Let’s be real, washing your hair is a chore. It’s a thing. And we don’t have time to do it as often as we like. Dry Shampoo usually comes to the rescue— but are we doing it right?
Dry Shampoo has really come a long way. There are so many different options and depending on your hair personality, you should be choosing the right one for you.
Expecting it to work miracles
Despite the name, dry shampoo isn’t a true substitute for lathering up. It’s not formulated to replace actual washing; it’s meant to be a refresher between shampoos or to extend the life of a blowout. Dry shampoo will not cleanse the hair and scalp of dirt and chemical build-up The purpose of dry shampoo is to create the appearance of neat and voluminous hair.
Spraying it too close to your scalp
Spraying dry shampoo directly on your roots can leave a white powdery residue. Hold the sprayer 8 to 12 inches away from your hair, then lightly spritz the roots. It’s better to start with too little product and add more if need be versus coating your strands in dry shampoo and looking like you’re coated in chalk. That said, some dry shampoos are better than others at not leaving behind that telltale white residue. Even with a clear formula, you still want to avoid spraying too close to the roots to avoid product build-up,
which will make your hair look and feel stiff and dried out.
- Recommended product: Klorane dry shampoo has 0% white residue, it’s plant-based and fits all hair types.
Using more than you need
Dry shampoo can be sprayed on the entire head, BUT you may not need to. Certain spots tend to get oilier than others, like your bangs or the area around your temples, and you can spot treat them. You should be lifting sections of hair and applying the dry shampoo underneath to reach the roots, allowing it to absorb the oils for a few minutes. Finish with a quick blast from a hairdryer to bring strands back to life.
- Recommended product: The Locks Smith from Cake Beauty is a feather-light formula that will lock in areas that are oily or need a refresh (vegan)
Only using it on dirty hair
Dry shampoo does much more than simply de-grease strands. It can give clean, flat hair a boost, pumping
up the volume and texture thanks to its starch content, which surrounds the hair shaft, making locks appear fuller. It can also add a subtle hold to hair, reduce static, and control fly-aways.
- Recommended product: Pureology Refresh and Go Dry Shampoo, this lightweight formula adds subtle texture giving volume and that extra boost
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