I will hazard a guess that by now you have returned to your gym, or resumed your weekly pilates class. Of course you have. It’s January, the month we make resolutions about our wobbly bodies and worry over our overused credit cards.
I have just the thing for both: Dry shampoo. Functional and affordable, this powdery spray soaks up oily roots by plumping them to swollen proportions that mimics the effects of a traditional hair wash and blow dry – in just a few seconds.
Not only is this convenient when you’re running from your spin class to your desk, it can stretch out hair washing for three or four days, which has some surprising merits (other than saving time) such as reducing the amount you subject your expensive salon hair colour to hard water fade.
The original Batiste Dry Shampoo has been a staple in hair stylists kits for as long as I can remember, but in the last year or so dry shampoo has become a mainstream hair hero in most hair care ranges for its ability to do so many things in one.
An instant thickener, it is arguably better than mousse at giving hair body and guts, which you will find an instant confidence boost if you have fine or thinning hair. I’ve discovered that it gives my straight hair some welcome texture which saves me from twenty minutes tonging in the morning. And if you buy a good one, it offers the light hold of a hairspray without a chalky finish.
I am fond of many of the latest launches, but if I were to choose one it would be Hair By Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo, £19, for it smells like the English country garden in full bloom. Should you invest in one? For hair that appears freshly washed (even when it isn’t), with a youthful disheveled texture and decent root lift, there’s no better value for money. I’ve put these five through their paces.