist Adam Reed sprays it onto a brush, then runs it from roots to tips. Or make like WAG (and big-haired beauty Alex Gerrard) by applying before bed so it has longer to absorb.

3. It's not just a shower-skipper. Annie Levy, hairdresser to the Made in Chelsea stars, says she loves it for creating root lift and texture. To cheat mega volume, tip your head upside down then spray it in the mid-lengths. This is also great for bulking out a bun or taking a ponytail from flat to fabulous.

4. If your locks are particularly prone to greasiness, use it as a preventative product rather than a fixer. Spritz it on straight after you've washed and dried your 'do.

5. Dry conditioners aren't a gimmick. They're ideal for pumping back the shine your dry shampoo's zapped out, especially on your ends. Try Percy & Reed No-Fuss Flawlessness Dry Conditioner, £12.

6. Accidentally overloaded? Blast your hair with a hairdryer and brush, brush, brush!

What's your favourite dry shampoo? Tell us below as the best comment from across the site each week wins £50!

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