Dry shampoo, we’re all using it. And if you’re not, you will be after this post! This stuff is a life saver and made for busy moms. After using it for several years, I’ve come across some favorite brands and figured out some tricks that help my 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) day hair looking fresh.
- Spray dry shampoo on the roots of your hair at an arms’s length.
- ALWAYS shake the can before you spray.
- ALWAYS spray from about 8-10 inches away. (If it looks super chalky and/or clumpy, there is a good chance the problem is your application process and not the product.)
- Let it sit for 30 seconds to a minute before blending it in.
- Once you’re done styling-quit touching it! (It will absorb oils from your fingers and hands just like oil from your scalp.)
- Apply a small amounts at a time. Keep a travel sized version in your desk or car for late afternoon touch-ups if you need.
Tricks to Try:
- Use dry shampoo on clean hair.
I know this seems unnecessary, but trust me! Immediate benefit-you’ll get a little boost of volume. When applying dry shampoo to clean hair, avoid putting product on your natural part. Part hair a couple inches on either side of your natural part and spray product there. Lift hair at the crown and spray there as well. NOW LET IT SIT! Give it a good 30 seconds before massaging it in. Dry shampoo will give your hair a little grip and lift and will work to keep excess oil at bay. This is an excellent choice for hair that gets oily quickly. Mine doesn’t, but I find this trick works better on my hair than using dry shampoo once it’s dirty. I can get at least one extra day out of a blow-out with this tactic. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
- Apply dry shampoo before bed.
This obviously isn’t always in the cards, dry shampoo is supposed to be a quick fix and is often used on the fly. However there are times you just KNOW a shower isn’t gonna happen tomorrow, and its dry shamp to the rescue! This is a good choice for brunettes (or anyone, really) who have trouble with dry shampoo making their hair look dull. Leaving the dry shampoo in overnight allows time for it to soak everything up leaving your hair looking shiny but not oily. I love this trick when I’m wearing my hair curly. I don’t brush my curly hair, so the oils at the roots aren’t distributed down the hair shaft. A little dry shampoo at night clears that right up!
I haven’t come across a dry shampoo that I didn’t like but here are some favorites:
Dove Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo (on my second bottle!)
Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair (only use this if you have REALLY dark hair, light brunettes should stick to regular!)
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo (recommended to me by several friends!)
R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste (ugh, this stuff is so awesome!!! Its not a spray, it comes in a tub. It goes from paste to powder in your hands, apply directly to roots and you get amazing lift! My hair stylist friends are obsessed! If you’re in the DFW area, go here to pick some up and get an amazing cut and color!)
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (cult classic! Great for wavy hair, really helps achieve a beachy look while de-greasing. And yes, I know how much it costs…I got a mini one, save your judgment.)
Let me know your favorite dry shampoo, how you like to use it and if any of these tips and tricks work for you!
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