The 5 best dry shampoos for darker hair (goodbye white patches).


There’s no denying that dry shampoo is a miracle product, and has quickly become the ultimate rather-watch-Netflix-than-wash-my-hair lazy woman’s essential.

My one problem? The giveaway white/grey talcy looking patches it leaves in my dark brown hair. While it works brilliantly for blondes, there have been too many times when I’ve sprayed in a hurry, got to work and finally looked in the mirror – only to look like I’ve dumped flour on my head. No, it’s not a good look.

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Luckily, the market for dry shampoos specifically designed for women with darker hair is growing quickly – and trust me, they’re game changers. Here are five of my favourites.

1. Percy and Read No-Fuss Fabulous Dry Shampoo

I picked up this on a whim while shopping in Sephora, and have used it almost every time since. My only regret is picking up the travel size rather than the full size as I’m almost out. That said, it’s so handy to keep in your bag with you at all times.

The root (sorry!) of my hair happiness. Image: supplied.

It smells rather different to the usual dry shampoo smell and isn't scented which, although was strange at first, I've really grown to like.

Although not specifically designed for darker hair, when sprayed about 10cm away from the head it layers lightly, and a little goes a long way. It also makes your hair feel just as clean as it makes it look.

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The UK brand, available exclusively at Sephora, was created by two A-list hairdressers, and that extensive experience and knowledge shows.

Percy and Read No-Fuss Fabulous Dry Shampoo, $12 (travel size) , available here (Post continues in and after gallery.)

While there are definitely standard dry shampoos which work well on dark hair, I find that tinted ones deliver consistently great results particularly on really dark hair where the white marks are more obvious.

Unfortunately there aren't any specifically for redheads yet, but I'd imagine the range will expand soon.

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There is a potential downside to how well these work though - it gives you even more excuses to put off washing your hair. In fact, I'd go as far to admit that I probably wash my hair less since finding them as they work so well.

What's your favourite dry shampoo?