Five: Handbag Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo – the staple of many a lazy day and also the tool that helped me go from an every-day hair washer to every other day. I have a collection now that is probably a tad excessive as it does seem to be the thing that I always pick up on impulse from Boots/Superdrug when out and about…I don’t know what it is, but I just like the security of having dry shampoo to hand in case my hair goes flat?! Serious problems… I know. So with that in mind I thought I’d share a little round up of five of my favourite handbag dry shampoo products.

Starting with the two products from the lovely Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends’ brand Co Lab. I picked both of these up as I just couldn’t decide between London and New York…  one being Sheer Invisible and the other Extreme Volume. Both smell great, lovely sizes for toting around in a bag. For me, the New York Extreme Volume has to be the best for out and about as it’s more often lack of volume than greasy hair that I need to sort on the go. When it just a simple refresh I need though I love the fragrance of the London version – and it really is very light and doesn’t leave that dusty effect on hair either. Having just had a peek at the Co Lab bit of Superdrug and looks like there’s a new fragrance (well, one I haven’t spotted before) called Monaco that sounds dreamy (neroli, amber with a hint of lemon… sounds like a nice perfume not just dry shampoo!).

Then we have the Percy & Reed Dry Shampoo* – I love the illustrations and packaging for Percy & Reed products (available from asos). The font pleases me. This is another product that won be over based on how good it smells. It’s got a sort of vanilla/powdery/minty scent to it. I’m a sucker for anything minty scented.This is another good one if you want to add volume to your hair and refresh at same time.

For pure hair refreshing then Philip Kingsley One More Day* is my go to for dry shampoo (available from Look Fantastic) – this is one I have in the larger size too and it just does a great job of freshening up hair. I love how it makes my hair and scalp actually feel clean, rather than like I’ve just sprayed talc on there as some dry shampoos can do. It is described as a ‘scalp refreshing soothing dry shampoo’. Which must be why I love it so much, as I do have a thing for scalp products and Philip Kingsley is one of my go-to brands for scalp things.

Finally we have the minty fresh offering from Herbal Essences. This is from the Naked Herbal Essences range (0% parabens etc) which I first discovered when in NYC last year and picked up the detox shampoo. Now comes the dry shampoo* (available from Boots)- both with the mint scent I’ve mentioned that is an instant love for me. On first use I went a bit too heavy on this and wasn’t sure, but a use or two later and it was very happy days. Just spray from a bit of a distance rather than intense into the roots. Smells good and leaves hair and scalp feeling cleaner.

There we go – hopefully a little bit of a (hair) refreshing post for you all… !

*PR sample or gift



  1. June 1, 2015 / 8:52 am

    I often find dry shampoos can make my hair feel even dirtier than before using them, which has always put me off trying many. But, I do love the sheer range from Colab, as it’s so light and invisible. Philip Kingsley’s version sounds impressive, though, so I’ll have to check that out!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


    • Jen
      June 1, 2015 / 8:55 am

      I totally agree – I’m quite fussy and find it makes my hair/scalp feel worst even if it makes the hair look a little fresher. Would def recommend the Philip Kingsley in that case as think it’s the one that feels the freshest of the bunch!

  2. June 1, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try the Colab stuff for ages, people are raving about it all over the place. But volume is definitely not something I need haha so I think I’d get the regular stuff. Unless you know of an un-volumising spray? 😛

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