Dry shampoo is the most common beauty product for a variety of reasons. It absorbs extra grease, adds immediate bulk to three-day-old strands, and will make your blowout last longer, even though you’re working out and missing wash day. A couple of spritzes and zhooshing will soak up extra grease and turn loose hair into just-showered post-suds locks.
However, it might not be the most user-friendly product—who doesn’t despise the chalky residue it may leave behind? Here’s how to make it the most effective commodity in your arsenal.
First, shake the bottle.
Shake the bottle before opening it to ensure that the solution is uniformly distributed. Because starch can settle at the bottom of aerosol formulas, shaking it before applying can ensure that it is well-blended.
Consider using a tinted dried shampoo.
Dry shampoos always leave a white stain, so it’s best to pick one that’s tinted to match your hair color. If you have dark hair, a colored solution is preferable to avoid the unflattering white cast that a dry shampoo designed for blonde hair will leave. If the residue continues to be a problem, a mousse or powder type of dry shampoo could be a safer option.
Concentrate on the areas that need it the most.
Begin by sectioning the hair and spraying the dry shampoo on the roots from about 10 inches apart. You can apply it to the whole head of hair, but it’s easier to concentrate it on the scalp in partings. Allow it to rest for two minutes before softly massaging the liquid to distribute it. This is where the liquid can suck up the grease. To add volume and structure to your hair, flip it over and spray it with dry shampoo all over.
Keep the momentum going.
Instead of relying too hard on one area of the scalp, hairstylists recommend using a sweeping motion to cover roots with an even, thin layer. The more dry shampoo you need, the thicker your hair. If you have fine strands, hold a light hand on the nozzle and drench the region with a small amount of product at a time.
Massage the hair strands.
After applying the formula, use your fingers to rub it into the scalp and down the lengths. This massaging action stimulates the starch factor, which aids absorption and causes any white residue to vanish. Then, brush it to remove any extra grease.
Include dry shampoo in your bedtime routine.
And if your hair seems to be clean, mist the cream over your roots at night. This ensures that when you wake up in the morning, the dry shampoo would have absorbed some oil on your skin, reducing the risk of having greasy hair.