Whether it’s your go-to on busy mornings, a product you can’t leave your house without or your secret to prolonging your blow dry, there’s no doubt that dry shampoo really is the ultimate strand saver. By making a few tweaks and using it correctly, your favourite powdered product can work even more effectively for you. Here’s how:
Use it at night
Make dry shampoo a part of your bedtime beauty routine and you’ll reap the benefits in the morning. Even if your hair feels clean, spritz it along your roots anyway as a preemptive measure. This will ensure that any excess excess oil and sweat (the glorious things that happen when we sleep!) will be absorbed while you sleep. In the morning, the likelihood that you’ll wake up with greasy hair will be slim.
Correct application will yield way better results, so while it can be tempting to just spray any which way, it’s worth spending a few extra minutes to spritz smartly. You want to ensure that you blast the root area of your head, and not just the general crown area. The easiest way to do this is to take sections of hair and spray at the underside of the roots. Repeat until you’ve covered your whole head. Hold the can at least 10-15 cm away from from your head while spraying to ensure that you don’t get white roots and saturate your hair with too much product.
Use your fingers
Once you’ve adequately misted your roots, use your fingertips to massage the dry shampoo into your hair to work the product into the scalp where it can fully absorb oil and grime.
While you should always finish by brushing through your hair to help distribute any leftover product (too much can make hair look matte and flat), resist the urge to start brushing immediately post-spraying. Wait a full two minutes in order to allow the dry shampoo enough time to do its thing (i.e. soak up the oil). Start brushing too soon and you’ll remove it before it’s able to get rid of that excess greasiness.
Think beyond its intended use
Even if you’re a “I have to wash my hair everyday” type of girl, don’t think that dry shampoo can’t do anything for you. Dry shampoo can be used to boost volume (spray it along your crown when you want added height), to create a messy bun (spritz away along your ponytail, back-comb and then wrap into a bun) and for fixing bobby pins in place (hit them with a spray of dry shampoo before putting them in and they won’t slip out of your hair).
Read all about my favourite dry shampoos here.