Dry shampoo - sounds a bit like an oxymoron, doesn't it?
Believe it or not, dry shampoo is actually a thing and offers numerous benefits in terms of both convenience and style. In this article, we'll explain the product in detail and how you can apply it to your hair care regimen.
What Is Dry Shampoo?
Dry shampoo is very much what it sounds like - a tangible and portable way to get your hair the shampoo treatment it needs without getting wet. It usually comes in the form of a spray or powder, both of which work to absorb excess oils and build-up from your scalp. It's ideal for those wanting the feeling of clean hair without actually having to go through the whole process of shampooing and drying their locks.
Types Of Dry Shampoo
As already mentioned, dry shampoo can come in two forms: spray and powder. While they both perform the same function, these products differ both in the way they're applied and deliver results.
Dry shampoo spray is probably the most common type. It comes in an aerosol can and is applied directly to the scalp and roots. The upside to this type of dry shampoo is that it's very easy to apply and can be targeted to specific areas. The downside, however, is that it can be a little messy and some people find the smell overpowering.
Dry shampoo powder comes in a bottle or shaker and is meant to be dusted onto the roots. Many people find that this type of dry shampoo is less likely to leave behind a white residue than spray versions. It is also more environment friendly vs. the spray.
What Makes Dry Shampoo So Special?
We know what you're thinking - "isn't this just powder/spray for my hair?" Well, yes and no. Dry shampoo is formulated with unique ingredients that target oil and build-up on the scalp. It contains absorbent materials like rice starch or clay that help to soak up excess oils, making it ideal for those with greasy hair.
It also usually contains volumizing ingredients that help to give your hair a lift. Perfect for hair that's dirty or clean, dry shampoo is a versatile tool that can be used in tons of scenarios.
The Best Ways To Apply Dry Shampoo
Now that we know what dry shampoo is and does, let's talk about how to use it.
The great thing about applying dry shampoo is that it's pretty much fool-proof regardless of which type you use. In the following, we'll walk you through the process for each type and how you can get the best results.
Dry shampoo spray. Spray dry shampoo. That's all, right? No! There are steps to follow when applying dry shampoo spray in order for it to work to its full effect.
Spray the dry shampoo four to six inches from your hair, applying it straight to the roots. Start at the area of your hair that is greasiest - for most women, this is near the hairline, crown of the head and nape of the neck. Cover one section of hair at a time until you’ve done your whole head.
Don't disregard distance here - while you may think it makes sense to spray the product closer to your scalp for more potent results, doing so can leave a hard-to-remove residue that's both unhealthy and frustrating to have.
Massage the product into your roots and scalp using your fingertips, allowing the oil-absorbing action to be uniform across your head. Try doing this upside down for added lift.
3. Smooth It Out
Pass your hair through a comb or brush or grab your hot tools for a restyle after applying the spray. This will help to evenly distribute the product and leave your hair looking smooth, shiny, and grease-free.
Dry shampoo powder is a little different from spray in that it needs to be worked into the hair a bit more before it takes effect. But don't worry - we'll show you how.
1. Apply At The Roots
Take your applicator and get some powder on its bristles, being careful not to use too much. Then, starting in 1" to 2" sections, begin to apply the product in a dabbing motion at your scalp.
2. Distribute The Powder
Next, it's time to distribute the powder you've just applied so that it evenly covers your scalp. Your fingers are the right tool for this job, so using clean hands, insert them between the roots of your hair and lift up. Work the powder through as you go and tousle your hair until there are no more spots or build-ups of powder.
3. Brush And Style
Use a wide-tooth comb or natural-bristle brush to remove any excess powder. And voila! You're all done.
The Best Times To Use Dry Shampoo
One of the great things about dry shampoo is that it can be used anytime, anywhere. Whether you're on-the-go and don't have time to wash your hair, or you just want to give your locks a break from all the heat styling - dry shampoo is your answer. Here are some of its best use cases.
Dry shampoo is great for giving your roots a quick refresh in between washes. If you have oily hair, you might find that you need to use dry shampoo more often to keep your scalp and roots feeling clean.
We all know the feeling of second-day hair - when your locks are looking a little flat and greasy. Dry shampoo is the perfect solution for perking up your hair and giving it some much-needed texture and volume.
Dry shampoo is ideal for those times when you don't have time to wash your hair - like before a big meeting or date. It can help you to feel more confident and put-together, even when you don't have time for a traditional shampooing sesh.
If you've just gotten a blowout and don't want to wash your hair for a few days, dry shampoo can help to extend the life of your style. Just be sure to use it sparingly around the roots to avoid any build-up.
In The Morning
Dry shampoo is a great way to wake up your hair in the morning. Just a few spritzes can help to give you some extra volume and texture - perfect for those days when you're running late and don't have time to style your hair.
If you have oily hair, you might find that dry shampoo can help to absorb some of the excess oil overnight. This can help to prevent your hair from looking greasy when you wake up in the morning. Just be sure to apply it before you go to bed so that it has time to work its magic.
After A Workout
If you've just finished a workout and don't have time to shower, dry shampoo can help to freshen up your hair. Just a few spritzes can help to remove any sweat or odor - perfect for when you're on the go and don't have time to wash.
Tips For Using Dry Shampoo
Now that we've gone over the basics of dry shampoo, let's talk about some best practices for using it.
Don't Use Dry Shampoo As A Full-Time Replacement For Washing
No matter how often you use dry shampoo, you should still be washing your hair with water at least once a week. This is because dry shampoo can only absorb so much oil before it needs to be replaced - and over time, this build-up can lead to scalp irritation and other problems.
Don't Overdo It
It can be tempting to use dry shampoo every day, but resist the urge! Remember, this product is meant to be used in moderation as a way to extend the life of your style. Using it too often can actually lead to more oil buildup on your scalp, which defeats the purpose.
Choose The Right Formula For Your Hair Type
Not all dry shampoos are created equal, so it's important to choose the right formula for your hair type. If you have fine or thin hair, look for a lightweight spray or powder that won't weigh your hair down. Conversely, if you have thicker hair, you can get away with using a heavier formula.
Be Mindful Of The Scent
While most dry shampoos have pleasant scents, some can be overpowering. If you're sensitive to smells, opt for a unscented variety or one with a light, refreshing fragrance.
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