This Is How You Actually Use Dry Shampoo

Let’s be honest, we all need a little dry shampoo from time-to-time. Sometimes it’s because we have a jam-packed schedule, other times it’s because we’re just feeling too lazy to wash our hair. Regardless of the reason, many of us reach for a good ole’ dry shampoo more often than not and, while this product has become an essential part of everyone’s hair care routine, have you ever wondered if you’re applying it correctly?

For anyone who hasn’t mastered the art of spritzing dry shampoo or dusting on some dry shampoo powder, I have put together a how-to so you can say goodbye to white streaks for-good. I’ve also included some dry shampoo formulas that I am loving right now!

GO THE DISTANCE: About six inches from the head is a good rule to follow for aerosols. Otherwise, you’re going to spray it in a concentrated area and it’s just going to get wet, and not be evenly distributed.

SPRAY THE HAIRLINE: The crown of your head isn’t the only area you’ll want to spray. Start by spraying your hairline around the face. And, don't forget to follow the above instructions.

SHOW YOUR ROOTS SOME LOVE: Here's how! Take about 1-2 inch sections parallel to your natural part and spray your roots.  Start in the front and continue towards the back; take horizontal sections, then flip them to the other side of your head, and stack them on one another. Remember, don’t spray your whole head -- just stick to the top couple of inches. Chances are that the bottom of your hair isn't greasy, so applying an oil absorber all over can just make your hair stiff and lackluster.

As with all products, it’s easier to add later than to remove excess so don’t spray too much dry shampoo. Plus, ain’t nobody got time for a wet, ashy look! We want it to appear translucent on our strands.

BLEND & BRUSH: Get rid of any white residue that may be left by brushing it out. Gentle, light strokes across your head will get rid of any visible evidence. Bonus: you can turn up the volume by flipping your hair over and shaking it out.

The less you touch it, the better it looks. The dry shampoo will absorb the natural oils of your fingers so avoid touching your hair as much as you can!

Here are some of the brands that I am loving right now:

  • UNITE 7SECONDS Refresher: Count to seven. That’s how long it takes to have your hair looking and feeling fresh and clean. The 7SECONDS Refresher absorbs excess oil without causing buildup, adds body, and extends the color and life of your style!
  • Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam: You can hit restart (for real) with this unique, foaming dry shampoo. It works without water to thoroughly cleanse and refresh hair while adding instant volume and just-showered shine. Unlike typical dry shampoos, this foam doesn’t leave a white cast or a powdery residue — just bouncy hair that looks like you just washed it.
  • IGK First Class Travel Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo: This heavy-duty dry shampoo allows you to go even longer between washes; even after workouts. The detoxifying charcoal powder lifts dirt and buildup while absorbing oil and sweat, while the cooling, calming white tea powder calms the scalp and strengthens hair follicles.
  • PLAYA Pure Dry Shampoo: Formulated to never leave white residue or chalky buildup, this gentle dry shampoo formula absorbs oil, eliminates impurities and restores body and volume to hair. It’s lightweight and buildable so you’re in full control of how you use the product. And, it smells AMAZING thanks to it’s rose petal powder!

What are some of your favorite brands?

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