How To Use Dry Shampoo For Curly Hair

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Here at, we’ve spent a lot of time investigating how often you should actually wash your hair. For some hair types, skipping a shampoo session or two means dealing with oily roots and flat, limp strands. Luckilycurly girls can typically go longer than others between washes. That being said, where does that leave dry shampoo in your curly hair routine?

While you may not think that dry shampoo is a necessary part of your routine, itmight just be the pick-me-up your curly hair needs between wash washes. Wondering how to use dry shampoo for curly hair? Read on for everything you need to know.

Is dry shampoo good for curly hair?

If you have curly hair, your natural twists and coils make it not so easy for natural hair oils to coat your strands. This is why curly hair typically doesn’t look or feel nearly as greasy than straight hair, even if you go a full week without washing it (and also why curls are more prone to dryness). That being said, even if it’s not as noticeable, your mane can still be holding on to days worth of excess oil and residue, which can lead to scalp flaking and dandruff. Luckily, dry shampoo can help absorb excess oil and build up between shampoo sessions.

How to use dry shampoo on curly hair

Before you begin, shake your dry shampoo well to activate the product and make sure it’s ready for an even application. When you have curly hair it’s especially important to focus the product on your roots and avoid spraying it on your lengths so that it doesn't weigh your hair down. Hold the can eight to ten inches from your head. Then, spray the formula directly along your roots. Continue switching up your part and spraying the formula in different spots to ensure that you have all the areas covered that need a refresh.

Wait about one minute for the product to work its magic. Then, use your fingertips to gently massage the product into your scalp and remove any excess powder. Be sure not to use a brush as this will disrupt your curl pattern and leave you with frizz.

Wondering what dry shampoos are best for curly hair? Read on for five of our favorites from the L'Oréal portfolio.

What is the best dry shampoo for curly hair?

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Color Lustre Dry Cleaner Dry Shampoo

When you have curly hair, it’s essential to find a balance between keeping your mane squeaky clean and maintaining moisture. That’s why you’ll need a refreshing, hydrating dry shampoo formula like Shu Uemura Art Of Hair’s Color Lustre Dry Cleaner Dry Shampoo. This two-in-one dry shampoo that gently cleanses oily hair by absorbing oils and impurities at the roots while leaving moisturized lengths and ends and revitalizing hair colors.

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Color Lustre Dry Cleaner Dry Shampoo, $39.00 MSRP

Redken Invisible Dry Shampoo

If you’re concerned about the white powdery residue dry shampoo can leave behind, we recommend Redken’s Invisible Dry Shampoo. This invisible, fragrance-free formula absorbs excess oil from the hair and eliminates the risk of product residue. Not to mention, an invisible formula eliminates the need for brushing.

Redken Invisible Dry Shampoo, $24.00 MSRP

Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo

Whether you’re going on day-three hair or need a major refresh after a gym session, Redken’s Deep Clean Dry Shampoo should be your go-to. This formula provides maximum oil absorption for all hair types and refreshes the hair, leaving it looking and feeling clean.

Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo, $24.00 MSRP

Pureology Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo

If you have color-treated curls, you can’t go wrong with Pureology Style + Protect Refresh + Go Dry Shampoo. This non-drying dry shampoo absorbs oil while moisturizing your hair and protecting against color fading.

Pureology Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo, $28.00 MSRP

Kérastase Fresh Affair Refreshing Dry Shampoo

If you’re a sucker for products with luxurious scents, you’ll love Kérastase Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo. Featuring a Neroli Oil scented fragrance, this refreshing dry shampoo for all hair types instantly absorbs excess oil with a lightweight, clean feeling.

Kérastase Fresh Affair Refreshing Dry Shampoo, $36.00 MSRP

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