It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s not! Dry shampoo is a hair styling product designed to help you skip a shampoo or two! Here’s a quick and dirty rundown of how to incorporate this product into your hair care routine.
Dry shampoos are formulated much like normal shampoo, with different offerings for different hair types. Select one that best suits your hair. There are formulations for thick, curly hair and formulations for thin, oily hair. Choose what’s best for you.
Dry shampoos typically leave a slight white cast on the hair, unless they’re formulated with different colored powders for brunettes. If you have dark brown or black hair, you may prefer to try one of these.
Check the ingredients. Most dry shampoos contain powders, silica, or talcs designed to absorb excess oils on your scalp and throughout the hair. If you’re looking to add volume to your style, then choose a product containing silica. It’s an amazing volumizer and texturizer.
You’ll need the affectionately named “rattail” comb and your fingers. That’s it! Brush your hair straight back and hold the bottle 8 to 10 inches from your scalp. Spray a liberal amount along your hairline making sure to PUSH the nozzle ALL the way down the entire time. Failing to do so will keep the powders from leaving the bottle, and you’ll end up with only the alcohol-based liquid on your hair.
Then using your rattail comb, part your hair directly down the center and spray along the part. Then re-part hair each inch or so, moving down toward an ear and re-spraying the part. Repeat on the other half of your head. You may want to spray a little additional product through the crown area for lift.
Let the product sit on the scalp for a solid 5 minutes. Brush your teeth, apply your foundation, go about your morning routine giving the product time to absorb the oil sitting on your scalp.
Then brush through your hair using the rattail comb. If you have quite curly hair, you may prefer to only move the comb through the roots, choosing instead to use your fingers to work any remaining product through your hair.
Replace Your Hairspray
I prefer to use dry shampoo to set most of my hairstyles. If you have fine or thin hair, you might also prefer the texture dry shampoo gives without causing helmet head. Just apply dry shampoo using the same level of discretion as when you’re applying hairspray, while concentrating more of the product toward your roots. This trick is especially helpful when styling bangs!