Cover Photo: Courtesy of Oribe

Living in a hot and humid city like Hong Kong, dry shampoos are lifesavers when it comes to soaking up excess oil and injecting extra life into dull, sweaty hair. From aerosols and powders to pastes and foams, here are seven of the best dry shampoos available in Hong Kong—ensuring that every day is a good hair day

Best for indulgence: Oribe

Dry shampoos don’t get much more luxurious than Oribe’s Gold Lust Dry Shampoo. Get that just-washed feeling in a flash (complete with the brand’s summery signature scent), thanks to its multitude of vegan super-ingredients—including celery seed extract and a translucent starch blend, which reduce oil and absorb dirt and impurities.

Meanwhile, natural extracts including watermelon, lychee, myrrh and bamboo work to soothe your scalp, and moisturise, strengthen and protect your hair—with silky-smooth results.

Available at Lane Crawford

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Best all-rounder: Living Proof

A beauty editor favourite, Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo uses fast-absorbing powder to soak up oil and sweat, alongside odour neutralisers to ensure a long-lasting fresh scent, whilst the brand’s patented “healthy hair molecule” OFPMA helps your hair stay cleaner for longer.

Even better, it’s cruelty-free, and formulated without parabens, phthalates or silicones too.

Available at Sephora

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Best for innovation: OUAI

It might sound counterintuitive to use a seemingly wet foam as dry shampoo, but somehow OUAI has made it work. Their unique Dry Shampoo Foam, developed by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, reboots your hair by utilising diatomaceous earth to remove oil and product build-up—and without parabens, sulfates and phthalates either.

Designed to be massaged through hair like a regular shampoo, this cruelty-free formula adds a burst of instant volume and shine—alongside a deliciously beachy fragrance infused with bergamot and Italian lemon.

Available at Sephora

Best for a quick fix: Amika

A quick spritz of Amika’s Quickie Dry Shampoo promises to create texture, add volume, and deodorise and refresh hair—all without the dreaded chalky white marks caused by traditional aerosols.

Its lightweight, cruelty-free formula uses natural rice starch to absorb oil, alongside conditioning argan oil that increases hair’s strength and flexibility. The miniature versions are great for slinging into your gym bag or packing for holidays too.

Available at Sephora


Best for scalp health: Briogeo

Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Charcoal & Biotin Dry Shampoo utilises a non-aerosol powder formula packed with powerful purifying ingredients—including charcoal to detoxify your scalp and hair, and a complex of clay, tapioca and rice starch to absorb excess oil.

Certified cruelty-free, it also features ingredients that help your hair in the long-term, including witch hazel to normalise oil production, and the vitamin biotin to support healthy hair growth.

Available at Net-A-Porter

Best for volume and texture: R+Co

Extend the life of your blow-out with cult American brand R+Co’s Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste. Transforming from a creamy paste to powder on application, this vegan formula features Hawaiian volcanic ash to cleanse and balance your scalp, Japanese zeolite clay to absorb excess oil, and coconut oil to soften your hair.

Leaving zero residue and boasting a matte finish, it also doubles up as a styling paste, adding volume, texture and hold to any type of hairstyle—all with an invigorating Sicilian lemon, tangerine and eucalyptus fragrance.

Available at Net-A-Porter

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Best for enhancing colour: MoroccanOil

MoroccanOil’s Dry Shampoo showcases their legendary argan oil, packed with vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that nourish hair—and it smells amazing to boot. Meanwhile, ultra-fine rice starch absorbs excess oil and product build-up, leaving hair feeling cleansed and refreshed.

Their dry shampoo comes in two lightly-tinted formulas, Dark Tones and Light Tones, which leave no chalky residue and instead bring out the best in brunette or fair hair.

Available at Sephora

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This article was originally published on 13 August, 2019 and was updated on 22 March, 2020.

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