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A Beginner's Guide to Dry Shampoo

Lourdes Villalobos loves sharing beauty advice and tips with her readers.

Dry shampoo is truly a lifesaver!

Dry shampoo is truly a lifesaver!

How to Use Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has become hugely popular recently – and it’s not surprising. Its ‘no-need-for-water’ fuss-free design means that you can reap the benefits of freshly washed hair without having to step in the shower: perfect if you often find yourself getting ready in a rush!

But just how should you be using it? Find here our favorite tips on how to use dry shampoo for the best results.

In a rush and don't have the time to wash your hair? No worries!

In a rush and don't have the time to wash your hair? No worries!

Dry Shampoo Instructions

1. Find the One Right for You

Your hair is as unique as you and, as with any products you use on it, you need to match your dry shampoo to your hair type.

Some dry shampoos may have specific tones in mind: darker-toned dry shampoos for brunettes and lighter-toned dry shampoos for blonds. Using the wrong one could leave your hair looking a little discolored. Similarly, curly hair may appreciate a dry shampoo with a moisturizing ingredient, while fine or thin hair may need a more lightweight option to stop it from falling flat and lifeless.

2. Shake It Up!

Once you have the dry shampoo that suits your hair needs, you can finally try it out. But before even spraying, you will want to get that bottle shaking!

The ingredients of aerosols can often settle to the bottom of the can, meaning you may not receive any of the beneficial bits if you spray without agitating it first. Give the aerosol can a good shake and make every spritz count.

3. Don’t Spray Too Close

Most aerosols recommend not spraying them too close to you, and dry shampoo is no exception. Always check the label to see how far from your hair and scalp you should spray (often 10-15cm) and learn how to use dry shampoo properly.

Spraying too close to your head may mean that the dry shampoo collects in specific areas and does not reach the rest of your hair. Those collections may leave a powdery, or even chalky, look that is definitely not something you want.

4. Let It Rest

Once you’ve applied the dry shampoo to your hair, give it a moment to rest. That’s right: do not touch it straight away!

While dry shampoo is designed for those in a rush, it still needs a couple of minutes to settle on your hair and work its magic.

5. Massage or Brush It Through

With the dry shampoo applied and rested, you can run your hands through your hair to give yourself a scalp massage. This is not just for a bit of relaxation – the movement can help spread the product through your hair and allow it to absorb excess oils.

You can also use a hairbrush for this step – just avoid tugging or brushing roughly, which can cause damage.

6. Style Your Hair

Now is the chance to style your hair. If you are not in too much of a hurry, you can give your hair a blast from a blow dryer; just make sure to use a low-temperature setting. Blow drying may also help to spread the product through your hair, get rid of any leftover residue, and pump up your hair with a boost of added volume.

Don't stop using your normal shampoo and conditioner!

Don't stop using your normal shampoo and conditioner!

Dry Shampoo Warnings

Do Not Replace Your Regular Shampoo!

Normal shampoo is designed to regularly clean and nourish your hair, whereas dry shampoo is a quick, temporary fix. It is not meant to replace your usual shampoo, so do not make the mistake of throwing out your regular regime for it.

Do Not Use It Every Day!

The convenience of dry shampoo can make it tempting to use every day, but this may not be good for your hair or scalp. Overusing dry shampoo without a proper (wet) hair wash in between can allow the dry powder to build upon your scalp. This could clog your follicles, making your hair weaker and more brittle.

No more bad hair days!

No more bad hair days!

Say Bye to Bad Hair Days!

It is best to wash your hair with warm water at least 2-3 times a week (not every day) and only use the dry shampoo when needed to perk up your locks in between washes. If you want to learn how to repaired damaged hair, click here.

Hopefully, with this guide in hand, you have a better idea of how to use dry shampoo and some tips on making sure you get the best results and reduce the chance of having a bad hair day.

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