Dry shampoo: what it is and how and when to use it


It’s possible that dry shampoo is one of the most loved products of the hair care world. Many people wake up in the morning and grab for their can of dry shampoo as a part of their daily routine, whether it’s to style hair, or the more popular reason, to make hair look less greasy. So, what is dry shampoo, and how do we use it?

What is it

Dry shampoo happens to be a product that does what it says on the tin. It’s a powder form of shampoo that can be used in place of traditional shampoo. It’s typically used in between washes to prevent hair from looking greasy. However, it does have some other practical applications as well. Some people have discovered that using dry shampoo can make finer hair easier to style, making it an essential part of any styling routine. You may be thinking that hairspray should do the trick, however dry shampoo helps hair to remain in place without making it sticky or wet.

How to use it

Dry shampoo is probably the least technical product that can be put on your hair. However, there are still guidelines that will help you get the most of your can. Experts have said that there is no right way to use dry shampoo as it’s one of the most versatile products on the market. First, you need to make sure you keep the can at least four to six inches away from your head. This is to make sure you don’t accidentally damage your scalp while using the product. However, afterward, you simply spray the dry shampoo on to your roots where it feels the oiliest. Generally, the worst areas for excess oil are the crown of the head and along the hairline; but everyone’s different, so you’ll know where you’ll need to spray more than others.

When to use it

Mostly, you’ll be inclined to use it in between washes. It is important to remember that dry shampoo is not a substitute for regular shampoo and that it can become counterproductive to spend too long in between washes. Many experts use a rule of thumb when it comes to dry shampoo, and basically, it is advised that people don’t use it more than two days in a row. You might be able to get away with a cheeky third day here and there, but generally speaking, it is usually wise to have another hair wash day depending on your routine. Some people with finer hair may need to wash more often, and others with dry hair may need to wash less frequently.

Tips and tricks

If you’re trying to do an awkward style, and you have fine hair, then if you add an even layer of dry shampoo, you will give it a little grip. You can also use it to remove any morning hair kinks but spraying a bit on the target area before blow drying it in the intended direction. Something else to consider is making sure that you avoid putting dry shampoo on to the ends of your hair as it will promote dryness and you could end up with split ends as a result.

So, the next time you’re in the supermarket and see a can of dry shampoo, you know exactly what to do with it if you want to give it a go. If you already use it, there are a few extra tips in there to help with your daily routine. Happy dry-shampooing!