How To Use Dry Shampoo

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This unassuming can is far more than just a little hair refresher. Dry shampoo is usually in everyone’s hair arsenal but rarely used to its full potential. With the right tools and approach, you can get so much more out of this hero product.

Why Use Dry Shampoo?

“Use dry shampoo in the roots of the hair and wherever it feels greasy, to remove sweat, oil and odours and get an extra day out of your hair in between hair washes,” explains Michael Shaun Corby, Creative Director of Living Proof. Dry shampoo pre-and post-curling is also a great insider trick to keeping the texture light, when hairspray over styled curls can feel sticky to the touch. Take a Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo, and spray all over then brush it out (this will ensure it goes from root to ends) before finishing  by curling with a tong. It will help it stay in place for longer and with a more natural finish.

How Should You Apply Dry Shampoo?

“Shake the can well and spray about half an arms’ length from your head,” explains Aaron Grenia, co-founder of IGK. Getting too close will mean you end up with powdery clusters. “I like to focus on the hairline and nape of the neck, where the hair tends to get the most oily and sweaty. Wait 30 seconds for the cleansing powder to activate. Massage or brush in so there is no residue.

Do Different Dry Shampoos Work for Different Hair Types?

“It’s less about the texture of your hair and more about the hair density and how dry or oily your hair and scalp tend to get. Dry hair and scalp need a lighter dry shampoo – like Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo,” explains Grenia, “while thick or oily hair and scalp might benefit from a deeper cleanse level like First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. All our dry shampoos are soothing and work on all hair types – including damages or colour-treated hair.”

When Is Best to Use Dry Shampoo?

For styling purposes (texture and volume) opt for the morning, before you head out. If you’re planning to skip your hair wash the following day, the night before is best. This way, the dry shampoo formula will absorb any extra oil and you can touch up your styling upon waking.

How To Use Dry Shampoo for Volume

A must-have for hair professionals to build volume in the hair. “My favourite for that is our deepest cleanse level dry shampoo, First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. You can use it to add volume to flat or fine hair and can even use it right after a wash to prevent oil from forming from the start,” explains Grenia. Try applying plenty of dry shampoo and then teasing it up to build volume. The powder in the shampoo will bring up the style and add to texture too. You can also apply dry shampoo after which will build up volume from the roots and give you a fuller look.