The One Product All Busy Girls Need in Their Handbag

If you pour out the contents of my handbag on any given day, you're likely to find the following things: an array of lipsticks (all red), a couple of lip balms (again, tinted red), a good hand cream, a concealer that can double as a foundation for emergency touch-ups, many stray chewing gums that have escaped their packaging and, perhaps most importantly, dry shampoo.

Despite having pretty dry hair, I never leave the house without dry shampoo. Although my wavy strands don't need washing more than once or twice a week, having a fringe means I need to keep on top of things when I'm between washes. From the classic £3 Batiste to Oribe's cult Dry Texturizing Spray (an eye-watering £41), I've tried and loved many different dry shampoos over the years. But there's one that has made a permanent home in my bag: Styledry Dry Shampoo Compact Powder.

Keep scrolling to discover why it's my favourite dry shampoo of 2019 so far, and then shop the other best dry shampoos for keeping oily roots at bay.


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The brainchild of Evelien de Vries, Styledry was inspired by Evelien's twin sister, Annelie, who only ever washed her hair once a week and whose strands always looked shiny and bouncy. Evelien believed her sister's more pared-back washing routine was the key to her healthy hair, so she came up with a range of quick-fix products that would keep the hair looking its best for as long as possible—without having to revert to an every-other-day wash-and–blow-dry routine. There are three key products in the range: a turban shower cap to keep your hair dry and frizz-free while you're in the shower, blotting papers to pat away oil from your scalp when you're on the go and the dry shampoo compact powder (which is my favourite product from the collection and now a staple in my beauty routine).



Firstly, the thing I love most about the compact is that it's sleek, portable and has a mirror inside that's big enough to double as a makeup mirror if you're touching up your hair and your lipstick at the same time. The unique thing about this product is that it's the world's first compact dry shampoo. Unlike traditional dry shampoos that usually come in aerosol cans, this one is a compact powder (much like a face powder) and comes with an application brush that you use to dust it on.

It's free from parabens and sulphates, contains a UV protector so your hair and scalp will be protected from the sun, and is completely translucent so it won't show up on dark hair. To use it, just sweep the brush over the surface of the powder and then brush over oily roots or any part of your hair that needs de-slicking. The powder instantly absorbs excess oil without leaving behind any residue and imparts a soft orange blossom scent so your hair will smell great too. It's honestly so easy to use that I've whipped this out on the tube in the back of Ubers.


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Unlike dry shampoos of the past, the new formulas are lightweight, leave behind no chalky residue and basically smell like a fancy hair salon. I personally tend to use one every other day when I'm not washing my hair (usually a spray can I spritz directly into my roots and massage in firmly with my fingertips before styling). I'll then use my dry shampoo compact for touch-ups when I'm on the go. To prevent my hair from looking dull, I'll use a clarifying shampoo once a week when I do a proper hair-wash to remove buildup. Keep scrolling to shop my favourite Styledry dry shampoo and others I've loved over the years.

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Mica Ricketts