Instant Clean? JOICO Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

So I bet we all know the score on this one… Here’s the scene. You wake up with hair greasier than Danny Zuko in an oil refinery, you realise there’s no time to wash our hair (aka you can’t be bothered) and hey, no biggie…. you just dry shampoo the hell out of it. CLEAN HAIRR, DON’T CARE! Sound familiar anyone?

For me, this is a regular ritual which occurs on a weekly basis – there’s just not enough time in the day to wash and dry my hair every single morning. I’m not Harry Potter you know – the combination of early mornings to work and late nights at after-work drinks,  my mane gets a shampoo clean every 2 days if it’s lucky!

Dry Shampoo has become a necessity in the beauty cabinet of billions of girls out there (*random blatant fact obviously unchecked), and for me Batiste Dry Shampoo has been sitting in that space for absolute years now. I’ve been using the XXL version so religiously, I don’t even remember a time when my hair wasn’t big, poofy and fresh smelling- albeit slightly chalky..

So when I got the chance to try out a new dry shampoo, I was immediately excited. Could it be the next big Batiste?

This is the JOICO Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo. Instant refresh – doesn’t it sound so clean!? 

Super props for the lovely minimalist looking can – it looks salon quality and expensive, but does it work? Read on..

At first spray…

This JOICO dry shampoo is really fine and light – and the best bit – IT’S COLOURLESS. Yep, that’s right – no tell tale chalky finish and no white streaks and none of this its-not-dandruff-its-clumps-of-dry-shampoo business! Don’t you just hate that?!! When you’ve missed a spot when brushing out the Batiste and then you’re paranoid that people will think its dandruff?!

Anywaaaay, the best thing about this JOICO Instant Refresh is definitely that it is colourless and not chalky. I’m not sure how it works but it FEELS almost like it’s an alcohol-based spray which evaporates the oil as opposed to an aerated talc which absorbs the oil. Serious lack of scientific knowledge to back this up but serious thumbs up for the finish and the lack of tell-tale white dust.

But – and there’s always going to be a but.

It’s not perfect. It’s more of a refresher spray rather than a wash-alternative. It’s not heavy duty enough to tackle Day 3 situations for me. However, I feel it would be great on really fine hair as it’s not heavy either.

The good news is that you can spray as much as you like, it doesn’t get chalky. I just don’t think it really replaces my Batiste XXL in terms of Day 3 defence. Also, given that it’s not very heavy, it’s not as good for adding texture to my thick long hair. Finer haired FaceValue friends who find Batiste too heavy will probably ADORE this though.

Final Thoughts

Personally, I need a bit more BANG to boost my oily hair but this is a really great refresher spray for fringes and dark roots – no more fake dandruff! It’s also good for texturizing my hair, but I doesn’t add as much volume as Batiste.

 At £11.95 – it’s not a repurchase product for me I’m afraid. Would be really interested to see how my finer haired friends deal with this but I’m looking for big lift and powerful oil absorption, even at the cost of possible white bits leftover…. ITS NOT DANDRUFF okay?!

What’s your go-to dry shampoo? What do you want your dry shampoo to do the most – boost roots, eradicate oil or add texture?


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* Big thanks to JOICO for giving me this sample. You can find more information on JOICO Instant Refresh here

Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. Saloca
    March 22, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    Try Tresemme Instant Refresh, this stuff is amazing on my dark, thick hair that gets greasy the day after washing! It has the strangest texture as it dries and though it says colourless there is a little chalk there BUT my hair looks so clean and 'just-washed' is amazing!Sarah :)Saloca in Wonderland

    • Zoe Dubs
      March 22, 2014 / 7:16 pm

      Oooooooh! Will definitely try that out next – thanks for the tip Sarah! xx

  2. beautyinjapan
    March 23, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    You could always try talcum powder as an alternative to dry shampoo, Batiste always makes my hair feel disgusting – it would have been easier to wash it!Danniella

    • Zoe Dubs
      March 24, 2014 / 8:55 pm

      I used to use talc, but I was RUBBISH at applying it and would end up with small talc clouds coming off my head haha xx

  3. hannah
    March 23, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    Such a shame this didn't live up to expectations! I was so hopeful when you said it didn't leave a chalky residue – I've never tried dry shampoo and this is what's always put me off! My mum and sister use one by Lee Stafford that's specifically for darker hair so it might be worth giving that one a go 🙂 xxx

    • Zoe Dubs
      March 24, 2014 / 8:56 pm

      Yes – a darker talc might be better – still haven't found anything that sorts out my hair like Batiste though! xx