We put the latest dry shampoos through a range of workouts

Can these sprays soak up the sweat? The team put them through the ultimate test – from HIIT to yoga.

Dry shampoo can stop a bad hair day in its tracks , but it can also turn one from bad to worse – we’ve all had our horror stories, the ones where you should have just jumped in the shower. From turning brunette locks stark white, to making strands feel dirtier than before (how?) or turning your whole head into a gritty, sticky mess, navigating this low-maintenance miracle product can be tricky. But lucky for you, the body+soul team put the latest cans to the test – a literal workout, so you can get a head start on the best new dry shampoos and turn a sweaty scalp into dream second-day strands in just the press of a button.

Alison Izzo, body+soul digital editor

Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Boho Rebel Pigmented Dry Shampoo ($27.95, at Schwarzkopf Professional)

Workout: Barre

Pros: Formulated especially for blondes, this dry shampoo has a slight pigment which means you don’t get that white powdered look, and it’s also great to cover dark roots. It soaked up oil and gave great body and texture to my otherwise limp locks. Bonus points for the big can.

Cons: It was a little bit chalkier than other dry shampoos and my hair felt a bit ‘gritty’ to touch.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Kelsey Ferencak, body+soul beauty editor

Davines Hair Refresher ($30.95, at Salon Style)

Workout: Weights

Pros: I am a sweater. Especially from my scalp – the point where after a workout my hair is basically 80% wet. Nice! So dry shampoo needs to work double time for me – not only to sop up my roots, but to mask ay post-gym odour, too. I was worried this wouldn’t be able to do the job as it’s a mist, not a full-throttle spray like I’m used to. But I was wrong, a few heavy sprays here and there sopped up wet spots and gave my roots some puffy-volume. This would be great to extend a blow dry.

Cons: If you’re like me you’ll probably run out quickly as you need to be a little heavy handed.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Jaymie Hooper, body+soul senior features writer

Original&Mineral Dry Queen Dry Shampoo ($36.95, at O&M)

Workout: HIIT

Pros: I loved that this dry shampoo used rice starch (not a long list of nasty chemicals) to soak up my sweat, and I loved how well it worked. As soon as I massaged it through my hair, my oily roots disappeared and I had instant volume.

Cons: The bottle is a little big, but it won’t be leaving my gym bag anytime soon that’s for sure!

Rating: 5/5 stars

Ingrid Sant, body+soul deputy art director

Davroe Scalp Remedy Revive Dry Shampoo ($27.95, at Davroe)

Workout: Walking

Pros: My lunch break walk always leaves my scalp feeling greasy so I was excited to see if something could sop it up when I get back to my desk. This dry shampoo really dried out all of the greasiness and added a lot of body and structure to my hair, which I quite liked as the workout made my hair a bit limp.

Cons: I’m a dry shampoo virgin so I’m not sure if I sprayed too much on my roots but this product made my hair look a little grey in parts and made it feel a little bit chalky. It also had quite strong smell on first spraying it. Not as bad as hairspray but it was a bit sweet. With a few more post-walk sprays I’m sure I’ll master it though.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Juna Xu, body+soul digital producer

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Tinted ($13.49, at Chemist Warehouse)

Workout: Pilates

Pros: I have dark hair and have always struggled to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave white powdery residue everywhere. This one, however, is practically invisible thanks to its tint. Moreover, it’s light, its scent isn’t strong, it definitely did a great job at making my hair feel less oily, and a little goes a long way.

Cons: I have to say I struggled to find anything negative about this product – and after reading hundreds of reviews online, I realised I wasn’t the only one. Those who have used it love it.

Rating: 5/5 stars