COLAB Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo review, photos | For those lazy days

CoLab Sheer Invisible dry shampoo review

The product: COLAB Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo in London (“classic”) and Rio (“tropical”)

So, you know how some dry shampoos make it look like tiny birds spilled tiny bags of cocaine onto your hair?

These ones don’t.

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The formula: I’ve tried a few dry shampoos in my day (not a lot, but a few), and these are my favourites of the bunch by far.

As promised, the original COLAB formula goes on totally transparent, absorbs oil like a champ, and leaves my hair looking (and feeling) very clean. They’re actually very unlike traditional dry shampoos, which bulk up your hair and have a bit of grit to them — these Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoos just make your hair look freshly washed again.

» If you like a lot of body from your dry shampoos, COLAB now does an Extreme Volume formula, too!

I get the best results with these by shaking, spraying very liberally, giving them a few minutes to work their magic, and then tousling my hair gently to make sure the product is evenly spread out.

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Contouring before/after from this Rodial review. 2nd day hair + COLAB Sheer Invisible dry shampoo in BOTH frames!

CoLab Dry Shampoo review - travel size

Tiny, tiny travel bottles

The scents: Rio (tropical) and London (“classic”) are unfortunately the only two COLAB scents available here, but both are pretty well done for budget products. They do definitely smell like “fashion fragrances,” (their words, not mine), but both will cover up any scalp/sweat smells right away!

If you sniff these in person, note that Rio opens with a particularly chemically blast that fades within the first 60 seconds. (Past that, it’s very fruity and tropical.)

CoLab Sheer Dry Shampoo review

The verdict?

If you’re looking for a dry shampoo that’s going to be super easy to use and won’t make your hair feel gritty, then these are a total must-have. My bottle of London is already pretty much empty, and I will definitely be re-purchasing soon!

You do need to use a lot product with these, though, so I’d definitely recommend getting the full-sized bottles (50 vs 200 ml). The minis are great for overnight trips and important end-of-day emergencies, but they are tiny!

Availability: $5.49-$9.99 at London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Lawtons, and select Pharmasave and PharmaChoice locations. (£2 to £3.50 in the UK!)

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  • Annabelle

    Oooh, dry shampoo. I'm always searching for the best one (for an affordable price of course) and I was horribly disappointed with both the cult favourite Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo (doesn't really make my hair feel cleaner and has a terribly strong, artificial lemon cleaner scent) and Batiste Dry Shampoo in the Original Scent (this left a white cast in my hair, didn't absorb oil well, AND smelled strongly of baby powder).

    I don't think there are any London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Lawtons, or Pharmasave/PharmaChoice stores near me, but I'll be on the lookout for this!

    In the meantime, I've been happy (surprisingly) with the Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo – it absorbs oil, is pretty much invisible, gives a little bit of lift to the hair, and it smells AMAZING (apparently like mint and citrus). I spray this in my hair even on days when it doesn't need it because it smells so good xD

    Thanks for the review!

    • Oh my god, that sounds SO GOOD. Herbal Essences put 'cones in their dry shampoos for some reason, though, so I can't use them! :(

      I really hated the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo too, but I do really like these. Try London if you have the chance; I think it'll be the least grating option!

  • Sarah

    Oooh, I will have to stop by London Drugs to take a look for these! Would you recommend the London or Rio scent?

    • Definitely London! Rio can be a little cloying, I find. :)

      • Sarah

        Thanks, Rae! I picked up the London 200ml because it was on sale for $7.99! woohoo! :)

        • Woo hoo! I hope you like it, Sarah!! (And thanks for the heads up on the sale — I'm going to see if I can stop by London Drugs tonight to stock up!)

  • I will need to try these! I'm always on the hunt for a good dry shampoo that doesn't make my hair look grey/white. What does the London scent smell like?
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    • …synthetic? It's hard to describe scents that aren't fruity or citrus! But COLAB do list notes for all of their scents on their site :)

  • Lulle

    And of course this is not sold in the USA… Well I could buy it from feelunique.
    I got into dry shampoos recently, and while I love how they hide the oil between shampoos, I sometimes can't get the "I work in a bakery and someone dropped flour on my head" effect to go away, no matter how much I brush. A truly transparent formula would be a game changer!
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    • It really is, Lulle!! It's so much easier to throw on than a chalky/gritty formula. <3