How To Properly Apply Dry Shampoo: 5 Tips From A Celebrity Hair Stylist

One of the qualms I have about working out daily has to do with sweat. (I dare you to try a SoulCycle class without sweating—or using a headband.) I could wash my hair every day without feeling guilty, but I worry about stripping my scalp of its naturally-produced oils. So, in order to maintain a regular workout schedule and fabulous second-day hair, I rely on dry shampoo. But I often worry if I’m doing it right and ask myself, “how does one properly apply dry shampoo?” Because I know I’m not alone, I decided to ask celebrity hair stylist Nathan Rosenkranz for a primer so you, too, can look FLAWLESS every day.

1. Choose a type

Most dry shampoos look like a can of hairspray. (I’ve tried Batiste, Psssssst!, Klorane, R+Co, and more.) But brands like Lush and Oscar Blandi also offer loose-powder options. Personally, I find sprays to be the easiest to use—a beginner’s go-to. They distribute the product throughout your hair for an all-over cleaning. But bottles with a funnel-shaped top can be more effective. “You can be more specific as to where you want to apply the shampoo,” says Rosenkranz, who is also on the creative team at Alterna Haircare. “If you only need it at your roots, you can target just that area.”

Alterna Bamboo Style Dry Shampoo, $17, Amazon

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo, $16, Walmart

2. Know where to apply it

If you’re using dry shampoo for volume or texture, apply it throughout your hair to get the desired effect. Section off your hair like you would to insert hair extensions or clips and lightly spray from the roots to the ends. But if your goal is to absorb moisture and oils, focus your application on the scalp.

3. Master the form

Use a light hand when working with loose-powder products. If the product doesn’t dispense through a narrow nozzle, dust a small amount from your fingers to your scalp. But Rosenkranz says the most common dry shampoo mistake is with spray dry shampoos: People hold the cans too close to their heads. Ever wonder what causes the “white powder” look that everyone hates? “The formula in spray dry shampoo needs time to react in the air before hitting the head and hair,” Rosenkranz says. So be sure to following the instructions on the can—and spray at least 6 inches away.

4. Don’t overdo it

Sometimes it’s obvious: You’ll see a white streak in your brunette hair. But liberal application can also be felt. “You can always tell if you’ve applied too much because there is a grittiness at the root of the hair,” Rosenkranz says. Remember: Dry shampoo is buildable, and you can layer more as necessary. But if you apply too much from the start, it’s difficult to remove. So, only use as much as you need.

5. Be patient

Take your time. Let dry shampoo do its job. Rosenkranz recommends letting the product sit for 30 seconds to a minute before shaking it out with your fingers or brushing it through.

I’ve found that dry shampoo is a quick fix—a remedy that will take you from morning till, well, your 3 o’clock meeting. Don’t plan on your refreshed look to last through happy hour, though. So, I like to keep a small bottle in my desk drawer at work for emergencies. It has come in handy on more than one occasion.

Images: Alterna Haircare; Giphy

How To Use Dry Shampoo – The Only Tips You Need

What is Dry Shampoo and How Does It Work

Dry Shampoo is any item that refreshes hair without water, making it a must-have for people on-the-go.

This wonder product usually contains corn or aluminum starch to soak up visible grease at the roots—the telltale sign that hair hasn’t been washed.

Although available in many forms, it is most commonly found as an aerosol or loose powder. After being massaged into the roots, dry shampoo gives the appearance of cleaner hair.

Those who are too busy to wash their hair every day, or purposely avoid washing with liquid shampoo for hair care reasons, tend to love dry shampoo.

“The great thing about dry shampoo is there’s no wrong way to use it—it’s one of the most versatile products in the hair care world, and formulas are evolving to multitask,” says Pureology artist Emily Alders.

Which is the Best Dry Shampoo

What you consider the best dry shampoo will depend on your needs. But for a truly versatile option, look no further than Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo.

Washing hair too frequently can cause a new hue to fade faster, so it’s wise for those with color-treated hair to become BFFs with a dry shampoo. There’s just one problem: certain dry shampoo formulas can leave strands feeling dry and gritty and make hair color look dull.

Enter Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo. This lightweight, residue-free multi-tasker contains rice starch and works on both natural AND colored hair. Featuring AntiFade Complex and UVA/UVB sunscreen, it helps hair color last. And on clean hair, it adds movement and texture, making hairstyles like updos easier to achieve.

Is it OK to use dry shampoo everyday? How many times a week should you use dry shampoo?

Dry shampoo comes with a plethora of benefits, but overuse can cause problems. Too much of the product can leave a buildup of residue on the scalp, clogging hair follicles and limiting hair growth. That’s why most dry shampoos should only be used once between hair washes.

With Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo, pesky residue is less of an issue. “Because Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo is a lightweight formula, you don’t have to worry about product buildup,” Alders explains. “But as with any styling product it’s always a good idea to apply a little at a time until you reach your desired look.”

How To Use Dry Shampoo: If You Need To Refresh Your Hair

To make the most of your next spray, take a peek at Alders’ dry shampoo pro tips and pointers on how to use dry shampoo correctly.

Step 1. Hold the dry shampoo four to six inches away from hair and spray it directly at the roots. Start where hair feels oiliest (for most women, that’s along the hairline, the nape of the neck, and the crown of the head), spritzing one section of hair at a time.

Pure Artist Tip: “Because Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo is a lightweight formula, you don’t have to worry about product buildup. But as with any styling product it’s always a good idea to apply a little at a time until you reach your desired look,” says Alders.

Step 2. Using your fingertips, massage the product into roots and scalp so that the oil-absorbing action can take place evenly across the head. For extra lift, try flipping your head upside down while massaging the product into hair.

Pure Artist Tip: Looking to correct a kink or flatness in your hair from sleeping on it funny or finishing a sweaty workout? “After applying the dry shampoo, take a blow-dryer and blast cool air at your roots to help change the direction of hair or build volume,” says Alders.

Step 3. Smooth out hair with a brush or comb, or grab your hot tools for a restyle.

Pure Artist Tip: “If you notice your ends are feeling dry or they’ve lost their shape, try adding a little bit of On The Rise Root-Lifting Mousse to them and restyle,” says Alders.

Five More Pro Tips On How To Use Dry Shampoo:

Add Hold And Texture to Fresh Hair:

Clean hair, especially if you have fine or silky texture, doesn’t always hold a style well. Before attempting a braid, waves, or a messy bun, try lightly spraying dry shampoo evenly throughout hair for some added grip. “Hair will still look fresh and you’ll get a little bit of that touchable grit that’s helpful when holding a shape,” says Alders.

Make A Blowout Last Longer:

There’s nothing more exasperating than washing your hair, blowing it out, and applying product—only to realize you’ve gone overboard with that shine spray or heavy moisturizing serum. If hair is starting to feel heavy due to an overly generous squeeze of styling cream, spray it into trouble spots to soak up some of the damage.

Help Bobby Pins Stay In Place:

Add grip to slippery bobby pins or clips that don’t want to secure hair by spritzing them with dry shampoo before popping them in.

Prevent Oil Buildup:

Looking to shorten your morning routine? Apply Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo at night before bed to wake up with less oil and grease. (The same goes for heading to the gym—a spray before your workout can cut back on some of the damage control you’ll have to do when class is over.

Help Repair and Protect Your Hair:

It sounds counter-intuitive but applying a little dry shampoo on ends that feel dry can take away some of their static and brittleness. “Because Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo is a non-drying formula and has other conditioning ingredients, your ends will feel softer,” says Alders.

With UV ray protection built in, Pureology’s new dry shampoo also protect color-treated and natural hair from sun damage —a major bonus during the summer.

To see more hair care and styling tips like how to use dry shampoo and get sneak peeks at new hair product launches, follow @pureology on Instagram!

Hey, Romeo and Juliet was fine and all, but had Shakespeare been alive in 2018, I’m pretty sure his romantic couplets would be about the merits of dry shampoo, rather than of star-crossed lovers. Because Juliet dry shampoo is the sun…and the moon, and the sky, and the only thing that can turn your hot-mess hair into something resembling fresh and clean in under 30 seconds.

But what if I told you that how you’ve been applying your beloved dry shampoo isn’t actually the best, most effective way? And that by switching up your routine a tiny bit, you could wake up with legitimately killer-looking hair? Because that’s exactly what I’m telling you, and you’re going to want to keep reading to find out how.


Wait, What Am I Doing Wrong?!

Here’s how dry shampoo is supposed to work: You blast it on your roots, and a bunch of oil-absorbing powders wrap themselves around your strands to suck up grease and neutralize odors. So when you brush your hair out a few minutes later, the gunky-powder theoretically gets brushed out a bit, too. Easy, right?

The problem is that most of us usually just spray on our dry shampoo, wait exactly three seconds, then haphazardly rub at our roots as we’re running out the door—giving the powder virtually no time to work its magic. So when a hairstylist friend recently told me to use my dry shampoo at night, instead of in the morning, to give the powder a ton of time to work, my little beauty brain malfunctioned.

My 4 Favorite Dry Shampoos

Batiste Dry Shampoo $8.99 Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo $13.99 Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk $20.00 Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo $31.00

Here’s Exactly How to Apply It

“If your roots are extra oily, you can spray them with dry shampoo at night before you climb into bed, so the powders can soak up excess oil while you sleep,” says Kristin Ess, hairstylist and literal hair wizard, who also subscribes to this nighttime-dry-shampoo hack that has lowkey transformed my hair.

Seriously, when my hair is at its greasiest (which is basically every other night, thanks to having fine hair), I blast the hell out of my roots with dry shampoo, tie my curls up, then go to bed. In the morning, I’ll flip my head over, massage my roots to distribute the powder (if you’ve got straight hair, you can also brush it out), and boom: Voluminous, matte, clean-looking hair.

If you still notice some oil, spritz on some extra dry shampoo, wait a few minutes for the powder to absorb, and then brush out or massage your roots. That’s it—this hack is seriously that simple, and it’ll kinda, sorta, definitely revolutionize your hair. Don’t believe me? Test it out tonight. I’ll be patiently waiting for your joyous DMs tomorrow.

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Low maintenance, high maintenance or somewhere in between — getting ready to face the world means something different to everyone. We do it in our bathrooms, our cars (mascara at a red light, anyone?), in ubers, airports, at our desks and in locker rooms. We get ready everywhere. Yet, we can only wash our hair in a shower when we have the luxury of time.

But who has that? And when we do get our hands on a few extra minutes, we’d rather spend it doing more important things — like sleeping 😉 When used correctly, dry shampoo can make life infinitely easier, and give you the freedom to look and feel like you just washed your hair — without the drama of shampooing, conditioning, blow drying and styling.. Every. Single. Day. So what’s the right way to use it? Take a quick body shower, and read on…

Editor’s Note: While created specifically for Batiste, these four easy steps can be applied to any spray format dry shampoo.

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How To: Dry Shampoo

Step 1: Shake the bottle.
And shake it good! When you’re in a rush this step is often missed yet so important, especially when you want to minimize the white powdery residue. By shaking the bottle, you help mix up all the good stuff which in turn, makes the dry shampoo more effective. So put in the extra bottle shimmy and reap the benefits!Step 2: Section hair, then spray in short, powerful bursts.
Separate your hair into medium sized sections so you can get Batiste into every nook and cranny at the base of your roots. Before spraying, create space between you and the product by holding it 12 inches away from your roots (about the length of the can). This distance helps the product fall evenly where it should, and doesn’t leave hair looking like you just powdered your wig.
For those prone to oily hair, heaviness happens at the base of the roots caused by product build up, sweat, or grease from your hands. This is where you should focus your spray, and the sweet spot where dry shampoo works it’s magic.Step 3: Massage into roots with fingertips or a brush.
Time to get science-y. This simple massaging action activates the starch element to help accelerate absorption so that any white residue begins to disappear. Also, who doesn’t love a little scalp massage! Don’t want the dry shampoo (especially ones with a hint of color) on your fingers? Instead, use a brush from the roots to tips. If you want to get fancy, Conair designed a brush specifically for our Minis. You can find it here.Step 4: Style as desired. Or not. Whatever you’re feeling.
Now it’s time to do your thing. Use your wand, iron (or throwback to a crimper!) to add the final touches to your hair. As a bonus, dry shampoo gives hair grip so braids, ponytails, or messy buns get even better. Don’t want to do anything extra? That’s fine too. Share:

There’s nothing worse than getting a beautiful blowout and having to wash it out the next day because of a greasy scalp. Thankfully, the hair gods created dry shampoo so we can keep our blowout bouncy and fresh for days on end.

Not only does dry shampoo save our perfectly styled hair from a wash (and some subsequent damage), it also saves us lazy ladies some time and energy in the morning. For those of you new to the dry shampoo game, or if you just want to learn more about the dirty hair phenomenon, read on to find out some helpful tips and tricks about dry shampoo.

1. Only use it on dry hair: This may not come as a shock, but dry shampoo only works on dry hair. So don’t try spraying or sprinkling your dry shampoo onto wet, freshly washed hair.

2. Keep a distance: When using an aerosol dry shampoo, make sure you spray the dry shampoo at least 6 inches away from the scalp. Otherwise, you’ll get way too much build up and you won’t be able to separate it out through your hair.

MORE: 5 Must-Know Tips for Using Dry Shampoo

3. It’s okay that it’s white: If dry shampoo is new to you, don’t freak out if your hair gets a little white at first. Let the product sit for a few minutes before styling and the white residue should go away. If it’s still a bit chalkier than you’d like, comb it through your hair with your fingers.

4. Add as you go: After you apply your dry shampoo, inspect your hair to see if you missed any spots. If you did, you can either add more, or brush through the hair to distribute the product evenly.

5. You can style again afterwards: Try not to go overboard with the application. If you happen to apply too much to one spot, don’t worry because it can be fixed! Simply add a touch of a lightweight serum to the spot and gently blow dry the are, or you can brush out the dry shampoo until it is completely absorbed.

6. Stop touching your hair: Do not touch your hair — we repeat — do not touch your hair. Ever. Even if you have applied dry shampoo to your strands, the natural oils in your fingertips will only make your hair oily again. That’s how you got yourself into the oily hair mess to begin with.

MORE: Learn How to Banish Excess Oil From Your Hair

7. Apply underneath: Do not apply dry shampoo to the top of your head. Doing that will leave you with that dreaded white residue and it will not add volume to your hair. Instead, lift the top layer of hair and spray underneath at the root so you can hide the white residue.

8. Turn up the volume: When used properly, not only does dry shampoo remove excess oil from your hair, it also adds texture and volume to your locks. Dry shampoo is the perfect hair pick-me-up to take your ‘do from day to night.

9. There’s not a huge difference: The difference between a spray dry shampoo and a powder dry shampoo is pretty insignificant. Dry shampoo in a can is slightly more efficient at soaking up the oil, but both the spray and the powder get the job done well.

10. Dry shampoo isn’t new: It may seem that dry shampoo is a recent sensation, but it has actually been around for decades. Some of the first ads actually feature the iconic British model, Twiggy!

Image via Peter Nicholson/Getty Images

If your hair is prone to oiliness, you may feel that you need to shampoo it every day, and that dry shampoo really won’t make a difference. Maybe you picked up one of dry shampoos on the recommendation of a friend, but you’re not sure what to do with it.

Don’t worry: by following a few simple rules, you can learn to make dry shampoo a useful tool in your battle against oily hair.

1. The Key Word is “Dry” – There are lots of products that you can apply whether your hair is dry or damp. Dry shampoo must be used only when your hair is completely dry. Dry shampoo absorbs the oil produced by your scalp, and it cannot do its job if there is any water in your hair.

2. The Night Before – The best time to use dry shampoo is before bedtime. If you’re not planning to shampoo in the morning, apply your dry shampoo the night before. It will absorb the oil in your hair while you are sleeping, and in the morning you will only have to do touch-ups and your regular styling. Who doesn’t love having more time in the morning before work?

3. Don’t Go Overboard – A little goes a long way. First of all, it’s important to apply the product only to your scalp and roots, not through the whole length of your hair. Just shake or spray (depending on what type of product you are using) onto small sections of your roots, paying more attention to the back and the top of your scalp, where most of the oil comes from.

Applying the product to your roots only will also have a great volumizing effect on your hair.

4. A Good Primer – Dry shampoo has another use besides absorbing oil: it can also be used to prime your hair before styling. Above we talked about the volumizing effect of dry shampoo; just by adding a shine or smoothing product to the tips, or even just a spritz of hair spray after your usual styling regime will complete the look.

You may have noticed that when your hair is squeaky clean, it is too silky and slippery to hold an elaborate style like an up-do. But you may also want to have really clean hair on an important day like your wedding or prom day. Dry shampoo applied to clean hair adds enough texture to help your hair hold onto an up-do without having to use an excessive amount of hairspray.

5. For Emergencies – Lastly, dry shampoo can rescue your hair in an emergency. If you come back from a lunch-hour workout or even just a walk on a very hot humid day, your hair may be looking a bit too oily. Carrying some dry shampoo with you can save you a lot of embarrassment.

If you wear bangs, you may notice that the part of your hair that rests on your forehead picks up a lot of oil from your skin. Once again, dry shampoo can rescue you. Applying a little to your bangs (roots only!) will get rid of the extra oil and get your bangs through even the hottest day.

Now that you’ve got some guidelines to follow, hopefully you’ll be enthusiastic about experimenting with your new dry shampoo, and seeing for yourself how it can make your hair care easier and faster.

Soon you’ll be thanking your dry shampoo for getting you out of some sticky (or oily) situations!

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When you’re pressed for time, there’s literally nothing that saves the day faster than dry shampoo. A few generous spritzes and your flat, greasy hair problems are a thing of the past—or they should be, at least. As foolproof as the magical oil-absorbing spray might seem, there are still things that can go awry, so arming yourself with some expert tips on how to us dry shampoo is probably a good idea.

We asked Suave Professionals Celebrity Stylist Jenny Cho to give us the lowdown on the who, what, where, and when to use dry shampoo, and the right way to utilize the ultimate time-saver like a pro. Her top five tips and tricks, ahead:

Get to the root of the matter.

“When using a dry shampoo, it’s imperative to spray it right on the roots to remove excess oil,” says Cho, who recommends Suave Professionals Refresh and Revive Dry Shampoo ($2.89; at Target). “It soaks up all of the oil, has a great scent, and won’t leave any residue behind.”

Divide and conquer.

“In order to get the absolute best results, you’ll want to divide your hair into small sections and spray each underneath at the roots,” says Cho.

MORE: 5 Drugstore Dry Shampoos, One Ultimate Winner

“Once you spray each section thoroughly, don’t stop there,” says Cho. “Flip your head upside down and gently massage the dry shampoo into the hair. This will really help revive your strands and add volume and texture, making it easier to style.”


“If you have limp hair, take a brush and gently backcomb the hair after you spray the dry shampoo,” says Cho. “This will add volume at the crown of your hair and help evenly distribute the product through your stands.”

Put your regular shampoo on the back burner.

“If you wash your hair too much, it can actually produce more oil,” says Cho. “Try washing less frequently—say, every other day or every two days—and use a dry shampoo in between for maintenance. Dry shampoo will quickly become your second-day hair best friend.”

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1. extend your voluminous blowout with dry shampoo

Did you know dry shampoo can help with volume? Here’s the thing: excess oil and grease causes your hair to become heavy, and the voluminous look you want to maintain no longer exists. Love Beauty and Planet Rosehip and Patchouli Dry Shampoo for full hair is the go-to fragrant refresher for building body and bounce into your hair. Use this to help keep your blowout style afloat and to keep your scalp and strands refreshed and rejuvenated.

2. keep hair fresh after working out

Love going to the gym but hate how it ruins your hair, especially after a hair appointment? Using dry shampoo after the gym is one of the best ways to keep your hairstyle intact. We want you to be able to keep your active lifestyle and still wear the hair you want.
After your workout, refresh your hair with your dry shampoo, but be careful not to use too much. We know how sweaty and limp your hair can look after doing that intense gym session; but trust us when we say a little goes a long way.

3. refresh hair in between washes

No time to squeeze in a shower? Refresh and restore your hair—all while reducing the use of water! Like all of our dry shampoos, this is ideal for the girl-on-the-go who also wants to contribute her small act of love to her planet. Infused with natural ingredients, our Love Beauty and Planet Citrus Peel Uplifting Dry Shampoo purifies and refreshes your locks in a jiff.
Never worry about having limp hair again! Keep your hair fresh with these easy dry shampoo tips and save the planet one small act at a time with us.

Confused about how to use dry shampoo? I get it. People rave about how amazing it is, but unless you’re using it right it seems to be pointless or just weighs your hair down.

I’ve been using it off and on for years but never really understood the best way to use dry shampoo. It just seemed to make my hair feel overloaded with product, greasy and heavy.

I used to think that I knew the right way to use it until I talked to my hairstylist (the lovely Jenna from Cajah Salon)! I told her how I used it every once in a while but it didn’t work for my hair.

Turns out I was not only using it wrong, but there are so many more ways to use it than just in the morning to soak up some extra oil!

There are also lots of common mistakes people make when using it – many of which I was doing! Tune in below for some dry shampoo tips and tricks!

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First of all, what is dry shampoo and how does it work?

Dry shampoo (as the name implies) is a type of product which reduces hair greasiness without having to use water. It comes in powder form but most commonly in aerosol cans.

You can also make your own! If you search on Pinterest or just good ole Google, you’ll find a ton of DIY recipes for dry shampoo. I’ve never tried them though but I have a few friends who swear by it! It’s is usually made with some sort of starch blend which helps absorb oil, dirt and product buildup.

Is dry shampoo good for your hair?

This is a highly debated subject. Obviously you don’t want to only use it for weeks on end because it doesn’t actually clean your hair.

However, using it for a few days to eliminate the amount of heat used on your hair (in the form of hair driers or curling irons/flat irons) can definitely prevent you from damaging your hair more from heat.

Just be sure to continue to actually wash your hair and massage your scalp when you do so to ensure you get an product build up cleaned.

6 Tips for How to Use Dry Shampoo

Here are a few tips and tricks and some of my favorite brands!

1. Use your fingers!

When using dry shampoo in the morning on day (or few day) old hair, first spray it all over your scalp. It’s best to separate your hair into different layers or sections.

I typically pull all the hair from mid-ear up out of the way and spray my scalp. Then I go up a few inches, spray, and then finish with the top layer.

Make sure you’re actually getting in on your scalp and not just on the hair. Don’t spray the ends of your hair, that won’t do anything if you’re trying to eliminate excess oil!

Wait a few minutes to let it dry. Then use your fingers to massage it into your scalp. This helps it actually do it’s job rather than just sitting on the surface.

2. Use it at night.

The night before your second or third day hair, brush your hair and then spray dry shampoo at the roots. (Use the method I mentioned above to get it throughout your hair.)

Doing this helps absorb oil as it’s produced. That way you’re not waking up to more oil on your scalp because it’s working while you sleep! If you feel like your hair is a bit greasy when you wake up, you can add more in the morning if needed.

This trick has transformed my hair! When I do this, I wake up with volume in my hair rather than have it flat and limp. This is my favorite trick!

3. Use it for texture.

Use a dry shampoo that has some grip or hold (this one is my favorite!) for added texture. This way it can double as a texture spray and eliminate one more product you need to add (and one less product you need to purchase).

I spray this not only at my scalp but also within my layers to add volume throughout my hair. I always curl or wave my hair in layers. Once I’m finished with a layer, I spray the texture spray in before letting down more hair.

4. Hold back combing in.

Spray your dry shampoo at your roots before back combing. This will help to keep it from slipping out!

I do this when I put my hair extensions in. Nobody wants a weave falling out at dinner! 😉

Back combing is great for adding lift and volume to your hair. When you marry that with dry shampoo you can fake a ton of volume super easily!

5. Add bulk to hairstyles.

Want to add (fake) thickness to your hair? Spray a dry shampoo all over your hair (not just the roots) before braiding or putting it in a top knot.

After it dries, do whatever hairstyle you wanted to do. Then, gently pull on the outer stands of the braid or bun to get a bulkier look.

As you pull out the strands, the dry shampoo will prevent it from all falling out and causing you to start over. Be sure to tug gently so you don’t overdo it!

I love this trick for my favorite hairstyle – it’s my secret weapon to fake thick hair!

6. Don’t spray it too close to your head.

Hold the can about 10 inches from your scalp when spraying! Spraying too close will cause build up and not allow the dry shampoo to do it’s job.

Ok, now that you know how to use dry shampoo, here are some recommended dry shampoos.

1. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

I swear by this one (thanks to the recommendation by Jenna). It is more expensive than a lot of dry shampoos but I’m a believer.

If you have thick hair you may not need this but for someone with fine hair, this dramatically makes a difference. My hair looks way more thick and voluminous with this spray!

Pro tip: Try a travel size first before investing in a full size. No sense in wasting money if you don’t love it!

2. Oribe Gold Lust

All the same sentiments as above except this one is perfect for those days when you don’t need as much volume or texture.

I use this one on my roots when I’m doing updos or just having a simple style. It has a fragrance retention technology to keep the amazing Oribe scent in your hair all day long.

3. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day

I love how this one smells! It does a fabulous job at actually cleaning my hair and making it feel fresh.

It features fast-absorbing powders to soak up oil and sweat. It doesn’t weigh it down or cause it to feel heavy.

And bonus, it neutralizes odor and has a time-release fragrance that keeps hair smelling clean all day!

4. Kristin Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray

This is a great lower price option to the Oribe dry texturing spray. It’s light with some good texture!

I use this one for my day to day so I don’t use up my more expensive Oribe spray when it’s only the kids who see my hair. 😉

You can easily pick this one up at Target which is an added bonus!

5. R&Co Death Valley

I have yet to use this one but it comes highly recommended by Jenna! I use R&Co’s Shine and Texture spray and it has been a game changer with styling my hair so I’m sure their dry shampoo is just as amazing.

And let’s be real, the packaging is amazing on these.

6. Moroccanoil Dark Tones

Brunettes, this one is for you! They have an option for dark hair that doesn’t leave a white residue or give brunettes a dull, powdery look.

I think Moroccanoil is the only brand that creates a dark tone option!

7. Treseme Volumizing

I actually use this one at night (see #2 above). It’s very inexpensive so I don’t feel bad using it before sleeping and it does a good job at adding volume! 🙂

I hope this helps you find a brand that you love and officially know how to use dry shampoo!

You can see how I use dry shampoo when I do fishtail braids to make them look extra thick on this post or check out this post for 9 mistakes that are destroying your hair!

Are there other ways you use dry shampoo that I’m missing? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading!

With love,


How to Get the Most Out of Your Dry Shampoo

If you aren’t using dry shampoo already, you’re missing out. Case in point: The oil-absorbing, style-extending product can help you avoid washing your hair for five whole days. Even if you do already have this multipurpose miracle product in your haircare arsenal, you may not be getting the most out of it if you’re buying the wrong dry shampoo for you or using it the wrong way. Luckily, YouTube beauty blogger Stephanie Nadia breaks down the dry shampoo do’s and don’ts.

First thing’s first, don’t blindly buy the first dry shampoo you come across in the drugstore or the one your friend is obsessed with. Dry shampoos are made for specific hair textures, colors, and with different goals in mind, so be sure to pick the right one for you. The options are pretty much endless: There are volumizing versions for fine hair, black colored versions for dark hair, and loose hair powders for those who want to opt organic. (Here are the best post-workout dry shampoos for every hair need.)

Some other key tips: Don’t spray the dry shampoo all over. While there’s certainly no harm, since it will help add allover texture, if it’s the just-washed look you’re after, part and spray the roots, then brush out with a boar bristle brush to absorb all of the hair’s build up oil and volumize the roots in the process. Don’t forget to work the dry shampoo into the crown of your head too to get extra volume (and a super-clean look). Another trick: Spray dry shampoo on the brush directly, wait a few minutes, and then use a zig-zag motion to add texture and ensure the product is fully absorbed. If you’re using a loose dry shampoo powder, apply to your roots with a fluffy makeup brush to avoid white splotches of powder that can be hard to blend in with the rest of your hair.

To help dry shampoo absorb fully, you can also apply to roots at night so in the morning, hair is all ready to go. Whatever you do, just don’t touch roots afterwards-your hand’s oils will transfer to your hair, undoing all of your hard work. A few other dry shampoo mistakes to avoid at all costs? Spraying on wet hair, or becoming over-reliant on dry shampoo (um, guilty as charged), which can actually dry out your scalp in the winter and cause dandruff.

  • By Kylie Gilbert @KylieMGilbert

What’s the longest you’ve gone without washing your hair? Mine was (gulp) seven whole days. I had just dyed my hair silver and avoided cleaning to preserve the color longer. My scalp was itchy. My hair looked greasy. I felt gross. Yet I kept styling it and sweating during workouts, then dousing my head in a cloud of Klorane. I’m not alone—not washing your hair has become a punchline and badge of honor, of sorts, in the same way proclaiming you’re “soooo busy” has But, is relying too much on dry shampoo bad for your health?

I turned to Dr. Dominic Burg, chief scientist and hair biologist for évolis Professional. An expert in trichology (that’s the scientific study of hair and scalp health), he answered all my nitty gritty questions about overusing dry shampoo. PSA: There is such a thing as too much dry shampoo, and what happens when you reach that point isn’t pretty.

I am always saying my hair is “dirty.” It’s a feeling. But what is that dirt, exactly?

Each hair follicle has a small oil gland attached to it. These are known as the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands produce a material called sebum, which provides lubrication and moisture to the hair and are also important for providing the natural oils for the skin. Some people produce more of these oils than others. “Dirty” hair is a combination of build-up of the natural scalp oils and sweat residue on the hair shaft, which dust and pollutants stick to. For those of us that handle our hair a lot, dirty hair can also be a result of the transfer of our skin oils and other residues from the hands to the hair. Dirty hair can also be a little smelly. This is the result of your natural bacteria breaking down the oils and sebum on the hair.

Excess application of dry shampoo to the scalp will result in reduced ability for the scalp to breathe. This can result in itchiness and irritation.

Is there a limit to how much dry shampoo my hair/scalp could take?

Yes, definitely. Dry shampoo is not really meant for the scalp, but rather is meant to absorb excess oil from the hair strands. Many also provide a volume and texture boost. The fine starch powders used in dry shampoo can be very clogging for the pores of the scalp, particularly follicular pores, so any excess application to the scalp should be avoided if possible. Instead, focus on the hair strand’s lengths and ends. Excess powder on the hair strands should be brushed out thoroughly on a daily basis to avoid build up.

Why is layering too much dry shampoo bad for me?

You can think of it in a similar fashion to applying a foundation or powder to your face. You wouldn’t leave those products on your face for days on end. Your scalp is no different. The fine powders in dry shampoo can clog pores and prevent the scalp from breathing. This can lead to issues with scalp and hair follicle health. Dry shampoos with silicone can also coat hair fibers, preventing moisture from entering, resulting in drying and brittleness in the long term.

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Can using too much dry shampoo cause dandruff?

The fine starch and/or clay powders used in dry shampoo can be very clogging for the pores of the scalp, particularly follicular pores. Excess application of dry shampoo to the scalp will result in reduced ability for the scalp to breathe. This can result in itchiness and irritation. Excess dry shampoo on the scalp, and the resulting change in the amount of air that can reach the skin, may also lead to a microbiome change, or the change in the mix of good bacteria on your scalp, which can lead to scalp irritation and an increase in the bad bacteria and fungi that can causes dandruff. The natural starches in dry shampoo can actually act as food sources for the bad bacteria and fungi, exacerbating the problem.

The natural starches in dry shampoo can actually act as food sources for the bad bacteria and fungi.

Say I’ve been sweating from working out multiple days in a row, is it terrible if I don’t fully wash my hair and just use dry shampoo?

Dry shampoos are great for absorbing excess oils, sweat residue, and dirt from the hair. Traditionally, these should be applied to the hair fibers, left to absorb, and then brushed out rather than left in. If used in this manner—if the powder is combed out and not just sprayed on the hair and left for days—and if application to the scalp is avoided, it is perfectly fine to use a dry shampoo whenever necessary.

How often should I REALLY be washing your hair with water for optimum scalp health?

This will depend on your hair and scalp type. I recommend gently cleansing one to three times a week, using a sulfate and silicone-free cleanser, preferably with natural ingredients and added vitamins. If you are a dry shampoo addict, try to wash it out with water at least every second day.

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