We tried £185 worth of dry shampoo & this was the winner

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What’s the one thing women lean on more than a nightly glass of vino? Yep, dry shampoo! From cheap n cheerful Batiste to Ouai’s innovative foam dry shampoo, the beauty industry today is awash with choice, so we called in 11 of the most hyped and put them to the test over the course of 1 week, and many missed showers.

The results may surprise you…

11. IGK, Jet Lag invisible dry shampoo, £23

Tested by Isabel Crawford
  • Scent 1/10
  • Residue 3/10
  • Texture 2/10
  • Longevity 0/10

“Have to say I wasn’t all that impressed by this, I felt like I had to spray quite a lot on to make a difference. It didn’t leave my hair feeling refreshed, more like dry and knotted. It basically doesn’t have a scent which I know someone people would like but I didn’t. I was expecting it to make my hair feel silky and smell delish which is why I didn’t score it highly, might be more suitable for fine hair though?”

10. Batiste, Floral & Flirty dry shampoo, £1.99

Tested by Katie Ecclestone
  • Scent 2/10
  • Residue 2/10
  • Texture 5/10
  • Longevity 5/10

“Batiste is what I would call a ‘quick and dirty fix’. It’s not particularly advanced, but it does the job well enough. I, like many women across the UK, have used Batiste as my default dry shampoo for years now, and always been happy enough with the results, but the smell and residue has always been a draw back. I have to say, now having tried a few ‘high end’ dry shampoo brands, I will be saying goodbye to Batiste and investing in a product that feels like it’s cleaning, rather than just masking, my hair.”

9. IGK, Direct Flight multi-tasking dry shampoo, £23

  • Scent 8/10
  • Residue 4/10
  • Texture 9/10
  • Longevity 6/10

“I was excited to try this product as I’ve heard a lot of good things about IGK – and I’m a sucker for nice packaging! I don’t use dry shampoo that often as I prefer just to wash my hair, but if I do I usually opt for something cheap and cheerful. I liked that it wasn’t overly scented but I had to spray quite a lot in my hair to notice any difference. It also left my hair feeling pretty dry and I felt like there was a lot of product in it which I didn’t like, but it did give my hair serious volume and texture which I really liked. I wouldn’t buy this over my usual dry shampoo, as I feel it’s better suited to use as a volumizing spray, and the hefty price tag is quite off-putting too.”

8. Percy & Reed, No-fuss fabulousness dry shampoo, £12.50

Tested by Davina Blake
  • Scent 7/10
  • Residue 6/10
  • Texture 7/10
  • Longevity 8/10

“If I am being completely honest, I had never heard of the brand before and I’m not actually that keen on dry shampoo! I tend to wash my hair every other day (sometimes every day, which I know is really bad!) as I don’t like the feeling of dry shampoo. However, I didn’t wash my hair for three days for this test (a real struggle for me!) and I have to say I was actually quite impressed. It leaves a little bit of residue, which I had to brush out, but I would recommend this if you’re looking for a mid-range dry shampoo. I still haven’t found the perfect one for me yet though – mainly because I love the feeling of actually washing my hair a bit too much!”

7. Hair by Sam McKnight, Lazy Girl dry shampoo, £19

  • Scent 10/10
  • Residue 6/10
  • Texture 7/10
  • Longevity 5/10

“I was a fan of Sam McKnight before trying his debut haircare line. He was Kate Moss’ first choice for her wedding day, and worked with Princess Diana for seven years, so his credentials are pretty good. I already own and am obsessed with the ‘Cool Girl’ texture mist (the smell is out of this world) so I was expecting good things from Lazy Girl, but alas, it didn’t meet my expectations! Unfortunately I found the formula was more similar to a texture or volumizing spray, and it didn’t give me the clean, lighter feeling I was hoping for. I will still explore other dry shampoos, but his texture spray will always be the best in my books!”

6. Philip Kingsley, One More Day dry shampoo, £14.45

Tested by Imogen Goodwin
  • Scent 7/10
  • Residue 6/10
  • Texture 7/10
  • Longevity 9/10

“I didn’t really have any expectations from the brand as it’s a new one for me. I usually use Batiste which does the job but leaves a lot of residue in my hair. It’s a definite improvement from this however there was still is a little residue left over which I was hoping wouldn’t be the case. I held off from washing my hair for two days and it definitely did the job and made my hair look presentable again! The texture was similar to other dry shampoos I have used so nothing really different there and the longevity seemed similar as well. I wouldn’t switch from my usual, however, as I don’t use dry hair shampoo all that much, and this test unfortunately hasn’t made me reconsider that!”

5. Ouai, Dry foam shampoo, £24

Tested by Lydia Hallam
  • Scent 9/10
  • Residue 7/10
  • Texture 7/10
  • Longevity 7/10

“I liked the idea of trying this product as it was foam and not your ‘normal’ dry shampoo. I was worried that it was going to leave my hair looking wet and make my hair frizzy after I had styled it, however, it didn’t at all.  It didn’t leave my hands feeling sticky after applying it to my hair either and it smells amazing! I have sensitive skin on my scalp (TMI, I know) but felt like it didn’t irritate the problem (woo!). The only downside is the price of the product, as I feel cheaper dry shampoos could do the same job, but I would definitely recommend it if you have the money to spare.”

4. IGK, First Class charcoal detox dry shampoo, £23

Tested by Leila Glen
  • Scent 9/10
  • Residue 6/10
  • Texture 9/10
  • Longevity 8/10

“I’ve heard that IGK does exceptionally good hair products, so was excited to try this out. I work out every morning and tend to get very sweaty so chose the most hardcore, heavy duty dry shampoo – and it didn’t disappoint! Scent wise it smelled delicious and really fresh – I always worry that when I don’t wash my hair after the gym it’s going to smell gross but this made me feel confident my hair smelt great. The texture of my hair after using it was also good; it added volume and it looked like my hair had been freshly washed. It did leave a slight residue though and I definitely felt like I had hair product in after a day of usage, resulting in having to wash my hair the next day as I couldn’t take the feeling any longer!”

3. Living Proof, Perfect hair Day dry shampoo, £18

Tested by Vanessa Ollis
  • Scent 8/10
  • Residue 9/10
  • Texture 6/10
  • Longevity 10/10

I had no expectations of the brand as I’m not very clued up on beauty products in general but I read some reviews and was feeling optimistic about testing it out. I usually wash my hair every other day and on the greasiest day I’ll tuck it away in a ‘messy’ bun and spray some Batiste all over and just hope no one notices the mess that is my hair. So, I washed and curled my hair on Thursday evening and by Sunday I was in need of some dry shampoo, so I sectioned my hair and sprayed all over and then left it to sit for 30 seconds. I then styled my hair as usual and straight away realised I didn’t need to chuck it away in a bun but could leave my hair down! If I’m being totally honest I wasn’t loving how dry my hair felt, and it definitely didn’t feel as clean as it looked, but having said all that I would definitely use this product again.”

2. Co-Lab, Original dry shampoo, £3.49

Tested by Madison Trampleasure
  • Scent 10/10
  • Residue 10/10
  • Texture 7/10
  • Longevity 7/10

“I was very sceptical of this as I’ve had bad experiences before with Co-Lab and always found their other dry shampoos to be chalky. However, this dry shampoo was completely transparent, like I’d been visited by the ghost of clean hair. Its transparency is one of the only negatives, as I was quite worried that I was overusing the product as it was hard to tell if I’d applied it, so it could be quite easy to get through a bottle very quickly.  Overall I was extremely impressed by the lack of visible residue and also the smell.  I would try this dry shampoo again but would keep an eye on how quickly I get through the bottle as the cost may stack up with my overzealous use; a repeated £3.50 could easily add up to the same as a luxury product if repurchased enough. Overall, my hair smelt bloody lovely and felt cleaner, so I would definitely recommend giving it a go on that basis alone.

1. Bumble and bumble, Pret-a-powder tres invisible dry shampoo, £24

Tested by Cat Lopes
  • Scent 8/10
  • Residue 9/10
  • Texture 9/10
  • Longevity 8/10

“I’m a massive fan of Bumble and bumble and currently use their thickening shampoo and conditioner, so I was very excited to try the dry shampoo too. I don’t usually use dry shampoo, instead wash my hair regularly, so I expected that by using it I could miss at least a hair wash day. After using the dry shampoo I went a further 2 days without needing to wash my hair, so I was very pleasantly surprised and am now a complete convert. The smell is great and instantly leaves my hair feeling very bouncy and removes the greasy look on my centre-parting. It’s completely invisible so doesn’t leave my scalp with the ‘grey’ look that others I have tried before leaves. I would for sure recommend this to friends!

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