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The Busy Person’s Hair Essential: Best Dry Shampoos

BY JENNY JUNG

Save yourself from a follicular fiasco.

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11 JUN - 2024

Our secret: spray dry shampoo before bed to absorb all the powders overnight and wake up to perfectly fresh hair.

Time is money, people. Invest in a quality dry shampoo to extend the time between your hair wash days and save valuable hours within a week. Dry shampoo is the ultimate protocol for hair emergencies when you’re running late, or simply not bothered to commence your hours-long hair routine at 10pm. It’s like having a beauty SWAT team in a bottle, ready to save you from any follicular fiasco.

Here are our top six recommendations for the best performing dry shampoos.

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Kerastase Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo

Does anybody else just hijack their friends' bathrooms and analyse each and every product that looks well-used? Well, that's how I discovered the Kerastase Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo. After a humid, groggy day of being out and about, I found refuge in this unassuming bottle of dry shampoo that totally revived my flattened hair within seconds.

The secret lies in the unique blend of vitamin E and rice starch. As you will notice in the following recommendations, the best dry shampoos have a great balance between oil-absorbing and moisture-giving ingredients in order to create the illusion of freshly washed hair. Just because a dry shampoo absorbs all the oils in your roots doesn’t make it a good one. It needs to bring back life and bounce as if the hair is clean and fresh, not crunchy and sandy.

Not to mention that the Fresh Affair smells absolutely divine. The neroli fragrance is floral and sweet and not overpowering at all.

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Kerastase, Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo, $60 NZD.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

For those of you who have something against aerosol cans, check out the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo. As an ex-Mecca employee, I cannot tell you how incredibly popular this product was. Plus, Biogeo is one of the best hair care brands that are active today. From using proven ingredients within a formulation that cares for gentle skin and the environment, they are truly changing the game.

A few squeezes is enough to distribute this powerful product into your hair. It might take a while to get used to this new format, but it isn’t rocket science. Using a blend of tapioca, rice and clay starch to immediately deliver results, this product also utilises witch hazel and charcoal for long-term scalp health by reducing oil production. Lastly, this product has a very subtle scent, making it ideal for those with fragrance sensitivities.

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Briogeo, Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo, $46 NZD.

Living Proof Phd Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

Living Proof knows what they’re doing. The Phd Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo is a must for extremely oily hair. It is one of the only dry shampoos that directly responds to sebum production as well as instant oil absorption. Like the Briogeo, this product improves hair quality over continued use, justifying the heavy price tag.

We particularly love that this dry shampoo absorbs oil without making the hair lose shininess due to the conditioning agents like glycerin and mannitol. However, we do feel the need to warn you of the strong fragrance as it is quite intense.

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Living Proof, Phd Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo, $84 NZD.

Morroconoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones

Okay, this is a recommendation for people who have lost all hope in dry shampoos and refuse to believe that there is a product that will not leave a white cast. 8/10 times this is an issue, it tends to be a case of user error. For example, it is best to leave your dry shampoo for as long as possible before massaging into the hair to give it time to absorb oils. Furthermore, if you spray too close to your scalp, you’re bound to run into a multitude of issues like white cast as well as clumpiness. In any case, the Morroconoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones is the perfect solution for those with, you guessed it, dark hair.

This product combines the best of rice starch, argan oil and UV filters for extra brittle and sensitive hair. Luckily for blondes, Morroconoil also creates this formula in a Light Tones shade, too!

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Morroconoil, Dry Shampoo Dark Tones, $54 NZD.

Sachajuan Dry Shampoo Mousse

This is a product that we’ve been gatekeeping for some time, but today we’re sharing all the secrets. The Sachajuan Dry Shampoo Mousse is a must have for people with soft, fine and thin hair– although, it’s not exclusively for this hair type. It does, however, require the assistance of a hair drier but it’s still faster than getting into the shower. Is this the most effortless dry shampoo product? No. Will it make you look like you just stepped out of a 90’s magazine cover? Yes.

Generously apply the mousse into your roots and mid lengths and style your hair with a blow dryer for the most insane boost of volume you will ever see. I’ve watched my hair stylist friends use this on themselves before a night out for a quick refresh and the results are absolutely jaw-dropping.

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Sachajuan, Dry Shampoo Mousse, $56 NZD.

Crown Affair The Dry Shampoo

There is a new haircare brand in town. Crown Affair is quickly rising to the top with its fresh approach, transforming your hair routine into a cherished ritual rather than a mundane chore. The Dry Shampoo is one of their best-sellers, and we can see why! Using a blend of tapioca starch and tsubaki seed oil, you won’t have to worry about drying out your scalp or hair strands when using this product. Plus, persimmon powder is also used as an oil absorbing agent that also acts as a natural deodoriser.

Fragranced haircare and skincare often spark debate, but around here, we appreciate a beautifully scented product. Just stay clear if you have sensitised skin. The Dry Shampoo features a divine blend of yuzu, bergamot and lemongrass for a refreshing aroma that’s a cut above your average dry shampoo.

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Crown Affair, The Dry Shampoo, $67 NZD.

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

Have you ever used a dry shampoo that felt like a fire extinguisher? Yeah, we’ve all been there. The Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo is a much gentler and less intense option which might not work for very oily scalps, but it’s perfect for people with thicker, coarser hair that doesn’t get too oily.

Yes, $80 is a lot to fork out for a can of starch and oils but the Gold Lust Dry Shampoo has a cult following for a reason. The Oribe Signature Complex protects hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and keratin loss while a unique translucent starch blend absorbs oil. Furthermore, Lavender and chamomile soothes the scalp while providing a subtle floral scent.

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Oribe, Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, $80 NZD.

Happy dry shampoo hunting everyone! It is truly essential for people with a busy lifestyle to keep your hair looking fabulous everyday of the week.

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