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How To Use Dry Shampoo The Right Way

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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 haircare 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’ve got you covered, continue reading to find out exactly how to use dry shampoo.

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: Is Dry Shampoo Bad For Your Hair? We Asked An Expert.


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 Shampoos To Try Now:



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?

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo, $20.00 MSRP

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.

Pureology Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo, $24.00 MSRP

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 pickup 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.

Redken Dry Shampoo Paste 05, $20.00 MSRP

The best dry shampoo if you have curly hair:

shu uemura color lustre dry shampoo

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:

L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Fresh Dust 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 L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo. It absorbs excess oil to leave hair feeling clean and extends the life of your blowdry. Virtually invisible formula works for all hair colors (even dark shades!).

L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo, $26.00 MSRP

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. 

Redken Dry Shampoo Powder 02, $20.00 MSRP

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 latest 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.

Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo, $24.00 MSRP

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