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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.