Dry Shampoo Best in Test

Dry shampoo

Last updated November 2017

Dry shampoo is viewed by many people as an absolute essential for the bathroom cabinet. It can be a quick way of freshening up your hair and so also avoid damaging the hair by washing it too often. Dry shampoo can also be used as a styling product to give the hair volume and structure. A dry shampoo removes excess oil. The product contains substances – often including rice starch – which absorb the oil in the hair. When you then use a brush or your fingers to spread the product through your hair, the dry shampoo also takes the oil away. However, you need to remember that it's not actually cleaning your hair just because it takes away the oil. Washing your hair in the traditional way with shampoo is still recommended.

How to use dry shampoo

Apply dry shampoo by spraying from around 20 cm distance and into the scalp. The excess oil in the hair is often mainly found around the roots of the hair. If you spray the dry shampoo from too close to your head, you risk getting too much product in the same place, which can produce a dusty or whitish appearance. When you have sprayed it into your hair, you can wait for a little while before you massage the scalp to spread the product through your hair and absorb the excess oil. Finally, you must brush the hair to further distribute it and to remove any excess.

Overall, it's very important to remember to use the right amount of product. You can easily end up spraying on too much, Unfortunately this means that the result will be rather drab and your hair will lose all of its lustre. However, it's easier to get the right amount with some products than with others, and some are more forgiving too. Regardless of whether you've used the right amount or not, most people find that their hair is greasy at the scalp but dry at the ends. If you make sure you use the dry shampoo on the roots, you can add a little oil or nourishing cream on the ends to make the hair look healthier. Because different parts of the hair quite simply different attention and treatment.

Products tested

How the test was made

We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our test of dry shampoos, we asked four trained hairdressers with different hair types and colours to use the products. In the test, we used the parameters below to assess the products:

Freshening: How well does the product absorb grease? Is your hair left feeling newly washed?

Volume: How much volume does the hair gain? How long does the volume last? Is it easy to use too much product so that the hair becomes too rough?

Appearance: What does the hair look like after application? Is the dry shampoo visible in the hair, or does it blend in and look natural? How easy is it to comb out if you use too much?

Scent: Does the dry shampoo smell strongly? Does the scent disappear quickly, or does it stay in the hair?

During the test, the hairdressers took a consumer perspective and used the products as their customers would use them. The score is based on the overall experience of the product in relation to its price.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Good, freshening dry shampoo which is easy to use and doesn't leave a visible residue

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The test winner is Perk Up Dry Shampoo from Amika, which is based on rice starch and sea buckthorn, and contains no aluminium. Perk Up Dry Shampoo works equally well on both dark and light hair and leaves absolutely no residue, even on black hair. The product can easily be applied without a hairbrush, which is a big plus point. Perk Up Dry Shampoo gives some volume, but primarily provides the sensation that the hair is clean and freshly washed rather than the rough feeling often associated with volume products. The scent is inspired by sea buckthorn and feels fresh and unusual without being overpowering.

+Easy to use, invisible, good freshening ability
Less volume effect
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4.5 of 5

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo

Preserves lustre and keeps the hair fresh all day

If you want a dry shampoo that creates light, airy hair, Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo is an option worth considering. The product doesn't add any structure, but primarily helps to create a newly washed feeling. The grains sprayed into the hair are so small that you can't see them. However, this means that you need quite a lot of product. When you've applied sufficient dry shampoo, the result is good, though, and it lasts all day. The scent, which is quite strong, disappears quickly. One positive characteristic is that the product is very easy to apply and get into place exactly where you want it. A light and a dark variant are available for different hair colours. The ability to preserve the lustre of the hair while making it feel nicely fresh means that Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo is suitable for anyone who doesn't need extra volume.

+Easy to apply, preserves lustre, fresh all day
Not economical
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Sebastian Professional Sebastian Drynamic Shampoo

Good at freshening the hair and retaining its lustre

You get a pleasant newly washed feeling when you spray Sebastian Drynamic Shampoo on your hair. It's so finely grained that it's practically invisible. All that remains is a fresh shine, as the dry shampoo succeeds in removing grease without the hair looking drab. The scent is fresh but unfortunately rather strong. It also lasts for a long time after application. Sebastian Drynamic Shampoo can be used on the roots like a normal dry shampoo, but it can also be used on the lengths of the hair as a styling product. Here, you spray the product into the hair and activate it with the heat from a hairdryer. This is a good idea, because otherwise the product doesn't produce an enormous amount of volume. And of course this adds structure to the hair, but unfortunately it also makes the hair feel rough. Sebastian Drynamic Shampoo isn't great as a styling product, but as a dry shampoo it's fantastic.

+Retains lustre, economical, good freshening ability
Strong scent, minor volume effect
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Maria Nila Dry Shampoo

Economical dry shampoo that gives volume and a fresh feeling

Maria Nila Dry Shampoo is a dry shampoo that can also be used as a styling product. It's great for creating volume and structure even in newly washed hair. As a dry shampoo it's effective and easily reduces excess grease with grains so small you can barely see them. Because it adds so much structure, the hair can feel a little heavy after application. The spray is just damp enough and easy to spread through the hair. It's not too dry, which is otherwise a common problem, but is easy to get in the right place. Before you've got used to it, you can use too much of the dry shampoo, as you need only a very small amount for a good result. So it's extremely economical if you use the right amount. The scent is mild, which is obviously positive. Maria Nila Dry Shampoo is a good dry shampoo which produces both structure and a fresh result.

+Good volume, economical, good consistency, mild scent
Easy to use too much, makes hair feel heavy
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3.5 of 5

Redken Powder Refresh

Pleasantly scented dry shampoo that gives a nice cooling feeling on the scalp

Redken Powder Refresh is a faintly mint scented dry shampoo that you spray directly on the roots of the hair. The spray is fine, but you have to brush or rub it into the hair for it to be completely invisible. Once applied, the hair looks fresh and recently washed and gains some added volume. It was above all our testers with thin hair who most appreciated this product, because it unfortunately doesn't give such an obvious lift to thicker hair. When you apply Redken Powder Refresh close to the scalp, it provides an obvious cooling sensation, which feels nice, for example after an exercise session.

+Pleasant scent, cooling effect
Slightly expensive
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3.5 of 5

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original

Cheap dry shampoo with good freshening ability, best effect on light coloured hair

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original is the cheapest product in the test, and unfortunately this is clear when it comes to the quality. The dry shampoo has an average freshening ability but doesn't provide volume to any great extent. On light hair, Batiste Dry Shampoo Original works very well in terms of colour, but in darker hair the product has a tendency to leave something of a shadow. However, the powder gives an attractive matte look and is therefore extremely suitable for bleached hair if you want to avoid shine.

+Cheap, very good freshening ability
Doesn't provide much volume, can appear a little bit chalky on darker hair
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2.5 of 5

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