We’re not usually ones for grand proclamations but, fact: Dry shampoo is the best thing to ever happen to the hair industry. Think about it. Our hair care routines are filled with so many steps and countless products, who actually has the time to wash their hair every day? Skipping a wash day used to mean dealing with unsightly greasy strands, but thanks to dry shampoo, limp blowouts are a thing of the past.
Though it’s not enough just to have a dry shampoo in your medicine cabinet, to reap the full benefits of this miracle product, you need to know how to use it—the right way. We tapped Cassondra Kaeding, Redken artist and stylist, to find out everything you need to know about dry shampoo, how to use it, and hacks that allow you to prolong your hair color.
What is dry shampoo and how does it work?
Dry shampoo is typically a powder or spray formula that can be used to refresh your hair in between washes. It is particularly great for helping to mask the appearance of oily roots and can sometimes give your style more volume.
Despite the moniker shampoo, dry shampoo doesn’t actually clean your hair. In fact, skipping multiple wash days and relying on dry shampoo instead can lead to major build-up on your scalp. While dry shampoo is great at refreshing and extending the life of your style, it should not take the place of your regular shampoo routine.
Is dry shampoo good for your hair?
When used the right way, dry shampoo is perfectly safe to use on your hair.
Not convinced? Let our experts convince you: So...You’ve Been Using A Lot Of Dry Shampoo, What Now?
What are the benefits of swapping out regular shampoo for dry shampoo?
Other than the obvious perk of being able to skip washing your hair, using dry shampoo has another major benefit for people who salon color their mane.
“Using dry shampoo can help prolong your visits to the salon to get your color done. The more frequently you wash your hair, the more likely your hair color will fade. I like to tell my clients to wait a few days after their color service to wash their hair. A dry shampoo can help them get through those few days,” Kaeding explains.
How many times a week should they use dry shampoo?
While skipping wash day can help you keep your hair color longer, that doesn’t mean you can give up washing your hair for good. Kaeding suggests washing your hair at least once or twice a week in between dry shampoo applications.
How To Use Dry Shampoo Spray:
To begin, thoroughly shake the can of dry shampoo to make sure the product is ready for an even application. Then, hold the can eight to 10 inches away from your head, if math isn’t your strong suit (we’re writers, we get it), use the length of the can of dry shampoo as your marker. Spray the dry shampoo evenly on the crown of your head, and use your fingers to rake the formula through your strands. Lift small sections of hair around your hairline and spray the dry shampoo underneath your strands, aiming the formula towards your roots.
Continue spraying and raking the formula through your strands until you achieve your desired look. For a final step, take a large paddle brush and brush through your hair to make sure the dry shampoo is completely absorbed and leaves no white residue.
How To Use Dry Shampoo Powder:
Aerosol sprays are the most common dry shampoo formula, but it’s not the only one. If you can only get your hands on a powder formula, fear not, it’s just as easy to use. Hold the bottle six to eight inches away from the crown of your head and lightly shake the dry shampoo on to your hair. Use your fingers to rake the formula through your strands. Part your hair on the left and then on the right, and repeat the same steps. Once you’ve achieved your desired look, use a large paddle brush and brush through your hair to make sure the dry shampoo is completely absorbed and leaves no white residue.
The best dry shampoo if you just got a blow out:
Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo
If your once-flawless blowout looks greasy and limp by day four, Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo can help extend the life of every blowout by absorbing oil and freshening up hair for a long-lasting look. Genius, right?
The best dry shampoo if you have colored hair:
Pureology Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo
If you’re too busy to stay on top of your shampooing schedule, hair can get pretty oily by day three. Pick up Pureology’s Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo to help you get a fresh start. Reduce the color-stripping effects of water abrasion with this color-caring dry shampoo.
Non-drying mineral-infused formula with exclusive Anti-Fade Complex gently refreshes hair from roots to scalp with a satin finish.
The best dry shampoo if you have fine hair:
Matrix Style Link Play Back Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo doesn’t just keep your hair looking good, it can also give your ‘do some much-needed life. If you have fine hair, you’ll want a dry shampoo that not only minimizes the appearance of oil but also adds texture to your style. If you’re looking to keep your perfectly unkempt style intact, pick-up Matrix’s Style Link Play Back Dry Shampoo. The product is formulated with minerals that work to absorb oils and impurities, extending and refreshing your undone look longer.
Matrix Style Link Play Back Dry Shampoo, $18.00 MSRP
Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05
When it comes to styling and caring for thin hair, simplicity is key. Layering on tons of products can weigh your strands down, which is why you need products that do double duty. Redken’s Dry Shampoo Paste 05 is a dry shampoo and styling paste hybrid that provides reworkable hold with the freshness of a dry shampoo. The formula adds texture and absorbs oil for the perfect undone look.
The best dry shampoo if you have curly hair:
Shu Uemura’s Color Lustre Dry Cleaner Dry Shampoo
If you have curly hair, you’ll want a dry shampoo that keeps your curls looking and feeling nourished. Shu Uemura’s Color Lustre Dry Cleaner 2-in-1 Dry Shampoo Cleanse and Condition is a delicate quick-dry cleanser that purifies roots without drying out lengths.
Shu Uemura Color Lustre Dry Cleaner Dry Shampoo, $39.00 MSRP
The best dry shampoo if you have thick hair:
Redken Invisible Dry Shampoo
If you have really thick hair, it may feel like it takes hours to brush the dry shampoo through your hair so that it is no longer visible. Instead of dealing with never-ending arm cramps, pick up a dry shampoo with a nearly invisible formula like Redken Invisible Dry Shampoo.
“Redken Invisible Dry Shampoo absorbs excess oil from the hair and eliminates the risk of product residue—it’s great for all hair colors and textures,” Kaeding says.
The best dry shampoo for all hair types:
Redken Dry Shampoo Powder 02
No matter your hair type or concerns, we’ve all experienced that moment when our strands desperately need to be washed, and we just don’t have the time. If you need to hide the look of oily roots in a flash, look no further than Redken’s Dry Shampoo Powder 02. This non-aerosol dry shampoo powder is formulated with oil-absorbing charcoal to help extend and refresh styles, absorbing oil and providing light, clean volume.
The best dry shampoo with hold:
L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Morning After Dust Dry Shampoo
Looking to cut down on the number of products in your hairstyling routine? Get a dry shampoo that does double duty with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Morning After Dust Dry Shampoo. This spray contains starch to absorb excess oil on the scalp weightlessly and mineral salt to give hair sexy volume, hold, and body, which means you can skip hairspray.
The best dry shampoo if you want a deep clean:
Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo
Have you ever skipped the gym for fear of messing up your hair? Well, that stops today, with Redken’s two-time award winning dry shampoo formula, Deep Clean Dry Shampoo. The product is formulated with rice and tapioca starches to provide maximum oil absorption on all hair types and provides a cooling sensation for a deep clean feel. No wonder it snagged the "Best Dry Shampoo" award from both Allure and Refinery 29.
“Redken’s Deep Clean Dry Shampoo, provides maximum oil absorption on all hair types and helps bring day three or four hair back to life,” Kaeding says.
The best dry shampoo when you need a scent boost:
Kérastase Fresh Affair Refreshing Dry Shampoo
In search of a dry shampoo formula with a seriously sexy scent? Look no further than Kérastase Fresh Affair Refreshing Dry Shampoo. This luxurious shampoo is formulated with a long-lasting neroli scent you’re going to be obsessed with. Just don’t blame us when your dry shampoo takes the place of your perfume.